Nine-man ska dance sen­sa­tion shook the Vic

Campbeltown Courier - - BUSINESS - Han­nah O’Han­lon ed­i­tor@camp­bel­town­courier.co.uk

SKA DANCERS took over Camp­bel­town’s Vic­to­ria Hall dur­ing last Satur­day’s MOK Fest head­line concert.

As ska sen­sa­tion Bomb­skare took to the stage, rev­ellers took to the dance floor to show off their best moves.

CalMac Cul­ture win­ners Start Static kick-started the night in sim­i­lar fash­ion, rock­ing the hall with their high en­ergy indie-rock self-penned songs.

The four-piece from Glas­gow got the crowd en­er­gised with their rock and roll stage per­for­mance and ready for Bomb­skare to tear up the stage.

Play­ing a myr­iad of in­stru­ments, in­clud­ing the sax­o­phone, trom­bone and trum­pet, as well as the usual key­board, drums and gui­tars, the nine-man per­form­ing power-house was led by front man Scott McCaf­ferty.

Their en­ergy on stage had to be seen to be be­lieved and quickly spread to the crowd, with peo­ple of all ages hit­ting the dance floor as soon as Bomb­skare hit their first note.

Be­fore com­ing off­stage, the Ed­in­burgh-based band was joined for a tune by fid­dler Ross Couper from the Peat­bog Faeries, the next band to take to the stage.

Huge suc­cess

Bomb­skare was a huge suc­cess, with many com­ment­ing after­wards that the only prob­lem was that their set wasn’t long enough.

Re­turn­ing to MOK Fest, Celtic dance gi­ants the Peat­bog Faeries were a hit from the start, in­ter­act­ing with the crowd through­out their per­for­mance, even photo-bomb­ing a few self­ies.

The Skye-based band per­formed a ma­jes­tic set, play­ing folk in­stru­ments in­clud­ing the fid­dle, pipes and whis­tle, keep­ing the au­di­ence en­thralled with their at­mo­spheric tracks.

Cries of ‘one more tune’ at the end of the night came as con­fir­ma­tion to the con­tem­po­rary folk lead­ers that their night had been a suc­cess.

Those who made it through the whole week­end en­joyed MOK Fest favourite Sur­vivors’ Night on Sunday.

With a plethora of lo­cal bands and mu­si­cians on of­fer, it rounded off the 25th Mull of Kin­tyre Mu­sic Fes­ti­val in style.

A MOK Fest spokesper­son said: ‘It was a great suc­cess with sell-out con­certs and peo­ple from across Europe and the wider world at­tend­ing.

‘The head­lin­ers at all the con­certs com­mented on how much they en­joyed the event and the re­cep­tion they got from the au­di­ences.

Work­shops

‘Camp­bel­town Gram­mar School also held some great work­shops with Arty McG­lynn, Nol­laig Casey, Ross Kennedy, Lorne MacDougall and Scooter Muse all tu­tor­ing a work­shop each.

‘We would like to thank ev­ery­one who worked so hard to make the 25th Mull of Kin­tyre Mu­sic Fes­ti­val such a spe­cial event. We now look for­ward to year 26. See you there.’

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Jes­sica and Kyle Mack­in­tosh trav­elled home from Glas­gow to see Bomb­skare, who played at their wed­ding in Dunkeld last year.

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Mairi Carmichael, Chris­tine Inglis and An­gela McMil­lan en­joyed the 25th an­niver­sary concert.

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Start Static started the night off with a bang.

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Peat­bog Faeries put on an at­mo­spheric set.

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Lau­ren McKel­lar, Lin­sey Cairns, Iona Reid and Bethany Kelly had fun on Satur­day night.

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Bomb­skare’s set was elec­tric.

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