Glasgow letter from Robert Robertson 17.10.19

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As Mòd week draws to a close, there are still some tremendous events to take place on the final weekend.

Tickets, I believe, are selling very well indeed for the final fling in the Barrowland with Skerryvore and Trail West tomorrow (Friday) evening with the event expecting to sell out. What a night that will be and, of course, a similarly good evening will be had in Glasgow’s well-known Highland bars as people warm up to giving Mòd Ghlaschu a great send-off.

Acts such as Beinn Lee, Gunna Sound, Robert Nairn, and Deoch ’n’ Dorus will be playing in various venues, and Park Bar revellers will even get a few songs from the legend of Donald Macrae. What a weekend!

Quiz in the Park 2

A Mòd week special, the Park Bar will play host to the second inter-island-association quiz night on Thursday evening at half past seven. Teams will include last year’s champions Ardnamurchan, challenged by the likes of Mull and Iona, Uist and Barra, Oban, the Black Isle, Tiree, and Islay.

Everyone is welcome so head along for a chance to do your island or your district proud. As before, there will be a raffle to raise money for the RNLI.

Care for a Cèilidh at the Mòd

While the Mòd is in full swing, some thoughtful musicians, singers and dancers are taking the cèilidh to those who cannot manage out to the events.

Care for a Cèilidh has been putting on shows around the hospitals of Glasgow all week including a performance from Highland dancer Rachel Mclaggan and clàrsach player Abigail Cavanagh at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital where there are 25,000 patients – over three times the population of Stornoway, the native town of Care of a Cèilidh organiser, Donald MacLeod.

On another occasion, the hopsital was treated to a full band in the shape of the Lochgoilhead Fiddle Workshop and a solo performance from former Mòd Gold Medal finalist Ruaraidh MacIntyre.

On the Saturday after the Mòd, Donnie is heading to the Beatson with South Uist medallist Sineag MacIntyre, and singer and clarsach player Rachel Rutherford.

Well done to everyone involved in this wonderful scheme to take the spirit of the Mòd to those who might be in need of cheering up.

Clydebank cèilidh

The Clydebank Highlanders were delighted with the numbers who came to their latest cèilidh on Friday October 11 and would like to pay thanks to Rev Fred Booth, Jimmy Cameron, Jean Anne Callander, Iain MacLean and Kirsty Harkins. Thanks also to Carole MacLean for acting as pianist until Kirsteen Grant came back at 8.30pm. Robert Wood was the piper for the evening, so the committee wish to pass on particular thanks to him.

What’s on

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 the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

Park Bar: Thursday – Benin Lee, Gunna Sound and Donald Macrae. Friday – Deoch and Dorus and Gunna Sound. Saturday – Scott Harvey. Sunday – Gunna Sound.

Islay Inn: Friday 18: Mooki. Saturday 19: J Clark 5.