Be­ware the wild Tiree gath­er­ing

The Oban Times - - LETTERS -

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.

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