Glas­gow Let­ter

The Oban Times - - LEISURE -

Great night at the Lewis/Har­ris Gath­er­ing

I had great fun singing to an ap­pre­cia­tive and large au­di­ence last Fri­day Novem­ber 3 at the Lewis and Har­ris As­so­ci­a­tion an­nual gath­er­ing.

As the last note of So­raidh Leibh was sung to end the night, all the per­form­ers (Kath­leen Macinnes, Ron­nie Murray, Alas­dair Pater­son and Ross Mackay) were of the opin­ion that it had been a very en­joy­able night in­deed.

Alas­dair Fraser per­haps set the tone of the evening early on by in­tro­duc­ing me onto the stage as ‘the house­wives’ favourite’. I can’t de­cide whether the roar of laugh­ter this com­ment re­ceived con­firms its truth or oth­er­wise.

Claire MacAu­lay, who was due to sing, un­for­tu­nately couldn’t man­age be­cause of a virus and I wish her a speedy re­cov­ery. While she was ob­vi­ously missed at the con­cert, the Glas­gow Is­lay Ju­nior Gaelic choir proved to be able re­place­ments and our two soloists from the choir (Re­becca and Rhi­anna Boyle) de­lighted the au­di­ence in the se­cond half.

They are both re­ally ex­cel­lent up-and-com­ing singers and def­i­nitely worth look­ing out for in the fu­ture. They are also very nice girls who are to­tally pas­sion­ate about Gaelic singing.

I left the gath­er­ing as soon as the con­cert was fin­ished as I had an early start the fol­low­ing morn­ing but I have it on good au­thor­ity that the dance was a cracker and that the Beinn Lee Ceilidh Band had the floor filled all evening.

Tiree Gath­er­ing

Not long now un­til the Tiree As­so­ci­a­tion holds its an­nual gath­er­ing on Thurs­day Novem­ber 16 at 7.30pm in the Partick Burgh Halls.

The con­cert will be chaired by An­gus MacPhail of Skip­in­nish and will be opened by as­so­ci­a­tion piper, Gor­don Rowan. My­self, Kim Carnie, and Nor­man MacK­in­non will all be singing and the young Rowan broth­ers, Alan and Kyle, will play a few sets on the ac­cor­dion and pi­ano.

Kathryn Cal­lan­der, con­duc­tor of the Go­van Gaelic Choir, is the ac­com­pa­nist for the evening.

The dance will be held the fol­low­ing evening in the Glas­gow Uni­ver­sity Union - start­ing at 9pm.

Peter MacDon­ald

Peter MacDon­ald, pres­i­dent of Co­munn An Taobh An Iar, has been in hos­pi­tal re­cently for an op­er­a­tion. I’m sure all his friends and those who at­tend the as­so­ci­a­tion would join me in wish­ing him a speedy re­cov­ery. He’ll no doubt be back en­ter­tain­ing with his sto­ries and jokes at the co­munn evenings very shortly.

What’s on

Satur­day Novem­ber 11: Glas­gow Skye As­so­ci­a­tion chil­dren’s post-Mòd ceilidh at 7.30pm in the Craw­ford Hall. Fri­day Novem­ber 17: Cly­de­bank and District High­land As­so­ci­a­tion ceilidh in the Napier Hall, Old Kilpatrick at 7.30pm. Thurs­day Novem­ber 23: Co­munn An Taobh An Iar haggis sup­per at 7.30pm in the El­lan­gowan So­cial Club. Fri­day Novem­ber 24: He­lens­burgh and District High­land As­so­ci­a­tion dance at 8pm in the Commodore Ho­tel. Satur­day Novem­ber 25: Coll As­so­ci­a­tion an­nual buf­fet and ceilidh in the Na­tional Pip­ing Cen­tre at 7pm.

Pub scene

Is­lay Inn:

Fri­day Novem­ber 10: Mooka. Satur­day Novem­ber 11: The Rag­gaels.

Park Bar:

Fri­day Novem­ber 10: Trail West. Satur­day Novem­ber 11: Dodgy Ground. Sun­day Novem­ber 12: Morino Day.

Park Bar:

Fri­day Novem­ber 3: Scott Har­vey. Satur­day Novem­ber 4: Beinn Lee Cèilidh Band.

Sun­day Novem­ber 5: Beinn Lee Cèilidh.

Lewis and Har­ris As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Calum Smith with mem­bers of the Glas­gow Is­lay Ju­nior Gaelic Choir on Fri­day night. Left to right: Calum Smith, Anna Smith, Sam McCourt, Re­becca Boyle, Cylina Porch, Leonie John­stone and Coin­neach Combe.

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