Wee mis­un­der­stand­ing in Camp­bel­town

The Oban Times - - LEISURE -

On Satur­day morn­ing, I and the Tide Lines boys made the long jour­ney by road from Glas­gow to Camp­bel­town for a gig called The Big Ceilidh that turned out to be very good fun in­deed.

On ar­rival in the ‘ wee toon’, we sound­checked and then headed out for din­ner.

Our sound en­gi­neer joined us for our meal and, half way through his chicken burger, he com­mented that The Big Ceilidh was, as the name sug­gests, a size­able pro­duc­tion - con­sid­er­ing there were five acts due to take the stage. I re­minded him that, in fact, there were only four acts on the bill.

‘I think you’re wrong, Robert,’ he said. ‘There are four bands, and there is a young girl per­form­ing a solo slot whose name I can’t re­mem­ber.’

In all my cor­re­spon­dence with the or­gan­is­ers, I had heard noth­ing of a solo artist and I was fairly con­vinced that she did not ac­tu­ally ex­ist. We de­bated the point back and forth for a minute or so un­til we re­alised that the line-up for the evening was flash­ing across a tele­vi­sion screen above us in the bar.

‘Look!’ our sound man cried tri­umphantly. ‘This will prove my point.’

He be­gan to list off the names of the acts as they ap­peared on the screen: Rhu­vaal, The Rollin’ Drones, Hòrò, Tide Lines.

‘There she is!’ he ex­claimed as Vic­to­ria Hall ap­peared on the screen.

‘That’s not a solo artist,’ I laughed. ‘That’s the venue!’

I do not imag­ine he will live that faux pas down among the boys for quite some time. Per­haps one day we might also share a line up with Vic­to­ria’s un­cle, Al­bert Hall.

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