An­nual ceilidh trail is in full swing

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

THE an­nual three-week Ar­gyll Ceilidh Trail has got off to a ‘fan­tas­tic’ start.

An­nu­ally since 2010, Oban­based Fèis Latharna has been run­ning the tour of Ar­gyll and the Isles, where seven of the area’s finest young tra­di­tional mu­si­cians play a to­tal of 18 gigs.

The aim of the trail is to pro­vide the young mu­si­cians with the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence work as pro­fes­sional tra­di­tional mu­si­cians whilst pro­mot­ing lo­cal tra­di­tional mu­sic and Gaelic cul­ture.

Chair­man of Fèis Latharna Ewan MacDon­ald said: ‘The tour has been very suc­cess­ful so far - we have just fin­ished week one, but the grand fi­nale is on Au­gust 5 in Skip­in­nish Ceilidh in Oban.

‘They have got a va­ri­ety of tunes for danc­ing, con­cert sets, and songs in Gaelic and English.

‘It’s quite a young tour this year, but they are do­ing fan­tas­ti­cally - they are go­ing down well ev­ery­where.’

This year’s line up is: Alex Hous­ton (Taynuilt), gui­tar and vo­cals; Bron­wen Davies (Scam­madale), fid­dle, ca­jon and vo­cals; Heather Fothergill (Oban), gui­tar, man­dolin, stomp­box and vo­cals); Isaac Stanesby (Tar­bert), ac­cor­dion and vo­cals; James Divers (Ben­der­loch), lead vo­cals, pipes and whis­tles; Kate MacPher­son (Ben­der­loch), pipes, whis­tles and vo­cals; and Holli Scott (Dunoon), fid­dle and vo­cals.

The trail will also be at Gigha, July 27; Car­radale, July 28; Tay­val­lich, July 29; The Old Inn, Ap­pin, July 30; Vic­tory Hall, Ben­der­loch, Au­gust 1; Craig­nish, Au­gust 2; Kil­more Hall, Au­gust 3; and An Cridhe on the Isle of Coll, Au­gust 5.

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