Tide Lines kick off their Scot­tish tour at Oban Live this week­end

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Ed Sheeran is one of the most liked men in po­plar mu­sic, writes Louse Glen.

A col­league believes that Ed Sheeran does some­thing that is al­most im­pos­si­ble in that he ap­peal to a wide mar­ket, but that it is ‘ wrong’.

He says: ‘Young peo­ple should not be lis­ten­ing to the same mu­sic as their par­ents. They should be re­belling.’

Well, I think he is on the wrong tack there as Tide Lines – the west coast’s amaz­ing an­swer to Ed Sheeran have got it go­ing on.

I asked my beau­ti­ful wee friends Calum and Finn (who re­cived the CD as a birth­day present) what they thought of the al­bum Dreams

We Never Lost – and I would like to say I got an an­swer.

But these cool dudes, aged five­and seven, were far too busy learn­ing the words like Robert Robert­son and the air gui­tar and key­board of Ross Wilson to talk to me.

Tide Lines are sim­ply one of those west coast bands that al­most ev­ery­one can like be­cause the men in­volved – of the four mem­bers read­ers will know Robert Robert­son of Lochaber and Ross Wilson of Bunes­san who have been part of the west coast mu­sic scene since time be­gan.

If I had to give you a rea­son why I love the mu­sic they make, it is be­cause they bring a rel­e­vancy to mod­ern tra­di­tional mu­sic that touches your heart.

And be­cause it is easy to say that mu­si­cians have an easy time of it, but it is hard to get on in the mu­sic busi­ness with peo­ple mea­sur­ing suc­cess against Bri­tain’s Got

Tal­ent and X Fac­tor. Tide Lines’ al­bum Dreams We

Never Lost is a must buy pur­chase. Robert told The Oban Times: ‘ We’re itch­ing to get out on the road, and here is where we’ll be play­ing. We’re look­ing for­ward to catch­ing up with many friends, old and new, over the com­ing months.’

Start­ing with Oban Live this week­end the band can then be seen at Killin Mu­sic Fes­ti­val 2017, North­ern Roots Fes­ti­val, the Isle of Gigha Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, Gair­loch High­land Gath­er­ing, Trelawnyd Folk at the Hall 2017,

Tiree Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, He­bridean Celtic Fes­ti­val, The Ne­vis Cen­tre, Eilean Dor­cha Fes­ti­val, Speyfest, Fes­ti­val In­ter­cel­tique de Lori­ent, Tide Lines @ Gig at the Gath­er­ing in Dunoon, Best Of The West Fes­ti­val at In­ver­aray Cas­tle, Jura Mu­sic Fes­ti­val and then Tide Lines at Stone­haven Town Hall. Bi­og­ra­phy Tide Lines are a four piece band from Scot­land who are heav­ily in­flu­enced by the tra­di­tional mu­sic of the West High­lands and Is­lands, but whose highly eclec­tic sound is driven by acous­tic and elec­tric gui­tars, with drums and key­boards. Their first sin­gle,

Far Side of the World, en­tered the UK down­load charts ahead of pop­u­lar tracks by Cold­play and Bey­once as well as Adele’s Hello, less than 24 hours af­ter the band was launched on so­cial me­dia in June 2016.

Tide Lines con­sists of Robert Robert­son from Lochaber, Ross Wilson from the is­land of Mull, Alas­dair Turner from Al­ness, and Fer­gus Munro from Glas­gow.

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