Glasgow Letter – 27.2.20

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Film G showcases young Gaelic talent again

I was so busy last week writing about menus being mistaken for iPads that I forgot to write about a great evening at the Film G awards in the Fruitmarket that Friday.

Myself and Tide Lines piano player, Ross Wilson, were to present the award for the Best Youth Group Film. I said a few lines in Gaelic and Ross’s line was “here are the nominees” who were then shown on the big screen. He accidentally said “here are the winners” and neither of us even noticed his mistake! When it was pointed out to us later in the evening, Ross ingeniously passed it off as a deliberate message that, in his eyes, all the schools were winners! And, of course, that is true. Congratulations to all involved – especially Sgoil an Rubha who won our particular award.

Mull and Iona host successful Annual Gathering

I ran a bit late for the Mull and Iona Gathering last weekend but arrived just as Kirsty Netta MacKinnon was singing O Teannabh Dlùth is Togaibh Fonn and the whole of the GU was singing along with the choruses. This homely atmosphere continued throughout the performances of Claire MacAulay, Calum MacColl, Ruaraidh MacLean and Camrie MacInnes, and Layla and Cara MacFadyen. Two personal highlights of the evening were winning a couple of Alasdair Whyte CDs in the raffle and getting the chance to dance a Strip the Willow with Tobermory’s Joanie MacKay!

Glasgow Islay announce line-up

The Glasgow Islay Association have confirmed the line up for their annual gathering concert to take place on Saturday March 7 in the Glasgow University Union. Iseabail MacTaggart is in the chair and the artists are Angus Darroch from Bowmore, Lynn MacDonald from Portnahaven, Ruairidh MacLennan, Mod Gold Medalist, Clarkston Community Choir, The Islay Pipe Band, and the Association Piper. The concert begins at 7.30pm and is followed by a dance at 10.30pm.

Islay choir concert

The Glasgow Islay choir will perform in the Westerton Hall, Maxwell Avenue, Bearsden this Friday at 7.30pm. The evening will be chaired by Mary Ann Kennedy and the programme will feature last year’s Mòd Gold Medalist, Clare MacAulay, as well as Marina MacLeod, Mòd winning quartet Na h-àilleagain, and many more aritsts. Tickets, available on the door, are £8, which includes tea, coffee, and biscuits. Under 16s can get in for free.

Tatties and Herring for the Glasgow Skye

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

Pub Scene

Park Bar
Friday: Matthew MacLennan
Saturday: Alan Crookston and Martin Pottinger
Sunday: John Burns

Islay Inn
Friday: Mooks
Saturday: Parting Glass


cap: Robert Robertson and Ross Wilson with youngsters from Sgoil and Rubha, who won the prize for the best Youth Group Film at the FilmG Awards.