Glasgow Letter, November 23 2021

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After missing last year, there will be a welcome return to the annual Park Bar quiz on Tuesday December 7 – or “Quiz in the Park” as it is called this year.

I imagine the scores will be considerably higher than previously because everybody is very well practised at quizzes these days after all the lockdown hours spent on Zoom quizzes.

There must barely be a quiz question that hasn’t been asked over the last year and a half.

If there’s one man to find fresh questions, though, it is Donnie ‘Maroot’ Macleod and it is he who will be doing just that.

He is well versed in hosting quizzes having recently hosted his own works quiz over on the Isle of Man.

I am told one of the rounds in that quiz was ‘Lockdown’ where all the answers included either ‘lock’ or ‘down’.

It was bad enough that his first question apparently was ‘which body of water in Scotland is said to have a monster?’, knowing that all his local colleagues pronounce Loch Ness as ‘Lock’ Ness.

But his second question was even worse: “What is the Scottish Gaelic word for brown?” Gaelic speakers will have a laugh at that joke, the word in question being ‘donn’, but whether Donnie’s colleagues enjoyed it quite as much is a matter for only Donnie to know.

The Park Bar quiz will boast teams from territorial associations, Gaelic choirs, bands, and random groups of friends – all competing for the coveted prize.

Will Ardnamurchan reclaim their title from current champions, Cumbernauld Gaelic Choir? Will Skerryvore be the highest placed band again?

There is only one way to find out. There will be a raffle with all proceeds going to the lifeboats and the evening begins at half seven for eight o’clock.

Tiree Association

The Tiree Association annual gathering concert went ahead last Thursday evening and was streamed live on Facebook.

I am on tour down in England at the moment so I haven’t managed to watch the concert back, however, I hear it was a fantastic success.

The association expressed its thanks on Facebook to everyone who helped to make the concert a big success.

It wrote that it was thoroughly entertained by a host of very talented musicians: Mary Ann Kennedy, Jamie MacDonald, Kaitlin Ross, John Joe MacNeil, Kathryn Callander, and association piper John Campbell.

The chairperson, Ian Lamont, kept the evening going with lots of tales and laughs.

Gratitude was also expressed to Nick Turner for all his technical and sound assistance and to the dedicated bakers who provided the refreshments.

There was a huge response to the raffle so the association’s final thanks was, therefore, to all who donated prizes and to everyone who bought tickets.

I am sorry to have missed the concert but delighted that it went ahead.

I would echo the association’s hope, expressed in the same Facebook post, that this is the return of live events and that we will see many more similar functions very soon.