Storas – a night to rel­ish and re­mem­ber

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

IT WAS billed as a journey though the mu­sic of Argyll and not one sin­gle note of the su­perbly cu­rated night of mu­sic and song dis­ap­pointed a near ca­pac­ity au­di­ence for Storas.

The mu­si­cal evening was brought to­gether by Con­nel’s Sileas Sin­clair, a mu­si­cian best known to read­ers as the con­duc­tor of Oban Gaelic Choir and a com­poser of great skill.

The talk of the event af­ter last Thurs­day was much more an­i­mated that it was be­fore.

Those who had missed out on at­tend­ing the event wanted more, and for the full event to be filmed in or­der to be shown through­out the re­gion and be­yond.

High­lights for my taste was Mary Cather­ine Ma­cLean’s solo Alas­dair a

Laoigh Mo Chèille writ­ten by Dìorb­hail Nic a’ Bri­uthainn, Lu­ing, around 1643. Oban Gaelic Choir sing­ing a rous­ing

Colla mo Run with An­gus MacColl open­ing the song with the pipes and a solo by Mary Cather­ine Ma­cLean. The small band in­cluded Sileas, Fi­naly Wells, Archie MacAl­lis­ter, Lorne MacDougall and An­gus MacColl.

The show was com­pered by Dougie Beck. He placed the im­por­tance of Gaelic to Argyll as fun­da­men­tal in its use iin and around Argyll for cen­turies.

Dougie’s com­men­tary was thought­ful and in­cred­i­bly in­ter­est­ing and would make a book in its own right.

The back­drop to the at­mo­spheric stag­ing were a se­ries of pho­to­graphs by Chris MacIn­tyre.

Chris is also the Gaelic tu­tor for Oban Gaelic Choir.

Sileas thanked ev­ery­one who came along to the event, say­ing: ‘Mo­ran tàing dhuibh uile air­son tigh­inn gu Stòras. Abair gun robh oid­hche air leth againn.Cru­inn còmhla le òrain agus piòsan ciùil.

‘A mas­sive thank you to ev­ery­one who came to our con­cert.

‘We had a fan­tas­tic evening cel­e­brat­ing mu­sic and song from Argyll.

‘We hope you all en­joyed it as much as we did.

‘Keep an eye out for our CD later in the year.’

Oban Gaelic Choir also per­formed with Man­ran at last week’s Oban Live.

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