Oban ladies are on song for shinty charity

From left, Annmarie Maclean (Oban Lorne Ladies Shinty Club), Caroline Smith (OLLSC), Shelley MacCuish (OLLSC), Orla MacCarthy (Glasgow Mid Argyll GMA Shinty Club), Gary Innes, Siobhan Miller (backing vocals) Kim Carnie (backing vocal - also from Oban originally), Mischa Macpherson (lead vocals), Pamela MacNab (OLLSC), Claire Douglas (OLLSC).

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Ladies from the Oban Lorne Ladies Shinty Club have joined forces with Highland born accordionist, broadcaster and ex Scotland international Gary Innes for a brand-new charity single to raise funds for women’s shinty.

Feel the Power will be released this Friday September 6, the day before The Mowi Valerie Fraser Camanachd Cup Final – the blue ribbon event for women’s shinty that is broadcast live on BBC Alba.

All proceeds from the single will be donated to the Women’s Camanachd Association to help with equipment and the general development of the game.

Recorded in GloWorm Recording Studios in Glasgow, women from the local club, alongside a player from the Glasgow Mid Argyll team, joined some of Scotland’s top musicians in the studio to contribute their vocals and clapping prowess to the track.

Singing for Oban were, Annmarie Maclean, Caroline Smith, Shelley MacCuish, Pamela MacNab and Claire Douglas.

Alongside the choir of female shinty players, other musicians appearing on the track include Mischa Macpherson on lead vocals with Kim Carnie and Siobhan Miller on harmonies as well as Mark Scobbie (Mànran) on drums, James Lindsay (Breabach) on bass, Innes White on Guitars with Rory Matheson on keys.

At the start of this year Gary was asked to be the Camanachd Association’s first ever official ambassador and he wanted to mark this accolade in a meaningful way.

Having released his single The Caman Man to huge critical acclaim in January 2017, Gary felt it was time to give the female shinty community an anthem, too, and ensure that proceeds would help advance the sport he loves.

‘Women’s shinty has gone from strength to strength over the past few years, both on the field in terms of the talent and discipline and off the field in the area of sport development,’ he said.

‘I have always felt that the growth and longevity of women’s shinty is incredibly important but now I have a potential budding female shinty player in my life in the form of my little baby girl Gracie it’s even more important to me that the sport is still going strong and accessible to her if she’d like to take it up in later years.

‘I’d like to say a huge thank you to all of the musicians who gave up their time for free to come and record on the single and also the girls from Oban and GMA who came along to be a part of it, too – they certainly got into the spirit of it once the nerves wore off, I think the red wine did help a little!’

Born in Spean Bridge, Gary is one of the founding members of award-winning Scottish supergroup Mànran, as well as the presenter for BBC Radio Scotland’s longest running radio show, Take the Floor.