Glasgow letter from Robert Robertson 13.02.20

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Celtic Connections 2020 seems like a distant memory – indeed, for many people it was never anything but a hazy memory!

But, as Storm Ciara batters Glasgow, there are plenty of cèilidhs to look forward to that will help us all see out the last of winter.

Choir concert

The Glasgow Islay Choir will perform in the Westerton Hall, Maxwell Avenue, Bearsden, on Friday February 28 at 7.30pm.

The evening will be chaired by Mary Ann Kennedy and the programme will feature last year’s Mòd Gold Medallist, Claire Macaulay, as well as Marina MacLeod, Mòd-winning quartet Na h-àilleagain, and many more aritsts.

Tickets, available at the door, are £8 which includes tea, coffee, and biscuits. Under-16s can get in for free.

Stirling cèilidh

The Stirling branch of An Comunn Gàidhealach will hold their next cèilidh in the Albert Halls on Saturday February 22 at 7.30pm.

Stirling Gaelic Choir will provide the majority of the entertainment, performing solos, duets and choral numbers. The piper for the evening will be Callum Wynd and also performing will be the Cluaran Highland Dancers.

Tickets are £6, which includes the usual tea, coffee and eats.

Tatties and Herring

The Glasgow Skye Association will hold their annual Buntata ’s Sgadan (Tatties and Herring) night in the Crawford Hall, Beith Street, on Saturday February 29 at 7.30pm.

I have been along to this event a couple of times in the past. The entertainment is always excellent and, of course, the food is tremendous.

The association’s next event after that will be the Cothrom na h-Òigridh (children’s concert) on Friday March 13 in the same venue but at the earlier time of 7pm.

Mull and Iona Gathering

The Mull and Iona Association have announced the line-up for their gathering on Saturday February 22. Performers on the evening will be Claire Macaulay, Calum MacColl, Kirsty Netta MacKinnon, Ruaraidh MacLean and Camrie MacInnes, Layla and Cara MacFadyen, and the Mull and Iona Pipers.

Doors open at 7pm and, after the concert, Robert Nairn and his Highland Dance band will play from 10.30pm till late. Tickets are available from themullandiona@gmail.com or in person at the Park Bar.

Glasgow Islay Gathering

The Glasgow Islay Association will hold their 158th annual gathering concert and dance on Saturday March 7 in the Glasgow University Union with Iseabail MacTaggart in the chair.

The concert begins at 7.30pm and the dance at 10.30pm. More information on artistes to follow in the coming weeks.

Pub scene

My new year’s resolution for 2020 is to update the Pub Scene more regularly this year. My excuse for not having done so recently is that I haven’t been in the pub yet. And if you believe that…

Park Bar

Friday: Scott Harvey

Saturday: Robert Nairn

Sunday: Gunna sound (5pm-8pm)

Islay Inn

Friday: Taylor Sessions

Saturday: The Raggaels