DJ is in a spin

The Oban Times - - FRONT PAGE - DAVID MCPHEE dm­cphee@oban­

AN OBAN DJ with Down’s syn­drome took the Lorne bar by storm on Sun­day when he played his first gig.

AN OBAN DJ with Down’s syn­drome has been booked by a lo­cal pro­moter after play­ing his first gig on Sun­day.

Christo­pher Knowles, 39, who goes by the stage name DJ Wolf, played his first live per­for­mance in the Lorne in Oban on Sun­day night.

The event was or­gan­ised as part of a BBC tele­vi­sion pro­gramme called The Coun­try Coun­cil.

The three-part se­ries fol­lows the work of coun­cil staff in Argyll and Bute as they help vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple in the com­mu­nity.

And be­cause of Christo­pher’s per­for­mance, a lo­cal pro­moter has booked him on Oc­to­ber 28 for the Re­gent Ho­tel’s Hal­loween spe­cial, kick­ing off at 9pm.

Tony Howlett, who or­gan­ises the Re­lent­less events, said: ‘I am going to get him a gig. He is that good. I thought he was amaz­ing. I am going to try and fit him in on Hal­loween night. His fix­ing is un­be­liev­able. It’s good for him and good for the town.’

Ska­pade Stu­dios, based in Dum­bar­ton, were on hand to help Christo­pher on the night.

Ska­pade al­ready run com­mu­nity-based projects and they trained the Oban man as he pre­pared for his big night.

Steven Gal­lonie of Ska­pade said: ‘I thought it went bril­liantly. The guys have been train­ing him over the past few weeks.

‘Jack Dyer as­sisted him a lit­tle, but he was pretty much mix­ing it on his own. His track selec­tion was out of this world – it’s a mix­ture of house, trance and some techno.

‘For a short space of time, he has done re­ally well. He has had the op­por­tu­nity to play along­side Stephen Kirk­wood, who has trav­elled around Europe play­ing.’

Stephen, who pi­o­neered Ska­pade, was play­ing with the Ger­man Grammy Award-win­ning DJ Paul Van Dyke a cou­ple of weeks ago – and he wanted to give Christo­pher a flavour of that. ‘I’d like to give an ex­tended thanks to Jack Dyer,’ Stephen added.

A se­ries pro­ducer at Fire­cracker Films, which is over­see­ing the BBC Scot­land se­ries, said: ‘[Christo­pher] has pre­vi­ously been a pro­fes­sional dancer, but ill health meant giv­ing it up.

‘[A] spe­cial­ist oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist from the adult learn­ing dis­abil­ity team has been work­ing with Christo­pher to give him a new di­rec­tion and re­alise his dreams.’

Christo­pher was then put in touch with Ska­pade Stu­dios, who al­ready run a num­ber of com­mu­nity-based work­shops.

To find out more about them, visit www.ska­padestu­


From left to right, Stephen Kirk­wood, Christo­pher Knowles, Steven Gal­lonie and Jack Dyer.

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