They’ve been dubbed as ‘Runrig for the 21st century’ – and you can decide for yourself how accurate that description is when Skerryvore visit The Caves tomorrow night as part of TradFest, Edinburgh’s only multi-arts festival dedicated to Scottish culture, traditional, Gaelic and folk arts.
Formed on the Isle of Tiree off Scotland’s west coast in 2005, Skerryvore have gone on to win a string of prestigious awards – including Scottish New Music Awards Record of the Year 2011 and Scottish Traditional Music Awards Live Act of the Year 2011.
A Celtic rock band with a driving sound of bagpipes, accordions and fiddle, blended brilliantly with kicking rhythms of guitar, bass and drums, the lads have just returned to their motherland following a successful European tour that saw them playing shows in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Luxembourg.
Back on home soil, the highly-acclaimed outfit, who now have four albums under their belt, and who former Simple Minds keyboardist Mick MacNeil has called “the most promising young band in Scotland today”, are set to play a series of gigs across Scotland, before heading over to the United States for a tour in August.
“What first brought us together was a keenness to develop our own sound, putting traditional-style melodies with different beats,” says accordionist Daniel Gillespie, whose band are now based across the M8 in Glasgow.
“Those other influences are all in the backline, so it comes through rhythmically,” he continues.
“Alec (Dalglish, singer-guitarist) leans towards rockier-type songs – but we mix them up with traditional instruments.
“There’ll always be that high-energy, west coast core to our music – everybody knows how hard Highlanders like to party – but hopefully we can also attract people from outside the folk audience.”
Skerryvore, The Caves, Niddry Street, tomorrow, 7pm, £6 (£4), 0131-557 8989