Montrose Folk Club will be continuing this January what has become an annual tradition for Montrose of “Celtic Connections almost at your Fireside”. Celtic Connections is the increasingly successful Festival, showcasing the best of Folk, Acoustic and Roots Music from all over the world, which has been presented in Glasgow over the last two weeks of January for each of the past fifteen years. For the last five years, Montrose Folk Club has seized upon the opportunity of the presence in Scotland in January of a stellar cast of international acoustic performers to present as the first Guest of the Club for the New Year, one of the Singers or Musicians, who is also appearing at the Celtic Connections Festival. In 2015 a large and appreciative audience at the first Club night in January enjoyed a Concert by award-winning Canadian Singer Songwriter, Amelia Curran. In previous Januarys, Montrose Folk Club has presented Concerts by other international performers hotfoot from Celtic Connections, including Irish American Guitar Maestro, John Doyle of the Band Solas, American singer, Mollie O’Brien, the Sister of Tim O’Brien, and English Singer Songwriter, Boo Hewerdine. For their first Concert of 2016, Montrose Folk club are delighted to be presenting an appearance in Montrose by Italian Guitar Maestro and Singer, Beppe Gambetta, in the Links Hotel, Mid Links, Montrose at 8pm on Thursday 28th January. Beppe Gambetta will be appearing at Montrose Folk Club immediately after a duo concert on the previous evening at Celtic Connections in Glasgow with fellow guitar virtuoso, Tony McManus, Scotland’s leading guitarist, who played an outstanding gig at Montrose Folk Club in February 2015. Beppe and Tony went to head-to-head on their superb 2015 album, Round Trip, uniting their dazzling technique and richly expressive musicianship across Scottish, Irish, American, Latin and Pan-European material, together with original compositions- a synergy thrillingly redoubled in their live performances. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the performance by an Italian American master of the acoustic guitar as the first Concert of the 2016 season at Montrose Folk Club when Beppe Gambetta appears on Thursday 28th January at 8pm. Entry is £8, and is payable on the door or beforehand from the Links Hotel, Mid Links, Montrose (01674 671000).