Tra­di­tional bands de­light rev­ellers dur­ing fes­tive pe­riod

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

OVER the fes­tive pe­riod tra­di­tional mu­sic bands brought their award-win­ning shows to Oban and Lorn, as well as var­i­ous is­lands and not to men­tion the Hog­manay Party in Oban.

Man­ran, Skip­in­nish, Sk­er­ryvore and Tide Lines all played in the area, in­clud­ing one mega gig in Fort Wil­liam to round off the mu­si­cal year. But it was Western Isles band Ho Ro that had the hard­est gig, lug­ging equip­ment from one venue to an­other to meet all the de­mands of its pub­lic.

The an­nual out­ing for Sk­er­ryvore to Dal­mally Com­mu­nity Hall was de­scribed by one lo­cal as ‘ the big­gest thing that hap­pens all year’.

The band played a full set to a ca­pac­ity crowd that danced well into the wee hours.

Tide Lines re­ally got the crowd go­ing in the Cor­ran Halls. It is doubt­ful if any­one could de­scribe the band as any­one’s

warm-up act as the quar­tet headed up by Robert Robertson from Fort Wil­liam and Ross Wil­son from Bunes­san played a su­perb set in var­i­ous gen­res in­clud­ing Shut up and Dance with me.

Man­ran were ex­cep­tional – Ewen Hen­der­son on vo­cals re­ally set the stage alight and of course who can re­sist Gary Innes’ box play­ing or wide smile.

Skip­in­nish, the full band, with Nor­rie McIvor on vo­cals, was su­perb fun with some peo­ple at the an­nual Hog­manay party man­ag­ing to sing and dance for the three­and-a-half hours the boys took to the stage.

The fi­nale was what looked to be a trad scene mu­sic dream with a su­perb line up at the Ne­vis Cen­tre in Fort Wil­liam.

Martin Gille­spie, of Sk­er­ryvore, told his fol­low­ers on Face­book: ‘ Well that’s the win­ter tour over for an­other year. What a night in the Ne­vis Cen­tre to fin­ish off.’

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