Glasgow Letter with Robert Robertson week 18

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The Blueswater come to Glasgow

I have to admit that The Blueswater are possibly not the type of band that I would traditionally choose to write about in my Glasgow Letter.

Their forthcoming gig in Glasgow, however, part of their spring UK tour, is well worth going to see.

They are an Edinburgh-based band who are heavily influenced by gritty, old-school rhythm and blues – built around big guitar riffs and harmonica solos. They are as energetic a band as you are ever likely to see and the reason I know them is that they take this energy and unique style every year to the Islay Whisky Festival.

Many times over the past four or five years, I have stood listening to them in the grounds of one distillery or another and, come rain, hail or shine (and you usually get all three during the course of the whisky festival), we always enjoy each other’s music and, indeed, company.

Their singer, Felipe Schrieberg, is originally from Chicago (home of the famous Chess Records, of course) and he has a wonderful, natural ability to lift an audience during the set.

As part of this tour, they are also playing in Southend, London, Bristol, Manchester, and Edinburgh. The Glasgow show is in the Hug and Pint on Sunday May 6 at 7.30pm.

I dare say the audience will be as lively as the band!

Association AGMs

It seems is the time of year once again for the association AGMs and you can see the dates for each meeting in the What’s on section.

There will be a few dates added to this over the coming weeks from associations who have not yet confirmed the dates of their AGMs, so keep an
eye out for that.

What’s on

Tuesday May 8: Glasgow Lewis and Harris Association annual general meeting at 7pm in An Lèanag on Mansfield Square.

Thursday May 10: Comunn an Taobh-an- iar annual general meeting at 7.30pm in the Ellangowan Social Club.

Saturday May 12: Gaelic Writers’ Showcase in the Gaelic Books Council, Mansfield Square, from 2pm until 4pm.

Thursday May 17: Comunn Gàidhlig Ghlaschu annual general meeting at 7.30pm in the Glasgow Gaelic School.

Thursday May 17: Glasgow Life: Mapping Gaelic in Glasgow from 2pm to 4pm; venue to be confirmed.

Friday May 18: Gaelic quiz at 8pm in Sutherland’s Bar of the Argyll Hotel.

Friday May 25: Helensburgh and District Highland Association annual general meeting and dance in the Commodore Hotel at 8pm

Thursday May 31: Glasgow Uist and Barra Association annual general meeting at 7.30pm in Lourdes Secondary School

Tuesday June 5: The Glasgow Islay Association annual general meeting at 7pm in Partick Burgh Hall.

Friday June 8: The Glasgow Skye Association end of session social at 7pm in the Redhurst Hotel, Giffnock.

Friday June 29: Helensburgh and District Highland Association dance at 8pm in the Commodore Hotel.

Pub scene

Islay Inn.

Friday May 4: Deep River.

Saturday May 5: Auld Skool.

Sunday May 6: Jonathan Gillespie.