the IONA VIL­LAGE HALL MU­SIC FES­TI­VAL ISLE of IONA

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

IONA Mu­sic Fes­ti­val once again proved to be a place for in­no­va­tion in mu­sic in a line-up that in­cluded Mer­cury prize nom­i­nees and in­ter­na­tion­ally fa­mous mu­si­cians.

The mix­ture of mod­ern in­de­pen­dent and elec­tric pop mu­sic man­aged to draw a ca­pac­ity crowd to the is­land for the third an­nual fes­ti­val.

This year, chil­dren from the is­land’s pri­mary school were con­ducted ex­pertly by Zoe MacCal­lum and after singing their set and an encore they were given the loud­est cheer of the day by a ca­pac­ity crowd. The ad­di­tion of the chil­dren ‘grounded the event on the is­land’, said Fiona Fer­gu­son of the Ed­in­burgh In­ter­na­tional Chil­dren’s Fes­ti­val.

Con­grat­u­lat­ing the is­land or­gan­is­ers, she said the event was very spe­cial and the fact that it was small, with only 250 tick­ets be­ing sold for the event, and the in­ter­na­tion­ally-ac­claimed artists per­form­ing made it a unique event in Scot­land.

Les­ley Smart from Locha­line who was at the event for the first time said it was re­fresh­ing to be at an event on the is­lands that was show­cas­ing very mod­ern mu­sic.

Nerves had dis­ap­peared after the per­for­mance. The chil­dren are pic­tured with Zoe MacCal­lum, the school choir con­duc­tor, and mu­si­cian Sor­ren Ma­cLean from Mull who ac­com­pa­nied the chil­dren on the gui­tar.

Iona Pri­mary School pupils anx­iously wait to be called to the stage for per­for­mances of hits made fa­mous by Adele, Paulo Nut­tino and the Beach Boys. The young­sters re­ceived a stand­ing ova­tion after their set.

Makar Liz Loc­head takes to the stage for a recita­tion of many of her po­ems. She was warmly re­ceived by the crowd.

Fiona Fer­gu­son and Gemma Ste­wart en­joyed the nice weather at the mu­sic fes­ti­val.

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