Mu­sic won’t stop as Trail West fans do­nate £11,000

The Oban Times - - News - DAVID McPHEE dm­cphee@oban­times.co.uk

AN ‘OVER­WHELM­ING’ show of a sup­port for a ceilidh band saw more than £10,000 do­nated in less than a day to re­place equip­ment stolen in Glas­gow.

Trail West has now or­gan­ised a spe­cial ‘thank you’ ceilidh on Jan­uary 9 to thank ev­ery­one who came to their aid.

When Dr John Hol­l­i­day on Tiree heard that the is­land mu­si­cians had been the tar­get of thieves, he set up a crowd fund­ing web­site to help them re­place some of the in­stru­ments.

Set­ting the bar at £ 5,000, Trail West mu­si­cians Ian Smith, An­drew Find­later, Alain Camp­bell and Seon­aidh MacIn­tyre saw that tar­get and more raised in a day.

A state­ment on the band’s Face­book page read: ‘ Wow!!!! Our crowd fund­ing page has only been up since mid­day and we’ve al­ready reached our tar­get!

‘Com­pletely over­whelmed and can’t thank ev­ery­one who has do­nated enough – cer­tainly didn’t ex­pect to reach the tar­get this quickly.

‘Never in a mil­lion years did we think we would raise our tar­get within one day and thanks must go to Dr John Hol­l­i­day in Tiree for set­ting up the page for us.

Drum­mer An­drew said: ‘The pub­lic sup­port has been amaz­ing. I saw we were rais­ing money fast and couldn’t be­lieve it.

‘Dr John Hol­l­i­day set up the crowd fund­ing page for us. He is heav­ily in­volved in Féis Thi­rodh, which is an or­gan­i­sa­tion that helps pro­mote mu­sic in Tiree, which we have at­tended and taught at.’

Trail West has or­gan­ised a free dance, which will take place in the Queen Mar­garet Union in Glas­gow on Jan­uary 9.

T44­trail­west­02no Photo by Kris Ke­siak Pho­tog­ra­phy

DE­LIGHTED: The band plan a spe­cial ceilidh for all who sup­ported them.

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