Around Oban with Kay McDonald

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Not long now until Oban International Shanty Festival, June 24 to June 26. I can’t wait.

It’s so good to have live music back again. It is one of the things I missed most during lockdown, that and people. But it all seems a lifetime ago now and we’re back to being able to gather and sing together – one of the loveliest things to do.

Fortunately it doesn’t matter if you’ve not got the best singing voice for shanties, so I’ve signed up for a few of the Shanty Festival workshops, with one of the most intriguing ones being ‘how to play the bones’. If I play them loudly enough it might drown out my singing!

Markie Dans also has its music festival the same weekend with a line up of great bands.

You don’t have to wait until then to get out and enjoy yourself though as there is plenty to do elsewhere. The Rockfield Centre is hosting Ainsley Hamill and Coast Exhibition, The View have Ceilidhs, football, karaoke and Fred MacAulay on Sunday night. Markie Dans have music all weekend and Oban Phoenix Cinema has the latest in the Jurassic Park adventures. There is something for everyone.

On a completely different note, today is World Refill Day and to celebrate there will be a stall in Station Square offering information and advice along with the top up tap we already have in the square courtesy of Scottish Water. So while you refill your water bottle, you can find out what else you can do to make Oban a better place to live.

Last week’s photograph was of the talented Jamie MacGregor, piping passengers from the Waverley ashore. This week it is well-known face in the town.