The Islay Inn, Glasgow
16th June 2014
Earlier in the evening I gathered all the classes at GFW into the performance space and we had a final stramash. The last meeting of the year, and in fact the last evening at our home for many years, Stow College. It was a fitting occasion, and the gathered company enjoyed a 45-strong ukulele ensemble playing a cracking arrangement of Kafoozalum; two small mixed instrument groups; a performance by the combined cello and accordion classes and a rousing rendition of We're No Awa Tae Bide Awa sung by one and all. Onto the future.
Then it was off to the regular Monday session at The Islay Inn. Ably led by Alan Jones (concertina/bouzouki) and Alan Shute (accordion), this session is well established and is enjoyed by its participants. The repertoire seems pretty well set in stone, which means that hopeful participants can learn all the tunes and join in when ready, and that's not a bad thing. Some sets went a little too fast for my liking, but the atmosphere is great: happy, friendly and full of fun.