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Area: Argyll Bute

The Category Campbeltown is a subset of Argyll and Bute. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Campbeltown which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Carradale Music Festival

- Ceol Campbeltown

- Kintyre Music Club

 

 

Category Campbeltown
! Campbeltown KEY
VISITS (to Website)52
VIEWS (of this Record)77

The Category Helensburgh is a subset of Argyll and Bute. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Helensburgh which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Helensburgh Orchestral Society

- Tartan Harmony

 

Category Helensburgh
! Helensburgh KEY
VISITS (to Website)50
VIEWS (of this Record)66

The Category Isle of Bute is a subset of Argyll and Bute. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with the Isle of Bute which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

Category Isle of Bute
! Isle of Bute KEY
VISITS (to Website)39
VIEWS (of this Record)42

The Category Isle of Islay is a subset of Argyll and Bute. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with the Isle of Islay which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page)

- Islay Gaelic Choir

- Isle of Islay Pipe Band

 

Category Isle of Islay
! Isle of Islay KEY
VISITS (to Website)32
VIEWS (of this Record)37

The Category Isle of Mull is a subset of Argyll and Bute. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with the Isle of Mull which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Isle of Mull Gaelic Choir

 

Category Isle of Mull
! Isle of Mull KEY
VISITS (to Website)39
VIEWS (of this Record)38

The Category Lochgilphead is a subset of Argyll and Bute. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Lochgilphead which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Inveraray & District Pipe Band

- Mid Argyll Pipe Band

- Templar Arts and Leisure Centre, Tarbert

 

Category Lochgilphead
! Lochgilphead KEY
VISITS (to Website)36
VIEWS (of this Record)30

The Category Oban is a subset of Argyll and Bute. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Oban which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Oban High School Pipe Band

- Oban Gaelic Choir

- Taynuilt Gaelic Choir

 

Category Oban
! Oban KEY
VISITS (to Website)36
VIEWS (of this Record)41

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

 

* Bute Arts Society
VISITS (to Website)235
VIEWS (of this Record)482

‘Bute's newest family-friendly weekend festival, packed with Live Music, Food, Craft Beers/Ciders, Family Fun and Entertainment.’ Held Late July.

 

* ButeFest
VISITS (to Website)238
VIEWS (of this Record)511

‘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.’

 

* Cantilena Festival
VISITS (to Website)271
Also indexedRoyal Conservatoire of Scotland
VIEWS (of this Record)362

Comar is an exciting arts organisation based in Tobermory, merging the renowned An Tobar arts centre & prolific Mull Theatre. We specialise in visual arts, music, and theatre and are dedicated to making good things happen across art forms on and off our beautiful island home. As well as our producing and commissioning our own work, we host a varied programme of incoming shows - theatre, dance, gigs, comedy film, family shows, community events and more.’

 

* Comar
VISITS (to Website)450
VIEWS (of this Record)1029

'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.'

 

* Crear space to create
VISITS (to Website)229
VIEWS (of this Record)351

’Fèis an Tairbeirt was established in 2016 by a group of volunteers who are keen to ensure that people of all ages in Mid-Argyll and Kintyre are offered the chance to learn to play an instrument and experience the joy of playing music together with others ... Fèis in Scottish Gaelic means “festival” or “feast.” It has come to mean a tuition festival, usually for children and young people, which celebrates the music and song culture connected with the Gaelic language.‘

 

* Fèis an Tairbeirt
VISITS (to Website)199
VIEWS (of this Record)211

‘Fèis Latharna is an organisation that promotes traditional music and Gaelic culture in the Oban & Lorn area. The Fèis operates term time Saturday classes in a variety of instruments at all levels as well as a week long tuition festival every Easter.’

 

* Fèis Latharna
VISITS (to Website)176
VIEWS (of this Record)241

'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.'

* Helensburgh Music Society
VISITS (to Website)208
VIEWS (of this Record)433

‘The Highlands and Islands Music and Dance Festival has developed into one of Scotland’s major cultural festivals, and takes place annually in Oban, Scotland. The event has developed to include new special events and competitions, and the festival now offers over 1100 participants 125 competition classes in eleven disciplines including piping, accordion, fiddle, clarsach, piano, recorder, singing, woodwind & brass, highland dancing and choreography.’ Held Early May.

 

* Highlands & Islands Music & Dance Festival
VISITS (to Website)170
VIEWS (of this Record)284

'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 ...'

 

* Islay Festival of Music and Malt
VISITS (to Website)454
VIEWS (of this Record)468

'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.'

 

ALERT 'The Festival is taking a break in 2019. Jazz will feature as part of the artistic offerings centred on Rothesay Pavilion when it re-opens late in 2020. Meanwhile we are running Bute Manouche for the second time from 23-25 October 2020, which is Scotland’s own Gypsy Jazz Festival.'

 

Category Jazz Festivals
* Isle of Bute Jazz Festival
VISITS (to Website)231
Also indexedBute Manouche
VIEWS (of this Record)400

'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
* Isle of Gigha Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)213
VIEWS (of this Record)418

‘Our purpose, as recorded in our constitution, is to organize and run a Music Festival on the Isle of Jura, provide opportunities for young people to learn/improve their music based skill and help them refine and develop those skills in the future. By bringing in top class musicians every year to perform and run workshops, the instruction and inspiration they provide is invaluable. Through our youth education programme we have been able to help through a small annual grant, a number of young people to fulfill their potential and follow their chosen path.’ Held Late September.

 

Category Folk Festivals
* Jura Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)92
VIEWS (of this Record)237

'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.

 

* Kintyre Songwriters Festival
VISITS (to Website)212
VIEWS (of this Record)448

‘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
* Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival
VISITS (to Website)218
VIEWS (of this Record)294

‘Provides young professional musicians with opportunities to develop their practical music skills in a place of outstanding natural beauty ... There is an astonishing range of concerts and recitals to choose from, and audiences are welcome to sit in on rehearsals at the Aros Hall, Tobermory. Whether your taste is Mendelssohn or Mozart, Brahms or Beethoven, the festival brings to the island a chance to hear and learn in a setting of great natural beauty and interest.’ Held Early September.

 

* Mendelssohn on Mull Festival
VISITS (to Website)231
VIEWS (of this Record)477

'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.'

 

* Mid Argyll Arts Association
VISITS (to Website)209
VIEWS (of this Record)392

‘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.

 

* Mid Argyll Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)194
VIEWS (of this Record)495

'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.

 

* Mòd Ionadach na Dreòlluinn
VISITS (to Website)216
VIEWS (of this Record)358

‘Arguably the best free music festival in the world.’ Held Late April.

 

Category Folk Festivals
* Mull Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)156
VIEWS (of this Record)390

'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
* Mull of Kintyre Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)258
VIEWS (of this Record)382

‘A very special and important chamber music study & performance week for talented Young Musicians at the start of their professional careers ... The Young Musicians attend by invitation of the Trust which bears the cost in full. Attendance is for established chamber groups only ... The schedule allows for extensive rehearsal as well as much needed performing opportunities for all in the four public concerts during the week ... During the week there are a number of workshops with local schoolchildren, who benefit from the energy and enthusiasm of the young musicians attending the course ... We are also very happy for a limited number of audience members to listen to some of the “Master Classes” during the week.‘ Held Early July.

 

Category Isle of Mull
* Music Coll
VISITS (to Website)308
VIEWS (of this Record)285

Meets ‘First Thursday of each month (Oct - April)‘.

 

* Oban Accordion Club
VISITS (to Website)162
VIEWS (of this Record)448

‘The event was created following the open-air concert ‘DECADE’ in 2015 – the 10th Anniversary celebration of trad-fusion band Skerryvore that attracted 6000 people from all over the world to Oban. Such was the reaction and impact of the event, 98% of attendees requested that it became an annual event. From this, Oban Live was formed in 2016 with the aim of showcasing the very best Scottish and International artists as part of both the open-air concert and Oban Live Fringe events.‘ Held Early June.

 

* Oban Live
VISITS (to Website)170
VIEWS (of this Record)218

‘We are a voluntary organisation dedicated to bringing top quality classical music and musicians to Oban. Most of our concerts are held on Sunday afternoons between October and March ... No charge is made for children and young people attending our concerts.’

 

* Oban Music Society
VISITS (to Website)129
VIEWS (of this Record)275

The Music Festival has been ‘running since 1988 and held during September just when the nights are starting to draw in. We all need something to look forward to as autumn approaches.There will be a full programme of music, with a variety of bands playing in various locations throughout the village. Traditionally, on the Sunday on the fish quay an open air concert is held from 1.30pm to 6pm ... If you wish to be involved in the party come along and bring your instrument and join in on Friday or Saturday in the local bars. Impromptu sessions are encouraged. Local talent is showcased. It’s a great weekend’. Held Mid September.

 

* Tarbert Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)95
VIEWS (of this Record)181

‘A folk festival based on the Isle of Islay. The weekend accommodates people of all ages, including concerts, trad sessions, workshops and of course, a whisky tour!‘ Held Late November.

 

Category Folk Festivals
* The Islay Sessions
VISITS (to Website)130
VIEWS (of this Record)213

‘Held at the grounds of An Talla overlooking Crossapol Bay, TMF boasts one of the most stunning festival backdrops in the world. Between the music pop down to the beach for a walk in the sand or a dip in the sea (if brave enough!) Formed in 2010, TMF has achieved 7 successive sell outs but is now capped at 2000 people to keep its intimate and family friendly atmosphere.’ Held Mid July.

 

* Tiree Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)524
VIEWS (of this Record)270

'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
* Transclyde Music
VISITS (to Website)179
VIEWS (of this Record)412

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]

 

+ Campbeltown Brass
VISITS (to Website)217
VIEWS (of this Record)420

'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.'

 

Category Choral Societies
+ Helensburgh Dorian Choir
VISITS (to Website)265
VIEWS (of this Record)775

‘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.’

Category Choral Societies
+ Helensburgh Oratorio Choir
VISITS (to Website)213
VIEWS (of this Record)477

'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 ... Family, friends and indeed any member of the public, can attend these concerts.‘

+ Lomond and Clyde Community Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)223
Also indexedHelensburgh Saturday Orchestra
VIEWS (of this Record)514

‘The Peninsula Choir was set up in September 2010. We have a membership of almost 50. Week to week around 35 of us get together to sing and learn our new repertoire for the two concerts we put on in a season ...  The majority of the members do not read music ... We never hold auditions. All welcome. This is a community choir.’ The Choir are based in Cove Burgh Hall, which was bought by the local community from Argyll & Bute Council in 2001, determined to ‘make it the vibrant, focal hub "soul" of the communities of Cove, Kilcreggan and the wider Rosneath Peninsula in terms of adding distinct value to the everyday social and cultural lives and wellbeing of local residents’.

Category Helensburgh
+ Peninsula Choir [Cove Burgh]
VISITS (to Website)61
VIEWS (of this Record)149

‘An amateur theatre group based in Oban, Argyll, Scotland. The reason for our existence? To put on Musical Theatre for the Oban and surrounding area ... We are a registered charity and our existence is a bit hand to mouth – Make money to put on a show – do the show – and if we are lucky just about break even and then repeat! ... We are always looking for fresh blood! We want to be training up producers and directors. Build up the instruments in our Orchestra. Give our set constructor a bit of a hand! Get young people involved in the theatre! If you feel it’s something you want to do why not contact us? We need you ...!’

+ Spotlight Musical Theatre Group
VISITS (to Website)133
VIEWS (of this Record)226

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