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.