Glasgow Letter from Robert Robertson 23.05.19

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An unfortunate mistake!

Having a name like Robert Robertson can throw up its own unique challenges sometimes.

On Monday, I had the pleasure of chatting on Radio Scotland to Janice Forsyth on The Afternoon Show about our new Tide Lines single, Heroes.

I arrived at Pacific Quay, home of the BBC, in plenty time and was sitting on the couches with about half a dozen other people – all of us waiting for a rep to appear, call our name and lead us to whatever we were there for.

Eventually a gentleman appeared and shouted: ‘Is there a Richard Robertson here?’ Nobody replied so he tried again.

On his second attempt, a man responded saying: ‘I don’t think there is but what a funny name that is.’

To which the rep replied: ‘Yes, I suppose you’re right. Almost as bad as Robert Robertson. There are some people actually called that, you know.’

At this point, I felt I should check that he hadn’t made a mistake with my name so I tentatively raised my hand and explained that my name was Robert Robertson.

He asked if I was for the Janice Forsyth Show and, when I confirmed, he was ever so apologetic – half for getting my name wrong in the first place and half, I presumed, for making fun of my actual name.

As we headed up the stairs, I commented to him that it was amazing that he
found my name so hilarious that he couldn’t even remember it!

WHYTE launch latest album

Last Sunday night, WHYTE (the duo project of Ross Whyte and Alasdair Whyte) launched their second album, Tairm, at the Poetry Club of the SWG3.

Having just returned from touring in England, I didn’t make it along, but I am very much looking forward to listening to the album because, as I wrote at the time, I very much enjoyed their first album, which was called Fairich and released back in 2016.

This latest launch took the form of a live performance featuring projected
visuals by Dan Shay. I will be reviewing the album (as well as some other new Gaelic albums with a connection to Glasgow currently in my possession) in this column over the coming weeks.

Edinburgh Argyll Association ceilidh

The Edinburgh Argyll Association are hosting a cèilidh at St Cuthbert’s Church, Lothian Road, this Saturday, May 25, from 7.30pm until 10pm. Doors open at 7.15pm.

Àdham Ó Broin will give some Gaelic songs accompanied by stories of Cowal and Mid-Argyll, and The Singing Grigors will perform with bouzouki, clarsach, fiddle, flute and whistle. Heike Williamson will also sing and Kevin McCann will give some Scots songs with guitar. Andrew MacIntyre is the piper for the evening.

Tickets are £6 (or £5 for members) and children under 16 go free but must be accompanied by an adult. Their last cèilidh was very busy indeed so make sure to head along in time to guarantee entry.