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Oban golf supremo Robert (Bob) MacIntyre arrived at the Augusta National in style this week when he drove up the famous Marigold Drive accompanied by Gunna Sound anthem, The Gunna Sound Ceilidh Band.
Bob tweeted a video of his arrival at the US Masters venue on Monday accompanied by the words ‘Teuchters have arrived’.
No one was more delighted by the Tweet than Lochaline musician Stuart Jackson who wrote the song for Campbell Brown’s 40th birthday.
‘The clip came as a complete surprise,’ said Stuart
‘I’m not on Instagram or Twitter so my friends were all forwarding it to me, my mobile went crazy.
‘It was surreal hearing The Gunna Sound Ceilidh Band as Bob’s car drove up Magnolia Drive!’
When asked at a press conference today (Wednesday) why he chose that particular piece for his grand entrance Bob responded: ‘I get on well with the guys and I thought that the song was well suited to where we were.
‘I love the Scottish ceilidh music and this is a song I particularly like and it was perfect for what I was doing.’
The song is the signature tune of the band of the same name which features the dynamic duo of Campbell, from Tiree, and Johnny Scoular from Lochaline.
Both band members now live in Glasgow, while Stuart lives in Portree where he works at his family-run restaurant, The Lower Deck. Stuart and Johnny grew up together, while Campbell has also been a life long friend and all three have music as a common interest.
Stuart often appears as a guest with the band, who are extremely popular in the Highlands and Islands.
‘Many of the gigs have been great adventures as well as musical dates,’ he added.
‘I originally wrote The Gunna Sound Ceilidh Band to mark Campbell’s 40th but, when the boys made their debut CD, Rollin’ on the Sea’, they asked me to record it with them. It kind of took off from there and they have used it as a signature tune every since.’
As a duo Campbell and Johnny have played at Glencruitten Golf Club and have met Robert there, and it would seem they made a big impression on him.
‘I can’t explain just how chuffed I am, and indeed how much this means to Campbell and Johnny,’ added Stuart.
‘Robert has confirmed his hero status as a brilliant golfer and a bona fide teuchter.
‘I wonder if they need a band for his celebrations in Georgia.’