Catherine Young. Sadly, we have to record the recent passing of long time Opry member and good friend Catherine Young (Cathy). She had been a member of the Club for many years and served as a Committee member for some time, helping out in lots of ways to assist in the smooth running of the Opry. She will be sorely missed by her many friends and our condolences are sent to her family at this sad time. Her funeral will take place at Woodside Crematorium, 46 Broomlands Street, Paisley, PA1 2 NP, at 12.30pm on Thursday 14th November, preceeded by a funeral procession leaving from her home at 12.10pm. All friends and family are invited to attend the funeral service and meet later at the Grand Ole Opry , 2-4 Govan Road, Glasgow G51 1HS. R.I.P. Cathy.
Skee Laird Farewell Party Memorial Dance
A Memorial Dance will be held on Wednesday 2oth November to celebrate Skee’s life and long association with the Opry as a member and much loved and respected compere for many years.This event is being organised by her daughter, Stacy Keys, and further details will follow as they become available. Several musicians have already offered their services to honour Skee. Entry will be free of charge with a request that donations be made instead to raise funds for Sligo University Hospital who cared for for Skee in her last weeks. There will be a limited number of tickets that can be pre-booked by private messaging Stacy on Facebook.
Big D’s Country Music Quiz
Big D’s Quiz No.14 is now up on the Quiz page. Why not have a go to win two free admissions to a Club night ?
Gunslingers Re-enactment Group
Meeting every Tuesday in the Opry from 7.30 – 10.00pm, new members always welcome. Next date Tuesday 5th November 2019.
Next meeting will be held on Monday 4th November 2019 at 7.30pm. Please note change of time – now 7.30 to 9.30 pm. All welcome.
There are now over 2,000 members in the Opry Facebook community – and it’s growing all the time. Keep up to date on the latest Opry happenings and debates by joining in. It’s often a very lively forum! Why not join the Opry Club itself and enjoy reduced admission charges on Fridays and Saturdays?
There have been almost 67,000 visits to our website since June 2014, and 1,159,316 hits. Hopefully this results in more people visiting the club itself. The software has recently been updated to make the site easier to browse on mobile phones and tablets.
Country Music Needs More Support
With bands folding all too often these days it is increasingly urgent for country music fans to support the clubs and bands still in existence. The Opry offers members free admission on a Saturday evening for the payment of just two extra pounds on a Friday evening. You can’t get better than that – two nights of live entertainment for just £6! If you know of any members who haven’t been at the club for a while, why not encourage them to come along again to enjoy the music, dancing and keenly-priced drinks from the bar! Since the start of 2017 the club has been well attended on Saturdays, and Fridays have also picked up which is encouraging in these strained economic times. Visiting parties (birthdays, hen and stag nights, etc) have helped to swell the figures but we also need the members to support the club as much as possible. Spread the news among your friends and neighbours that the Opry offers a great night out. The number of visiting parties demonstrates that it is seen as a fun venue and is somewhere a bit different to celebrate an event. The Opry can be hired for private functions too – even wedding receptions – at very competitive prices.
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Some Useful Links
Here are some websites which might be of interest:
Country Music & Dance in Scotland & Ireland magazine : www.cmdscotland.org.uk
Country Music people magazine: www.countrymusicpeople.co.uk
UK Country Radio: www.ukcountryradio.com
Regal Country with Willie Evans, every Sunday at 10am for 2 hours Willie plays the very best of old and new country : www.regalradio.net
CMR Nashville – Internet Radio: www.cmrnashville.net
Tranquility Wild West Town: www.tranquilitytown.yolasite.com
and check out www.cmib.co.uk, the site for all things country in the UK with many links to the rest of the world.
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