Gourock Part Du: Music

Our Gourock stay was mainly a family vacation from our “3 month vacation”.  But we were able to squeeze in some music while here.  Just across the firth from where Bruce and Sheila live is the town of Dunoon.  It used to be the holiday vacation town of wealthy Glasgow families, but is now just a quaint town along the harbor.  Every year, they host the Cowal Highland Games, which took place yesterday, the day we departed.  However, on opening night, they compete with Scottish Dancing, in all age classes, and end the evening with a huge Craic or party with beer, food, beer, live music and did I mention beer?  We took a short 15 minute ferry ride to get to Dunoon, which was muy bueno compared to the 2 hour drive it would have taken had we gone all the way around the harbor.  The picture of Bruce and Sheila in the previous post was taken on the ferry.

The party takes place in a large tent, mainly because it rains a lot in the UK and you can never be sure…..Here is a pic of Liz and I listening to the sound check:IMG_1050.jpg

Oh, here is a pic from the ferry heading toward Dunoon:

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The bands play a fairly rock’in version of Celtic music, backed by a full drum set.  Otherwise, whistles, guitar, pipes and accordian seem to be the instruments of choice.  We listened to 3 bands, one of which was from Dunoon, and like everywhere, quality varied depending on the skill of the musicians.

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Off to walk London this morning.  We will try and find Evensong (choirs at the various cathedrals), tickets to a show and tickets to a concert at the Proms.  More on all this in a future post……

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Author: euro916

I am a college professor in the music department of Utah State University. I will start my sabbatical on May 1, 2016 and plan to document the year's experiences in this blog. The sabbatical consists of musical endeavors in Europe/UK for 3 months, and half a semester as guest artist in a couple of California universities. Thanks for following!

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