“The hottest Celtic rockers on the block” Daily Record
Since their amped-up ceilidh-band beginnings on the isle of Tiree, Skerryvore’s buoyant, tautly crafted folk-rock sound has conquered the world from Chicago to Shanghai. It all started with a school-holidays friendship between island brothers Daniel and Martin Gillespie, who played west coast dance music on accordion, bagpipes and whistles, and two budding-musician visitors, singer/guitarist Alec Dalglish and drummer Fraser West, who played rock, pop and blues. Ten years on from their 2005 debut album West Coast Life, the now seven-piece Skerryvore released the aptly celebratory Decade, combining live recordings with new studio material.
Skerryvore’s feel good fusion of folk rock never fails to get audiences excited with driving sound of bagpipes, accordions and fiddle, meets kicking rhythms of guitar, bass and drums.
All 7 members bring their own musical style to the Skerryvore mix. The more they have experimented with this mix, the more the band and their signature sound has evolved. This is evident in the progression across the 6 albums released since 2005:
West Coast Life (2005)
On the Road (2007)
Skerryvore (2010) – SNMA Record of the year 2011
World of Chances (2012)
Chasing the Sun (2014) –
‘This is their most complete and mature album to date…” BBC Radio Lancashire
‘The sound of Young Scots Power Folk.” Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2
…and in 2015 ‘Decade,’ a mix of live recordings, live studio sessions and a single ‘Happy to be Home’ featuring Sharon Shannon.
‘All in all a cracking album…giving a fair cross section of their past triumphs – and pointing us all in the direction where they are focussed on hurtling.” Living Tradition Magazine
‘The album includes the single ‘Happy to be Home’ which…is the stand-out track on a magnificent album.’” Shire Folk
When not touring the different corners of the globe, the band 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 and mainstream schools throughout the UK. They also featured in a recent VisitScotland TV commercial aimed at international audiences.