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Easter time (much like the lead up to Christmas or the height of summer) always feels a little quieter to me in Glasgow because of the amount of Highlanders and islanders who return home at this time of year.
One such islander was telling me recently he had gone home with his children to the Isle of Mull to visit his parents. He said to his mother: ‘In this good weather, the kids are keen to get the kayak out on the water.’ She misheard entirely and mistook the word kayak for cailleach! Her reply, therefore, was: ‘If they think they’re getting me anywhere near the water, then they can think again!’
Wherever you are spending Easter, I hope you all have a lovely weekend. And don’t be taking any cailleachs out on the water!
New Music from Beinn Lee
Beinn Lee have released a new single – an original Gaelic song entitled Anam Saor – alongside a music video that blends footage from Hebridean beaches with the band playing in the unmistakeable debating chamber of Glasgow University Union.
The song is a cracker that is sure to be a hit on the Highland festival scene this summer and beyond – especially the section of vocables which I can imagine being sung by big crowds. It is available for download on all digital platforms. Myself and the Tide Lines boys also have a single on the way – to be released tomorrow, April 19, called Running at the Dark.
As the summer approaches, this time of year is always full of new music so I will try and keep this column up to date with what is being released by whom.
The Park Bar’s bi-annual Morino Day will be held this Sunday, April 21. This is an event that attracts the best dance band accordion players from all over the country to celebrate the famous Shand Morino type of accordion.
The tunes begin at 3pm and go on until closing time. In a tradition that has developed over the years the Morino Day has been taking place in the Park, everyone who plays receives a steak pie at dinner time.
Over the course of the day, you are guaranteed to hear some absolutely tremendous music so, if you have no plans for Easter Sunday and are at a loose end during the day or evening, I recommend a trip to the Park.
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.
Saturday May 11: Mòd Ghlaschu Strictly Come Cèilidh Dancing fundraising evening in the Woodside Hall.
Friday April 19: J Clarke 5
Saturday April 20: The Raggaels
Sunday April 21: Better Days Coming
Sunday April 21: Park Bar Morino Day, from 3pm.
caption: The artwork for Beinn Lee’s excellent new single, Anam Saor – incorporating a painting by Orla Stevens.