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Skerryvore

Show Code: skerryvore
Artist: sroartists (See All Shows)

Back on the remote Scottish island of Tiree, in 2005, the raw, but contemporary trad quartet that formed Skerryvore, could have only dreamed that, over the next decade, they would become a multi-award winning act, which was performing in over 25 countries worldwide, and featured as ambassadors for their country, in an international advertising campaign for ‘Visit Scotland’.


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Back on the remote Scottish island of Tiree, in 2005, the raw, but contemporary trad quartet that formed Skerryvore, could have only dreamed that, over the next decade, they would become a multi-award winning act, which was performing in over 25 countries worldwide, and featured as ambassadors for their country, in an international advertising campaign for ‘Visit Scotland’.


From those traditional roots, the band has developed, both in size and sound, to create a unique fusion of their traditional music and songs, with the urban sounds of rock, pop and funk. With their outstanding musicianship and the mesmerizing voice of award-winning singer-songwriter, Alec Dalglish, Skerryvore has become an international sensation, performing in cities such as Dubai, Beijing, Shanghai, Madrid, Munich and New York. The band’s high-energy shows have also featured at many premier festivals, both at home in Scotland (T in the Park, Belladrum, Wickerman, Celtic Connections) and trending international into Tonder Festival (Denmark), Lorient Interceltique (France), Ryder Cup (Louisville), and Milwaukee Irish Fest and Central Park NY (USA).


2015 marked the 10th Anniversary of Skerryvore, which included a special open-air concert at Mossfield Stadium, Oban. After the event sold out (3000 tickets in 90 minutes), the capacity was doubled and attracted 6000 people from all around the world. The success of the concert has led to the creation of a new event in the town, Oban Live. The band also released the song, “Happy to be Home,” with legendary Irish musician, Sharon Shannon, which topped the iTunes World Music Charts in May, 2015.


2016 began with sold out show at the internationally acclaimed Celtic Connections, alongside Irish super-group, We Banjos 3. This was followed with tours and performances in England, Scotland, Germany, Spain, Denmark, Switzerland, and the band’s longest US tour to date. It’s clear multi-award winning Scottish band Skerryvore create a ‘trad-rock’ fusion for the 21st Century as it sets it’s sight on extensive US touring for 2017.

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Skerryvore first formed on the tiny lsle of Tiree off Scotland’s west coast in 2005. Back then, the band consisted of Tiree-born brothers Daniel Gillespie (accordion) and Martin Gillespie (bagpipes, whistles & accordion) who bonded with holidaymaker Fraser West (drums & vocals) and friend Alec Dalglish (lead vocals & guitar) over a shared love of music: everything from traditional to rock and iazz. It was this mix of musical styles and sounds that set the path for the band’s 2005 debut album, ‘West Coast Life.’ The more the fledgling band experimented with fusing together this mix of musical styles, the more their signature sound evolved, aided by the arrival of Barry Caulfield (bass & vocals) and Craig Espie (fiddle) in time for their second album, ‘On The Road’, in 2007.

But it was with the release of self-titled third album, ‘Skerryvore’, that the band found themselves catapulted into the musical limelight winning a string of prestigious awards, including SNMA Record of the Year 2011 and STMA Live Act of the Year 2011, and garnering much critical acclaim:

 

“Skerryvore are the most promising young band in Scotland today”

Mick MacNeil, Simple Minds

 

In June 2012 the band released what is undeniably their most polished and radio-ready album to date. ‘World of Chances’ weaves together the band’s spine-tingling musical talents with the award winning songwriting abilities of frontman Alec Dalglish (Frankie Miller Songwriter of the Year 2011). At times uplifting, at times reflective, the result is a brighter, breezier, feel good sound that looks set to broaden the band’s appeal even further.

When not touring the different corners of the globe, the band, now with bassman Jodie Bremaneson, can still be found performing relentlessly, contributing to projects by Live Music Now (LMN), The Royal Blind School, Artlink Central and HMP Cornton Vale as well as special needs schools throughout the UK. They also feature in a current VisitScotland TV commercial aimed at international audiences.

To quote the words of one local journalist:

“Six of the best musical ambassadors Scotland could ever have wished for… a living, breathing, l2 legged party waiting to happen.”

The Falkirk Herald, Scotland

REVIEWS

      • “The most promising young band in Scotland today.” – Mick MacNeil, Simple Minds
      • “It’s scary how good Skerryvore have become over the course of a few years, see them before they rocket into the same music biz orbit as the mighty Mumford & Sons.” – The Falkirk Herald, Scotland
      • “Judging by the evidence of [2012 self-titled 3rd release], Skerryvore are set for the big time.” – The Living Tradition


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      Seven-piece electro/acoustic band featuring Tiree brothers Daniel Gillespie (accordion) and Martin Gillespie (bagpipes, whistles & accordion), Fraser West (drums & vocals), Alec Dalglish (lead vocals & guitar), Craig Espie (fiddles), Alan Scobie (keyboards) and Jodie Bremaneson (bass).

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