Two pipers and four gigs for Skerryvore

VOTED the Scottish Traditional Music Live Act of 2016, Skerry­vore returns to England, starting the south western leg at Bristol Thekla on 19th November, and calling in at Exeter Phoenix on 20th, Yeovil Octagon on 22nd and Salisbury Arts Centre on 23rd November.

The band started as a four-piece with their roots on the tiny Hebri­dean island of Tiree. Fraser and Alec Dalglish, both from Livingston in West Lothian met Tiree brothers Daniel and Martin Gillespie while on holiday on the island.

They take their name from the tallest lighthouse in UK, which lies 12 miles south-west of Tiree.

Now expanded to an eight-strong band, all the members bring their own musical style to the mix. Experimentation has evolved into the unique signature sound of Skerryvore.

Working through West Coast Ceilidh, they have retained their  Celtic influences, adding in rock, pop, jazz and Cajun, as well as country.

“People can expect to hear a mix of material from all of our previous albums as well as some of the new unheard material which will appear on our upcoming album. As always we strive to create a party atmosphere and love to get the audience involved as much as possible,” says Alec.

This year the band has toured the world, with mainland European dates and two separate US visits. The like to bring their unique sound to new audiences, as well as returning to familiar venues.

Described by BBC Radio 2’s Mark Radcliff as “The sound of young Scots power folk,” Skerryvore  enthrals audiences with musicianship and high energy performances.

Contact the venues, or visit the band website, for more details, and listen out for the unforgettable sound of two pipers in the mix.