The 2013 Argyll Ceilidh Trail

Argyll Ceilidh trailers 2012

Now in the project’s 4th year, Fèis Latharna’s Ceòl mun Cuairt – The Argyll Ceilidh Trail, will be playing to audiences the length and breadth of Argyll in a series of ceilidhs and dances guaranteed to get feet tapping and hands clapping.

The band is made up of the best of our current young traditional musicians from Argyll and the Isles and can be caught on passage from the last days of July into August.

This year’s Ceilidh Trailers are, returning from last year, twins Jamie & Anna MacDonald from Tiree; Becky Hill from Connel; David Provan from Ardrishaig; and Alex MacKechnie from Strachur – along with new members James and Rebekah MacPherson from Oban and Niamh MacKaveney from Tarbert.

Playing a wide variety of instruments from pipes to accordion, whistle, fiddle, piano, clarsach, guitar – and they all sing – the group completed a week’s training at Plockton Music School at the beginning of July and are all set for their adventure into the world of becoming professional musicians for the Summer.

Having also been involved in another recent project involving a cultural exchange between our own youngsters and Irish groups from Maghera, Co Derry and Gweedore, Co Donegal, it is now the turn of our Irish counterparts to visit Argyll and be welcomed on arrival with our first Cèilidh Trail event.

This will be a fantastic joint gig in Oban’s Argyllshire Gathering Halls with the Lochaber Ceilidh Trail.

Our visitors will then join our young musicians in a joint Ceilidh and Dance with Fèis Fhòirt Stirling Trail in Dalmally, followed by gigs in An Tobar in Mull and Iona Village Hall. The latter will give them a sort of homecoming insight into the travels of Colmcille – St Columba, the Irish Saint who set sail from Derry in 563 to found his monastery on Iona.

The Argyll Ceilidh Trail participants are looking forward to Island hopping from Mull to Iona, Lismore to Colonsay and will also be at a venue near you on the mainland from Oban to Dalmally, Appin to Kilmartin and Strachur.

The Ceilidh Trail is funded by Argyll & Bute Council, Creative Scotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Scottish Natural Heritage-Dualchas Nàdair na h-Alba.

The Ceilidh Trail on Tour – dates for interception

  • Wednesday 24th July, 19.30: Argyllshire Halls, Oban – joint gig with Lochaber Ceilidh trail. Family ceilidh and dance £7, £5 concessions, Family (4) £20.
  • Thursday 25th July, 19.30: Dalmally Community Hall - joint gig with Stirling Ceilidh trail, Family ceilidh and dance £7, £5 concessions, Family (4) £20.
  • Friday 26th July, 20.00: An Tobar, Tobermory on Mull  – Concert £7, £5 concessions, Family (4) £20.
  • Saturday 27th July 19.30: Iona Village Hall – Family ceilidh and dance £7, £5 concessions, Family (4) £20.
  • Thursday 1st August, 19.30: Lismore Hall – Family ceilidh and dance. £7, £5 concessions, Family (4) £20.
  • Friday 2nd August, 19.30: Strachur Memorial Hall – Family ceilidh and dance £7, £5 concessions, Family (4) £20.
  • Saturday 3rd August, 21.00: Creagan Inn, Appin – Ceilidh, free.
  • Sunday 4th August, 19.30: Tarbert Village Hall – Concert £7, £5 concessions, Family (4) £20.
  • Monday 5th August 19.30: Kilmartin – Concert £7, £5 concessions, Family (4) £20.
  • Tuesday 6th August, 19.30: Craignish Parish Church, Ardfern – Concert £7 £5
  • Wednesday 7th August, 19.30: Ardkinglas Estate, Cairndow – Concert: Prebooking required on 01499600261
  • Thursday 8th August, 20.00: Colonsay Village Hall – Family ceilidh and dance £7, £5 concessions, £2children.
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