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Burns supper season

What’s the difference between an Islay and a Tiree Burns supper? It sounds like a joke but I haven’t worked out a punchline yet.

You can, however, find out for real by attending two Burns suppers in one weekend in Glasgow at the end of this month!

The Glasgow Islay Association are holding theirs in the Hillhead Sports Club in Hughenden on Friday January 26 at 7pm for 7.30pm. Tickets cost £20 and include a three-course meal plus entertainment. Tickets are available from the association Facebook page or by emailing

The following evening, Saturday January 27, the Tiree Association will hold their Burns supper in the Ralston Community Hall in Allanton Avenue. A meal is provided and there is a great programme of entertainment featuring Cathie Lees, Donald Iain Brown, Kenneth MacLeod, Mike Hughes, and the competitive table singing that has become a tradition of the Tiree Burns supper. Tickets are £15 and can be reserved via Facebook or through any committee member.

Scotland and Ireland meet at Gaels Le Chéile

On Saturday January 20, Ceol ’s Craic are staging a Gaels Le Chéile event in the Centre for Contemporary Arts celebrating the shared Gaelic culture of Scotland and Ireland.

Imlé, an up-and-coming Irish band who deliver a unique fusion of poetry, rap, rock, trip hop, and traditional music, all in Irish Gaeilge, will represent their own Irish culture, while Mischa Macpherson from the island of Lewis and friends will represent Scottish Gaelic culture.

Trip will also be performing. They are a young, emerging Glasgow-based band who draw influence from the traditions of Scotland, England, Ireland, and the Isle of Man so will hugely contribute to the multi-cultural feeling of the evening. Doors open at 7.30pm and tickets cost £14.50.

What’s on at Celtic Connections

Thursday January 18: Celtic Connections 25th Anniversary Concert in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall at 7.30pm.

Friday January 19: Iain MacFarlane Trio and Kim Carnie in St Andrews’ in the Square at 7.30pm.

Saturday January 20: Skerryvore and Wee Banjo 3 in the Barrowland Ballroom at 7.30pm.

Wednesday January 24: Dougie MacLean and Yvonne Lyon in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall at 7.30pm.

Thursday January 25: Binneas nam Bàn in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall at 8pm.

Friday January 26: Òrain nan Gàidheal: Songs of the Gael featuring the BBC SSO and special guests in the Main Auditorium of the Royal Concert Hall at 7.30pm.

Friday January 26: Peatbog Faeries with special guests in the Old Fruitmarket at 8pm.

Wednesday January 31: Mary Ann Kennedy and Luar na Lubre in the Old Fruitmarket at 8pm.

Friday February 2: Skipinnish and Cruinn in the Pavilion Theatre at 7.30pm.

Friday February 2: Elephant Sessions and Notify in the Old Fruitmarket at 9.30pm.

Saturday February 3: Fergie MacDonald: The Ceilidh King in the Pavilion Theatre at 7.30pm.

Saturday February 3: Tide Lines with Cassie and Maggie in St Luke’s at 7.30pm.