Glas­gow Let­ter

The Oban Times - - Leisure - ROBERT ROBERT­SON robert.d.robert­son@hot­

Sunny Lochgoil­head

The sun shone on Lochgoil­head last weekend for the sec­ond an­nual Gig in the Goil – a unique fes­ti­val that is ge­o­graph­i­cally handy for those based in Glas­gow but also very High­land.

Fes­ti­val go­ers were sun­ning them­selves in the beer gar­den, there was a se­lec­tion of fan­tas­tic bands, and the stun­ning lo­ca­tion made the weekend a re­sound­ing suc­cess – and peo­ple have al­ready paid their de­posits for next year.

Off his trol­ley

A friend of mine, Iain Beggs from the is­land of Barra, was de­part­ing Glas­gow on Fri­day af­ter­noon to drive up to Gig in the Goil.

Be­fore he left, he stopped off at Asda in Go­van for some sup­plies. In the su­per­mar­ket, he bumped into an ac­quain­tance who was also head­ing to Lochgoil­head.

Stand­ing in the queue for the till, Iain (or Beggs, as he is af­fec­tion­ately known) thought his friend was di­rectly be­hind him. Look­ing at the con­tents of their trol­ley, he spot­ted a par­tic­u­larly ap­petis­ing pack of pork chops.

Grab­bing the pack­age out of the trol­ley, he waved them in the air, cry­ing: 'Oh, so you’re go­ing to be cook­ing us some pork chops this weekend then!'

The re­al­i­sa­tion then struck him that he was not, in fact, speak­ing to his friend but had in­stead waved the chops in the face of a very con­fused el­derly lady from Go­van.

Iain made his apolo­gies, went back out into the sunshine, and headed up the A82 to Lochgoil­head with a hi­lar­i­ous story to tell ev­ery­body – and leav­ing be­hind an ex­tremely baf­fled Go­van cail­leach.

Cly­de­bank ceilidh

Cly­de­bank High­land As­so­ci­a­tion re­cently held its an­nual ceilidh in aid of Erskine.

Al­though au­di­ence num­bers were dis­ap­point­ing, the those in at­ten­dance (in­clud­ing vet­er­ans from Erskine) en­joyed singing and music of the very high­est cal­i­bre and showed their ap­pre­ci­a­tion to all the artistes.

The chair­man was the Rev Jonathan Flem­ing, chap­lain for the hospi­tal. Sheena Walker, Eilidh Cor­mack, and Nor­man MacKin­non sang in both Gaelic and English. Beth Street gave lovely ren­di­tions of songs from the shows and all were ably ac­com­pa­nied by Kirsteen Grant. Alas­dair MacPhail's music on the ac­cor­dion had feet tap­ping and the ceilidh got off to a rous­ing start from pipers, Robert Wood and Ian MacPhee.

The as­so­ci­a­tion is ex­tremely grate­ful to all who do­nated money and raf­fle prizes to this very wor­thy cause and also to those who do­nated minia­tures and bot­tles of whisky and wine to the vet­er­ans – making sure they all went home happy. The amount raised will be an­nounced at a later date.

The AGM of the as­so­ci­a­tion will be held in the As­bestos Group on Wed­nes­day May 17 at 7.30pm.

Glas­gow Skye

The Glas­gow Skye As­so­ci­a­tion's closing con­cert, The Wee Skye, was held on Satur­day April 29 in the Craw­ford Hall, with Alas­dair MacMil­lan as the ge­nial and en­ter­tain­ing chair­man.

Piper John Gil­lies and singers Màiri McGil­livray, Sheena Walker, Seu­mas Camp­bell, and Nor­man MacKin­non were all in fine form. The star of the evening, how­ever, was young ac­cor­dion­ist, Ryan Cor­bett, who mes­merised the au­di­ence with his bril­liant play­ing.

The fi­nal func­tion of the Skye ses­sion is the so­cial evening in the Red­hurst Ho­tel, Giffnock, on Fri­day June 9 at 7.30pm. As this is a func­tion with a high tea, the sec­re­tary, Karen Camp­bell, needs to let the ho­tel know the num­bers at­tend­ing and their meal choices and spe­cial di­etary re­quire­ments by Mon­day June 5.

Mull and Iona As­so­ci­a­tion AGM

The Mull and Iona AGM will be held on June 7 in An Lèanag, Mans­field Square, at 7pm.

The as­so­ci­a­tion re­ceived a good re­sponse to last year’s pledge for new com­mit­tee mem­bers, and is con­se­quently for­tu­nate enough to have sus­tain­able com­mit­tee num­bers.

This com­mit­tee is al­ways look­ing for keen and com­mit­ted new mem­bers as it turns its at­ten­tion to­wards the 2018 gath­er­ing.

Last year’s Mull and Iona gath­er­ing was a re­sound­ing suc­cess and, through the ticket sales and the raf­fle, the as­so­ci­a­tion raised a large sum of money that will be dis­trib­uted among local is­land groups and char­i­ties to be de­cided upon at the forth­com­ing AGM.

For any more in­for­ma­tion about the Mull and Iona, contact themul­lan­

What’s on

Thurs­day May 11: Co­munn-an- Taobh-an- Iar an­nual gen­eral meet­ing in the El­lan­gowan So­cial Club, Mil­ngavie. Thurs­day May 18: Don­ald Black al­bum launch in the Col­lege of Pip­ing, Otago Street. Fri­day May 26: The Uist and Barra As­so­ci­a­tion an­nual gen­eral meet­ing in Lour­des Se­condary School. Wed­nes­day June 7: The Glas­gow Skye As­so­ci­a­tion an­nual gen­eral m eet­ing in Partick Burgh Hall.

Pub scene

Is­lay Inn. Fri­day May 12: Crooked Reel. Satur­day May 13: The Rag­gaels.

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