It’s been a hectic summer for GGP and Glenbervie! Neil has had a wedding to play at most weekends and some weekdays, too. In July, we did our 2nd gig at Allanwater Brewhouse, accompanied by our good friend Therese Bann, who was visiting from N. Ireland.
The 16th saw Neil competing at Balloch Games, which he attended with 2 German students from the Odenwald region. On the 19th Neil, Kathryn and Sasha the dog had a day trip to Inveraray Games, where Neil was competing. It was possibly the hottest day of the summer! A great Games to attend. Then it was Airth on the 23rd, where yet again, Neil was a competitor. Kathryn was there too, helping the Falkirk/Odenwald Twinning Association with their stall. Much fun had by all! Mad folk that we are, we then did a gig in Carronshore that evening, with our friend Harry Wilson. A highlight in July was a charity event we attended, hosted by Merrill Osmond. Neil played the guests in and it was a superb evening of music and food.
August proved to be equally busy, with the usual weddings etc. On the 11th, we went to see renowned Irish whistle player Cathal McConnell, and a guest player Andy Lamy who is an American clarinetist. What a great evening! Andy joined us the next day for a trip to Dunbar, where we entertained the tourists with an impromptu all fresco concert at Tantallon Castle! Tremendous fun. That same week, we joined forces with Harry again to play at the Gargunnock Inn Beer Festival. Then we had a great time at the Torphichen Inn with Boorach, who kindly invited us to play a set. We have been back a few times since, so we must’ve done ok…On the 21st, Neil, at the invitation of Macmillan Cancer Support, played for the runners at the Paisley 10k. The 24th saw us heading north to Inverness-shire for a few days. We had a folk session with friends at Kirkhill on the Friday, then took part in a ceilidh in Fort Augustus on the 26th. Great to catch up with old friends.
September was a bit quieter for Glenbervie, but Neil continued to have plenty of weddings! He also ran the Strathcarron 10k. Doesn’t look as if the next few months are going to be quiet, though…the diary is filling up again! Neil still has plenty of piping students with some new faces, too.