Glasgow Letter with Robert Robertson

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Lewis and Harris Association

Last week, I received the syllabus for the Lewis and Harris Association for this season.

As usual, the association has a number of great events coming up to get us through the winter.

Its annual gathering is to be held on Friday November 2 in the Glasgow University Union. The concert is at 7.30pm and the dance afterwards will go on until 2am.

Its only other event left in 2018 is their children’s party in Heart of Scotstoun, 64 Balmoral Street, on Saturday November 10 at 1pm. I will include further details of those events nearer the time.


A lot of great musicians were involved in a new musical project on Saturday October 6 and Sunday October 7 called Mòdrun.

The name, of course, is a pun on the word ‘modern’ as well as a
reference to the Royal National Mòd which is coming to Glasgow in 2019.

On Saturday, they staged a cèilidh in the grand setting of the foyer of Kelvingrove Art Gallery. The line-up matched the grandeur of the surroundings as a whole host of excellent singers and musicians performed.

These were Gillebrìde MacIlleMhaoil, Alasdair Whyte, Catherine Tinney, Fiona Ross, James Graham, Darren MacLean, Mairi NicIllemhaoil, Murdo L, Na Boireannaich Eile Quartet, Buidheann Bun-Sgoil Beinn Chamshroin, and a finale of mixed choirs.

There was then a dance with the Robert Nairn Ceilidh Band which was MC’d by Catriona MacKinnon.

The following day, three ceilidhs were staged in Glasgow’s three most significant venues. The Hydro, Hampden and the Royal Concert Hall, I hear you ask? No – the Islay Inn, the Snaffle Bit and the Park Bar!

The idea was that each pub would have a house band, and three singers and three pipers would then rotate between the pubs – much like what tends to happen fairly naturally at the Mòd when people go from pub to pub and give a song or a tune.

Musicians and singers involved on the Sunday were Seonaidh MacIntyre, Laura Wilkie, Ian Smith, Padruig Morrison, Micheal Steele, Ewan Duncan, Shona Masson, Robbie Greig, Kim Carnie and Josie Duncan.

I didn’t manage to make it along to hear it all but I have it on good authority from my flatmate that all three ceilidhs were very enjoyable indeed.

Clydebank ceilidh

The Clydebank Highlanders are having their ceilidh this Friday October 12 in the Napier Hall, Old Kilpatrick, at 7.30pm. Admission at the door is £8 and this ticket includes tea, coffee and home baking.

Gaelic learners’ day

The University of the West of Scotland, High Street, Paisley, will host Gaelic language classes at four levels (from beginners to advanced) on Saturday October 27. The cost for attending those classes is £15, or £12 for those who are members of ClannGàidhlig. Places must be booked in advance.

For an enrolment form, contact or telephone 07805 918509.

Gaelic service

St Columba’s, Glasgow’s Gaelic kirk, is fortunate to welcome the Reverend Roderick John Campbell to conduct the autumn communion (both Gaelic and English services) this Sunday, October 14.