TO on tour! Day one
Tonight it’s Perth as part of the Gordon Duncan National Treasure concert. Gordon was a massive inspiration for the band, always great to be part of this night. The evening is being MD’d by our very own Ross Ainslie and features piping legends Paddy Keenan and Fred Morrison amongst others. It conveniently happens to be Adam’s birthday too. Hmmmm what could possibly happen?
Fine concert. Rapturous applause after the encore when we rounded off the night with a set of mighty Gordon Duncan tunes. Highlights of the night included our set with Gordy Duncan Junior, a name to look out for in the future. He performed three of his latest self penned songs, Treacherous providing the musical backdrop. Presented Adam with a bottle of cheap prosecco and some wasabi peas, what more could you possibly want on your birthday?
The Salutation bar in Perth was for the after party. Great session with Ross, Ali, Éamonn and Paddy Keenan firing out the tunes.
Its now 10:30am and Ross and Paddy are still in the bar, not sure if sleep was on their agenda. Ali is writing out the directions for Paddy to get to our next gig. Eilean Donan Castle, Dornie, By Kyle of Lochalsh, middle of nowhere. 4 hour drive or 3 trains or 4 bus rides. You never know, he might just make it.
Van ride to Dornie, usual hilarity emanating from the rear of the splitter bus, most of it unsuitable for public consumption. “Best fish and chips ever”, culinary expert Ross Ainslie, outside the Spean Bridge hotel. Heading north. Beautiful part of the world, Steve’s first trip to the wilds. Ross has run out of Tobacco.
Dornie Hotel TO sectional pool competition gets under way. Fiddle section come out on top despite overwhelming public support for Perth champ Ross Ainslie, showing why he is number 258763 in the world. Enthralling matchplay, a late rally from the percussion section, round of Port, time for sound check.
Marquee gig right next to the legendary Eiliean Donan Castle, see Marty’s pic above
Blowing a gale outside, locals are really up for this one. Great atmosphere, Kevin Vincenzo Delamitri O’Neill dancing a merry dance, Robin Hood would surely have been impressed. Sausages brings the house down, the infamous Garry Porch of Avernish, man of a thousand tales, whips the crowd in to frenzy, he does have a tune named after him.
Exit stage. News of the Ryder cup victory hits the small and significantly oppressed contingent of TO golf fans, we won’t mention names.
Back to the hotel for a wind-down. Ross early to bed…
Back to Glasgow via stop in Fort William. Coffee, pastries, fix dodgy wiper blade. Dishevelled faces, many eyes shut, rain and wind then the Glasgow sunshine breaks through…been a heck of a start…more to come…