Oban cel­e­brates St An­drew’s with mu­sic and ta­lent

The Oban Times - - NEWS - By Kathie Grif­fiths kgrif­[email protected]­times.co.uk

St An­drew's cel­e­bra­tions cul­mi­nated three week­ends of win­ter cel­e­bra­tions in Oban.

Oban High School’s Tra­di­tional School of Mu­sic, now in its sev­enth year, put on a live per­for­mance at a ceilidh on Fri­day night in The View in Ge­orge Street.

Guests were treated to a lively evening of pipes, fid­dles, ac­cor­dions, whis­tles and flutes to name but a few of the in­stru­ments that ac­com­pa­nied dancers of all ages.

The week­end’s event fol­lowed two pre­vi­ous packed week­ends bring­ing in thou­sands of vis­i­tors to the town.

On the Satur­day, young en­trepreneurs from around Oban show­cased their cre­ative tal­ents at a mar­ket in the dis­tillery bar and new snug area.

Among them were SAMS PHd stu­dent Becky Giesler, 27, with her Ink­fish Art and 16-year-old Ben Sel­fridge whose in­spi­ra­tion to set up his own busi­ness came from a wood­work­ing class at Lochgilp­head High School.

North Con­nel artist Joseph Up­ton, 26, who takes com­mis­sions from In­sta­gram, was also there, as was Edie El­liott with her colour­ful rock art.

Cal­lum Reu, Oban Dis­tillery's se­nior site man­ager, said: ‘We’ve just loved hav­ing the young en­tre­pre­neur mar­ket here. There’s so much in­cred­i­ble ta­lent. We’ve been proud to have so many of this year’s Win­ter Fes­ti­val events here. We’d like the dis­tillery to be at the heart of the com­mu­nity, after all it’s been here a very long time.’

Com­mu­nity groups look­ing for a space to host events can get in touch. A Win­ter Fes­ti­val spokesper­son said: ‘The mar­ket was our way of mark­ing Year of Young Peo­ple. Every­one’s been blown away by the ta­lent be­ing show­cased by our lo­cal en­trepreneurs. They’ve been re­ally busy.’

St An­drew’s Day Ceilidh with Oban High School’s Tra­di­tional School of Mu­sic.

Danc­ing the night away at St An­drew’s Ceilidh in Oban.

Rock artist Edie El­liot from Oban who was just one of the young en­trepreneurs at Satur­day’s mar­ket in the dis­tillery bar.

Artist Joseph Up­ton from North Con­nel.

Young en­tre­pre­neur SAMS PHd stu­dent Becky Giesler with her Ink­fish Art.

Domh­nall Colthart and Sarah Garvin at Fri­day’s ceilidh night at The View.

Left: Take your part­ners for more ceilidh danc­ing. Right: Cel­e­brat­ing St An­drew’s day at the ceilidh were, left to right, Mila Mack­iewicz, aged five, Deimante Kairyte, Luka Mack­iewicz, three, and mum San­dra Mack­iewicz.

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