Glas­gow Let­ter

The Oban Times - - Letters - ROBERT ROBERT­SON robert.d.robert­son@hot­

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.

Cly­de­bank cèilidh

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.

What’s on

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.

Pub scene

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.

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