School pipe band to join Sk­er­ryvore for 2017 Oban Live

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

Oban High School ( OHS) Pipe Band will join trad-rock artists Sk­er­ryvore on stage at this year’s Oban Live mu­sic con­cert.

OHS Pipe Ma­jor, An­gus MacColl, said: ‘We are in­cred­i­bly hon­oured to be in­vited to play on stage with the sen­sa­tional Sk­er­ryvore. This is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for our young band mem­bers to show­case their tal­ents to an au­di­ence of thou­sands – and in their lo­cal town, too. We are all very ex­cited to re­hearse with West Coast favourites Sk­er­ryvore. All those headed for Oban Live this sum­mer are in for a treat!’

OHS Pipe Band is the last act to be re­vealed in a busy week of an­nounce­ments from the event. An­nounc­ing live on Oban Live’s Face­book page, Màn­ran, Tide Lines and Trail West all con­firmed they will play Ar­gyll’s largest live mu­sic event on June 2 and 3 this year. The event also an­nounced that re­main­ing tick­ets WILL go on sale on Satur­day (Jan­uary 28) at 3pm.

Daniel Gille­spie of Sk­er­ryvore and Artis­tic Di­rec­tor for Oban Live added: ‘An­gus MacColl is a pip­ing leg­end and a real hero of ours grow­ing up on Tiree learn­ing to play tra­di­tional mu­sic, so to have him join us on stage in Oban along with his bril­liant group of pupils will be a very spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion for us. We are also de­lighted to an­nounce that Trail West, Màn­ran and Tide Lines will join us in Oban, as not only are they great friends but they are three of the most ex­cit­ing acts on the Scottish scene to­day – all bring­ing their own brand and fu­sion of West Coast mu­sic. We still have three more acts to an­nounce as well as some other spe­cial guests so watch this space for more ex­cit­ing an­nounce­ments.’

Stream­ing live from Glas­gow’s Bar­row­lands be­fore tak­ing to the stage at Celtic Con­nec­tions on Fri­day Jan­uary 20, Gary Innes of multi-award-win­ning folk-rock group Màn­ran said: ‘ We are de­lighted to an­nounce that we are com­ing to Oban Live this year. It was a mas­sive year for Oban Live last year and this year is go­ing to be even big­ger. Look for­ward to see­ing you all in June.’

With tra­di­tional Celtic roots and songs in both English and Gaelic, Màn­ran’s fiery tunes from fid­dle, ac­cor­dion, flute, uil­leann and High­land bag­pipes are known to bind pow­er­fully to a rhythm sec­tion awash with el­e­ments of funk, jazz and rock to cre­ate in­nova- tive and up­lift­ing in­stru­men­tal mu­sic.

The ex­cit­ing quar­tet Trail West soon fol­lowed were the sec­ond act to re­veal that they will be join­ing the Oban Live line-up this year. With band mem­bers hail­ing from Tiree and South Uist, the mu­sic and cul­ture that they were raised in re­mains a pure and re­fresh­ing trade­mark in the sound of Trail West. Oban Live’s au­di­ence will be treated to the in­cred­i­ble mu­si­cian­ship of front­line pair Seon­aidh MacIn­tyre and Ian Smith through high- en­ergy tunes and ar­range­ments, ac­com­pa­nied by the multi-in­stru­men­tal tal­ents of An­drew Find­later and Alain Camp­bell.

Yes­ter­day (Wed­nes­day Jan­uary 25), four piece Scottish band Tide Lines were the third act to an­nounce they will play Oban Live this sum­mer. Whilst heav­ily in­flu­enced by the tra­di­tional mu­sic of the West High­lands and Is­lands, their highly eclec­tic sound is driven by acous­tic and electric gui­tars, with drums and key­boards. Their first sin­gle, Far Side of the World, en­tered the UK down­load charts ahead of pop­u­lar tracks by Cold­play, Adele and Bey­oncé, less than 24 hours af­ter the band was launched on so­cial me­dia in June 2016. Tide Lines con­sists of Oban Times colum­nist Robert Robert­son from Lochaber, Ross Wil­son from Mull, Alas­dair Turner from Al­ness, and Fer­gus Munro from Glas­gow.

The acts join a whole stream of tal­ented Scots and Ir­ish artists con­firmed for the event, in­clud­ing Ad­mi­ral Fal­low, Roddy Hart and the Lone­some Fire, We Banjo 3, Skip­in­nish, Sk­er­ryvore and the col­lab­o­ra­tion of Ar­gyll Ceilidh Trail and Ceol an Aire.

Paul Bush OBE, di­rec­tor of events at VisitS­cot­land, said: ‘Scot­land is the per­fect stage for cul­tural events and Even­tS­cot­land is de­lighted to be once again sup­port­ing Oban Live, show­cas­ing the very best Scottish and In­ter­na­tional tal­ent. These ad­di­tions to what is al­ready a fan­tas­tic line-up will cap­ture the imag­i­na­tion of vis­i­tors from both the lo­cal area and fur­ther afield.’

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