DOMENICA 17 SETTEMBRE
Gli Skerryvore si sono formati nel 2005 nella piccola isola di Tiree, la più occidentale delle Ebridi esterne. I fondatori sono i fratelli Gillespie, Daniel (fisarmonica) e Martin (cornamusa, flauti), insieme a Fraser West (batteria) e Alec Dalglish (chitarra, voce). La loro grande passione per la musica, da quella tradizionale al rock al jazz, si trova alla base del sound del loro album di debutto “West Coast Life”. La ricerca sperimentale nella fusione tra generi musicali diversi ha contribuito a rendere unico e inconfondibile il loro sound, grazie anche all’arrivo di Barry Caulfield (basso) e Craig Espie (violino) prima del loro secondo album “On the Road” del 2007. È però con il loro terzo album “Skerryvore” che la band raggiunge il successo internazionale affermandosi come band vincitrice di numerosi premi.
Nel giugno del 2012 esce “World of Chances”, un album fresco dalle sonorità frizzanti e coinvolgenti. Grazie al contributo di Jodi Bremaneson al basso, Alan Scobie alla tastiera e Scott Wood come seconda cornamusa la band ha ormai raggiunto uno stile consapevole e maturo tanto da arrivare al successo mondiale tramite la partecipazione a festival ed eventi tra Europa e Stati Uniti.
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.”