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A brilliant Islay gathering!

What a fantastic evening was had at the Glasgow Islay Association annual gathering last Friday night in the Glasgow University Union. There was a huge audience at the concert who were treated to some excellent performances. I find it very hard to pick a highlight from a concert where, amazingly, the majority of the performers were under 18. If you have not yet heard the fantastic tenor voice of young Ryan Johnston, then make sure you do soon. His voice really soared through that great Islay song, Tuireadh nan Treun. Eilidh and Anna MacDonald’s performance of Faisg air Gloir was completely flawless – with the two harmony lines moving together perfectly. Clare Campbell, accompanied by Kirsteen Grant, had the audience singing along joyfully and then Mòd gold medallist Hector McKechnie had us all laughing with his rendition of Oh when I came to Glasgow First. The Rowan Brothers (Kyle on the box and Allan on the piano) just seem to go from strength to strength and at times during their performance my jaw was just about to hit the floor at their playing. Dr Angus MacTaggart was a superb chairman for the evening, and Lord George Robertson delivered a witty vote of thanks. The dance (which was held in the downstairs hall) was equally well attended and the floor was filled until 2am. What a night!

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