Glasgow letter from Robert Robertson 28.11.19

Glasgow got Christmassy at the Country Living Christmas Fair last weekend with lots of Highland and Island businesses in attendance.
Glasgow got Christmassy at the Country Living Christmas Fair last weekend with lots of Highland and Island businesses in attendance.

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Too early for Christmas?!

I hesitate to say it while it is still (just about) November, but Glasgow is definitely beginning to feel Christmassy!

Last week, I stumbled across the Christmas market by the St Enoch Centre and (even more conveniently) happened across the Loch Fyne whisky stall.

The following week, I ended up (also by pure chance) at the Country Living Fair where businesses such as Sound of Iona Tartan, Isle of Skye Candles, and Isle of Barra Distillers had stalls.

I’m sure there were many more great Highlands and Islands businesses but I was unfortunately only in very briefly.

Christmas in Glasgow, of course, is heralded each year by a number of cèilidhs, listed below, as well as a whole ballroom full of teuchters ‘projecting themselves into insanity’ for the famous (sold out) Vatersay Boys gig in the Barrowland on Friday December 6.

What an evening that will be!

Glasgow Skye Gathering nears

The Glasgow Skye Gathering’s annual dinner will be held on Friday December 6 (the evening before the concert and dance) in Glasgow University Union at 7pm for 7.30pm.

Members and friends are most welcome but they must contact the secretary, Karen Campbell, to make their choices from the menu (indicating any special dietary requirements) before Monday December 2.

The following evening, Saturday December 7, the Glasgow University Union plays host to the annual concert. The line -up includes singers such as Wilma Kennedy, Rachel Walker, James Graham and Arthur Cormack.

Tickets for the concert are £10 (or £8 for students) and it begins at 7.30pm. After the concert, at approximately 10.30pm, the dance will begin to the music of Robert Nairn and his dance band.

Clydebank Highlanders’ cèilidh

The Clydebank Highlanders will hold their December cèilidh on Friday December 13 at the usual venue of the Napier Hall, Old Kilpatrick, at 7.30pm.

The association was very grateful to all the artists who played and sang at their last monthly ceilidh on November 8 and also to the committee
and the faithful followers who keep the association going.

Comunn Tir nam Beann Dun Eideann

As part of their centenary season, Comunn Tir nam Beann Dùn Èideann will be hosting a cèilidh on Saturday December 7 in the Augustine United Church, by George IV Bridge, in Edinburgh, at 7.15pm for 7.30pm.

Gaelic singers will be Gillebrìde MacMillan and Bria Mason. Neil MacLure will be the piper for the evening and John Archie MacMillan the Fear an Taighe. There will also be instrumentalists on the bill who are not yet confirmed.

Tickets for members are £5 and non-members £6. Children can enter for free if under 16 and accompanied by an adult. There is no need to book tickets.

The last cèilidh was attended by 50 people, most of whom were locals who would expect to return, so it is great to hear that the cèilidh through in Edinburgh is doing well.