Glas­gow Let­ter

The Oban Times - - Leisure - ROBERT ROBERT­SON robert.d.robert­son@hot­mail.co.uk

In the pref­ace to this year’s Celtic Con­nec­tions pro­gramme, Artis­tic Di­rec­tor, Don­ald Shaw, writes: ‘ From out of the dark days of Jan­uary, it is this ex­tended warmth across 18 days of over 200 shows and 20 venues that makes the at­mos­phere so spe­cial.’

Un­for­tu­nately for me, my Jan­uary party is on hold be­cause I haven’t man­aged to make it to any of the fes­ti­val yet!

I was par­tic­u­larly dis­ap­pointed to have missed three sold out gigs – the Ceol ’s Craic and Gaels Le Chèile evening, the Man­ran and Blazin’ Fid­dles gig, and The Tiree Song Book.

Many good friends of mine were play­ing at the Tiree night and I wish I could have man­aged along.

An ex­tra spe­cial night this year must have been Shooglenifty’s A Night for An­gus. An­gus R. Grant was a folk mu­sic leg­end and an in­cred­i­bly well-loved per­son, and I am cer­tain that the line-up that the con­cert re­flected that.

There must have been so many peo­ple all over the world wish­ing they could have been there.

It is al­ways so dif­fi­cult to de­cide what to at­tend at the fes­ti­val. Over the com­ing weeks, you can catch Gary Innes (with his new al­bum re­lease), Rachel Walker (with her com­mis­sion, Seu­dan), Cathy Ann McPhee in con­cert, or Bre­abach and Beoga live in the City Halls.

I could not in­clude de­tails of all the won­der­ful events on of­fer; but please head to www. celtic­connec­tions.com to have a look for your­self!

Ian MacDon­ald

Friends and col­leagues from all walks of life at­tended the fu­neral of Ian MacDon­ald – for many years a com­mit­tee mem­ber of Cly­de­bank High­land As­so­ci­a­tion.

Many rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the kin­dred as­so­ci­a­tions (of whom Ian was a great sup­porter) came along to pay their re­spects to a kindly gi­ant of a man with a pawky sense of hu­mour.

Ian al­ways en­sured ev­ery­one at­tend­ing Cly­de­bank cèilidhs was made to feel wel­come and part of the ‘ceilidh fam­ily’.

Al­though a true ‘ bankie’, Ian loved noth­ing bet­ter than vis­it­ing the fam­ily home at Haeste in Skye, both en­joy­ing and par­tak­ing of the lo­cal craic.

He will be sorely missed by all

who had the plea­sure of know­ing him.

A touch­ing mo­ment in the ser­vice was the play­ing of the pipe tune, Fa­ther John MacMil­lan of Barra, com­posed by Ian's un­cle, Nor­man MacDon­ald, and played by Robert Wood.

Con­do­lences are ex­tended to Ian's brother Ron­nie and all their rel­a­tives at this sad time.

What’s On

Fri­day Jan­uary 27: The Glas­gow Uist and Barra As­so­ci­a­tion New Year Dance in the Glas­gow Univer­sity Union. Fri­day Fe­bru­ary 11: Ceol is Craic Club Film in the CCA (doc­u­men­tary about Mur­chadh MacPhàr­lain): be­gin­ning at 7pm; pro­ceeded by a “comhradh”, con­ver­sa­tion, at 6.30pm for learn­ers; and fol­lowed by a con­cert by Na h- Oganaich. Fri­day Fe­bru­ary 17: The Mull and Iona As­so­ci­a­tion An­nual Gath­er­ing at 7.30pm in the Glas­gow Univer­sity Union.

Pub Scene

Park Bar: Fri­day Jan­uary 27: Scott Har­vey Satur­day Jan­uary 28: Mar­tainn Skene Sun­day Jan­uary 29 Mar­tainn Skene Is­lay Inn: Fri­day Jan­uary 27: Crooked Reel. Satur­day Jan­uary 28: The Rag­gaels. Wed­nes­day Fe­bru­ary 1: Quiz Night.

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