Gaelic choirs at West End Fes­ti­val

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

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.

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