Glasgow Letter – 12.3.20

GG's conductor, Kenny Thomson, will no doubt be looking forward to the choir's annual concert this Friday evening.

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GG’s host concert this weekend

The Glasgow Gaelic Musical Association (better known as the GG’s) will hold their annual concert this Friday March 13 in Hyndland Parish Church at 7.30pm.

Tickets, which are available on the door, cost £10 and include a complementary drink at the break. Everyone will be welcome along for an evening of great choral entertainment and solo performers.

Comunn an Taobh an Iar ceilidh

Next Thursday March 19, the Comunn an Taobh an Iar (whose cèilidhs have been a big part of my Glasgow Letters) will hold their last concert in the Ellangowan Social Club, Milngavie.

It is very sad to see the end of an association that has contributed so much to Gaelic in Glasgow so I asked the committee to provide me with an account of the life of the association to mark its end after 50 years, detailed below.

The history

The Association was formed on June 18, 1969, by some residents of Bearsden and Milngavie who were interested in promoting the culture and language of their Highland heritage.

Their Objectives were to promote, uphold and foster the Gaelic language and the music and cultural heritage of the Gael, to support other associations which had similar aims, to afford to members and others facilities to study the Gaelic language and music, literature, arts and crafts and culture of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and to provide members the opportunity to meet together for fellowship.

Membership was available to any resident in the West End of Glasgow, the Burghs of Bearsden and Milngavie, or any other neighbouring districts who shared the aims of the association.

In the beginning there were several children’s classes for learning Gaelic. Unfortunately these stopped taking place but the association continued to support the Bearsden Young Fiddlers.

The Annual ball, which was held from 1969, was very well attended up until the last few years when it was decided by the present committee that it was not now feasible to continue with it.

Rave Reviews for Maim

This weekend is the last weekend of Maim (a collaboration between WHYTE and Theatre Gu Leòr) which has been receiving great plaudits and runs until this Saturday March 14 in the Tron Theatre before setting off around the country to Edinburgh, Inverness, Aberdeen, Skye, Lewis, Benbecula, Barra, Oban, and Mull.

The production will feature live music, dance, spoken word and video and is a call to action: giving voice to the frustrations of the next generation who care deeply about the crisis facing their land and language.

SIAN perform sold out show

Fresh from the release of their new album, Gaelic singing trio Sian (Ellen MacDonald, Ceitlin LR Smith, and Eilidh Cormack) had Cottiers Theatre on their feet last Sunday evening.

I missed the show as I wasn’t in Glasgow but intend on reviewing the album in this column soon and heard through a reliable source that the concert was first class.