Isle of Jura Mu­sic Fes­ti­val

The Oban Times - - Scotfest17 -

The ‘Isle of Jura Mu­sic Fes­ti­val‘ Or­gan­is­ing Com­mit­tee is a char­i­ta­ble, un­in­cor­po­rated as­so­ci­a­tion. Our pur­pose, as recorded in our con­sti­tu­tion, is to or­ga­nize and run a Mu­sic Fes­ti­val on the Isle of Jura, pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for young peo­ple to learn/im­prove their mu­sic based skill and help them re­fine and de­velop those skills in the fu­ture. By bring­ing in top class mu­si­cians ev­ery year to per­form and run work­shops, the in­struc­tion and in­spi­ra­tion they pro­vide is in­valu­able. One of these mu­si­cians is Archie Mcal­lis­ter the fan­tas­tic fid­dle player. Through our youth ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme we have been able to help through a small an­nual grant, a num­ber of young peo­ple to ful­fill their po­ten­tial and fol­low their cho­sen path in­clud­ing mu­sic tu­ition in Small Isles Pri­mary School.

The is­land has a wealth of mu­si­cal tal­ent. As well as Pete Smoke and the Roaches, one of the best cover bands on the West Coast, there’s RSAMD grad­u­ate and fid­dle player Si­mon Mo­ran from Deoch n Dorus; his singer/song­writer brother

Danny Mo­ran, a top tra­di­tional mu­si­cian now based in Dublin; their lo­cal part­ner in ‘crime’ from ‘Cum-A Dol’ the ex­cel­lent ac­cor­dian player Gra­ham Rozga, the tal­ented lo­cal pipers and one of the stal­warts of West Coast style, David MacDon­ald is an es­tab­lished box player and re­leased two al­bums with the Jura Ceilidh Band.

One of the many high­lights over the years has been when we have been re­peat­edly nom­i­nated in the first Scot­tish Tra­di­tional Mu­sic Awards held in Queens Hall Ed­in­burgh in the Best Mu­sic Fes­ti­val cat­e­gory. Celtic Con­nec­tions won it, but we were up in the top three with them…small things from lit­tle acorns grow!

Spon­sored by the Isle of Jura Dis­tillery on the Sun­day early even­ing is a stand up con­cert in the Jura Dis­tillery Cooper­age. It is in­cred­i­bly pop­u­lar and has fea­tured bands in­clud­ing Skip­pin­ish and Wolf­s­tone and Sk­er­ryvore. More in­for­ma­tion on this is avail­able on the web­site. www. ju­ra­mu­sicfes­ti­

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