Glasgow Lewis and Harris gathering
THE LEWIS Harris gathering last Friday seems to have been a topper - and ended with a sell- out dance.
This success is encouraging considering that the general trend of association gatherings in recent years has been perceived as a downward one.
I didn’t manage to make it along because I was playing in the Park Bar and then leaving Glasgow first thing in the morning.
The crowd that had assembled in the Park before heading up the road to the gathering was considerable so it was clear the Glasgow University Union was in for some night.
It took all my will power not to go up and pop my head in, but I knew fine well that that would finish up with me dancing a strip the willow at three in the morning!
Donald ‘Maroot’ MacLeod was awarded the gathering’s Cuach.
According to the gathering programme ‘the Cuach is awarded every year to the person or persons who have brought honour to themselves and the Long Island by their actions from which others do benefit’.
That description pretty much sums up Donnie, who has raised £ 30,000 for hospices in the Western Isles with profits from his joke books and organised more than 70 ceilidhs in care homes across the country.
I have written about Donnie a number of times in this column and I cannot think of anyone more deserving of the Cuach.
It is my hope that, after the success of this year’s Lewis/ Harris, 2015/16 will be the season when the gathering dances will all be sold out once again.
The Tiree gathering is approaching later this month and, at the end of the year, the Glasgow Skye is celebrating its 150th Gathering.
After hearing of the big turn- out at the first association dance of the season, I am looking forward to all the other gatherings with even greater excitement than usual.
115th annual Tiree Gathering
THE SUCCESS of the Lewis/ Harris gathering dance bodes well for the Tiree Association whose gathering concert is on Thursday November 19; and whose dance is on Friday November 20.
Gunna Sound are playing for the gathering dance in the Glasgow University Union this year, starting at 9pm.
I have played at this dance with Skipinnish for the last two years and it’s always been a thoroughly enjoyable gig.
The Tiree Association dance seems to attract a particularly large, young audience. This is surely, in part, because of the vibrancy surrounding the music of the island.
This vibrancy is a result of the number of accordionists to come from the island thanks to the tutorage of Gordon Connel; the calibre of bands to hail from the island; and, of course, the famous Tiree Music Festival. Tickets can be bought from the Park Bar, or by messaging the association Facebook page.
THIS Friday, November 13, the Napier Hall in Old Kilpatrick will host a Clydebank Highlanders cèilidh at 7.30pm.
The evening will be chaired by the Rev Fred Booth. Linda MacCallum, Calum Ross and Colin Fisher will be singing. Willie Scott will be playing the accordion and Robert Wood will be piping. The accompanist for the evening will be Kirsteen Grant.
Comunn an Taobh an Iar Haggis Supper
COMUNN an Taobh an Iar is holding a haggis supper followed by a cèilidh on Thursday November 26 in Ellangowan Social Club, Douglas Street, Milngavie, from 7.30pm to 11.30pm.
I am looking forward to singing at this because those cèilidhs are always great nights. The evening will be chaired by Peter Macdonald who will introduce Carissa Bowvill, John Gillies on the pipes, Kirsteen Grant as the accompanist and a group from the Bearsden fiddlers.
There will be a raffle and a licensed bar and everyone is welcome. Tickets are £18 and are available by preorder only. They must be applied for by Monday November 16 to arrange catering. Applications to 0141 942 4495.
Friday November 13: Clydebank Highlanders’ ceilidh, Napier Hall, Old Kilpatrick, 7.30pm. Saturday November 14: Gaels Le Chèile, Taigh Cèilidh (house cèilidh) in St Peter’s Church Hall. Thursday November 19: An Comunn Tirisdeach (The Tiree Association) Annual Gathering Concert, Partick Burgh Halls, 7.30pm. Friday November 20: An Comunn Tirisdeach (The Tiree Association) Annual Gathering Dance, Glasgow University Union. Tuesday November 24: Open Meeting: Mòd Ghlaschu 2019, Sgoil Ghàidhlig Ghlaschu (Glasgow Gaelic School), 7pm. Thursday November 26: Comunnan-taobh-an-iar Haggis Supper, Ellangowan Social Club, 7.30pm. Friday November 27: Glasgow Islay Gaelic Choir celebration dinner, Hillhead Sports Club. Friday November 27: Glasgow Uist and Barra Association annual reunion dinner dance, Glynhill Hotel.
Park Bar: Thursday November 12: Session. Friday November 13: The Beinn Lee Cèilidh Band. Saturday November 14: Andrew MacDonald. Sunday November 15: The Beinn Lee Cèilidh Band. Islay Inn: Friday November 13: Penny Dogs. Saturday November 14: Twist of Fate. Wednesday November 18: quiz night.