Get ready for a town that be buzzing with week­end festival

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

THE town is go­ing to be jump­ing this week­end ... or danc­ing, writes Oban am­bas­sador, Kay Mac­Don­ald.

The High­land and Is­lands Mu­sic and Dance Festival hits town and it’s go­ing to be all go.

There’s just so much go­ing on as well as all the com­pe­ti­tions.

There will be mu­sic in the Royal Ho­tel on Fri­day and Satur­day night, a fam­ily ceilidh in Ar­gyll­shire Gath­er­ing Halls, pip­ing and high­land danc­ing in McCaig’s Tower on Thurs­day night (weather per­mit­ting) and mu­sic in the Oban Inn, Olive Gar­den, Markie Dan’s and the Choco­late Shop.

You won’t be able to turn the cor­ner with­out hear­ing pipes or ac­cor­dions.

Satur­day will be the high­light with en­ter­tain­ment in Sta­tion Square and Stafford Street, in­clud­ing Paddy Shaw’s swing band and Campbell Cameron teach­ing every­one to Strip the Wil­low.

Pro­grammes for all the events are widely avail­able in the town so put your danc­ing shoes on and get out. It’ll be worth it.

Over the five years I’ve been out and about meet­ing every­one I’ve al­ways loved how every­one is drawn to the sound of the pipes. You just see heads turn­ing and people grav­i­tat­ing to the mu­sic and, now that we have no ob­sta­cles this year, I’m look­ing for­ward to mu­si­cians pop­ping up all over the town dur­ing the summer, which hope­fully will be sunny and warm.

Did you spot where last week’s photo was taken? The lovely old fash­ioned lamps are out­side the War and Peace Mu­seum and I’ve been kind this week – it’s much eas­ier.

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