The Oban Times - - DISTRICTS -

THE first ceilidh in 2017 of An Co­munn Gàid­healach’s Cru­achan branch, held in Taynuilt Vil­lage Hall, be­gan in rous­ing fash­ion with piper Andy Matthews in fine form, play­ing sev­eral en­joy­able sets of tunes.

Bean an Taighe Audrey Pater­son was on hand to guide the au­di­ence through the pro­gramme for the evening and also to take her place singing with Atomic Piseag, the well-known Ar­gyll ladies’ Gaelic choir, un­der the guid­ance of their con­duc­tor, Ray­mond Brem­ner. The choir was a joy to hear, with a wide se­lec­tion of songs and ar­range­ments pro­duc­ing lovely sounds and beau­ti­ful har­monies.

Tal­ented soloists from the choir, Chris­tine John­stone, Fiona Munro, Jane Bas­ford, Katie Crossan, Donna Dug­dale and 2016 Mod gold medal­list Carol Ma­cLean also en­ter­tained, with Ray­mond him­self lead­ing the au­di­ence in a cou­ple of sing-a-longs from the pi­ano.

Com­plet­ing the pro­gramme for the evening was able ac­cor­dion­ist An­drew Mac­Don­ald who got the feet tap­ping on his first, but cer­tainly not his last, visit to a Taynuilt ceilidh. This was a first- class evening of entertainment, sadly only en­joyed by a some­what sparse au­di­ence. JESSIE SER­VANT, the pres­i­dent of Taynuilt SWI, wel­comed 10 mem­bers and six vis­i­tors to the meet­ing held at 7.30pm in Taynuilt vil­lage hall on Wed­nes­day Jan­uary 11.

The speaker for the evening was San­dra Ber­gant, ex­plain­ing all about cal­lig­ra­phy, the dif­fer­ent styles and ef­fects that are pos­si­ble. San­dra dis­played some beau­ti­ful pieces of her work and spoke at length as to how they were achieved.

All the mem­bers and vis­i­tors then tried their hand at some cal­lig­ra­phy ex­er­cises that San­dra had brought along and found it is much harder than it looks.

Ev­ery­one had a thor­oughly en­joy­able evening. A vote of thanks was given by Alice Camp­bell.

The hostesses for the evening were Jane Gil­lie and Stella Hunt­ing­ford, who pro­vided a lovely tea. The com­pe­ti­tion was a photo of morn­ing mist and was won by Jessie MacFar­lane.

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