Skerryvore, Live Forever, Yeovil Octagon and touring

SCOTTISH band Skerryvore is fast building an international reputation for the energy and power of its music.

From its beginnings 12 years ago on Tiree as a ceilidh band, this year’s eight-man version includes a second piper, and the result is electrifying – as a lamentably small but noisily participatory Octagon audience would confirm.

From the pounding pomp of stadium songs to the plangent laments for which the pipes are the perfect accompaniment, Skerryvore is a force to be reckoned with.

As well as the pipers (who also play various reeds) there’s a singer and guitarist who lists his inspirations as Mark Knopfler, an accordionist, a drummer, a bassist, a keyboard maestro and a fiddler who’ll give Ali Bain a run for his money.

Catch Skerryvore while you can, and keep your fingers crossed that their repertoire, fed by Americana, Scottish and other traditional folk and rock, gives them enough scope to stay true to their roots, and keep playing – often – for their fans.


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