Tar­bert draws the crowds for mu­sic fes­ti­val

Campbeltown Courier - - LEISURE & EN­TER­TAIN­MENT -

A late change in venue for the grand fi­nale did noth­ing to dampen the en­thu­si­asm of Tar­bert fes­ti­val-go­ers. Rain loomed large in the weather fore­casts, so or­gan­is­ers made the de­ci­sion to move the Tar­bert Mu­sic Fes­ti­val Sun­day con­cert on the quay to the drier sur­round­ings of the vil­lage hall. With the build­ing still fill­ing with peo­ple, Tre­ble Trou­ble got the au­di­ence warmed up with a crack­ing set of cov­ers, be­fore up-and-com­ing Kin­tyre trad star­lets Rhu­vaal re­ally got the party started. The hall was jump­ing by the time Dunoon band Soap and Red Pine Tim­ber Com­pany from Perth came on stage. Around 15 bands per­formed over the fes­ti­val, held be­tween Septem­ber 14 to 16, as pubs and ho­tels pro­vided in­ti­mate venues for gigs around the vil­lage. Re­cently-formed Loch Fyne Pipe Band en­ter­tained on the Sun­day evening, while Satur­day night saw cham­pion of cham­pi­ons Mid Ar­gyll Pipe Band per­form a stir­ring set on the har­bour. Then there were the ‘fringe’ events’. A well-at­tended cof­fee morn­ing in the Tem­plars Hall, com­plete with de­li­cious home bak­ing, raf­fle and bot­tle stall, raised money for Tar­bert Mu­sic Fes­ti­val. Across the har­bour to the pon­toons, the mar­quee was packed with ex­hibitors from across Ar­gyll for a craft fair. Vis­i­tors trav­elled from near and far to en­joy the Tar­bert craic - and they were not dis­ap­pointed.


Fan­tas­tic fun from Fyne Fu­sion in the Is­lay Frigate.

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