Gaelic choirs at West End Festival
AS ALWAYS, An Lochran have organised a number of exciting Gaelic events for the festival programme. One of these is an excellent series of evenings called Ceilidh Leis a’ Choisir – Ceilidh with the Choir.
This brings each of Glasgow’s big three choirs to three of Glasgow’s most famous Highland establishments. The Glasgow Gaelic Musical Association (the GG) got things started off last week with a ceilidh in the Park Bar just before the Thursday session commenced.
Tomorrow (Friday June 16), the Glasgow Islay Gaelic Choir will host a similar ceilidh in the Snaffle Bit and then, on Tuesday June 20, the Govan Gaelic Choir will be having a sing-song in the Islay Inn. All those events begin at 8pm and have free entry.
Seeing Gaelic choir members in the so- called ‘Teuchter triangle’ is, of course, far from unusual – it is something of a natural habitat for many of them. Seeing them all singing together, however, in this relaxed environment surely makes for a good night.
Later on in the month, on Saturday June 24, the choirs will take to the stage together at the Kelvingrove bandstand and bring the sound of massed Gaelic choirs to this unique and popular venue. This event will also be free entry and, going by what I heard about the similar event last year, it is likely to be a lovely afternoon.
The Glasgow Gaelic Musical Association are one of three choirs to be hosting ceilidhs in Glasgow during this month’s West End Festival.