Glasgow Letter – 9.9.21

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Summer had one last hurrah in Glasgow the other week with some cracking sunshine and sweltering temperatures.

I decided to take advantage and try to get a good dose of Vitamin D before the Tide Lines tour started.

Mansfield Square in Partick was my sun trap of choice – right next to the Lismore for the benefit of anyone who (like myself) uses Highland pubs as geographical landmarks.

Walking down the stairs of my close, I took my top off in preparation for the warm, summer air outside. I tend to think it is customary in such conditions in Glasgow to go “taps aff”. It turns out this isn’t a view shared by my two neighbours (both from the Outer Hebrides) who laughed in disbelief that I was about to go out in public wearing nothing but a pair of shorts and trainers.

I shrugged it off thinking I was only going a very short distance so the chances I would meet anyone I knew were fairly slim. I should have known better given that a Highlander in Partick bumps into someone they know almost every time they set foot onto the streets.

True enough, no sooner had I turned onto Hyndland Street than I bumped into my good pal, Mòd Gold Medallist Alasdair Whyte, who greeted me with a similar look as my two neighbours.

‘It’s good to see you, Robert,’ he said…’All of you!’

This brings me onto the main point of this week’s article. Ally was telling me about his new project, a book called Maim-Slè, and is kindly going to send me a copy for me to
review in the Glasgow Letter. I am mentioning it this week, though, because Ally will be giving live readings from it in The Glad Cafe, Pollockshaws Road, on September 23.

WHYTE (his duo musical project with Ross Whyte), will be performing tracks that evening from their latest album, Maim, which is connected thematically to Alasdair’s book. I reviewed this album in my Robert in Lockdown column earlier this year so I am equally looking forward to getting a hold of the book.

Both album and book were commissioned by Theatre Gu Leòr and supported by The Bothy Society and tickets, £10, are currently on sale from Eventbrite for the night in the Glad Cafe.

As well as the excellent electronica duo, WHYTE is also a good description of my skin colour as I walked down to Hyndland Street that day. Thankfully I can report, by the time I was walking back up, I had avoided turning red and my Vitamin D levels were suitably boosted!

What’s on in Glasgow
  • September 9: Biffy Clyro at Glasgow Green
  • September 10-12: TRNSMT Festival
  • September 18: 10 years of Trail West in the Barrowland Ballroom
  • September 23: WHYTE live in the Glad Cafe, Pollockshaws Road
  • October 7-8: Peat and Diesel in the Barrowland
  • October 8: Tide Lines at Kelvingrove Bandstand
  • October 15: Skipinnish in the Barrowlands