Lo­cal young tra­di­tional mu­si­cians set for Oban Live de­but

The Oban Times - - Oban Live -

An Oban High School pupil who be­came an in­ter­net sen­sa­tion fol­low­ing his pip­ing per­for­mance on board a flight to New York is one of two lo­cal ris­ing stars an­nounced as spe­cial guest artists to open Oban Live, Ar­gyll’s biggest live mu­sic event.

While en route to take part in New York’s Tar­tan Week with his school’s pipe band, tal­ented 13-year- old Gregor Mac­Don­ald per­formed a cou­ple of solo pip­ing tunes to flight pas­sen­gers. A record­ing of the event was later posted by the school on so­cial me­dia and the video was a hit, achiev­ing over 150,000 hits num­ber of views to date.

Gregor will take to the stage for a solo pip­ing per­for­mance which will open Oban Live on Fri­day June 2. He will also re­turn on the second day of Oban Live, Satur­day June 3, along­side his band mates in Oban High School’s Novice Ju­ve­nile A Pipe Band to play with head­lin­ers and Celtic rock band Sk­er­ryvore.

Gregor said: ‘I knew I would be play­ing with Oban High School Pipe Band, but to be asked to play solo is quite a priv­i­lege. I am look­ing for­ward to it. I’ve never played at any­thing like Oban Live be­fore so it will be a great ex­pe­ri­ence. I’ve still not de­cided what I’m play­ing yet but I am prac­tic­ing a bit more than usual in prepa­ra­tion for the event. My fam­ily and friends will all be com­ing to watch. It’s a great lo­cal event and we have all been to it in the past.’

The tal­ented 23-year- old singer, Kim Carnie, will open the event on Satur­day June 3. BBC Ra­dio Scot­land Young Tra­di­tional Mu­si­cian of the Year 2017 fi­nal­ist, Kim is a Gaelic singer and TV pre­sen­ter (BBC ALBA) from Oban. She has per­formed at fes­ti­vals and pres­ti­gious events across the UK, in­clud­ing Orkney Folk Fes­ti­val, He­bridean Celtic Fes­ti­val, Celtic Con­nec­tions and Cam­bridge Folk Fes­ti­val. Kim is a cur­rent mem­ber of ‘Air Falbh Leis na h-Eòin/Away with the Birds’, a vo­cal piece ex­plor­ing the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Gaelic and bird song.

Kim will be joined by Euan Bur­ton on stage, an award-win­ning com­poser, bassist, pro­ducer and one of the lead­ing mu­si­cians to emerge from Scot­land in the past decade. Signed to Whirl­wind Record­ings, he has re­leased two in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed al­bums with them:

Oc­cur­rences (2012) and Too Much Love (2014). Per­form­ing con­stantly with the UK’s fore­most mu­si­cians, he’s played with an end­less list of ac­claimed mu­si­cians such as Ju­lian Ar­guelles, Martin Ker­shaw, Kit Downes and Tom Gibbs. Cur­rently, Kim and Euan are work­ing on Kim’s de­but EP, along­side Me­gan Hen­der­son and Innes White, to be re­leased later this sum­mer.

With a growing num­ber of cul­tural gigs un­der her belt al­ready, Kim has graced many stages with her stun­ning Gaelic tal­ents, in­clud­ing Orkney Folk Fes­ti­val, Celtic Con­nec­tions and Cam­bridge Folk Fes­ti­val.

Daniel Gille­spie, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Oban Live, said: ‘ We are ex­cited that two young ris­ing stars, who both hail from Oban, will be our spe­cial guest artists to open each day of Oban Live this year. With Gregor at the be­gin­ning of his mu­sic jour­ney and Kim who is thriv­ing on the Gaelic scene, both artists are a true re­flec­tion of how in­flu­en­tial Oban’s tra­di­tional mu­sic cul­ture is for young aspiring mu­si­cians. We can’t wait to see them on the Oban Live stage this year.’

Don’t miss Gregor, Fri­day June 2, at 4.30pm and Kim, Satur­day June 3, also at 4.30pm. Tick­ets are avail­able at www.oban­live.com. Hello and wel­come to Oban Live’s Ex­tra fea­ture in part­ner­ship with The

Oban Times. Vis­i­tors and artists from all over the world will soon de­scend on Oban for what has be­come Ar­gyll’s biggest live mu­sic event. We know that the Oban com­mu­nity will again be amaz­ing hosts this year. With­out the sup­port of the lo­cal com­mu­nity, our spon­sors and all our at­ten­dees, this event would not be pos­si­ble. Oban is un­de­ni­ably one of the most in­spi­ra­tional towns in the West Coast for mu­sic cul­ture and we are thrilled to add many tal­ented lo­cal artists to our lineup this year. Get up to Moss­field early this year so you don’t miss the in­cred­i­ble tal­ents of Oban’s artists, on stage each day from 4.30pm – please check the Oban Live web­site for the full sched­ule. En­joy a unique col­lab­o­ra­tion of Ceol an Aire per­form­ing along­side the Ar­gyll Ceilidh Trail. Ex­pe­ri­ence Scot­tish hip-hop as the win­ners of Oban Un­signed – K9 Kev & Rory O’B – take to the stage. Also from Oban are our spe­cial guests Gaelic singer Kim Carnie and in­ter­net pip­ing sen­sa­tion, 13-year- old Gregor Mac­Don­ald. Later on the Satur­day night, we are ex­cited that Oban High School Pipe Band will join Sk­er­ryvore on stage for a spe­cial Oban Live col­lab­o­ra­tion. Doors open at 4pm each day. Plus, we’ve got you cov­ered with fan­tas­tic food ven­dors and an im­pres­sive drinks list. Can’t wait to see you all there. SK­ER­RYVORE

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