Glasgow Letter – week 01

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Happy New Year to all readers of the Oban Times Glasgow Letter! I think 2019 is going to be a cracker down in Glasgow – with loads of interesting events on the horizon throughout the year.

As well as live gigs coming up in Glasgow, there is also plenty of new recorded traditional music coming out of the city. Last week, I did a couple of Christmas gigs with Mànran for their shows in Broadford, Skye, and Inverness. Both their box player, Gary Innes, and fiddle player, Ewen Henderson, had just received the first batch of their respective new CDs as we headed up the road from Glasgow.

Gary Innes new album will be launched on January 19.
Imminent, an album by Gary Innes

Gary’s second album (like his first) is comprised entirely of his own material: a wealth of fresh new tunes as well as songs on subjects close to Gary’s heart. It even features Gary’s impressive singing debut (on a lovely song called Starlight), as well as guest performances from Capercaillie’s Karen Matheson and Ross Wilson from The Blue Rose Code.

While it is certainly not short on thought-provoking and quiet moments, Imminent is primarily an upbeat and uplifting record – appropriate given its title was inspired by the imminent arrival of Gary and his lovely wife Hannah’s first child in 2019.

Congratulations to Gary on that news, but also on a brilliant second solo album – which is currently available to pre-order from his website and will be launched in the Drygate Brewery at Celtic Connections on Saturday January 19.

Ewen Henderson Sings Gaelic

This is a pre-cursor to a fuller album coming soon. As an awareness-raiser for the eventual recording of the proper album, it has had the desired effect!

On its release, it became something of a West Highland social media sensation – started comically by Ross Martin from Morar (guitarist with Dàimh) and resulting in the album appearing everywhere from people’s showers, toilets, and even an appearance on top of a Christmas tree!

I realise, of course, that Christmas is over and I am perhaps too late to be telling you about this record; but with classics such as Taobh Loch Èitibh, A’ Pheigi a’ Ghràidh, and Mo Ghleannan Taobh Loch Lìobhann, it is the perfect purchase to get you through the long January evenings and I dare say it will feature at many after-parties and cèilidhs in Glasgow when most of the rest of the town has gone to bed!

This CD is on sale from Ewen’s website and, of course, we all look forward to the release of his full debut Gaelic singing album soon.

Clydebank Christmas Ceilidh!

Just before the Christmas holidays began, the Clydebank Highlanders signed off with a Christmas ceilidh on Friday December 14.

The chairman was Gordon McKeeve, who also sang. Mary C MacLean, Colin Fisher, Jim Spence, and John MacMillan on fiddle provided the audience with a great night of music and song. Kirsteen Grant was the accompanist and the piper was Robert Wood.

The president and committee would like to thank their patrons for their continued support and send best wishes to all for the New Year.