Glasgow letter with Robert Robertson week 40

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I apologise for the temporary absence of my What’s On section in recent weeks. It will return as soon as An Lòchran, the Gaelic arts body which usually supplies me with most of my information about local events, appoints a new development officer.

I am sure it will be a busy winter in Glasgow as usual.

Fine day at Clydesdale club

Last Sunday, September 30, I made my third visit to the Clydesdale Accordion and Fiddle Club in St Mary’s Club Rooms, 70 Bannatyne Street, Lanark.

I had been along twice before as a punter to hear Ian Smith and Gordon Pattullo but this time I had the honour of being the guest artist backed by Ross Wilson on keyboard, Fraser MacInnes on drums and Graham MacKenzie on fiddle.

This is only the second time we have performed together as a four-piece – loosely titled the Robert Robertson Scottish Dance Band – the first being a nerve-wracking live broadcast for the Celtic Connections edition of BBC Radio Scotland’s Take the Floor in January.

We are a band who place more emphasis on live performance than rehearsal.

Graham has a remarkable ability to follow the melody line note for note with very little preparation – which is lucky for us considering we had our only run through the tunes in the kitchen of the church hall about five
minutes before going on while the tea ladies prepared for the break.

The Clydesdale club, as I have written before, is well worth a visit. There is always a wonderful turnout of players and Sunday was no different.

In the second half, we only had to play for about 20 minutes because there was such a wealth of talented players. To list them all here would be a fruitless endeavour because The Oban Times would have to produce an extra supplement to fit in all the names.

I highly recommend a visit. Their next meeting is at 2pm on Sunday November 4 and the guest act is the Craigowl Scottish Dance Band.

Glasgow Uist and Barra piping results

Glasgow Uist and Barra Association held its annual piping competition last Saturday, September 29 with the overall winner Niall Stewart.

Results: Piobaireachd: 1 Iain Speirs; 2 William McCallum; 3 Angus MacColl; 4 Jamie Forrester; 5 Stuart Liddell. March, Strathspey and Reel: 1 Craig Sutherland; 2 Niall Stewart 3 Stuart Liddell; 4 Alasdair Henderson; 5 William McCallum. Hornpipe and Jig: 1 Niall Stewart; 2 Alasdair Henderson; 3 Iain Speirs; 4 William McCallum; 5 Gordon McCready.

Clydebank ceilidh

Clydebank Highland Association held its first ceilidh of the new session earlier in the month and the audience was treated to music of the highest calibre.

Neil Murray was his usual amiable self as chairman, telling stories and introducing the artistes. Calum and Fiona Ross and Frank McCamley were the Gaelic singers and Jackie Gibson, making her first visit to Clydebank, was the Scots singer. Ryan Young was the fiddler, Robert Wood was the piper and the accompanist was Kirsteen Grant.