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I took a night off from Celtic Connections last Saturday night as I was making a speech at the Tiree Association Burns Supper in the Ralston Community Centre in Paisley. It was a great, relaxed night with great food cooked by the committee and some superb entertainment. A real highlight was Kenneth MacLeod’s rendition of Tam O’ Shanter which had the whole company hanging onto his every word as he paced up and down the floor revealing various props as the poem progressed.
Gaelic rap and electronica
On Sunday evening, I attended Baile Air Bhoil, a brilliant gig in Glasgow University’s Queen Margaret Union with The League of Highland Gentlemen, Griogair Labhruibh, and Inyal. The League started the evening off in style; and, by style, I mean tartan trews, plus fours, and sunglasses! Griogair’s Gaelic rap has been the talk of the trad music world ever since his performance at the Trad Awards in December, so it was great to hear it live. Inyal are the young band of the minute and they had the audience on their feet right up until the end of the night. The lighting show for all three bands was immense and really added to a fantastic concert.
Last weekend of Celtic Connections!
Only one weekend left now of Celtic Connections and, could I teleport myself to numerous different places at the same time, here is where I would go… On Thursday night: Josie Duncan in the Mitchell Theatre at 7.30pm; Blazin’ Fiddles with Karen Matheson in the King’s Theatre at 7.30pm; Gillebrìde MacMillan in the Tron Theatre at 8pm. On Saturday night: Rura in St Luke’s at 7.30pm; Alasdair White and Vox with Kim Carnie in the Strathclyde Suite at 8pm; or Mairearad and Anna with Jamie MacDonald and Christian Gamauf in the Drygate Brewery at 7.30pm. Sunday, the festival’s final night, has a host of great concerts inlcluding a New Voices commission by Megan Henderson in the Strarthclyde Suite at 1pm; and a concert from Siobhan Miller in the New Auditorium of the Concert hall at 7.30pm.
Some upcoming cèilidhs
Just in time for Celtic Connections finishing, there are a host of cèilidhs taking place in Glasgow and nearby throughout February – details for which are below. The line up for the Comunn Tir nam Beann Dun Èideann Ceilidh which takes place this weekend is an interesting one which includes Joy Dunlop singing Gaelic songs, and Silver Solas – a band featuring Gaelic songs, Scots songs, and Tenor horn. Lili MacShea and Bronwen Stahl will play the Clarsach and Andrew MacIntyre the Highland pipes. I will include details of the line ups for the Stirling ceilidh, and the two Glasgow based ceilidhs next week.
Saturday February 2: Comunn Tir nam Beann Dun Èideann Ceilidh in Augustine United Church, George IV Bridge, 7.15pm-7.30pm.
Thursday February 7: Comunn An-Taobh-An-Iar Spring Cèilidh in the Ellangowan Social Club
Friday February 8: Clydebank and District Highland Association Ceilidh in the Napier Hall, Old Kilpatrick, at 7.30pm.
Saturday February 9: Stirling An Comunn Ceilidh in Lesser Albert Halls at 7.30pm
Saturday February 16: The Mull and Iona Association Annual Gathering in the Glasgow University Union.
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the League of Highland Gentlemen (left to right): Alec Dalglish, Ewen Henderson, Mike Katz, and Ross Wilson.