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26 March 2015Old folks, young folks, and a near-disaster!

February 2015 was a quieter month for Sgioba Luaidh. After our adventure in the Beacon, we had only one more engagement, at Balclutha Care Home in Greenock. The residents seemed to enjoy our show, with two volunteers joining us at the table. We had a nice chat in Gaelic with Jessie from Uist, who said we made her feel nostalgic. However, you can’t please everyone. One of the staff asked an elderly gentleman, “Did you enjoy that?” “Not particularly!”

In March, things have been a bit busier. We were delighted to be invited back to Blairdardie Primary School, to work with two P4 classes who didn’t get the chance to see us on our last visit. We had a lovely afternoon with the children, who presented each of us with a lovely bouquet, and a bottle of wine. Click here for pic.

We then had two Guild events, firstly St Andrew’s and Trinity in Johnstone. There was a sizeable audience, as it was their guest night. We had a fun evening, when we finally arrived, having got a bit wandered! (As some of us did on the road home too!) But the lovely supper made up for the stress suffered! Click here for some pics of Innes holding forth to a spellbound audience.

Our second Guild was King’s Park, where we suffered more stress as there was a match at Hampden and we got a bit snarled up in the traffic as we passed the stadium. (Our Catherine actually deserted Sgioba Luaidh to go to the game! There, now she has been publicly shamed!) (Just kidding, Catherine!) Frances is hereby publicly shamed too, as she forgot to bring Seumas the Sheep! Could you believe it? How could we possibly perform without Seumas? Innes to the rescue. Ever resourceful, she confected a wee sheep out of her crois iarainn and a wee bit of fleece! Click here for a pic of Seumasina, with poor, forlorn Seumas. It turned out a brilliant night, with another great audience, another lovely supper – and Scotland beat Northern Ireland at Hampden!

13 February 2015Cold, dark mornings - and a touch of luxury!

Our house ceilidh to bring in 2015 coincided with Old New Year, 12 January. We celebrated in our usual style, with plenty of songs and food (and drink). Click here for some pics of Sgioba Luaidh with their hair down (very sedately!).

At the end of January we had a visit to Stanley Primary School in Ardrossan, as part of their Scottish Week. On a bitterly cold, freezing morning five of us set off at 7.30am (yes, 7.30am!) for our run down the coast. We had a frantically busy day, with seven classes in quick succession, teaching them about how tweed was made, using the story of “Donald’s New Trousers”. The children were grand, and Sgioba Luaidh were fuelled with plenty of tea, thanks to Stanley staff, who were quick to recognise our priorities!

The following week it was the turn of Blairdardie Primary. Another bitterly cold, sub-zero morning, but not quite such an early start for us. Blairdardie is just off Great Western Road, so it was quite straghtforward for us to get to. This time we had two P6 classes in the morning, with “Donald’s New Trousers”; and after a lovely buffet lunch, we saw two P2 classes, and the tinies in P1. We had fun, telling them the story of “The Wee Bannock”, showing some of the work on the croft.

Two lovely schools, with lovely children, but mo chreach-sa thàinig, bha sinn seachd sgìth!

On 6 February we were delighted to have the chance to perform our new song “Mìle marbhaisg air an t-siùcar” in the luxurious Studio Theatre at the Beacon on Greenock Waterfront. We fair enjoyed luxuriating in the well-appointed dressing room.

Sugar Beats and Candy Rocks (Get it?) was an evening of tribute to Greenock’s former sugar industry. The young clients of Moving On Inverclyde had been working on this project with art work, songs and poems. They did a fantastic job, and were a pleasure to work with. There's a short film about the project here.

And our pics are here. More pics of us in action to come, we hope!

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