Glasgow letter with Robert Robertson 03.10.19

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With Mòd Ghlaschu just a week away and an abundance of great fundraising events now past, the event’s emblem adorns the lampposts of the city centre.

Pre-Mòd cèilidh dance

If your Mòd fever has not yet kicked in, get yourself down to Sgoil Ghàidhlig Ghlaschu (Glasgow Gaelic School) on Friday night and rectify that by dancing to Gunna Sound for the official pre-Mòd Cèilidh Dance. The dance begins at 7.30pm with tickets £10. Free entry for children. Bring your own bottle.

Care for a Cèilidh at the Mòd

As in previous years, Donald ‘Maroot’ MacLeod’s Care for a Ceilidh will be hosting a series of cèilidhs throughout Mòd week.

This year, Care for a Cèilidh is teaming up with the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and kicking things off on October 6 with performers including Glasgow Mòd 2019 convener Donald-Iain Brown and An Comunn Gaidhealach Mòd officer James Graham.

Both D-I and James are Mòd Gold Medal winners and will get the ceilidhs off to the perfect start.

I’m sure as the week goes on, patients in the hospital will hear plenty of great Gaelic singers thanks to this tremendous scheme. Apparently there are 25,000 people at the hospital so I suppose that requires an awful lot of Gaelic songs.

What’s on at the children’s Mòd

Friday October 11, 8pm: opening cèilidh, George Square. Free entry.

Saturday October 12, 11am and 2pm: children’s fun and games at Glasgow Green Football Centre with athletics, yoga, netball, shinty and football. Free.

Saturday October 12, 10am and 2pm: family foraging walk in Pollok Country Park. Free.

Sunday October 13, 3pm: family welcome session at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. Free.

Monday October 14 – Thursday October 17, 11am: Clann ’s Cluich – fun activities for young people aged five to 12 years at the Royal Concert Hall. Free.

Monday October 14 – Thursday October 17, 10.30am: Gaelic Bookbug in the Royal Concert Hall.

Monday October 14, 6.30pm – 8pm: family cèilidh in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. Free.

Tuesday October 15, 6.30pm – 8.30pm: competitors’ dance, Royal Concert Hall. Free.

Wednesday October 16, 2pm: Gaelic Literature Day. Free.

What’s on at the Glasgow Mòd

Friday October 11, 8.30pm: Glasgow Mòd 2019 public launch – open air cèilidh at George Square.

Saturday October 12, from 11am: super Saturday of sport at Glasgow Green Football Centre.

Saturday October 12, 7.30pm: Our Language, Our Music – Our Glasgow concert, featuring young, talented Glasgow musicians, in the City Halls, Albion Street.

Sunday October 13, 2.30pm: ecumenical Gaelic service led by Father Ross Crichton and the Rev Donald Michael MacInnes in St Andrew’s Cathedral, Broomielaw.

Sunday October 13, 7.30pm: Celtic praise featuring Gaelic and English choirs in Princes Square, Buchanan Street.

Tuesday October 15, 7.30pm: Glasgow Gold concert in the main auditorium of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

Friday October 18, 7pm: The Final Fling featuring Skerryvore and Trail West in the Barrowland Ballroom.

Saturday October 19: massed choirs, 10.30am, from the steps of Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.