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Area: Argyll Bute

www.argyllandbuteconcerttours.org.uk/bute.html

'Usually six concerts between October and March under the auspices of Argyll & Bute Concert Tours.'

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www.butefest.co.uk

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www.cantilenafestival.co.uk

‘Every July the beautiful hebridean island of Islay is home to Cantilena's professional musicians and students of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland who together bring their unique sound of chamber music to residents and visitors, with many of the concerts being held in the famous Islay Malt Whisky distilleries.’

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Also indexedRoyal Conservatoire of Scotland
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www.comar.co.uk

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www.crear.co.uk

'As an inspirational working space with accommodation, Crear & the arts charity space to create connects individuals & organisations across the arts worldwide through innovative residencies & collaborations, including writers retreats, masterclasses, recordings & public concerts. Our doors are kept open by all the wonderful weddings hosted throughout the year, in addition to support from public funding & private donations.'

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www.helensburghmusicsociety.org.uk

'Founded by a small group of music enthusiasts, the Society’s principal aims are to bring high quality, professional musicians to the town and to present a programme of concerts that is as varied as possible. The Music Society continues to be run by a small volunteer committee ... Concert goers have enjoyed chamber music ensembles of every instrumental and vocal combination, opera, solo recitals and jazz.'

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www.islayfestival.com

'Every year we have a diverse programme featuring traditional music, ceilidhs, Gaelic lessons, golf, bowling and whisky tasting. The Festival is held in the last week of May every year. 2014 was our thirtieth year, so we must be doing something right! For the last number of years all of the Islay distilleries have held open days throughout the week of the festival, adding to the mix ...'

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www.butejazz.com

'Began in 1988 and has been staged annually on the First Weekend of May ever since – 2017 marked our 30th Festival ... The Festival continues to attract top class UK and international bands in mainly the Traditional New Orleans idiom. The Festival is a great supporter of young musicians who feature prominently in the annual programme.'

Category:Jazz Festivals
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www.gighamf.org.uk

'Our wee festival is probably the smallest and most intimate traditional music festival in Scotland, as the island Village Hall where we hold our headline events has a capacity of about 150. Many of our festival-goers are regulars: we know them by name, and they're always welcome to have a blether while booking their tickets ...' Held Late June.

Category:Folk Festivals
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www.kintyremusicclub.co.uk

'Voluntary organisation run by local people dedicated to bringing high quality chamber music and musicians to Campbeltown ... Argyll and Bute Concert Tours (ABCT) was set up as in independent organisation some years ago to co-ordinate the programmes of our six local promoters (Kintyre, Mid Argyll, Oban, Cowal, Bute & Islay) so that we are able attract first class musicians to the area by offering them a busy short tour which makes it worth their while travelling all this way they seem to really enjoy it!'

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www.kintyresongwritersfestival.co.uk

'The Festival aims to showcase and promote the song writing and musical talent in Kintyre. It also aims to encourage a new generation of local songwriters and musicians, by means of donations to local musical groups/organisations and the presentation of an annual memorial quaiche at Campbeltown Grammar School for original folk song ...' Held Late April.

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www.islayjazzfestival.co.uk

‘We use all sorts of venues on Islay which have masses of character, however some of their facilities are limited. Doors will open 15 minutes before the concert time - generally there is nowhere to wait apart from outside. Let's hope for good weather ...’ Held Mid September.

Category:Isle of Islay
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www.maaa.org.uk

'The MAAA has existed since June 1983. Its object is to encourage and promote the Arts in Mid Argyll - including Dance, Drama, Music, Opera, Poetry and the Visual Arts. The Association is a member of the Argyll and Bute Concert Tour Group ( ABCT) and co-operates with the music clubs of Bute, Kintyre, Cowal, Islay and Oban on the choice of fifty percent of the top  class professional musicians invited to perform.'

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www.midargyllmusicfestival.webeden.co.uk

‘This Music Festival is committed to promoting and developing skills in singing, instrument playing and recitation, as well as showcasing a raft of local and visiting talent across the age groups. Particularly popular during the week are the concert-type competitions held in the evenings, when high standards of musicianship and entertainment are enjoyed annually by large audiences.’ Held Late March.

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www.mullmod.org.uk

'Encourages the use and development of the Gaelic language and music through voice, choral, oral and instrumental competitions. Local residents and visitors alike are thrilled to hear the Gaelic language brought to life through ancient and modern songs and bardachd (poetry) and also the use of the language in conversation ... The Mòd is not just a competitive event it is a social gathering for all those interested in the language and music. A large number of those attending do so just as a member of the audience and many local residents have described the local Mòd as their big day out!' Held Early September.

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macgochans-tobermory.co.uk/portfolio-item/live-music/

Held Late April.

Category:Folk Festivals
Visits to the Website22
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www.mokfest.com

'An event for all the family which celebrates traditional and contemporary Scottish, Irish and Pan Celtic music. Based in Campbeltown, the event has a great mix of free outdoor events, concerts, ceilidh’s, music sessions, workshops, children’s entertainment, heritage trail walks, and parades in large venues to intimate halls. Past bands to appear at the MOK Fest are The Fratellis, The View, The Time Frequency (TTF), The Saw Doctors, Deacon Blue, Capercaillie, Idlewild, Ally Bain & Phil Cunningham, Red Hot Chilli Pipers and the Stranglers. If you fancy an adventure and good music in this is the event for you.' Held Mid August.

Category:Folk Festivals
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www.transclydemusic.co.uk

'From singer songwriter to bands. Great live music on the Beautiful Isle Of Bute ... Transclyde Music is a group of volunteers who share a passion for live music and hold regular gigs throughout the year in a variety of venues here on the Isle of Bute. Since we formed in 2010, we have had the pleasure of hearing many fine musicians from across the globe. Our gigs have become so popular that we are now being approached by musicians who either want to visit for the first time, or those who have already played here and wish to return. This means that we always have a full and varied programme of superb music.'

Category:Folk Clubs
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www.campbeltownbrass.co.uk

Formed in 1983: 'The past few years have seen Campbeltown Brass grow and develop into a three-tier organisation with a beginner, a junior and a senior (Contest) band. Many of the members of the Junior Band are also part of the Contest Band. Despite the average age of the contest band being so young Campbeltown Brass has always managed to compete successfully across Scotland, and the associated junior bands have consistently won their sections in the Scottish Youth Championships. Campbeltown Brass is one of the furthest travelled bands in Scotland. Every contest requires a minimum of a 300 mile round trip and frequently an overnight stay is required!' [National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain]

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www.helensburgh-dorian-choir.info

'We're a friendly, mixed choir, about 65 strong. We rehearse and perform in and around Helensburgh & Lomond on the west coast of Scotland. We have stunning views across the 3-mile wide Firth of Clyde, and 8 miles the other way, over the Black Hill, are the bonny, bonny banks of Loch Lomond ... Our entry requirement is that you can sing a scale and a line of music in tune. If you can read music that will he an advantage and if not you will learn how to do that through practise during rehearsal.' Alert Website not accessible at Review; cf Dumbarton and Vale of Leven Reporter news item (25 August 2017).

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www.helensburghoratorio.co.uk

‘To the delight of our audiences, drawn from local residents to regular visitors from over 50 miles away, we perform choral works of the highest standard with professional orchestras and soloists. In addition to our large-scale concerts, we also undertake a number of charity concerts in venues from Stirling to Haddington. If you are interested in the choir performing in your area, please feel free to contact us.’

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www.h-o-s.co.uk

‘An established amateur orchestra which plays a range of classical music from early to modern music ... Membership is open to anyone who plays at Grade V level or above - there is a waiting list for some sections of the orchestra. The orchestra meet once a week at the Victoria Halls in Helensburgh from August to Easter. Funding is from members' subscriptions, donations and grants from Making Music and various charitable trusts. Gift Aid is increasingly a major part of funding. Concerts are performed twice a year (December and March) in the Victoria Halls, Helensburgh and occasionally elsewhere ... We encourage young and/or local soloists to perform concertos with us; including past and present members of the orchestra and students at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and also perform with professional soloists.’

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www.idpb.co.uk

‘Scottish award winning pipe band re-formed in 2004 ... Inveraray & District is focused toward the competitive side of the pipe band movement ... The band continues to be a regular prize winner at the major events and a centre of excellence built on strong foundations. The attention to detail and focus on individual and collective playing quality that were a feature of its embryonic beginnings remain to this day in all sections of the band. The current incarnation of IDPB is less parochial- in fact, truly international- with members from several continents. The membership features highly decorated individual performers; graduates of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland; an abundance of capable composers and arrangers; and several performers with a wider musical pedigree than purely piping or drumming.‘

Category:Pipe Bands
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islaygaelicchoir.co.uk

'Gaelic choral singing has a long and deeply-embedded tradition on Islay. Until relatively recently most of the Islay villages or areas of the island would each have had their own choir. Còisir Ghàidhlig Ìle (Islay Gaelic Choir) was formed in 2005 as the successor to the Port Ellen Gaelic Choir which was the last remaining village choir on the island. Còisir Ghàidhlig Ìle is now Islay’s sole Gaelic choir representing the entire island. Members are drawn from all parts of the island and we welcome all comers – regardless of their music or Gaelic abilities.'

Category:Gaelic Choirs
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www.islaypipeband.com

‘Although history shows the formation of a pipe band on Islay in the early 1950’s, it wasn’t until 1992 that islanders decided to start the current Islay Pipe Band, which was duly formed and subsequently registered with the Royal Pipe Band Association in Glasgow ... The band travels to all the major competitions ... The band plays at numerous local events including Feis Ile, the Islay Beach Rugby Tournament and the Jura Music Festival.’

Category:Pipe Bands
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www.mullgaelicchoir.co.uk

'Còisir Ghàidhlig an Eilein Mhuilich, the Isle of Mull Gaelic Choir, was founded in the spring of 1978, solely to compete at that year's mod when it was realised that Mull needed more representation at the National Mod ... "just for that year" ... Needless to say, it was agreed at the first Annual General Meeting that the Choir should remain in existence, and it has gone from strength to strength ...'

Category:Gaelic Choirs
Visits to the Website26
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www.locco.org.uk

'Aims to encourage the playing of music in the community. Membership is open to players of all ages and all abilities ... We give two major concerts each year plus additional performances around Christmas time.'

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Also indexedHelensburgh Saturday Orchestra
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www.midargyllpipeband.co.uk

'We are one of the oldest civilian pipe bands in Scotland with a history stretching back to the early 1900's ... We have a philosophy of producing our own home grown talent. The largest percentage of current performers have been taught from scratch by our tutors ... Mid Argyll Pipe Band perform at local events and competitions, but we are also available for private engagements.'

Category:Pipe Bands
Visits to the Website26
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