Oban celebrates St Andrew’s with music and talent
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.