Kintyre cultural life

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A week ago Scottish Opera was surprised by the demand in Campbeltown and had to rapidly add an extra 30 seats.

It is some years since people have had a chance to enjoy opera from international performers. Kintyre Chorale’s recitals are always full, so perhaps it would not have been hard to predict.

Three days later, a one man rock band, Jeff Jeffrey, returned to the Wee Toon. His Masonic club performance, virtually at polar opposites to opera, included many jokes unprintable in the Courier and attracted about 30.

Funbox’s Highland Fling show on the same night saw families packed into the Victoria hall for a pantomime-like experience.

On Saturday Cheryl Brown’s 90s and 00s gig gave the 20-somethings crowd a great night out, sold out at the town hall and raised £4,000 for charity.

Across town, about 35 people were given an insight into the life of Dr Helen Fullerton who passed away in 2005. She a pioneer of recording Scottish and Irish travellers’ ballads on a reel-to-reel portable tape machine.

It is an eclectic mix…