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Monthly Function & AGM Friday 27th May 2016

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Monthly Function Friday MAY 27th 2016 


The final event of the 2015/16 season was held in the Commodore Osprey suite on 27th May and took the form of a dance and AGM. The weather was finally kind and 74 members and guests attended the event. From  all accounts they thoroughly enjoyed the evening. 


       President John Johnstone opened the evening with his customary warm welcome and introduced the band  –- The Ewan Galloway Scottish Dance Band Trio (Bill Ewan on piano, Kyle Innes on drums and Ewan Galloway on accordion) which turned out to be  probably  the best band of the season. Their brilliant quickstep had some of  the guests reminiscing about the Joe Loss evenings at the Glasgow Eglinton Plaza 


      The first half of dancing  was all too quickly reached and was followed by a short interval   for tea/coffee and the drawing of the raffle,  which raised the excellent sum of £165, which will help towards our annual charity donations.


    The hall was quickly cleared for the staging of the AGM during which the new office bearers and committee for season 2016/17 were elected. The full list of elected members will appear on the 2016/17 syllabus in due time.  At this meeting, the retiral of  committee member Donnie MacLeod was announced.  

Donnie has served on the committee for 43 years and has served admirably over that considerable period of time. We wish him well and will no doubt see him and his wife back as dancers.  His place will be taken by Mrs Ewan Howison and the remainder of the office bearers  will carry on for a further year. The AGM finished with remarks by the Vice President Ian Yule. 


    The timely finish of the AGM allowed a further two hours of dancing to take place.   President John Johnston expressed votes of thanks to the band, hotel staff and all who contributed to a great evening before the evening closed with a fine rendition of “Auld Lang Syne”.


 Photos to follow...................... 

Last Updated on Saturday, 11 June 2016 20:37

Monthly Function Friday 29th April 2016

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Monthly Function Friday 29th April 2016  

Featuring Ross MacPherson Scottish Dance Band



      Despite a late flourish of winter  weather , the Osprey suite was bursting at the seams as a crowd of 105 dancers attended the monthly dance. The number was boosted by a visiting party of 20 Londoners, who joined in some of the better known dances most enthusiastically. The large crowd thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful dance music provided by the Ross MacPherson Scottish Dance Band Trio  who turned out be to a quartet, consisting of Ross MacPherson ( 1st accordion) Hector MacFadyen ( 2nd accordion) , Calum MacPhail (fiddle) and Kevin McGlynn( drums).


With the first half of the programme duly completed, tea & coffee was served  and the raffle drawn. The raffle realized the sum of £255 which will, in due course, be disbursed to good causes.  The time for distributing  money over the past year was in fact, at this very dance and the following organisations were presented with the following sums. 

  1. £500 – Dumbarton & District Multiple Sclerosis Society. 
  2. £250 – The vale of Leven Autism and Aspergers  Forum.
  3. £250 – The newly formed Cardross Youth Group. 

Representatives of the three organisations were delighted with their gifts and thanked the Association very warmly.

It was a treat to welcome the party of young people from the Cardross youth Group, and look forward to perhaps seeing them again at our future functions..

The dance then continued till 11.30 with most of the company staying till the very end to enjoy the music of the excellent band. 

The next dance will be on Friday 27th May  when the band will be the Ewan Galloway Dance Band Trio.  The Annual General Meeting will be held at some time during the evening, during which the office bearers for the coming season will be elected.  

It is perhaps appropriate at this time to announce that one of the present committee, Donnie MacLeod, will be retiring after serving 43 years. He will be sorely missed.  We thank him sincerely for his lengthy service and wish him and his wife well as future dancing members. 






Ross MacPherson Scottish Dancve Band 


 Andy Rankin accepts donation for Multiple Sclerosis Society


Nina Chapman accepts the Donation for Vale of Leven Autism and Aspergers Forum



Representatives from the newly formed Youth Group in Cardross accept their Donation


Donation Presentation Group 


Well DoneThe Dancers.. 


Finally, Happy Birthday Wishes to Tommy MacClellend, a long standing, highly respected, member of the association,, pictured with his Wife , Nancy.  

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 May 2016 22:03

Monthly Function Friday 25th March 2016

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Report of the March 2016 Function

It was the Easter weekend, so hopefully that would explain the poor turn out for the March Ceilidh Dance.  There was only 45 members and guests attending, disappointing because The Lomond Ceilidh Band were spectacular with Kyle Innes on drums, Gemma Donald on fiddle (and she can sing) and their leader Alan Small on accordion.  Their music was truly wonderful and everyone commented on a great evening of music and dance.

The raffle raised £109.00, thanks to all who contributed.  The money goes to charity and it will be allocated to local charities at our next function.


The band for the next dance on Friday 29th April 2016 is Ross McPherson SDB in the Osprey Suite, Commodore Hotel, 8pm to midnight, £7 for members, £8 for non-members.  All are welcome to enjoy a great evening of live music.   


Ceilidh Dance Friday 26th February 2016

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Ceilidh Dance Friday 26th February 2016


Once again, regular reviewer, Bill Irvine, was unable to attend the Dance and therefore unable to write up the report in his inimitable style.   Hurry back Bill - we miss you..


Paying customers were again at a premium this month with only 61 members and guests.   This was a pity as we were entertained by some fabulous artistes.   

Our resident Piper, Bruce Shearlaw, started proceedings with a good selection of tunes.   

Ryan Young is a virtuoso on the Fiddle and is certainly destined for a bright musical future (He has already come 2nd in the BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year, and a finalist two years running!).  The effort he puts into his playing is fantastic.  

Our singer, Seonaidh Rostant, sang a selection of Scots Songs beautifully with able accompaniment from Sheila Galbraith.  Music for dancing was provided by Stuart McKeown and there is only one word to describe his playing and timing - great!!


The raffle realised £201 which, considering the numbers present, was excellent. Thanks to those who donated prizes and of course, those who bought tickets.


Our next function is scheduled for Friday,25th March. 2016, when the Dance music will be from the Lomond Ceilidh Band,


See you all there.




Stewart McKeown on Accordion 




Our resident Piper, Bruce Shearlaw with Guest singer,  Seonaidh Rostant, Pianist Sheila Galbraith and Fiddler Ryan Young.. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 March 2016 23:22

Monthly Function Friday 29th January 2016

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Monthly Function Friday 29th January 2016


Unfortunately, your regular function review author, Bill Irvine, missed the 29th January dance as he is recovering from an injury.

So this review may not be quite as eloquent!

 The evening opened to the music of the Burns Brothers Scottish Dance Band, and although  the numbers this evening were unusually low at 60 members and guests, the evening went well and was enjoyed by all.

The raffle tonight raised £145  and will help towards our annual charity donation. 

Many thanks to all who donated and all who bought tickets.


Our next function will be a Ceilidh/Dance on 26th February 2016, featuring the ever popular Stuart McKeown on accordion, and featuring

Guest Artiste, 

Ryan Young, from Cardross,  (Fiddle)  a finalist again this year in the

 ‘Scottish Young Traditional Musician of the Year’ 

A treat to hear and not to be missed!

Together with well known local singer, Seonaidh Rostant and accompaniment pianist Sheila Galbraith. 


Burns Brothers Scottish Dance Band 



Well Done The Dancers!! 


Well Done The Dancers!! 

Last Updated on Friday, 19 February 2016 22:03

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