Glas­gow Let­ter

Mull and Iona Gath­er­ing this Fri­day

The Oban Times - - LEISURE - ROBERT ROBERT­SON robert.d.robert­

The Mull and Iona an­nual gath­er­ing will be held in the Glas­gow Univer­sity Union this Fri­day Fe­bru­ary 17 at 7.30pm and what a night the new-look com­mit­tee has in prospect for us.

One as­pect of the Mull and Iona evenings that I have al­ways en­joyed is Char­lie Kirk­patrick’s pat­ter. Al­though Char­lie stood down as pres­i­dent last year af­ter 11 years in the po­si­tion, it is great to hear that he will be chair­ing this year’s event and the au­di­ence will, there­fore, not miss out on his great one-lin­ers.

I wrote a num­ber of weeks ago that the new pres­i­dent, my Tide Lines band-mate Ross Wil­son, is a fan­tas­tic choice of pres­i­dent for the as­so­ci­a­tion, in my opin­ion.

There have been big changes to the com­mit­tee as a whole. Ca­tri­ona Cur­rie, from Tober­mory, takes over as sec­re­tary from El­iz­a­beth Gra­ham, and Alas­dair MacKel­lar, from Bunes­san, re­places Hugh Len­nie. The Mull and Iona is al­ways a cracker – and the line-up for this year’s con­cert looks very ex­cit­ing in­deed.

I am very much look­ing for­ward to singing at the con­cert along­side Ewen Hen­der­son, of Màn­ran, and the cur­rent Mòd gold medal­lists, Hec­tor MacKech­nie and Carol Maclean. I sang with Carol at a ceilidh in Perth last week­end. Poor Carol was just through vis­it­ing her sis­ter and was only in­tend­ing en­joy­ing the ceilidh from the au­di­ence. Lit­tle did she ex­pect to have to give a song but such is the life of the reign­ing Mòd medal­list. I am look­ing for­ward to singing on the same stage as Carol again un­der less ran­dom cir­cum­stances.

Af­ter the con­cert, Trail West will play for danc­ing long into the night. By that stage, I dare say the new pres­i­dent and com­mit­tee mem­bers might par­take in a dram or two to mark the end of their first gath­er­ing at the helm of the as­so­ci­a­tion – and I think I might just join them.

Tick­ets for the con­cert are £ 8, the dance £10, and a ticket for both is £12. Tick­ets avail­able at the door, or from themul­lan­

Na h-Oganaich

The sub­ject of my col­umn last week was the Na h-Òganaich con­cert in the CCA but, un­for­tu­nately, the wrong col­umn was printed. Read­ers will be de­lighted to hear that the Na h-Òganaich gig was a sell-out and that, to the ben­e­fit of ev­ery­one’s health, the Park Bar 50th an­niver­sary evening did not hap­pen twice.

What’s on

Satur­day Fe­bru­ary 18: The High­landers’ Club Dance in Partick Burgh Hall to the mu­sic of Char­lie Kirk­patrick’s Band; 8pm-11pm, £9 mem­ber­ship at the door, bar.

Fri­day Fe­bru­ary 24: Glas­gow Is­lay Gaelic Choir an­nual con­cert at 7.30pm in the Wester­ton Hall, Bears­den.

Fri­day Fe­bru­ary 24: Glas­gow Uist and Barra ceilidh dance in the Craw­ford Hall, Beith Street.

Satur­day Fe­bru­ary 25: Glas­gow Skye As­so­ci­a­tion tat­ties and her­ring evening (Bun­tata ’s Sgadan) in the Craw­ford Hall, Beith Street, 7.30pm.

Pub Scene

Park Bar Fri­day Fe­bru­ary 17: Scott Harvey. Satur­day Fe­bru­ary 18: Gunna Sound. Sun­day Fe­bru­ary 19: Mar­tainn Skene.

Is­lay Inn

Fri­day Fe­bru­ary 17: Crooked Reel. Satur­day Fe­bru­ary 18: The Rag­gaels.

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