Scots music stars ‘Caman’ together for shinty song showcase at Oban Live

A star-studded line-up of Scottish traditional musicians who have an association with the sport of Shinty are coming together as The Caman Connection exclusively at next month’s Oban Live music concert in the famous Shinty grounds of Mossfield Stadium.

From Shinty anthem Clash of the Ash by Runrig to Fergie MacDonald’s The Shinty RefereeThe Caman Connection will showcase the songs, lyrics and melodies that feature or have been inspired by the sport.

Being no stranger to Mossfield Stadium both on the pitch and on the Oban Live stage, the collaboration is lead by Scottish musician, broadcaster and former Scotland Shinty captain Gary Innes. Gary, who was just recently announced as the first Camanachd Cup Ambassador, will be joined by Iain Bayne (Runrig), Donald Shaw (Capercaillie), Mischa MacPherson, Fergie MacDonald (The Ceilidh King), Ewen Henderson (Mànran), Alec Dalglish (Skerryvore) and Steve Byrnes.

It is set to be a colourful spectacle too as each musician in the group will proudly don their Shinty club strip and colours during the Oban Live set.

Highlighting the growing popularity and strength of women’s Shinty over recent years, Gary has also written, exclusively for the Oban Live collaboration, a new song named Feel the Power which will be performed by the talented Lewis-born Mischa MacPherson, 2014’s BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award winner and Gaelic Singer of the Year at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards.

Waterford born musician Steve Byrnes will represent Shinty’s shared roots with Hurling, Ireland’s native Gaelic game that is thought to date back several thousands of years. Steve was brought up in the great Hurling county of Waterford, Ireland, and played the sport throughout his school years. Hurling and Shinty have a strong connection to Oban’s Mossfield Stadium as, up until a few years ago, many of the Shinty-Hurling internationals between Scotland and Ireland were played in the same grounds.

The return to Mossfield Stadium for Gary Innes to perform and celebrate music influenced by Shinty, alongside his fellow musicians, is expected to be an emotional experience for the star.

Gary said: “My last ever game of Shinty was at Mossfield Stadium in 2014 where we won the league. I wrote ‘The Caman Man’ as a poem the day after and I certainly never thought for a second I’d be singing it five years later on the same field. To go on the Oban Live stage and perform music that celebrates the sport in the famous Shinty grounds of Mossfield, as well as playing alongside such a talented group of musicians as part of The Caman Connection will be unforgettable.”

He added: “Feel the Power is a song for all the wonderful women who have graced the Shinty fields. It’s so positive to see women’s Shinty continuing to flourish at every level and age group and having just welcomed our own little daughter Gracie into the world a couple of weeks ago I felt Oban Live would be a fitting occasion to mark with this special band all the young women, mums and grannies, past and present, who have contributed to the development and longevity of our special game.”

Daniel Gillespie, Managing Director for Oban Live and co-founding member of Skerryvore said: “It is a real honour for Oban Live to have such a wealth of talented Scottish traditional musicians come together to bring the culture of the sport from the pitch onto the stage. Many of the audience will have stood on the edges of the Mossfield pitch to watch the games or will have played or have family connections to the sport. The range of Shinty anthems scheduled for the set will, therefore, most certainly spark some memories and bring along with it some great craic too!”

He added: “A huge thanks to Gary for creating and directing this amazing collaboration for Oban Live.”

The Caman Connection plays Oban Live Saturday June 8.  Tickets for Oban Live, June 7 and 8, are available at www.obanlive.com.

Oban Distillery and Oban Live team up for dram good VIP offer

Oban Distillery will sponsor the VIP area at Argyll’s biggest outdoor live music concert Oban Live this June, the event has announced.

Described by the event as an “exciting and very fitting partnership’, the distillery and tourism attraction, which is less than a mile away from the event’s Mossfield Stadium venue, are gearing up to showcase their globally renowned Oban 14 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky to Oban Live VIP ticket holders.

The complete VIP ticket package includes a free Oban Scotch Whisky Cocktail on arrival, a VIP arrivals desk, access to the VIP area, access to the VIP bar and luxury toilets, an exclusive VIP lanyard and free guaranteed entry before midnight to the Official After party at The View, Oban.  A special Fringe launch night is also planned for Thursday June 6 at the Distillery on Stafford Street in Oban which VIP ticket holders will also have free access to. More details will be announced in the coming weeks.

The whisky will be available for all to enjoy at Oban Live as both the whisky cocktail, which will be the event’s official cocktail for the weekend, and drams of the Oban 14 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky will be available to buy at the main arena bar and at the VIP bar. Staff from Oban Distillery will also be on hand behind the bar to share some insight and history behind the making of the malt Oban Whisky and the Distillery.

Daniel Gillespie, Managing Director for Oban Live said: “We are delighted that the Oban Distillery and Oban Live are coming together to promote historic and modern Oban culture to visitors from all over. We share a passion in delivering high quality visitor products and experiences whilst connecting with the local area, so it makes perfect sense to be entering this VIP partnership with such a well-established whisky brand and visitor centre.”

He added: “VIP tickets are selling out fast for 2019 with only around 30 two-day VIP and a couple of Saturday VIP left, as of Tuesday morning, and so we urge anyone wishing to take advantage of the full Oban Live VIP experience this year to get in quick.”

Callum Rew, Site Manager at Oban Distillery added: “We are delighted to partner with this year’s Oban Live and look forward to welcoming visitors to the distillery.   Oban Distillery was founded in 1794 and plays an important part in the history and growth of the town.”

Tickets are available to purchase online via www.obanlive.com/tickets.

The Judging Panel – Scottish Sea Farms Unsigned Oban Live 2019

Thank you to all those who have entered our Scottish Sea Farms Unsigned Oban Live competition 2019! Applications are now closed and have been handed over to our panel of judges. Who is judging this year? Take a look below and find out!

 

SCOTLAND PANEL:

VIC GALLOWAY, BBC:

Vic Galloway is a broadcaster, journalist, musician and author based in Scotland. With 20 years of experience from 1999 until now, he has presented weekly music programmes for the BBC including over 11 years for Radio 1. He continues to broadcast and champion new music on BBC Radio Scotland every week and regularly on BBC 6Music, alongside documentaries for various radio and TV networks. As a journalist Vic has written for CLASH, Gigwise, The Skinny, The List, The Times and Sunday Herald. He is also a musician, DJ, curator and event host. His first book ‘Songs in the Key of Fife’ (about The Beta Band, King Creosote, KT Tunstall, James Yorkston & the Fence Collective) was published 2013 and was well received. His following book ‘Rip It Up – The Story of Scottish Pop’ was published in collaboration with the National Museum of Scotland in June 2018, alongside accompanying Radio and TV series.

LAURA BOYD, STV:

Laura Boyd is the Entertainment Reporter for STV News, interviewing stars of music, stage and screen, as well as covering events and culture news across the country. With a passion for music, she likes nothing better than meeting and supporting rising stars. Happiest when in the middle of a crowd, singing along at a festival.

DANIEL GILLESPIE:

Daniel is a founder member and accordion player with international trad-fusion sensation Skerryvore. He is also the co-founder of Tiree Music Festival and Oban Live.

LOCAL PANEL:

JOY DUNLOP:

Crowned Traditional Singer of the Year & Traditional Dance Champion at the 2015 Pan Celtic Festival, Joy Dunlop is a Gaelic singer from Argyll, Scotland. Joy’s singing career is the result of a life–long fascination with Scotland’s traditional music and has led her all over the world; from major Celtic festivals to touring the UK, Europe, Canada, USA, Japan and New Zealand.

Through her singing, she showcases Gaelic music and song in a contemporary way that always remains true to its roots.

Nominated as Gaelic Singer of the Year 2016, 2011 & 2010, she has also won both the coveted Royal National Mòd Gold Medal and the Oban Times Gold Medal.

A fluent Gaelic speaker, Joy presents shows on BBC ALBA and makes frequent appearances on Radio nan Gàidheal. She is also an award winning Scottish step–dancer and was the first person to win both the Pan Celtic traditional singing and dancing competitions in the same year.

FINLAY WELLS:

Finlay is the owner of Nutshell Music in Oban, guitarist for band COAST, record producer, and a tutor in guitar, bass and audio engineering.

CAMPBELL CAMERON:

Campbell is a well-known figure in Oban and presenter on Oban FM’s Wednesday Drivetime Show. He is also the former director and chairman of Oban FM, founder director and former chairman of Oban Phoenix Cinema and is a big supporter and promoter of local music and events.

SUSAN WINDRAM:

Susan is Group Editor at Wyvex Media which includes The Oban Times newspaper, media partners and supporters of Oban Live.

 

DANIEL GILLESPIE (AS ABOVE).

Scottish Sea Farms and Oban Live team up in nationwide talent hunt

Argyll’s biggest outdoor live music concert Oban Live has teamed up with leading salmon grower Scottish Sea Farms to give talented musicians the opportunity to win a stage slot at the rural stadium gig this June. 

The winners will join a whole stream of international Celtic, rock and folk acts confirmed for the 2019 event, attended by thousands on June 7 & 8, including Skerryvore, We Banjo 3, Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Lucy Spraggan and more. 

The new Scottish Sea Farms Unsigned Oban Live campaign launched on social media on Tuesday night and is now open for entries. Two slots at Oban Live 2019 are up for grabs, with one winning act being from the local area of Oban and one from the rest of Scotland. A panel of judges will select a shortlist from each category and then it will be up to the public to vote for the winners.  

The competition sees big changes this year with opportunities widened up to the whole of Scotland and the introduction of a new title sponsor Scottish Sea Farms.  

Georgie Mackenzie, Coordinator for Scottish Sea Farms’ Heart of the Community initiative said: “Encouraging and supporting emerging talent is something we put a lot into at Scottish Sea Farms, both in terms of our own teams and the local communities in which we live and work. So to be approached about partnering Unsigned Oban Live seemed like a really good fit; one that will give even more local and Scottish talent the chance to shine.” 

Daniel Gillespie, Managing Director for Oban Live and co-founder of Skerryvore who started the event in 2016, said: “We are incredibly grateful for the support from Scottish Sea Farms. Their Heart of the Community initiative is well suited to our talent competition and the event itself as bringing people and musicians together for the good of the community is at the core of everything we do here at Oban Live.” 

He added: “Not only is Oban Live the perfect stage for musicians to showcase their talents in front of thousands, but it is also an excellent opportunity to get hands-on experience of performing in a stadium-sized arena. Good luck to all who enter and we look forward to receiving entries and seeing who the public chooses in the coming months.”

The prize package also includes a performance slot at the Official Oban Live 2019 After Party at The View, Oban, a major part of the Oban Live Fringe Programme, and access to the concert both days so they can enjoy the party too. Winners and shortlisted artistes will be able to enjoy some well-earned attention in campaign promotions on Oban Live and Scottish Sea Farms social platforms and beyond. 

Those shortlisted in the local category will also battle it out at a special shortlist night in April at The View, Oban, as part of their campaign for votes. 

Musicians interested in entering will be asked to submit examples of work including live performance footage and links to music. To enter and for full terms and conditions visit www.obanlive.com/unsigned. 

Tickets are on sale now for Oban Live which takes place on June 7 & 8, 2019, at Mossfield Stadium in Oban. Visit www.obanlive.com.

 

Festival partner BID4Oban joins search for Oban Live Fringe Partners

BID4Oban and Oban Live are inviting Oban businesses to get involved in the music concert’s Fringe Programme this year, running from Thursday June 6 to Sunday June 9.

The Fringe Partners project comes as business improvement district group BID4Oban has confirmed it will back Oban Live for a fourth year running, providing key financial and administration support for the cultural event.

At last year’s Oban Live Fringe, a number of Oban’s bars, cafes, shops and activity providers put on a range of events and special offers over Oban Live weekend. Oban Live ticket holders took advantage of added entertainment, including live music, in many pubs and cafes as well as special discounts in the town’s shops.

Marketing of the 2019 Fringe Programme will be handled by Oban Live and BID4Oban and will include a dedicated Fringe web page on obanlive.com, social media push, email marketing and offline promotion in the town. Participating businesses will also be given an Oban Live Fringe Partner window sticker to display at their establishment during the weekend.

Oban will host the Queen Victoria Cruise Ship on Friday June 7, the first day of the event, so Oban Live and the Oban Live Fringe will be an opportunity to give the overseas visitors an even more exciting experience of Oban. BID4Oban staff will be handing out Oban Live Fringe programmes as passengers disembark at North Pier Pontoons on June 7 as well as other information about Oban.

Feedback from Oban Live 2018 suggested that there were not many places open for breakfast on the Sunday morning. Relevant local businesses have been invited to run “Oban Live Breakfast Specials” that the event can promote to ticket holders this year.

It is free for businesses to submit an event or offer and become an Oban Live Fringe Partner and outlets can upload their Fringe details at www.obanlive.com/fringepartners.  Fringe events must take place before and after Oban Live which runs 4pm until 11.30pm on Friday June 7 and Saturday June 8 to ensure that no-one misses out on the main event.

Chief Executive for BID4Oban, Andrew Spence, said: “The Fringe is a fantastic opportunity to further encourage visitor spend in local businesses whilst complimenting the main event itself. The economic impact for Oban, as a result of visitors coming to the town for Oban Live, was £1.4 million last year and this is growing year-on-year.”

He added: “The event’s year-round marketing activity helps put Oban on the map as a top cultural destination. With an increase in ticket sales and the award of Best Cultural Event at the 2018 Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards, Oban Live has proven itself to be an all round social, cultural and economic benefit for Oban and we are delighted to support it again in 2019.”

Naomi Hoolahan, Event Director for Oban Live, said: “We are thrilled to be working in partnership with BID4Oban and Oban’s business community and thank them once again for the financial grant and resource support, which, in our early days growing the event, is critical. Collaborative working is key when delivering a first class event and cultural experience for thousands of people, especially in a small area such as Oban.

She added: “Thanks to all the businesses who took part last year and we look forward to receiving events and special offer ideas that we can add to our 2019 Fringe, which is improving every year. 60% of Oban Live’s audience come from outside of Argyll and Bute and so the Fringe is a great opportunity to show off everything Oban has to offer.”

More information can be found at www.obanlive.com/fringepartners.

Tickets are on sale now for Oban Live which takes place June 7 & 8 at Mossfield Stadium in Oban. It is the biggest outdoor live music concert in Argyll and enters its fourth year running in 2019. Last year’s attendance figures reached 8,027 and injected £1.4million into the local economy. Visit www.obanlive.com.

Oban Live announces Scottish exclusive in 2019 line-up reveal

Argyll’s biggest outdoor live music event Oban Live will be the only place in Scotland in 2019 to see multi-award winning Irish quartet We Banjo 3. Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Lucy Spraggan, Elephant Sessions, Talisk and JigJam are also amongst the first confirmed acts to join headliners Skerryvore at their signature event next year.

Tickets are on sale now for the award-winning Oban concert, taking place on Friday June 7 and Saturday June 8 at the town’s Mossfield Stadium.

As well as performing their own energetic set of Irish, bluegrass and old-time sounds on the Friday, We Banjo 3, described as one of the best live acts to come out of Ireland in recent years, will also reunite with international trad-fusion Scots band Skerryvore for a special collaboration on the Saturday. The two bands caused a comedy storm on social media during their joint American tour earlier this year as they fought for votes in their widely popular Bagpipes versus Banjo campaign.

We Banjo 3 said: “We had an amazing time with our good friends Skerryvore on our North America Celtic Brotherhood tour this year so to bring our battle of Bagpipes versus Banjos back to the Celtic homeland will be something truly special. We last played at Oban Live in 2017 and it was incredible. The audience were out of this world so we can’t wait to see you all again for some banjo madness!”

The band are amongst some impressive company too.

Red Hot Chilli Pipers play their first Oban Live on Friday June 7. The multi-award winning band’s achievements have reached incredible heights with their groundbreaking fusion of traditional Scottish music and rock-pop anthems which they proudly call ‘Bagrock’.

Hitting the stage on Saturday, Lucy Spraggan will perform her trademark sound of rap dropped into sing-along folk style numbers. Lucy appeared on the X Factor in 2012 and her audition video has been viewed more than 40 million times. She netted her fourth top 40 album in January last year and her fifth album is due for release in early 2019.

Elephant Sessions, winners of Live Act of the Year at the 2018 MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards, hail from the Highlands of Scotland and have exploded onto the indie folk scene with unparalleled effect. They are currently finalising their third album due for release in March 2019 and Oban Live, on Friday June 7, will be part of their UK album tour.

In their five years, Scottish firebrands Talisk have stacked up several major awards for their explosively energetic yet artfully woven sound, including 2017’s Folk Band of the Year and a £25,000 Belhaven Bursary for Innovation in Music 2018, both at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards.  They play Oban Live on Saturday June 8.

JigJam are a multi-award winning quartet from the heart of the midlands in Ireland. Blending the best of traditional Irish music with Bluegrass and Americana in a new genre which has been branded as ‘I Grass’ (Irish influenced Bluegrass), the Oban Live audience can expect to be captivated by their onstage energy along with their virtuosic musical ability on Friday June 7.

Described as one of Scotland’s finest musical exports with their spectacular trademark fusion of folk, trad, rock and Americana, Skerryvore, Saturday’s headliners, are a multi award-winning eight piece male line-up and firm favourites on the festival scene. The band created Oban Live in 2016 after 6,000 people came to their 10th anniversary Oban concert Decade the previous year.

Tickets are on sale now and more acts for Oban Live 2019 are expected to be announced in the coming months.

Oban Live awarded Best Cultural Event

Argyll’s biggest outdoor live music event, Oban Live, scooped Best Cultural Event or Festival at the 2018 Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards in Inverness last Friday. The win comes just days before Early Bird tickets for the 2019 event go on sale on Saturday, November 10.

 

Daniel Gillespie, Managing Director for Oban Live and Skerryvore Co-Founder said: “Oban Live is absolutely delighted to win this award. We remember very clearly debating what we should do to celebrate Skerryvore’s 10th Anniversary in 2015 and whether we would be able to convince a couple of thousand people to come to an outdoor event in a shinty field in Oban. Now almost 5 years later we are so proud that this single concert has gone on to become Argyll’s largest live music event that brings in significant economic, social and cultural benefits to the town. A huge thanks to the local community and all of the amazing artists, bands, staff, volunteers and attendees who have joined us on this incredible journey. Here’s to OBAN LIVE 2019 being the biggest and best yet.”

 

He added: “Special congratulations to all the Argyll winners and finalists of which there were many.”

 

The event has gone from strength to strength in a short space of time since its official inception in 2016 following Skerryvore’s successful Decade concert in 2015. In June 2018, Oban Live celebrated an attendance figure of just over 8,000 and an economic boost of £1.4million to the local rural town. The concert, which transforms Mossfield into a stadium sized arena for two days, welcomes visitors from all over the world who come to see an eclectic all star line-up of traditional, folk, rock and pop artists in a unique west coast setting.

 

To celebrate tickets going on sale this week, the event team is throwing a short Ticket Launch Party on Thursday November 8 at The View in Oban, 7.45pm to 8.45pm.  The free one-hour event will include prize giveaways including VIP tickets, an exclusive preview screening of a new Oban Live film, live music from Ceol an Aire, a speech from Oban Live and the chance to meet the Oban Live team. Free tickets for the launch are limited and available via Eventbrite until tickets sell out.

 

Ticket release date confirmed for Argyll’s biggest party

Early bird tickets for Oban Live 2019, Argyll’s biggest outdoor music concert, are to go on sale on Saturday November 10, the event team has announced today (Thursday).

 

The event, started in 2016 by one of Scotland’s finest musical exports Skerryvore, takes place on June 7 and 8 next year at Mossfield Stadium in Oban, Argyll, on the west coast of Scotland.

 

The highly anticipated news from the event follows another successful year for Oban Live, celebrating an attendance figure of just over 8,000 and an economic boost of £1.4million to the local rural town. The event welcomes visitors from all over the world who come to see an eclectic all star line-up of traditional, folk, rock and pop artists in a unique west coast stadium setting.

 

Discounted ‘Early Bird’ tickets will go on sale via the Oban Live website on Saturday November 10 at 12pm until tickets last.  Full price tickets will go on sale thereafter.

 

Back for a fourth consecutive year, the award winning cultural party in the traditional and truly spectacular Scottish town of Oban takes place on June 7 & 8, 2019, at Mossfield Stadium. Previous stars have included KT Tunstall (2016), Toploader, Hue And Cry (2017) as well as international traditional music favourites Skerryvore, Sharon Shannon and We Banjo 3. The Oban Live Fringe extends the party across the whole weekend with live music & special offers across the towns’ bars, cafes, restaurants, shops and more.

 

The event was created following Skerryvore’s open-air concert ‘DECADE’ in 2015, the tenth anniversary celebration of the trad-fusion band that attracted 6,000 people from all over the world to Oban. Such was the reaction and impact of the event, 98% of attendees requested that it became an annual event. From this, Oban Live was formed in 2016 with the aim of showcasing the very best Scottish and international artists as part of both the open-air concert and Oban Live Fringe events.

 

Oban Live 2018 brought £1.4million boost for local economy  

Oban Live, Argyll’s biggest outdoor live music event, injected over £1.4million to the local economy this year, according to a recent economic impact survey. The positive figure shows a 3% rise in impact from last year, bringing significant investment for the town over a non-holiday weekend.

 

The 2018 event, in its third year running, was hailed a success, entertaining just over 8,000 attendees with a 7% increase in ticket sales compared to last year.  Thousands flocked to Oban’s Mossfield Stadium, which is transformed into a stadium-sized concert arena for the event, to catch a mixture of highly acclaimed trad, pop and rock stars including Skerryvore, Skipinnish, Tide Lines, Hermitage Green and Peatbog Faeries. The event has been shortlisted for Best Cultural Event at this year’s Highland and Islands Tourism Awards in November. Winners from each category at the awards ceremony will automatically be put forward as a regional finalist in the National Scottish Thistle Awards scheme.

 

A rise in visitors from elsewhere in Scotland shows that visitors are increasingly travelling to Oban for Oban Live from further afield. 63% were visiting the event from outwith the local area. 99% of survey respondents said they were in the area as a direct result of the event. 8% were visiting Oban for the first time. More than 18% stayed for four or more nights. Visitors each spent on average £333 on accommodation, food and drink whilst in Oban, with spend in the town at its highest in bars, restaurants and cafes.

 

A Fringe Partner programme was introduced for the Oban Live 2018 event which encouraged local businesses to hold an event or special offer over the weekend. The 2018 Fringe Programme, in association with BID4Oban and The Oban Times, was packed with live music events across the town before and after Oban Live and special offers included money off tourist activities, meals and shop items.

 

Andrew Spence, Chief Executive for BID4Oban Ltd, a key partner for Oban Live, said: “BID4Oban is delighted with the latest economic impact figures that have recently been released. They are testament to how our organisation can work closely with the organisers of Oban Live. A huge amount of work goes on in the background with both organisations to ensure an excellent experience for both festival goers and the business community. We want to see this event go from strength to strength and in particular grow the fringe opportunities throughout the event. BID4Oban are looking forward to supporting Oban Live during 2019.”

 

Naomi Hoolahan, Event Director for Oban Live said: “Since day one of Oban Live, our main aim has always been to bring positive economic benefits to the town, so the news of a rise in visitor spend is very encouraging. Hosting thousands of visitors and building Oban Live to the highest standard is a costly and time consuming job that can’t be done without the continued support from our partners, sponsors, local businesses and the local community. A massive thank you to all those involved and we look forward to working with you on Oban Live 2019.”

 

Plans for the 2019 event, which takes place at Mossfield Stadium on June 7 & 8, have begun and ticket announcements are expected to be made in the coming weeks.

 

Oban Live music concert takes over rural coastal town for third year

 

Argyll’s biggest outdoor music concert Oban Live came to a close last night, Saturday June 9, tallying up an attendance figure of just under 8,000 attendees over the two-days. Thousands of revellers made their way to Mossfield Stadium in the rural coastal town of Oban in the west coast of Scotland for the incredible spectacle, which transforms a shinty sports field into a major concert arena.

 

For a third year running, the massive cultural west coast party entertained visitors from all over the world, from as far as Australia and the USA, with an eclectic mix of Scots ‘Trad”, folk, pop and rock music, taking over the town which has a population of 8,000. Friday enjoyed a whole day of glorious sunshine and, despite mixed forecasts, the event luckily escaped the rain on Saturday as the sun shone in time for gates opening, staying dry for the rest of the evening.

 

Friday’s line-up included a stream of incredible acts including Blazin’ Fiddles, Hermitage Green from Ireland, Tide Lines and headliners Skipinnish. 19 year old solo/singer writer Kathleen Robertson, winner of the local Oban Unsigned competition, opened the show with a stunning set.

 

An impressive all-star line-up of 24 top names in the Scottish traditional music industry also came together on Friday, exclusively for Oban Live, in an emotional collaboration named ‘Sons of Argyll’. The project paid homage to late inspirational figures from the region that played a key role in the lives and music of the performers involved.  Musicians from Tide Lines, Skipinnish, Skerryvore, Blazin’ Fiddles, Trail West and Gunna Sound, as well as this year’s Mòd Gold Medallists, Rachel Walker and Alasdair Currie, members of Oban Gaelic Choir and world class pipers, and many more well known names in the industry, were included in the project line-up.

 

The party continued on an even busier day on Saturday, welcoming on stage Rhuvaal, local band Chunks, Heron Valley, Sharon Shannon with Michael McGoldrick and Susan O’Neill, Peatbog Faeries and ending with a spectacular finale from headliners and festival founders, Skerryvore. The multi award-winning eight piece male line-up, firm favourites on the festival scene, launched their sixth studio album Evo at Oban Live, just days before its official June 11 release on the Tyree Records label.

 

A highlight for the weekend was the mind-blowing moment when Oban High School Pipe Band joined Skerryvore on stage for a performance of Soraidh Slan and The Rise, new tracks from Skerryvore’s Evo album, complete with light-up drumsticks. People also tuned in from all over the world as the moment was live streamed across social media channels.

 

Daniel Gillespie, Managing Director for Oban Live, said: “A massive thank you to everyone who joined us at Oban Live 2018 for yet another fantastic year. Bringing a concert of this scale to Oban would not be possible without the support of our attendees, the local Oban community, our partners and sponsors, our team and crew and our amazing volunteers. Thank you to everyone involved and we’ll be discussing plans for 2019 very soon.”