Even stal­wart’s ab­sence can’t mask success of mu­sic festival

The Oban Times - - LEISURE -

SOME­TIMES you have to miss your favourite mu­sic festival when your daugh­ter is tak­ing part in a danc­ing com­pe­ti­tion. But one woman, from Bal­lachullish, who has de­scended on Mull ev­ery April for the past 10 years, has vir­tu­ally there de­spite not be­ing pre­sent at all.

When friends of Mar­ion Richie, who lives in Fife, found out she wouldn’t be tak­ing part in their an­nual out­ing to the Mull Mu­sic Festival, they came up with a novel idea of bring­ing her along any­way – by hav­ing masks made of their friend that they wore ev­ery­where around Tober­mory.

Tak­ing in bands such as Trail West, Tide Lines, Horo, Chunks, Crooked Reel, Gunna Sound, Heron Val­ley, Beinn Lee Ceilidh Band, Dun Mor Ceilidh Band, Ruairidh MacLean, Al­lan Irvine, Davy Holt, Crooked Reel and many more in venues through­out the vil­lage, the masks be­came a fea­ture of the hun­dreds of people at­tend­ing the four- day event.

While Mrs Richie missed out as her daugh­ter, Erin, was tak­ing part in the Scot­tish heats of the Dance Chal­lenge UK, she said it was worth it as her daugh­ter’s team won a place in the na­tional fi­nals.

Many people from Oban took the ferry to the is­land to en­joy the festival and sat out in the nice weather en­joy­ing some un­sea­son­ably warm sun.

Hopes of the start of a long summer were dashed by Mon­day when the heat turned into large ly­ing flakes of snow.

Party-go­ers were undeterred, with some still seen to be wear­ing straw hats while shel­ter­ing un­der the eves of Mac­gochans pub on Mon­day.

While the mu­sic was mainly Scot­tish – think folk-rock, fid­dles, ac­cor­dions, Gaelic singers and plenty of ceilidh – the au­di­ence was very much in­ter­na­tional with a few hen and stag par­ties thrown into the mix.

Joanie Mackay, who lives in the vil­lage, summed up the event, saying: ‘ Where in the world can you get live mu­sic from top qual­ity mu­si­cians for four days?

‘ Well done to all the busi­nesses and hotels for bring­ing folk to­gether and all hav­ing great craic.’

En­joy­ing a dram in the bright sun were Carolyn Buchanan, Dun­can Buchanan, left, and Cal­lum Hancock.

Argyll’s finest were on hand to make sure every­one had a good time.

Oban­ites en­joyed Trail West.

Liza McGouchan, Ken­neth Weir, Jane Gill and Carolyn Mac­Don­ald in the Mish­nish.

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