A lot of great musicians were involved in a new musical project on Saturday October 6 and Sunday October 7 called Mòdrun.
The name, of course, is a pun on the word ‘modern’ as well as a reference to the Royal National Mòd which is coming to Glasgow in 2019.
On Saturday, they staged a cèilidh in the grand setting of the foyer of Kelvingrove Art Gallery. The line-up matched the grandeur of the surroundings as a whole host of excellent singers and musicians performed.
These were Gillebrìde MacIlleMhaoil, Alasdair Whyte, Catherine Tinney, Fiona Ross, James Graham, Darren MacLean, Mairi NicIllemhaoil, Murdo L, Na Boireannaich Eile Quartet, Buidheann Bun-Sgoil Beinn Chamshroin, and a finale of mixed choirs.
There was then a dance with the Robert Nairn Ceilidh Band which was MC’d by Catriona MacKinnon.
The following day, three ceilidhs were staged in Glasgow’s three most significant venues. The Hydro, Hampden and the Royal Concert Hall, I hear you ask? No – the Islay Inn, the Snaffle Bit and the Park Bar! The idea was each pub would have a house band, and three singers and three pipers would then rotate between the pubs – much like what tends to happen fairly naturally at the Mòd when people go from pub to pub and give a song or a tune.
Musicians and singers involved on the Sunday were Seonaidh MacIntyre, Laura Wilkie, Ian Smith, Padruig Morrison, Micheal Steele, Ewan Duncan, Shona Masson, Robbie Greig, Kim Carnie and Josie Duncan.
I didn’t manage to make it along to hear it all but I have it on good authority from my flatmate that all three ceilidhs were very enjoyable indeed.
New musical project, Mòdrun, is a huge success.