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Ceòl ’s Craic Host Gaelictronica Evening
On Saturday June 17 in the Centre for Contemporary Arts on Sauchiehall Street, Ceòl ’s Craic’s annual Gaelictronica event will combine Gaelic vocal and instrumental music with cutting-edge electronica to create a unique fusion of traditional, ambient, and dance sounds.
When the doors open at 8pm, the night will begin with a DJ set by Doktor Robert. Three further acts will feature throughout the evening: Whyte, Ela Orleans, and Inyal. Whyte made their debut at the first Gaelictronica event in 2016.
Composer Ross Whyte and vocalist Alasdair Whyte were brought together by Ceòl ’s Craic and commissioned to create experimental treatments of ancient Gaelic songs.
In the intervening months, they have recorded and released their first album – and this appearance will mark the end of their Scottish tour.
Ela Orleans is a Polish composer, multi-instrumentalist and singer who uses synthesisers, guitar, violin and piano to create diverse and multi-layered music. She has performed internationally to great acclaim and famous fans include Thurston Moore, Tim Burgess, David Lynch, Ian Rankin and Steven Pastel.
Inyal are establishing a reputation as a phenomenal live act – layering subtle electronics and twisted beats with intricate fiddle and pipes.
The band started 2017 with a spectacular Celtic Connections show at Glasgow’s Old Fruitmarket and shortly after their appearance at Ceòl ’s Craic they will head north to take to the main stage at this year’s Hebcelt festival. Tickets for this non-seated, over-18s event are £10 and can be obtained by emailing
Clydebank Highland Association Hold AGM
The Annual General Meeting of the Clydebank Highland Association was held recently in the Asbestos Group with a warm welcome extended to three new committee members: Graeme and Maureen MacDiarmid, and Ann MacKichan.
Following the ceilidh in aid of Erskine, a donation of £800 has been sent to the home, with many thanks to all who contributed.
Gaberlunzie to play in the Park Bar
As the song goes: ‘When the train reached Glasgow station, it was starting to get dark;
‘So we hired a taxi to that famous bar they call The Park!’
This weekend, Gaberlunzie (composers of such classics as The Park Bar song, and The Kishorn Commandos) will be playing in the Park Bar.
I have been a massive fan of Gaberlunzie ever since I was a little boy (and I am quite a big fan of the Park Bar too!) but, in the five years I have been down in Glasgow, I have never managed to get along to their rare appearances in the pub.
Once again, I am going to miss a great night this weekend.

What’s On
Thursday June 1: Glasgow Islay Association Annual General Meeting in Partick Burgh Halls at 7pm.
Wednesday June 7: The Glasgow Skye Association Annual General Meeting in Partick Burgh Hall.
Wednesday June 7: The Mull and Iona Association AGM in An Lèanag, Mansfield Square, at 7pm.
Friday June 9: The Glasgow Skye Association End of Session Social in the Redhurst Hotel, Giffnock, at 7.30pm.

Pub Scene
Park Bar.
Friday June 2: Gaberlunzie
Saturday June 3: Deoch ’n’ Dorus and Martin Pottinger
Sunday June 4: Martainn Skene
Islay Inn.
Friday June 2: Crooked Reel.
Saturday June 3: Parting Glass
Sunday June 4: The Deke McGee Band