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Oban & Lorne Strathspey & Reel Society was founded in 1944 by the late Charlie Hunter. The inaugural concert was held in 1945 and the chairman was the Rev Willie Mac Donald.
In 1968, it was decided to hold an annual rally, attracting fiddlers from all parts of the country and the first National MOD Fiddlers' Rally was held in 1970 at the Royal National MOD in Oban. The Society celebrated its 60th anniversary Jubilee Concert in the Corran Halls, Oban in 2004 when nearly 100 musicians took part and were conducted by Daphne Campbell. A CD of the Concert was recorded and has become a best seller. Our current treasurer organises Summer tours to the Islands as well as coaching the Lorne Junior Fiddlers.
The Society has gone from strength to strength and the current president is Peter McLeod. Today, the society is a group of fiddlers and accordianists, together with other string and wind instruments, enjoying mainly Scottish Traditional Music. Competent fiddlers and accordianists are warmly welcomed and can join by contacting any member.
Charlie Hunter was well known for his composition, the Hills of Lorne, to which Anne Lorne Gilles added some fine lyrics. The tune is a firm favourite with the society and is played as their signature tune at their many concerts.
The society meets for practice on a Thursday evening at 7.30pm in the Guide Hall on Lynn Road, Oban to which budding members are most welcome.
Please note that to find location of Guide Hall, click on the map of Scotland to the right of this page.