Glasgow Letter – week 12

Donald MacLeod entertaining the residents of a care home in Burnley for the most recent "Care for a Cèilidh" which now regularly takes place further afield as well as in Glasgow.

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Fitba4Kenya Quiz a Great Success

Donnie Maroot’s Fitba4Kenya quiz in the Park Bar last Monday evening was a tremendously succesful night, with lots of football strips donated by contestants and sent off to Kenya.

The quiz itself went very well – except when Donnie asked the teams to name the eight current or former premiership clubs in Greater London; and duly read out the nine correct answers!

He then asked them to name the four teams Louis Figo played for that had won the European Cup and gave the answers as Sporting Lisbon, Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Inter Milan; only to be informed by a number of contestants that Sporting Lisbon had never won the European Cup!

Donnie quickly countered that he was also including wins in the future! It was an evening full of laughs and, of course, was for a great cause.

Care for a Ceilidh Hits Burnley!

For the last few years, Care for a Ceilidh has grown so much from its humble roots in a care home in Glasgow and has taken traditional Gaelic-style cèilidhs much further afield – to venues  in the likes of the Isle of Man and Stornoway.

Last weekend, it continued its remarkable success story with a show in a care home in the Northern English town of Burnley. Edward and John Campbell, both from Tiree, and John’s daughter, Larissa, travelled down with Donald MacLeod and met up with their relative, former Downing Street Press Secretary, Alastair Campbell, to put on a ceilidh for residents of a care home.

Their trip coincided with a Burnley game, which they attended with Alastair, who has a long association with “the Clarets”. Unfortunately, the boys returned to Glasgow on Sunday having witnessed a Burnley loss; but I’m sure their visit provided a lot of joy for the residents of the care home and was, therefore, a worth while endeavour.

John Murray: Neil Gunn and Gaelic

On Friday March 19, author John Murray will introduce his book, Literature of the Gaelic Landscape, in the Mitchell Library for Glasgow’s Aye Write! book festival.

Murray invites us into the landscape of the Scottish Highlands through some of the songs, poems and stories set there. His careful analysis of work by Duncan Bàn Macintyre, Sorley Maclean and Neil M Gunn also compares Gaelic literature with other world traditions and their relationship to place and storytelling.

Enjoy a unique insight into this fascinating topic from the author himself.

What’s On

Friday March 22: Clydebank Ceilidh in Napier Hall, Old Kilpatrick, at 7.30pm.

Saturday March 23: Clann Gàidhlig Cèilidh at 7.15pm in the Wynd Centre, Paisley.

Saturday April 27: Glasgow Skye Association Annual Spring Concert (Wee Skye) in the Crawford Hall, Beith Street, at 7.30pm.

Pub Scene

Park Bar
Friday March 22: Susan MacFadyen Band
Saturday March 23: TBC
Sunday March 24: Beinn Lee

Islay Inn
Friday March 22: The Parting Glass
Saturday March 23: J Clark 5