Get ready for a town that be buzzing with weekend festival
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.