Skerryvore are making their return to Big Burns Supper with a special recording from Robert Burn’s birthplace museum.
First appearing in 2014, the band have been festival regulars since, with their audience traveling from all over the UK to join us for their performances.
Twice winners of Scotland’s Traditional Music ‘Live Act of the Year’ Award (2016 & 2011), Skerryvore create a unique fusion of folk, trad, rock and pop that represents all the different personalities and upbringing of the band members who each hail from different regions of Scotland.
Take two brothers, Daniel (Accordion) and Martin Gillespie (pipes, whistles and accordion), steeped in the Scottish west coast ceilidh tradition on the Isle of Tiree, and add in friends Fraser West (drums) and Alec Dalglish (guitar and vocals), with a background in brass bands, wind bands, jazz bands, and with blues, folk and country influences, and you have the 2005, embryonic Skerryvore.
Fast forward 15 years, add Craig Espie (fiddle) and Jodie Bremaneson (bass), bring in your album producer Alan Scobie on Keyboards and mix in the Glasgow music scene – from University Applied Music courses and Traditional Music courses at the Royal Conservatoire to sell out gigs at O2 ABC – and you have a band that has already won Scottish Traditional music’s ‘Live Act of the Year’ in 2011 – they were to win it again in 2016 – and who, rightly, celebrated their decade by launching their own 6000 capacity festival.
"“A world beating fusion, which takes pride in their heritage and above all else is a pure joy to listen to.”"Folk Radio UK
"“These were their best shows we had ever seen them do – the current lineup is really working well and is super high energy.”"Dublin Irish Festival
"“Skerryvore have evolved to become one of Scotland’s greatest musical exports”"Wickham Festival
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