Glasgow letter with Robert Robertson 12.09.19

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Glasgow Mòd

It is a well known fact that a decent Mòd fringe can be as much of an occasion as the official Mòd events themselves and so it was with great excitement that the Mòd Ghlaschu committee announced last week their impressive Fringe programme.

It is going to be quite a week from October 11 to 18 – everything from a public cèilidh in George Square to a day of sports on Glasgow Green, house cèilidhs, concerts, and dances with multiple acts and artists throughout the week, and a ‘final fling’ in the Barrowland with Skerryvore and Trail West.

To view all this, head to www.modghlaschu2019,com, click on Glasgow Mòd 2019 and then click on Fringe programme.

There will be more events added in the coming weeks so, once that happens, I intend on collating all the events and including them in this letter as a comprehensive ‘what’s on’ Glasgow Mòd special.

Record entries

On the subject of the Mòd, I shouldn’t get ahead of myself with fringe coverage and forget about the serious business of the competitions.

Day tickets and Premier Competition tickets are now available via the Royal National Mòd’s website and it has been reported that Mòd Ghlaschu 2019 is one of the busiest ever in terms of competitors, with healthy numbers appearing in all disciplines.

This is testament to the great work of the local committee who have been brilliant at raising awareness of the event all year long.

It is also great news not only for Glasgow but for the Mòd and Gaelic music and culture in general. What a week it is going to be!

The next fundraiser is Heron Valley live in Òran Mòr on September 26.

Cèilidh season

The Glasgow Lewis and Harris Assocation are preparing for their first cèilidh of the season on Friday September 20.

Songs will be from Alison Macrae and youngsters Rhianna Boyle and Rory MacDiarmid. Music will be provided by Alasdair MacDonald. The cèilidh will begin at 7.30pm in the Scotstounhill Bowling Club (off Goldbery Avenue) and tickets, available at the door, are £5 with children getting in for free.

As I wrote last week, the association’s annual gathering is on November 1 at Glasgow University Union.

Opening concert

The Glasgow Skye Association will host their opening concert of the 2019/2020 session in the Crawford Hall, Beith Street, on Friday September 20. Their syllabus has been printed in full so I will include details of their events as the year goes on. Their annual gathering concert and dance will be held on Saturday December 7 in Glasgow University Union.

Clydebank cèilidh

The first cèilidh of the season for the Clydebank Highland Association will be held this Friday September 13 at 7.30pm in the Napier Hall, Old Kilpatrick. There is always a good welcome from the Clydebank Highlanders so this cèilidh is well worth a visit.