Glas­gow Let­ter

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

Be­ware the wild Tiree gath­er­ing

WITH the re­cent events in Amer­ica, as well as the Brexit vote here in the UK, and not to for­get the sta­tus of the po­lit­i­cal elites through­out Europe seem­ingly crum­bling be­fore our eyes, you might be for­given for think­ing that the elec­tion of ‘The Don­ald’ to the White­house last week was the earth-shat­ter­ing cli­max of a shock­ingly seis­mic year. You’d be wrong. There is no doubt that the Trump phe­nom­e­non has sent shock­waves all round the world.

But I pre­dict that those shock waves will pale into in­signif­i­cance when com­pared to the car­nage that is due to com­mence this week­end in Glas­gow when half of Tiree will de­scend upon the city for the an­nual Tiree Gath­er­ing (de­tails be­low).

They are a wild peo­ple, the Tiris­dich, who are al­ways up for a party.

And Trail West on Friday night and Gunna Sound in the Park through­out Satur­day will cer­tainly pro­vide am­ple op­por­tu­nity for that.

I’m also ex­pect­ing a few gath­er­ing rev­ellers at my gig in the Park Bar on Friday night be­fore they head up the Kelvin Way to the dance.

I’m look­ing for­ward to play­ing in the Park for a re­laxed tune or two be­fore our Tide Lines show in the art school the fol­low­ing night.

The whole week­end will be­gin fairly sen­si­bly on Thurs­day night with the con­cert. Per­form­ing are Ellen MacDon­ald, Calum Ross, Arthur Cor­mack and the Rowan Broth­ers.

The evening will be chaired by Gor­don Con­nell, who re­cently was in­ducted into the Scot­tish Tra­di­tional Mu­sic Hall of Fame for his great work in tu­tor­ing the ac­cor­dion­ists of Tiree.

A well deserved ac­co­lade for a true gen­tle­man.

Cly­de­bank ceilidh

THE Cly­de­bank High­landers had a suc­cess­ful evening last Friday Novem­ber 11.

There were songs from Nor­man MacKin­non, Rhona Mor­ri­son, Seon­aidh Rostant, Sheila Gal­braith and Alas­dair MacMil­lan, who also chaired the ceilidh. Kirsteen Grant was the ac­com­pa­nist and Robert Wood the piper.

Their next cèilidh is on Friday De­cem­ber 9.

What’s on

Thurs­day Novem­ber 17: The Tiree As­so­ci­a­tion an­nual gath­er­ing con­cert in the Partick Burgh Halls. Friday Novem­ber 18: The Tiree As­so­ci­a­tion an­nual gath­er­ing dance in Glas­gow Univer­sity Union. Satur­day Novem­ber 19: Gunna

Sound in the Park Bar af­ter­noon and evening. Satur­day Novem­ber 19: Tide Lines in the art school, Glas­gow, with sup­port, at 7pm.

Wed­nes­day Novem­ber 23: Ceol is Craic screen­ing of coc­u­men­tary ‘A Fà­gail Mhi­ugh­laigh (Leav­ing Min­gu­lay)’ in the CCA at 7pm.

Thurs­day Novem­ber 24: Co­munn an Taobh-an-Iar hag­gis sup­per in the El­lan­gowan So­cial Club.

Satur­day Novem­ber 26: An Co­munn Col­lach, the Coll As­so­ci­a­tion, an­nual buf­fet and ceilidh in the Na­tional Pip­ing Cen­tre, McPhater Street.

Friday De­cem­ber 2: Glas­gow Skye As­so­ci­a­tion an­nual gath­er­ing in the Glas­gow Univer­sity Union, with guest of hon­our, Dr Hugh Dan MacLen­nan. Con­cert com­mences at 7.30pm. Friday De­cem­ber 9: Cly­de­bank High­landers cèilidh in the Napier Hall, Old Kil­patrick.

Pub scene

Park Bar Friday Novem­ber 18: Robert Robertson. Satur­day Novem­ber 19: Gunna Sound. Sun­day Novem­ber 20: Trail West. Is­lay Inn. Friday Novem­ber 18: Black Vel­vet. Satur­day Novem­ber 19: Twist of Fate. Wed­nes­day Novem­ber 23: quiz night.

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