Oban Live rocks Moss­field and re­verbs around Scot­land

Oban Un­signed set the stage for day two of Oban Live

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

Scot­tish hip-hop, 1980s leg­ends, ‘noughties’ house­hold names, tra­di­tional Celtic mu­sic stars and emerg­ing artists united last week­end for an un­for­get­table sec­ond year of Oban Live 2017 – the big­gest live mu­sic event in Ar­gyll, west of Scot­land, writes Louise Glen.

The event took place at the Moss­field shinty ground in Oban on Fri­day June 2 and Satur­day June 3.

The event achieved a rise in foot­fall this year with more than 8,800 at­ten­dees over two days in­clud­ing vis­i­tors from as far away as Rus­sia and the USA trav­el­ling to the west coast town for the event, which has a pop­u­la­tion of 8,180.

Fri­day kicked off in the sun­shine with live mu­sic from tra­di­tional mu­sic stars in­clud­ing Ceol an Aire and the Ar­gyll Ceilidh Trail, Trail West, Màn­ran, clos­ing with a phe­nom­e­nal per­for­mance from trad- chart top­ping head­lin­ers Skip­in­nish. The event was opened by spe­cial guest, 13- year- old in­ter­net pip­ing sen­sa­tion Gre­gor MacDon­ald from Oban High School.

To­ploader, best known for their 2000 hit Danc­ing in the Moon­light, de­liv­ered a flaw­less set.

Satur­day saw Gaelic singer and ris­ing star Kim Carnie from Oban, Tide Lines, who launched their de­but al­bum Dreams We Never Lost at the event, Roddy Hart and the Lone­some Fire, global artists and Ir­ish quar­tet We Banjo 3, 1980s leg­ends Hue And Cry, who at one point gave the au­di­ence a taste of hip-hop, and Celtic-rock head­lin- ers Sk­er­ryvore. I felt like a proud mum stand­ing slap bang cen­tre in front of the stage. It was Satur­day, it was 4.30pm and K9 Kev and Rory O’B were about to come onto the stage.

I had on my blue wa­ter­proof, held a bot­tle of Blue WKD in my hand and was sur­rounded by good Oban folks to cel­e­brate the achieve­ment of Oban’s own Kevin Irvine.

K9 must be one of the kind­est men in the world.

At first I thought I was there to sup­port them out of a sense of loy­al­ity.

But once they kicked off (sup­ported by the back­bone mem­bers of many bands from Ar­gyll) my loy­al­ity fell away to awe. These boys were ex­cep­tional.

Scot­tish hip hop rap is a fairly new phenomenon to me. It likely is to many peo­ple who were at Ar­gyll’s big­gest tra­di­tional mu­sic event.

In no time at all the crowd were singing along to tracks from the band’s new ep Vo­cal He­roes. And to be truth­ful the tunes are still ring­ing in my head.

K9 and Rory were the per­fect start to the sec­ond day of Oban Live. They brought on stage Lora Ma­cleod who stunned ev­ery­one with her ex­cep­tional deep and sooth­ing voice. Sig­nal Fire’s Andy Bruce led the vo­cals on the other tracks and he was in fine voice.

If you are want­ing some­thing to cheer you up buy their new ep - £ 5 from Kev on Face­book. It is truly some­thing. I have no doubt we will shortly be hear­ing great things about K9 and Rory. They are my favourite Scot­tish hip hop artists and I want them to be yours as well.

Daniel Gille­spie, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor for Oban Live, said: ‘At Oban Live 2017 we achieved ex­actly what we set out to do which was to cel­e­brate that in­fec­tious west coast spirit and cul­ture and wel­come peo­ple from all over the world to ex­pe­ri­ence and en­joy that with us.

‘It was amaz­ing to see even more lo­cal peo­ple from Oban and the sur­round­ing area of Ar­gyll at­tend this year too. The lo­cal back­ing was in­cred­i­ble. Un­sur­pris­ingly, the Oban com­mu­nity it­self has again been amaz­ing hosts, show­cas­ing ev­ery­thing that is great about Ar­gyll whilst bring­ing their wild sides and bril­liant craic to the event.’

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