Glas­gow Let­ter

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

I SPENT last week­end at the Tiree Mu­sic Fes­ti­val which, al­though many miles from Glas­gow, is much spo­ken about in the city – not least be­cause the Sk­er­ryvore boys (who put so much work into the or­gan­i­sa­tion of it every year) re­side down here.

There are also, as I wrote last week, many Glas­gow-based bands that play at the fes­ti­val. This is also the case with He­bcelt on the is­land of Lewis.

I heard from the Skip­in­nish boys, some of whom ar­rived a lit­tle the worse for wear af­ter feel­ing the ef­fects of a fairly rough cross­ing from Lewis, that it was a fan­tas­tic week­end.

The weather in Tiree cer­tainly didn’t reach the sunny heights of the glo­ri­ous and un­for­get­table TMF 2013, and the rain un­for­tu­nately forced the clo­sure of the out­door stage but, in true West Coast fash­ion, the party went on re­gard­less in the Big Top tent – which saw some truly won­der­ful mu­sic over the course of the week­end and pro­duced an in­cred­i­ble at­mos­phere.

A big mo­ment was Trail West’s al­bum launch on the Satur­day night. It’s not al­ways an easy thing to per­form brand new ma­te­rial to a mas­sive crowd, but Trail West had so much en­ergy and, from start to fin­ish, the boys had the crowd go­ing bananas.

Nes­tled in among their set was the fa­mous song from their de­but al­bum,

Is­land Boy, and the crowd’s en­thu­si­asm to this re­mained right up un­til they fin­ished off with their most re­cent hit

Close to Home – a re­lease that I wrote about in pre­vi­ous weeks.

Heron Val­ley, a young band from Stra­chur, rocked the Big Top tent the fol­low­ing day with a highly dy­namic set.

Both Trail West and Heron Val­ley are play­ing in the Park Bar this week­end which is a chance for those in Glas­gow who didn’t make it up to TMF to ex­pe­ri­ence a glimpse of what they missed.

Dùn Mòr and Gunna Sound were two other bands who reg­u­larly ap­pear in the Park Bar who per­formed bril­liantly at TMF.

Ceilidh King Fergie Mac­Don­ald’s set for danc­ing was another high­light, as was the Scott Wood Band, who were char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally high- oc­tane.

The Sun­day of the fes­ti­val was a mem­o­rable day for me per­son­ally, as my new band Tide Lines was launched. The at­mos­phere in the tent that day was elec­tric due to the crack­ing bands that had played, and the crowd made our first ever gig a com­plete joy.

We all re­ally en­joyed our­selves – par­tic­u­larly once our slot was over, and we could re­lax and en­joy the ex­cel­lent Blazin’ Fid­dles, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers and my good friends the Skip­in­nish boys – who fin­ished the whole fes­ti­val off per­fectly.

It’s back to Glas­gow for me (and many others) this week, where things are be­gin­ning to re­turn to nor­mal: the stu­dents will soon be back and the foot­ball has started.

In the com­ing months, there will be plenty of great events in Glas­gow, and I can­not wait.

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