Glas­gow Let­ter

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

The Saw Doc­tors rock the O2

WHILE it is al­ways great to look for­ward to a gig and ex­pe­ri­ence the build-up of an­tic­i­pa­tion as the evening ap­proaches, of­ten it is the last-minute, un­planned shows that turn out to be the real gems.

I have al­ways been a mas­sive fan of the Saw Doc­tors but had never had the op­por­tu­nity to see them live un­til last Fri­day when the op­por­tu­nity fell into my lap.

Hav­ing spent Thurs­day evening in the com­pany of An­thony Thistleth­waite, sax­o­phon­ist of the Saw Docs and found­ing mem­ber of The Water­boys who plays on two tracks of our de­but Tide Lines al­bum, and hav­ing re­hearsed with the Tide Lines boys all day on Fri­day for our al­bum launch at Oban Live the fol­low­ing day, a cou­ple of us man­aged to make it along to the O2 Academy to see Anto in ac­tion with the band.

We ar­rived just in time to catch their open­ing num­ber and to see a quiet, min­gling au­di­ence of 2,500 peo­ple in­stan­ta­neously erupt and turn into a wild and noisy crowd of rock’n’rollers. The elec­tric at­mos­phere con­tin­ued as the band and the crowd fed off each other from the first song to the last.

My orig­i­nal plan had been an early night in bed. But it was won­der­ful to hear songs I have lis­tened to most of my life per­formed live in what was gen- uinely one of the great­est at­mos­pheres I have ever ex­pe­ri­enced.

Mull and Iona AGM post­poned

THE MULL and Iona AGM has un­for­tu­nately been post­poned for two weeks - date pend­ing.

Con­tact themul­lan­diona@ for more de­tails or keep an eye on their Face­book page where the resched­uled date will be posted in due course.

Glas­gow Is­lay holds promis­ing AGM

AF­TER read­ing the Glas­gow Is­lay As­so­ci­a­tion’s re­quest for more com­mit­tee mem­bers on so­cial me­dia, I was happy and re­lieved to read on Face­book last week that their plea was an­swered.

A post from their of­fi­cial Face­book page read: ‘I am de­lighted to say that, af­ter a hugely successful AGM last night, we have de­cided to con­tinue to keep the as­so­ci­a­tion alive.

‘A big thank you goes to ev­ery­one who has of­fered help and sup­port, and a mas­sive wel­come and thank you to our new com­mit­tee mem­bers. Long may it con­tinue. Also, on be­half of the as­so­ci­a­tion, a huge thank you and farewell to our pres­i­dent Janette MacArthur, pre­vi­ous sec­re­tary Liz Camp­bell and treasurer Sheila Loach who, over the past few years, have ded­i­cated a lot of their time and ef­forts to keep the as­so­ci­a­tion go­ing.

Here’s to the next 155 years!’

What’s on

Fri­day June 9: Glas­gow Skye As­so­ci­a­tion end of ses­sion so­cial in the Red­hurst Ho­tel, Giffnock, at 7.30pm. Pub scene Park Bar: Fri­day June 9: Nicky McMichan. Satur­day June 10: Scott Har­vey. Sun­day June 11: Trail West. Is­lay Inn: Fri­day June 9: The Keel­ies. Satur­day June 10: The Rag­gaels. Sun­day June 11: The Calum Macphail (from Hò ro) Duo.

The Saw Doc­tors cre­ated a won­der­ful at­mos­phere.

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