Glasgow Letter – week 07

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Mull and Iona Annual Gathering

The weekend of the annual Mull and Iona Gathering is upon us and here is a reminder of the fantastic line up in store for the concert this Saturday evening.

Singers will be: Arthur Cormack, Mary Catherine MacLean, Janet Campbell, and Fiona Ross. Niall Kirkpatrick will give a few tunes on the box and the Mull and Iona pipers have assembled especially for the occasion.

The dance afterwards will be played by Beinn Lee who, since the release of their album last year, have pretty much consolidated themselves as the “go to” band for dances in Glasgow – and rightly so.

Doors for the concert open at 7pm in the Glasgow University Union and the dance follows at about 10.30pm. Tickets (are available from

Buddha Beag and band bring Park Bar to their feet

A casual observer of the Park Bar on Sunday night might have wondered why it was so incredibly busy. Yes, it was a school holiday on Monday, but this was no ordinary February weekend crowd.

The answer, of course, is that it was the first Park Bar appearance of Sean ‘Buddha Beag’ MacCallum and his band and half of Tiree had appeared in the Park to support their fellow islanders on their debut Glasgow performance.

And a fine job the boys made of it too – the whole pub was bouncing to the sound of well known West Coast singalong classics, as well as a great selection of Highland tunes. I dare say we will be seeing much more of the boys in future.

BBC Alba Celtic Connections highlights

Keep your eye on BBC Alba for the series Seirm and make sure not to miss it.

Broadcast every year, this programme showcases the best from Celtic Connections. It is filmed throughout the festival from the Hillhead Bookclub.

This year, the only act I managed to catch was Allan Henderson and his ‘formative playlist’ project. A set list based on songs Allan enjoyed in his youth, it had everything from Ossian, to Peter Gabriel, to Boys of the Lough, and, of course, plenty of excellent humour from Allan himself which may or may not make the telly!

What’s On

Saturday February 16: The Mull and Iona Association Annual Gathering in the Glasgow University Union.

Saturday February 23: Glasgow Skye Buntata ’s Sgadan Supper in Crawford Hall, Beith Street, at 7.30pm.

Wednesday February 27: Cèilidh Comunn Oiseanach at 8pm in the GUU.

Thursday February 28: Mòd Ghlaschu Cèilidh at 7.30pm in the Oran Mòr.

Saturday March 02: The Glasgow Islay Association Annual Gathering Concert at 7.30pm in the GUU and dance thereafter at 10.30pm.

Saturday March 09: Gaelictronica in the CCA, Sauchiehall Street, at 7.30pm

Pub Scene

Park Bar
Friday February 15: Eriskay Lilt
Saturday February 16: Gunna Sound

Islay Inn
Friday February 15: Hullabaloo
Saturday February 16: The Keelies

caption: Beinn Lee will take to the stage for the dance of the Mull and Iona Association Annual Gathering this weekend in the Glasgow University Union.