Our First Blog – North West Highlands Tour
Hello! We are very pleased to have our new website up and running and also new recordings available for you to listen to.
Aonach Mor were formed in early 2013, originally as 2 duos. We decided it’d be better to join forces and have never looked back since Since then we’ve performed throughout Scotland and are a part of the Live Music Now Scotland scheme.
Live Music Now Scotland brings live music into places that may not always have the opportunity to experience it, such as residential care homes, community groups for adults with learning difficulties and disabilities and special needs schools.
Recently we embarked on a tour of the North West Highlands, squeezing in 8 gigs in 3 days. As I grew up in the Highlands this was a welcome change from city life for a few days and I think the boys agreed. On day one we performed in Ballachullish, Inverlochy (Fort William) and Fort Augustus, clocking up a lot of miles and taking in some breathtaking views. As we recently changed our name to Aonach Mor, the boys were really keen to see the mountain. I found this out very early in the tour as every mountain we passed I was asked “Is that Aonach Mor?!” – we had only just left Glasgow at this point and the question was asked around 30 more times throughout the tour (even after I had pointed it out). Our final gig of the day was in Fort Augustus and it was one of the resident’s 90th birthday so we had a lovely party with him. The oldest resident there was an amazing 107 years old!
We then travelled up to Plockton to have a lovely dinner at the Plockton Inn and got some well needed sleep before the next 2 days of tour. Day 2 consisted of a concert in Plockton Primary school and then out to Dornie where we entertained the residents of Aird Ferry Day Centre. The working day was finished off with a concert/workshop for the talented youngsters of the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music.
With only 2 more gigs to go for this short tour we headed across the bridge to the Isle of Skye and performed in another one of the local primary schools; Kyleakin Primary. We did the same concert again on the other side of the bridge at Kyle Primary and the kids at both schools seemed to have a wonderful time participating and dancing along to our music.
Unfortunately for us it was time to head back to Glasgow. Over the three days our 8 concerts were very enjoyable and we definitely had at least a few months supply of tea and cake too…