Successful Tiree Association weekend
THE COMMITTEE of the Tiree Association will surely be extremely happy with the success of this year’s gathering.
The concert on Thursday night was so full that, when the artistes walked in once the audience was seated, we had to find extra seats.
It was a great night with everyone performing well - and Iain Mackinnon ‘Hillcrest’ kept us going with hilarious stories.
James Graham, Bernie Smith and I all sang and the Rowan Brothers kept everyone’s feet tapping with lovely arrangements of tunes on the box and piano.
A special cheer from the audience was reserved for Donald-Iain Brown, the current Mòd Gold Medallist, of whom Tiree is obviously very proud.
It is clear the island is also very proud of Ian Smith who, at the age of just 22, is one of the youngest presidents in the association’s history.
The dance on Friday night in the Glasgow University Union was also packed.
Ceòl an Aire had a real party atmosphere going in the Park Bar beforehand and when everyone headed up to the uni for the dance, Gunna Sound had the floor packed from start to finish.
Saturday’s Park Bar ‘hangover cure’ proved an excellent finish to the weekend.
Gunna Sound played from 3pm until closing time with the help of the legendary Donald Macrae who, despite being in his 80s, still sounds exactly as I imagine he did back in his heyday when he had the Park Bar bouncing every weekend.
I wish I could have heard him all those years ago, but what a pleasure it is to get the chance to occasionally hear him nowadays.