Glasgow Letter – week 2

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Well, the festivities are over (the Christmas decorations came down on Sunday) and everyone is back to ‘auld claes and porridge’ this week, as they say. Except, of course, for Glasgow, which will still be partying all through January and February with a whole host of exciting events!

Celtic Connections

Glasgow’s premier folk festival returns very soon with a cracking line up of gigs this year.

I previously wrote a brief preview of the opening evening and, over the coming weeks, I would like to preview a couple of different concerts which I think will be of interest to Oban Times readers.

This week my focus is on a concert called TIREE: A Toast to Ten Years of Tiree Music Festival which will take place on Friday January 18 at 9.30pm in the Old Fruitmarket.

I think I have managed to make it to seven out of the nine Tiree Festivals over the last 10 years, so I certainly won’t be missing this celebration of the festival’s anniversary.

From the first festival in July 2010, attended by a 600-strong crowd, the event has since flourished to become one of the most anticipated events in the Highland (or even the Scottish) music calendar – nowadays routinely selling out its current capacity of 2,000.

There are a number of surprises being kept for the line up of this gig but rest assured there will be a whole host of acts who have performed at the festival over the years joining Skerryvore onstage for a party!

Mull and Iona Association announce Gathering line-up

The Mull and Iona Association got 2019 off to a great start by announcing the line-up for their Annual Gathering concert and dance which will take place on Saturday February 16 in the Glasgow University Union.

This year, the event has moved to a Saturday to help make it easier for folk from Mull and Iona to travel down to the event.

The concert is full of great acts: Arthur Cormack, Mary Catherine MacLean, Janet Campbell, Niall Kirkpatrick, and Fiona Ross – as well as the Mull and Iona pipers who are assembled especially for the occasion.

This year, Beinn Lee will play for the dance. Having released their wonderful debut album last year, which I reviewed in this letter, Beinn Lee have already made a huge name for themselves on the West Coast. They have performed at festivals up and down the country and 2019 is set to be an even bigger year for them.

Doors for the concert open at 7pm and the dance begins at 10.30pm. Tickets for the concert cost £8, tickets for the dance are £10, and a concert and dance deal ticket is available for £12.

More details on the event are available on the event Facebook page and tickets can be obtained from the Park Bar or by emailing

First Clydebank Cèilidh of the year

Clydebank & District Highland Association are having a cèilidh in the Napier Hall, Old Kilpatrick, tomorrow (Friday January 11) at 7.30pm. Admission at the door is £8 and this includes tea or coffee and some homebaking.



Caption: Tiree Festival will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year, starting with a concert in Glasgow for Celtic Connections