In the past we’d twice turned down the annual Merchant City Festival in Glasgow because we couldn’t raise the numbers among the boys. This time we were sufficiently covered in all four voice ranges, and did a 45-minute stint on the Brunswick Stage, organised by Michael and Stephen, who respectively run the Brunswick Bar and Compadres, in Virginia Court. And despite fairly persistent rain that thankfully eased up as we began, a hugely enthusiastic audience supported us from start to finish. The only piece of video we came across, courtesy of baritone Tom Allan, shows our very newest piece of music – just three years old! – the Ed Sheerin/Justin Bieber collaboration, Love Yourself!
Our next outing is in support of rescue dogs (dogs rescued from the ‘death row’ pound and re-homed). The organisation’s called Islay Dog Rescue – no, strangely enough, not on Islay but a farm near Cumnock in Ayrshire – and the charity night to help raise funds is being held in St Joseph’s Church Hall, 2, Eaglesham Road, Clarkson, on Friday, September 14…we think 7.30 but not exactly sure…will update soonest.
Later in the month we’ll be entertaining the residents in a care home in Dalmarnock, Glasgow (September 25), and then another group of residents, this time a McCarthy & Stone development in Paisley (November 6).
But our major outing this year – or, let’s face it, of any year – is joining the competition in the Derry Music Festival in Northern Ireland over the weekend of October 26. Our secretary,Gerry McG, dredged up his past experience as a Thomas Cook branch manager, and brilliantly accommodated all the choir’s requirements for flights to Belfast and onward travel to Derry, and hotel needs. And yes, spouses, girl-friends and fiancees are heading across the water to lend support – as well as indulging in some serious retail therapy in Londonderry’s top shops – or is that an oxymoron??