Mu­sic with Jonathan Rim­mer

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

MARKIES Mu­sic Fes­ti­val re­vived Oban Live’s party at­mos­phere last week­end, draw­ing huge crowds. Au­di­ences en­joyed a stacked bill of free mu­sic on one of the hottest week­ends of the year so far.

Lo­cal bands such as Ceol an Aire and Crackin Craic were joined by up-and- com­ing tra­di­tional out­fit Hò-rò and pop­u­lar Ir­ish folk group Crooked Reel. One of the big­gest re­cep­tions was saved for Oban rock trio Chunks, who head­lined the first night of the fes­ti­val.

Chunks bassist Stevo Fin­layson, who helped or­gan­ise the fes­ti­val, is a pas­sion­ate pro­moter of the Oban scene and be­lieves the re­sponse to the week­end is fur­ther ev­i­dence that it is grow­ing.

‘Like Oban Live, Markies Mu­sic Fest shows how much pas­sion there is for mu­sic in and around Oban,’ says Stevo. ‘It would be great to see more events like this in the lo­cal area.

‘Our slot went very well, the place was heav­ing and there was such a buzz. We played in Markies a few weeks ago for the Oban Live fringe and thought it couldn’t get any busier than that, but it was. That’s the kind of gig we like: when every­body is in good spir­its and re­ally en­joy­ing our set.’

The fes­ti­val is the first that Markie Dans has at­tempted as a three- day event. De­spite the big num­bers the week­end mostly went off with­out a hitch, the only re­gret­table con­se­quence be­ing that late­com­ers in the evening were turned away.

‘Both the beer gar­den and pub were very busy,’ says or­gan­iser Lind­say MacMil­lan. ‘The staff and stew­ards coped ex­cel­lently with the huge vol­ume of cus­tomers we had.

‘The feed­back we have had from cus­tomers so far was very pos­i­tive. It’s re­ally dif­fi­cult to say what the high­light was. Ev­ery band played well – it was a bril­liant mix of mu­si­cal tal­ent from here and away.’ DUN­BEG song­writer Mike Nis­bet sur­prised fans on Satur­day by re­leas­ing a free al­bum. The 10-track LP, en­ti­tled Fash­ion & Trash, is the multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist’s fol­low-up to last year’s The Bal­lad of Body and Soul. When speak­ing to The

Oban Times a few months ago, Mike had just fin­ished the un­named pro­ject and was set to re-record in a stu­dio. How­ever, the fi­nal re­sult is a com­pletely DIY pro­ject, recorded en­tirely on his iPhone.

‘Some­thing about th­ese first record­ings stuck with me,’ says Mike. ‘There was a cer­tain vibe and ro­mance to th­ese ver­sions that I loved. I re­alised I wanted to share th­ese ver­sions of the songs at their most hon­est and raw, like a view into the sketch book.’

Mike’s most re­cent pro­ject was with The Art­packt Col­lec­tive, a group of Lon­don-based solo artists. He re­leased com­pi­la­tion al­bums with the group and per­formed cov­ers and tra­di­tional ma­te­rial with them on re­cent tours.

How­ever, Fash­ion & Trash sees Mike re­turn to play­ing en­tirely orig­i­nal songs. In spite of the lo-fi qual­ity of record­ings, the al­bum is a co­he­sive body of work full of bluesy melodies and fin­ger­picked gui­tar.

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