Glasgow letter with Robert Robertson 09.05.19

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Comunn an Taobh-an-Iar turns 50

Comunn an Taobh-an-Iar are celebrating the association’s 50th anniversary this year with a concert on Friday evening alongside the Bearsden Fiddlers in Milngavie Town Hall.

For this special occasion, they have put together a fantastic line-up of singers and musicians.

Association piper Kenneth MacFarlane will start the night off and other artists include Deirdre Graham, Maeve MacKinnon, Gillebrìde MacMillan and Alasdair Whyte. Amy Lewis and Allan MacDougall will perform a fiddle and guitar duo and Ryan Corbett (who recently played for none other than Prince Charles) will entertain on the accordion.

Tickets are £10, which includes a complementary glass of wine or a soft drink. The evening begins at 7.30pm.

Prince Charles enjoys RCS performance

I mentioned briefly that Ryan Corbett recently played for Prince Charles – and I bet you thought The Oban Times’s Glasgow Letter was one of the few places you wouldn’t be reading about royalty this week after Meghan Markle gave birth to the most recent royal baby.

The Prince was visiting the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and sat alongside Outlander star Sam Heughan (used to fighting alongside an altogether different Prince Charlie) for a performance by students.

Strictly Come Cèilidh Dancing

The weekend has finally arrived for the Mòd Ghlaschu Strictly Coming Cèilidh Dancing fundraising evening and further details have been announced on Facebook in a post that read as follows: ‘Mòd Ghlaschu would like to invite you along to our latest fundraising event, to be held on Saturday May 11, in the Woodside Hall.

‘Strictly Come Ceilidh Singing is an event that is sure to entertain! We have a variety of contestants lined up to battle it out to be crowned the ceilidh singing king or queen! They’ll be performing for our very own panel of judges, who’ll have the hardest task of the night!

‘Along with the excellent entertainment from our contestants, we also have the fantastic Charlie Kirkpatrick Band on hand to provide some music for the dancing!’

Doors are open from 7pm for a 7.30pm start. There will be a bar and of course a raffle. Tickets are £10. To reserve your ticket please get in touch via social media or email

Massed Gaelic choirs

I have been enjoying watching footage of Glòir – a spectacular concert in the Usher Hall described as ‘a celebration of Gaelic spiritual music led by the massed Gaelic choirs of Scotland in memory of John MacLeod.’

John MacLeod, who died in January 2018, was a much-loved champion of the Gaelic language in Scotland and the president of An Comunn Gàidhealach for 10 years.

The evening was hosted by Cathy MacDonald and featured the massed Gaelic choirs of Scotland, Soisgeul (the Gaelic gospel choir), Na Clarsairean (the Scottish Harp Orchestra), the City of Edinburgh Music School, and the children of Bun Sgoil Taobh na Pairce.

All proceeds from the event are to be donated to MND Scotland.