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Hawaiian Shirts and Nail Varnish – Oban Live 2018 – Day One

June 10, 2018

Oban Live 2018 – Day One

Thanks to a kind invitation from the Gourlay/O’Mahony gang (or did I just dream it), I was based in the King’s Arms apartments for this year’s Oban Live. A quick beer, a catch-up, a change into some garish shirts, painting our nails and having a much needed dram meant we were a little late in arriving on day one. We got there just in time to catch the last bit of the set by Kathleen Robertson, the winner of the unsigned competition. Her version of Blackbird is simply sublime and I will be looking out for more of her stuff in the future.

The next act up was Blazin’ Fiddles and I was surprised to see them so early in the proceedings. However, the Blazers did what they do and got the party jumping with some cracking tune sets. By this stage we had let Lee and Lauren join our gang even though they were not dressed for the part. The shirts and nails were garnering some attention and I lost count of how many photos’ we had taken. The colourful attire also led to an interview with STV and a rather strange conversation with a young lady about vajazzling.

The next item was Sons of Argyll, a tribute to some Argyllshire stalwarts who are sadly no longer with us. It was a bit emotional but the music was excellent. Among the many acts performing there were fantastic performances from Gunna Sound, Archie & Alex MacAllister and Hector & Craig MacFadyen. The other highlight for me was Robert Robertson’s singing of The Queen of Argyll accompanied by the compere for the slot, Phil Cunningham. It has always been one of my favourite songs.

By this stage, the beer was flowing (no bar problems this year) and the craic was in full swing while we waited for the next act. Hermitage Green were probably the band I knew least about on this year’s bill but they put on a good show and went down well with the crowd. It was a very good set and well appreciated.

The final two acts were Tide Lines and Skipinnish and they did what they do best and put on great shows. The highlights were probably singing along with Loch Maree Islands and Kishorn Commandos while trying to beat the midges during Tide Lines set (the spray worked, mostly), and the highly emotional rendition of Wishing Well by Skipinnsh with the Oban High School pipe band. A last dance and sing-along with Walking on the Waves and is was time to head back to the flat for more beer, more whisky, craic with L & L and some excellent and much needed roasted cheese and tomato to finish off the night.

Roll on Day Two!






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