Glas­gow Let­ter

The Oban Times - - LEISURE -

A GLAS­GOW taxi driver com­mented to me on Sun­day night that this was the start of the win­ter months when he an­nu­ally ex­pects to spend a lot of time drop­ping peo­ple off at the Is­lay Inn or the Park Bar as the high­landers and is­lan­ders, par­tic­u­larly stu­dents, re­turn from spend­ing their sum­mers up the road.

It is in­deed a great time of year in Glas­gow – with lots of ex­cit­ing events com­ing up.

Amer­i­cana Evening

A big week­end is on the horizon for Ceòl ’s Craic which hosts its an­nual Oid­hche Amer­i­cana on Satur­day Septem­ber 23 at 7.30pm in the Cen­tre for Con­tem­po­rary Arts on Sauchiehall Street.

Oid­hche Amer­i­cana, as you can prob­a­bly de­duce from its ti­tle, is a cel­e­bra­tion of the his­toric links be­tween tra­di­tional Gaelic song and Amer­i­cana mu­sic.

This year’s event takes in­spi­ra­tion from the ‘Grand Old Opry’ shows of Nashville’s iconic Ry­man Au­di­to­rium and fea­tures a stel­lar cast of singers and mu­si­cians.

Dòl Eoin MacK­in­non, from Scal­pay (and my neigh­bour here in Partick) has long wanted to pay tribute to the late, great Tom Sloss. For this event he will be ex­plor­ing the Uist trou­ba­dour’s body of work along­side some of his own orig­i­nal com­po­si­tions.

The Eriskay Ponies fea­ture the cream of Glas­gow’s ses­sion mu­si­cians and the vo­cal tal­ents of Lor­raine Wil­son and Warren MacIn­tyre. They will re­con­vene to per­form coun­try clas­sics, orig­i­nal com­po­si­tions and in­spired Gaelic cover ver­sions, in ad­di­tion to act­ing as ‘house band’ for the evening’s ex­cit­ing ar­ray of guest vo­cal­ists.

Gille­bride MacMil­lan is a na­tive of South Uist who grew up steeped in Gaelic song and tra­di­tion. Mairi Mor­ri­son is a renowned ac­tress, writer and di­rec­tor and an ex­cep­tional Gaelic singer and song­writer. Mairi re­turns to per­form her unique take on some clas­sic Coun­try heart­break­ers. Also per­form­ing as a very spe­cial guest is Mary Jean Lewis who hails from Louisiana and is the niece of ‘The Killer’ him­self, the leg­endary Jerry Lee Lewis! Tick­ets are £12/£10 and are avail­able from the ceòl ’s craic web­site.

Co­munn an Taobh cèilidh

Co­munn an Taobh an Iar host their open­ing ceilidh of the sea­son this Thurs­day (Septem­ber 14) at 7.30pm in the El­lan­gowan So­cial Club. The chair­man is Peter MacDon­ald, the piper is Ken­neth Mac­far­lane, and the singers are Kirsteen Dick, Linda MacCal­lum, Al­lan Mac­Dou­gal, and Gor­don McKeeve. Amy Caulfield is the in­stru­men­tal­ist, and Kirsteen Grant the ac­com­pa­nist. Teas, cof­fees, fruit juice and bis­cuits will be avail­able. Ad­mis­sion is £7.

What’s On

Fri­day Septem­ber 15: Open­ing Cly­de­bank Ceilidh of the sea­son in the Napier Hall, Old Kil­patrick at 7.30pm.

Fri­day Septem­ber 15: Glas­gow Lewis and Har­ris ceilidh in the Craw­ford Hall, Beith Street, at 7.30pm.

Satur­day Septem­ber 16: Glas­gow Skye As­so­ci­a­tion Open­ing Con­cert in the Craw­ford Hall, Beith Street, at 7.30pm.

Satur­day Septem­ber 16: Gaelic and Scots Mu­sic and Song fea­tur­ing Calum MacLeod, Ed­in­burgh Gaelic Choir, and other guests at 7.30pm in St John’s Church Hall, Princes Street, Ed­in­burgh.

Pub Scene

Is­lay Inn

Fri­day Septem­ber 15: Gunna Sound

Satur­day Septem­ber 16: The Rag­gaels

Park Bar

Fri­day Septem­ber 15: Dùn

Mòr

Satur­day Septem­ber 16: Dùn Mòr

Sun­day Septem­ber 17: Trail West

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