Glasgow letter with Robert Robertson 11.04.19

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Springtime in Glasgow

The sun has had its hat on this week in Glasgow for the first time in a good long while and spring has most definitely sprung.

It’s not quite ‘taps aff’ weather yet (I will be sure to announce when that begins), but a few tables and chairs are tentatively beginning to appear outside bars and restaurants, and beer gardens are slowly but surely opening up for the Summer season.

As the weather heats up, so do the advertising campaigns for Glasgow’s two biggest summer events – TRNSMT and the Glasgow Summer Sessions –  tickets for which are now on sale.

Coming to the city to perform this year are massive acts such as George Ezra, the 1975, Stormzy, Snow Patrol, Foo Fighters, Sigrid, and many more.

Top of the charts just now, of course, is a Glasgow-born lad called Lewis Capaldi. He is fast becoming a cult hero in Scotland (partly due to his humorous presence on social media) but Oban Times readers may be more familiar with him as a former performer at Gig at the Goil festival in Lochgoilhead a couple of years ago – just before he made it to the big time.

What a remarkable rise to prominence – away and take a listen to his song Someone You Loved, which is aiming to stay at number one for a seventh successive week on Friday.

Mòd Ghlaschu

After their recent event to mark 200 days until the Royal National Mòd comes to Glasgow, at which the massed Gaelic choirs joined Gunna Sound for a cèilidh in Princes Square, the Mòd Ghlaschu committee is continuing its efforts to raise both funds and awareness of the event in October.

The next fundraising venture is entitled Strictly Come Cèilidh Singing on Saturday May 11 in the Woodside Hall and, while all the details of the evening have not been revealed just yet, I can only imagine it will do what it says on the tin.

The Facebook post describes the event as ‘an evening of top quality entertainment, live music, dancing, and a very exciting raffle!’ As if there’s ever been a raffle that isn’t very exciting.

Tickets for the event are £10 per person and I will report on further info when I hear.

Ceòl ’s Craic quiz

Ceòl ’s Craic are hosting a quiz tomorrow (Friday April 12) in Soul Food Kitchen on Sauchiehall Street.

They describe it as a fun night of brain teasing and plenty of craic with prizes to be won – which sounds pretty good to me. The price per competitor is £2 and the quiz begins at 8.30pm.

What’s on

Saturday April 27: Glasgow Skye Association annual spring concert (Wee Skye) in the Crawford Hall, Beith Street, at 7.30pm.

Saturday April 27: Glasgow Islay Association to host Tartan Pimpernel play in Partick Burgh Halls at 3pm. Tickets £8 or free for senior citizens.

Pub scene

Islay Inn
Friday April 12: Mooki
Saturday April 13: The Raggaels