Don­ald Black con­cert

The Oban Times - - Letters -

THE DON­ALD Black Band will be ap­pear­ing in con­cert in the Glas­gow Col­lege of Pip­ing on Otago Street on Fri­day Septem­ber 18.

Don­ald is world fa­mous for his mas­tery of the har­mon­ica and has been rightly called ‘ the in­stru­ment’s fore­most ex­po­nent in Scot­tish tra­di­tional mu­sic’. It is easy to see why he is held in such high re­gard. His latest al­bum ‘Dreams and Dances’ is one of the best al­bums I own. The pas­sion he puts into Gaelic airs and the bounce he gives to 2/4 pipe marches is phe­nom­e­nal.

Although I have never man­aged along to any of Don­ald’s live per­for­mances, I hear from those who have that his in­cred­i­ble mu­si­cian­ship is matched by his lively sense of hu­mour. I quite be­lieve that.

When I told him I was go­ing to be writ­ing about him in the Oban Times this week, he told me to de­scribe him as a young Elvis Pres­ley look-alike. Such a joke is typ­i­cal of Don­ald’s sense of hu­mour… at least I as­sume it was a joke!

Don­ald will be joined by Don­nie MacKen­zie, guitar, Mar­tainn Skene, ac­cor­dion and key­board, and the band’s spe­cial guest for the evening Roddy Camp­bell - a Gaelic singer and piper from Barra.

The evening starts at 8pm sharp, with re­fresh­ments avail­able at the in­ter­val.

Good Glas­gow Gaelic

IN THE hours af­ter Scot­land’s hum­bling de­feat at the hands of Ge­or­gia last week­end, an all-too-fa­mil­iar

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