Glas­gow Let­ter

The Oban Times - - Letters - ROBERT ROBERT­SON robert.d.robert­son@hot­mail.co.uk

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.

Sea­saidh Lexy

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.

What’s on

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

Street, 7.30pm.

Pub scene

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.

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