Gaels head back to city
AS AUTUMN approaches, Glasgow is beginning to feel like home again as more and more people return to the city after summers spent back up the A82.
This year’s syllabus for the Glasgow Skye Association popped through my letter box this week – a sure sign a winter of cèilidhs and dances is about to get underway.
This, of course, is the 150th anniversary of the Glasgow Skye and, as usual, it has a great programme of events starting with its opening concert in the Crawford Hall, Beith Street, at 7.30pm on Saturday, September 12.
Heron Valley music video
AN EXCITING new musical offering is on the horizon from a great young trad band.
Heron Valley, who hail from Strachur, are popular in Glasgow and are in the process of releasing a new music video.
They regularly have the Park Bar bouncing and recently played at the world pipe band championships after-party.
A lot of people will be looking forward to seeing the video, which was recorded during a busy ceilidh in the Uig Hall just outside Dunoon.
Heron Valley are Alex Mackechnie, accordion and fiddle; Arlene Mackechnie, piano; Iain Wilson, pipes, whistles, and vocals; Euan McNab, guitar and pipes; Nick Hamilton, drums and Abigail Pryde, vocals and tenor guitar.
This is a young band that is definitely going places. Follow them on facebook and keep an eye open for the video release.
GAELIC’S most famous drag artist is coming to Glasgow on September 19.
There’s a sentence you probably didn’t expect to read in your Oban Times this week.
Presented by Du Teillay Limited in association with Glaschu Beo, the hit theatre show stars Calum MacKinnon as Seasaidh Lexy and also features David Walker and Seonag Monk.
It has already toured much of the country - leaving audiences in stitches and prompting one reviewer to proclaim that it ‘should be available on prescription’.
If you haven’t heard of Seasaidh Lexy, look her up on youtube. A particular classic is the video of her dancing a Canadian Barn Dance round her bedroom to the music of the Vatersay Boys, while applying her lipstick - bottle of wine in hand.
The show is going to be a cracker and will have you laughing from start to finish.
Saturday September 12: Glasgow Skye Association opening concert, Crawford Hall, Beith Street, 7.30pm. Saturday September 19: Gaol ’s Gaire (Love and Laughter) - Seasaidh Lexy, Mitchell Theatre, 7.30pm.
Saturday October 3: Glasgow Skye Association race/curry night, West of Scotland Cricket Club, 40- 44 Peel Street, G11 5LU, 7.30pm.
Saturday October 10: Latha Gàidhlig, Beith Community Development Trust Gaelic Day, Beith Community Centre, Kings Road, Beith.
Friday October 23: Marag Supper, Crawford Hall, Beith
Park Bar: Thursday August 27: Session. Friday August 28: Dun Mòr. Saturday August 29: Trail West. Sunday August 30: Dun Mòr. Islay Inn. Friday August 28: Black Velvet. Saturday August 29: Parting Glass. Wednesday September 2: Quiz night.
LAUGH A MINUTE: Calum Mackinnon, in the guise of Seasaidh Lexy, will have you in stitches.