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.
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.
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.
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.