Glasgow Letter – 02.05.19

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Kishorn man releases charity song

Donnie Morrison is a well known man around the “teuchter triangle” in the West End of Glasgow and for some time now everyone has been in aware of his long held ambition, nay dream, to sing on a record with Mary Ann Kennedy.

Well, in the last few weeks, Donnie sensationally got his wish – and what a resounding success it has been. After the passing of his close friend Donnie Campbell from Harris last year – a tremendous character whose passion for music and dancing featured a number of times in my Glasgow Letters – and in memory of many other friends and family members from Harris, Donnie Morrison decided to team up with his cousin Joan Ann MacSween and record the island’s anthem, Chi Mi’n Tir, in Watercolour Studios.

Accompanied by Mary Ann on piano and backing vocals, the track has turned out brilliantly and (with its accompanying video posted on Facebook with a variety of pictures of the island of Harris) it certainly pulls at the heart strings. The track is being used as a fundraiser for Diabetes Research and, incredibly, through the power of social media, they have so far raised almost £2,000 – a tremendous tribute to the memory of those who inspired the recording. As, “the two Donnie’s” would have said during the many hours they enjoyed in each other’s company: Ho Ho!

A Quiet Weekend in Glasgow

I can only imagine that the usual haunts in Glasgow were quieter than usual last weekend as half the Highland population of the city emigrated to Main Street, Tobermory, for three nights.

Mull Music Festival, as always, was an absolute cracker. I only made it over on the Sunday, which is slightly quieter than the previous two days, but it was still brilliant to see the pubs in full swing and plenty people outside enjoying the sunny weather for the majority of the day.

Tide Lines looking forward to Glasgow show

On a personal level, I’m greatly looking forward to playing the Barrowland Ballroom with the band in November. For generations, the iconic venue has been synonymous with the famed Glaswegian tradition of going to “the dancing” – a tradition peddled by everyone from Francie and Josie in their famous “are you dancing/are you asking” scene; or, for my generation, the two posh guys from Chewin’ The Fat going “down the barrows”!

Strictly Come Cèilidh Dancing

The Mòd Ghlaschu Strictly Coming Cèilidh Dancing fundraising evening that I wrote about recently is now less than two weeks away on Saturday May 11. It is going to be a mix of a normal cèilidh dancing but with a cèilidh singing competition run along the lines of Strictly Come Dancing with a judging panel of high profile Gaelic singing judges. I don’t know who will be chosen as Gaeldom’s answer to Len Goodman or Bruno Toniolli to judge the contestants, but I’m sure it will be a fantastic night. It takes place in the Woodside Hall.


cap: The two Donnies”: Donnie Morrison, left, who (along with Joan Ann MacSween) has recorded Chi Mi’n Tir in memory of friends and family from Harris including the late Donnie Campbell, right.