Glasgow letter with Robert Robertson week 20

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Skerryvore hit number one

Skerryvore’s Take My Hand is the latest Highland single to reach number one in the world music chart on the week of its release.

The Glasgow-based Tiree band have created a real cracker with this summer hit that will have you singing it under your breath for days after you’ve heard it.

Dol Eoin MacKinnon, another Glasgow-based islander, has produced an excellent video to go with the song which can be viewed on all social media platforms. I for one am looking forward to hearing this song live at festivals throughout the summer. Their new album, Evo, will be released soon and is currently available for pre-order.

Jonathan Gillespie

For the first time last weekend, I made it along to hear my good friend Jonathan Gillespie’s Sunday evening slot in the Islay Inn.

Jonathan has been playing in the Islay on Sunday evenings around dinner time quite regularly over the past few months and it is a really nice time to listen to music.

A member of Trail West’s six-piece line-up, as well as his father Johnny’s band Crooked Reel, Jonathan is a great singer and a phenomenal piano player. Some of the runs he pulls off on the keys have to be seen to be believed.

His singing and playing will also feature on Trail West’s forthcoming album which, from what I hear, is one to look out for.

Mull and Iona AGM

The Mull and Iona Association has confirmed the details of its AGM which will take place on Wednesday June 13 in An Leannag.

The meeting will be in unit three, next to An Lochran’s office, which is important information for those attending because the Tiree Association also has a meeting in An Leannag that night – and, when Tirisdich and Muilleachs mix, it can be a dangerous combination.

What’s on

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.

Thursday May 31: Glasgow Sutherland Association AGM in the RAOB Club, 937 Dumbarton Road, at 7.30pm.

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 18: Crooked Reel.

Saturday May 19: The Raggaels.

Sunday May 20: Jonathan Gillespie.

Park Bar.

Friday May 18: Eriskay Lilt.

Saturday May 19: Gunna Sound.

Sunday May 20: Scott Harvey.