Glasgow Letter – week 17

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I hope everyone had a relaxing Easter weekend and managed to get out and about in the beautiful spring weather. As I walked down Byres Road, along Dumbarton Road, and through Finnieston, it was great to see the number of people sitting out in the sun in beer gardens or restaurants. It felt like a scene from a Mediterranean country!

The abundance of people eating out reminded me of a tale I was told by the mother of a friend of mine; about her own first trip to a restaurant in Glasgow some years ago. Being from the Hebrides, she was not used to frequenting a posh city restaurant and was, therefore, feeling slightly out of her comfort zone. At the end of the meal, the bill arrived with pieces of tablet. Delighted with this finishing gesture, but quite lost for words after such a classy meal, the lady naturally reverted to her island roots and, without thinking, exclaimed to the waitress: That’s fantastic! Did you make the tablet yourself?!

Glasgow Skye Association Closing Concert This Weekend

The Glasgow Skye will bring another season to a close this weekend with their closing concert,  The Wee Skye, on Saturday evening in the Crawford Hall, Beith Street. Singers will be DI Brown, Darren MacLean, Catherine Tinney, and Mischa MacPherson. The piper for the evening will be John A Gillies and Jean Ann Callender will play the fiddle. In the chair will be the president of the Tiree Association, Margaret MacKinnon.

Edinburgh Argyll Association to Host Cèilidh

St Cuthbert’s Church, Lothian Road, will be the venue for this cèilidh at 7.30pm on Saturday night – doors open at 7.15pm. Margaret Nicolson will sing some Gaelic songs accompanied by Stewart MacDonald on guitar; Julie MacFadyen will also give a few Gaelic songs; and Anne McClary will sing in Scots. Steph Humphrey (clàrsach) and Andrew MacIntyre (highland pipes) will be the instrumentalists. The cèilidh comes at a promising time for cèilidhs in the city of Edinburgh given that Comunn Tìr nam Beann Dùn Èideann’s closing ceilidh a fortnight ago had an amazing attendance of 89 audience members – including 35 Norwegian tourists!

Another Succesful Morino Day

I didn’t manage to attend but, judging by Facebook and Instagram, the Park Bar’s bi-annual Morino day (a full day of Scottish dance music celebrating the famous Hohner Morino) seems to have been a tremendous day, with members of Scottish Dance Bands from around the country in attendance – and some guest appearances from members of Trail West, Gunna Sound, and Skerryvore.

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.

Saturday May 11: Mòd Ghlaschu Strictly Come Cèilidh Dancing fundraising evening in the Woodside Hall.