The Glasgow Lewis and Harris Association annual ceilidh.

The opening Ceilidh of the new session was held in the Crawford Hall, Beith Street, Partick and the audience appreciated the talents of all the entertainers. On duty to oversee the proceedings was President of the Association Iseabeal Macmillan.

The President extended a warm welcome to artistes and audience and set the precedent for a quality ceilidh.

The first entertainer was Andrew Grossart who has Harris connections and although a very young lad his expert accordion playing illustrated why he has already won championships,

Linda Macleod and Josie Burgess both from North Uist entertained with Gaelic songs and each of them were applauded for their singing of songs both new and traditional.

Donald Angus Smith was invited to sing and one of his songs was composed by his mother’s Uncle – Donald Macdonald Morrison – the ever popular “Balaich an Iasgaich”.

Calum Angus Macdonald of Breasclete a Mod Gold Medal Traditional winner shared some of his wide repertoire of Gaelic songs.

A comprehensive vote of thanks was given by Nan Macdonald.

Annual Dinner and Concert

The Annual Dinner and the Annual Concert are held on a Thursday night and a Friday night but this year due to other circumstances there has been a change of date necessary. The new dates are Thursday the 13th November for the Dinner and Friday the 14th for the Annual Concert and the Annual Dance.

On the 13th the Dinner which is the Complimentary Dinner to the Gathering Chair person will be held in the usual location of the Pond Hotel, Great Western Road, Glasgow. There is a requirement for pre booking of seats for this Dinner and contact can be made to 0141 882 1787 and the 6th of November is the last date for reserving a place.

The following night – Friday 14th – the Annual Gathering will take place at the Glasgow University Student’s Union, University Avenue and tickets are available at the door for £10 each.

A line up of excellent artistes has been arranged and in the Chair will be John Alex MacIver. Mary MacMillan, Catriona Watt, Alasdair MacArthur, Robert Robertson and John Carmichael on accordion indicates a splendid line up of entertainers.

Following the Gathering concert the Annual Dance will follow and those intending to be present are required to telephone Angela Jenkins on 07500 043774. Admission is £10.

An Appeal by Murdo Morrison

As is happening to many Associations both Highland, Island and others the support of the wider membership is vital for the future. There is not a great deal of time involvement but helping the Glasgow Lewis and Harris Association is essential and necessary and those who do are demonstrating the inborn Island asset of caring and sharing for others in many different ways.

New members of committee will be made most welcome and joining in on activities is ensuring the continuance of the Association for years to come.