Glasgow Letter – 20.6.19

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No rest for GGs after successful fundraising evening

The GGs have seldom been out of the Glasgow Letter in recent weeks. Last weekend, they performed at the Kibble Palace as part of the West End Festival. Soloists were Gordon McKeeve, Mairi Maclean, Fergus Thomson, Ruairaidh MacIntyre, Evan Matyas and D-I Brown.

A collection was held on the evening to raise money for CLIC Sargent. The choir are in action again this Thursday evening – hosting an informal cèilidh in the Park Bar. All are welcome along for some songs, tunes, and craic.

Care for a Cèilidh continues

The great work of Care for a Cèilidh (Donald MacLeod’s scheme for providing traditional Highland ceilidhs for residents of care homes) continues apace. Last week, Donnie took some singers to Renfrewshire and visited Quarriers Village for the first time.

I hear the performers all got lost on their way there but, once they got going, the residents were on great form. They loved the singing from Norman Mackinnon, the fiddle tunes from Shona Masson, and the piping from Ali Levack. The impromptu whistle/fiddle duet from Ali and Shona was particularly well received. It is great to hear Care for a Cèilidh is still going strong – even although Donnie’ now spends most of his time working on the Isle of Man.

Gaelic Letter competition

Glasgow Life, together with the Gaelic Books Council, has launched Letter to Glasgow: a brand new competition which encourages Gaelic supporters across Glasgow to pick up their pens and write a letter to their city – one which looks at Gaelic Glasgow, or Glasgow from a Gael’s perspective.

The winning entry will not only net £250 prize money for its author, it will also be read live by a professional actor at a special performance during Mòd Ghlaschu 2019 and filmed for online publication. Letter to Glasgow also has an under-18s category, with a £100 prize for the winning entry.

Glasgow Life’s Gaelic Arts Producer, Rona MacDonald, said: ‘Letter to Glasgow is an opportunity for people around the city to explore Gaelic culture – and to contribute to it as well.

‘Tell us what you think about the city, from a Gaelic perspective. The letter can be in any form – a thank you letter, a breaking-up letter, a poem, a rap, a letter of complaint – or even a love letter! We want to see your creativity – and would love to read entries from people who have never written anything like this before.

‘While Gaelic language submissions are especially encouraged, all entries are welcome. Whether you speak, learn or even just support the Gaelic language, this is for you. And if your letter is in English, or partly in English, we will translate it into Gaelic if it is picked as the winner.’

Submissions should be sent to Glasgow Life by 10 July. The winning letter, chosen anonymously by a specially selected panel, will be publicly announced on July 28, at The Merchant City Festival.
Full details can be found at


Left to right: Ali Levack, Shona Masson, and Norman MacKinnon perform together at a Care for a Cèilidh in Renfrewshire last week”