I just came across this Facebook group for events being held on Mull. I’ve got links
(at the bottom of the page) to other resources for various happenings on the Isle of Mull already, but this service has the added advantage of being shared via Facebook
The main benefit of doing this is that, as a holiday visitor to Mull, it makes it very easy to sign up via your phone to either the Twitter stream or the Facebook wall using one the many apps out there for smartphones. This way you can have up-to-the-minute information on what’s going on where, during the next seven days. It’s a fantastic development as, whilst we have listings for events on Mull from other websites, as yet there has never been a single comprehensive place where you could (hopefully in time) find everything in one place.
This is the explainer I found on the Facebook group from Angust Stewart, “On the 18 December 2010 the U.K. had 28,935,380 Facebook users. It’s hoped that people understand the usefulness of posting a notice on the Isle of Mull Events Noticeboard. Both island residents and visitors can now receive, by computer or mobile phone, information about events taking place during the next 7 days. It is hoped that this can help to support and stimulate events on Mull. Events, however small, may have a better chance of finding their audience.
If you’re planning a visit to Mull it’s another handy way to keep abreast of what’s coming up during your stay.
Now, if only these events could be dropped into a public Google calendar… they’d just appear in my phone 🙂
OK, so it’s fair comment that when it comes to entertainment Mull can’t compete with what’s to be found in our big cities. Yet, despite Mull being just a little off the beaten track, there are still a surprising range of entertainment opportunities for holiday-makers.
I was just perusing the An Tobar website this morning when I was reminded of this fact. This November the comedian Ed Byrne is on Mull for a stand-up show, which, much to my disappointment, is already sold out. Ed’s probably best known for his regular appearances on the BBC’s ‘Mock the Week’. That would have been a definite excuse for a trip back up to Beach House to catch that!
Once you start to do a little digging though, it quickly becomes apparent that you can find quite a range of shows dotted across the island, using as venues the various village halls to be found from Fionnphort and Bunessan to Dervaig and Craignure.
The listings website I generally find has a good cross-section of events and shows on offer around Mull is The List, though there are others such as Wild Isles which covers a wider area, but focuses exclusively on outdoors events and activities.
Oddly though, when I checked The List website for the Ed Byrne show in An Tobar, it was nowhere to be found! Can’t win them all…
Beach House Self-Catering, Isle of Mull
According to Last.fm, “British Sea Power are a four-man indie rock band based in Brighton, England, although three of the band hail originally from Kendal in Cumbria. Their style encompasses sweeping and often epic guitar pop with more visceral, angular and esoteric noises and instruments. Critics have likened their sound to a variety of groups, from The Cure to Pixies. They have released four albums and a number of EPs (most on Rough Trade) since they formed in 2000.”
The band were up on Mull (and then Eigg) to perform at An Tobar, Tobermory’s 60-seater Arts Centre, last September. For any followers of the band, there is now an entertaining two-parter about the trip up to the Isle of Mull on the music website Drowned In Sound… presumably that’s not a literal reference to a tragedy in the Sound of Mull! 🙂
It’s an entertaining tale of drivers getting lost on the wrong side of Scotland, comic scenes, such as losing recording equipment over the side of a CalMac boat and a gig where the band premiered their new eight track CD ZEUS after having consumed one too many whiskies beforehand. It was then rounded off by a trip to the Mishnish to carry on the important work of whisky sampling into the small hours.
The jaunt has now been recounted, not just in words and pictures, but also through the eyes of the cartoonist Tony Husband. Well worth the few minutes of your time that it will take to read the two-parter.
If you’re unfamiliar with the band and you’d like to know what they sound like, you can visit their MySpace page to hear a few of the new tracks which they performed at An Tobar.
Media reports say that the Mull Rally, which is set to take place on the 8th, 9th and 10th of October this year, already has more than 120 entries. If you’re planning a visit to Mull during the rally, you should check out what stages are on where and when by visiting the Rally website.