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!
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.
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.
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.