STRIPPED of the leftfield experimentation of his Nonesuch albums, Sam Amidon cut a rather plain solitary figure on the Mitchell Theatre stage.
When Celtic Connections was created 21 years ago it was intended simply to plug a January gap in the calendar.
Stirling may have a castle that is every bit as splendid as Edinburgh's and a place in Scottish history that is second to none, but it was always on a bit of hiding to nothing this year.
A panel of experts including historian Tom Devine, academic Mona Siddiqui, singer/songwriter Karine Polwart and novelist William McIlvanney outline their views on the events of the last few days and what lies ahead...
THE Scottish independence referendum process has coincided almost exactly with the amicable, intentional but disorientating break-up of my marriage.