Glasgow letter with Robert Robertson week 46

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118th Tiree Gathering

I believe there are very few tickets left for the Tiree Association dance this Friday evening in the Glasgow University Union.

I read last week there were only 60 tickets left and I can only imagine that number will have reduced greatly since.

It is fantastic to see annual gatherings such as this one being so well supported and I’ll certainly be wishing I was there while I’m playing in Oxford for what will be the 13th gig of our Tide Lines UK tour.

As is tradition, the Tiree Association have their concert the evening before the dance – an arrangement that I always feel allows for a much more relaxing atmosphere without the need to rush to be finished in time for the dance.

This Thursday’s concert looks set to be a real gem. Chairperson Ian Gillies will introduce singers James Graham, Alasdair Currie and Josie Duncan, and Màrtainn Skene will give a few tunes on the box.

All singers will be accompanied on the piano by Kathryn Callander who usually treats the audience to a selection of sing along Gaelic choruses at some point in the course of the evening.

The dance on Friday this year is to be played by the Dùn Mòr Cèilidh Band led, of course, by proud Tirisdeachs Eilidh MacFadyen on box and Jamie MacDonald on fiddle. The remaining tickets are available at the Park Bar or by contacting the association via Facebook.

Wester Rum launched

I wrote some time ago in this column about the establishment of Wester Spirit Company by young entrepreneurs from Ardnamurchan Allan Nairn and Zander MacGregor.

There was a gathering last weekend in Partick to celebrate the official opening of their very own rum distillery.

Recently, we filmed a Tide Lines music video in the distillery so I know for a fact what an impressive set up the boys have in there. I can’t say I’ve ever been a rum drinker, but I am told by those who are that the product is excellent – particularly when used for the types of elaborate cocktails that were on sale at the launch.

I wish the boys success in the future and hope that Wester Rum will go as far as it deserves to.

What’s on

Thursday November 15: Tiree Association annual gathering concert in the Partick Burgh Hall at 7.30pm.

Friday November 16: Tiree Association annual gathering dance in the Glasgow University Union at 9pm.

Thursday November 22: Comunn-An-Taobh-an-Iar haggis supper at 7.30pm in the Ellangowan Social Club.

Friday November 23: The Glasgow Uist and Barra Association dinner dance at 7.30pm – venue TBC.

Saturday November 24: Uilleam Againne (Oor Wullie) in the Mitchell Theatre at 11am.

Saturday November 24: The Glasgow Islay Association quiz night at 7.30pm in the West of Scotland Cricket Club, Partick.

Friday December 7: Glasgow Skye Association annual concert and dance at 7.30pm in the Glasgow University Union.