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An Tobar's 10th Anniversary

An Tobar is the Tobermory Arts Centre based in a beautifully renovated Victorian school building overlooking Tobermory Bay on the Isle of Mull.

An Tobar, Mull; Photo: An Tobar

An Tobar runs a concert programme featuring some of this country’s best performers and covering folk, jazz, pop and contemporary music as well as an exhibition programme showing some of the best of Scotland's national artists and makers to suit a broad range of tastes from contemporary installations and new media to innovative craft and fine arts. An Tobar also offers a workshop programme which changes throughout the year and is a focus and showcase for many local artists and musicians.

An Tobar is now celebrating it's 10th anniversary year which a series of special events.

The events include an exhibition, Source, by Dalziel + Scullion - a new film work commissioned by An Tobar.

Source (detail), Dalziel + Scullion; Courtesy Dalziel + Scullion

The artists used the name An Tobar (Gaelic for the source or well) as a starting point for their piece and created this short film, shot entirely on Mull. The film takes the viewer on a journey through a landscape experienced through the senses of a young boy; his eyes and ears become portals that sights and sound flow through.

Another of their 10th anniversary projects has been to commission Aidan O'Rourke to compose a new piece of music,  An Tobar - The Well. 

One of the UK’s most expressive and dynamic musicians, Aidan O'Rourke is a fiddle player and composer from Oban. He is a member of the folk supergroup Blazin’ Fiddles and was recently voted ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ at the Scots Traditional Music Awards.

Aidan O’Rourke; Photo: Craig MacKay

Alongside Aidan, An Tobar - The Well will be performed by some of the finest musicians in Scotland including Catriona McKay - Scottish Harp (Fiddler’s Bid), Phil Bancroft - Saxophone (Unusual Suspects), Martin Green - Accordion (Eliza Carthy Band), Martin O’Neill - Bodhran/percussion (Dochas) and Tobermory’s own Kirsty MacKinnon - vocals. With poetry specially written for the project by award-winning writer Aonghas MacNeacail, the music reflects on the origins of communities and settlements on Mull and the effect of modern times on the island. This commemorative piece of new music is being produced in partnership with The Colmcille Initiative, also celebrating their 10th anniversary, and featured at a special Festival concert in the grounds of Torosay Castle on Mull on Saturday 9 June.

An Tobar has a packed season ahead with forthcoming exhibitions Sharmanka Kinetic Travelling Circus, Tales from the Museum/Sgeulachdan Bhon Taigh-Tasgaidh and the Argyll Open.  Also appearing are a wealth of great musicians, including The Emily Smith Band, Dick Gaughan, Michael Marra, The Scottish Ensemble and John Goldie.

Visit the An Tobar website for more information on what's in store. You can also read our feature on Aidan O'Rourke.

The Tobermory Arts Centre is supported by the Scottish Arts Council and is part-financed by a number of other funders including Argyll & the Isles Enterprise, Argyll & Bute Council, PRSF and The Robertson Trust.

See also
* An Tobar
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