Suc­cess­ful Tiree As­so­ci­a­tion week­end

The Oban Times - - News -

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.

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