Glasgow Letter – 11.7.19

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The Final Fling!

The committee for Mòd Ghlaschu 2019 have announced details of The Final Fling – the final dance of Mòd week.

Skerryvore, Trail West, and special guests will take to the stage of the iconic Barrowland Ballroom on Friday October 18 to finish off the week in style. Doors open at 7pm and tickets are now on sale online and only available to over-18s.

It is going to be quite a night to finish off a huge week for Glasgow.
The advertising campaign for Mòd Ghlaschu events is well under way and you can even catch a Mòd Ghlaschu taxi if you’re lucky!

TMF here we come

The usual Highland haunts of Glasgow might feel slightly quieter this weekend as many of their usual inhabitants head to the island of Tiree for the 10th Tiree Music Festival.

A fine weekend is in prospect with the weather looking good and a great line up of bands – many of whom will be making the journey from Glasgow.

No such luck for Tide Lines – we are playing a festival in Cambridgeshire on Friday night so will instead be embarking on a mammoth journey through the night to get the afternoon ferry on the Saturday! It’s going to be a great festival – with many people sure to return to Glasgow the following week with some great stories to tell!

An Lòchran

An Lòchran, the Gaelic development body based in An Leanag on Mansfield Square, Partick, has updated its website.

Very soon they will be updating the online calendar of Gaelic events in the city which, of course, will be a great help to me as I put together my Glasgow Letter’s each week; but, for the time being, they have included an introductory section which I thought said a number of interesting things both about the organisation’s purpose, and about Gaelic in Glasgow as a whole.

Here is what was written.

An Lòchran is a non-profit organisation with two principal objectives: to develop and promote Gaelic arts in Glasgow; and to establish a cultural centre for Scottish Gaelic in the city.

Glasgow and Gaelic are inextricably linked. Place-names in the city, such as Gartnavel ‘enclosed settlement of the apple-trees’, Yoker ‘border-land on the river’ and Cathkin ‘common grazing’, prove that Gaelic was spoken here at least as early as the 12th century.

Today, the city is home to almost 10,000 Gaelic-speakers. It continues to pioneer Gaelic-medium education, has a vibrant Gaelic arts scene and is home to several public bodies striving for progress in Gaelic development.
Glasgow has become established as one of the most important areas in modern Scotland for Gaelic development. Since 1999, An Lòchran has been striving to celebrate and develop our rich cultural traditions and bring Gaelic culture within reach of a wider population.

We welcome contact from anyone with an interest in Gaelic and Gaelic arts.
An Lochran can be contacted via their website: anlochran.com