Over the last 17 years, Skerryvore have brought their performances to audiences across the globe, from their early days in Scottish West Coast halls and ceilidhs, to festival crowds in USA, Canada, Australia and throughout the UK and Europe. Picking up Scottish traditional music’s ‘Live Act of the Year’ twice on the way – in 2011 and again in 2016 – the band’s wide range of influences and talent produce a musically expansive, high energy set that excites and captivates audiences. With a mix of fiddle, accordions, pipes and whistles, alongside guitar and vocals, underpinned by driving bass, drums and keys, Skerryvore represent the best in contemporary Scottish traditional music. Their 6 studio albums demonstrate the wide range of influences the individual musicians bring to the mix – a unique fusion of folk, trad, rock and cajun, with even some jazz in there! The band celebrated their 10th birthday in 2015 by launching their own 6000 capacity ‘Decade’ festival, following this up with successful ‘Oban Live’ events over each of the next four years.
In 2020, their 15th anniversary event, featuring musicians and friends who have shared Skerryvore’s journey, was due be held against the stunning backdrop of Inveraray Castle. However, the impact of Covid-19 prevented this and decimated the band’s performing well into 2021. Skerryvore then successfully launched innovative performance alternatives, including live streaming and virtual performances. The band’s single, ‘Everyday Heroes’ to honour medical front-line workers, recorded from home, and aided by a variety of musicians from across the country, reached number one in the official Scottish charts and has raised several thousands of pounds for NHS staff charities to date.
Also recorded in isolation, their single ‘You and I’ spent seven weeks, in January and February 2021, on BBC Radio 2’s playlist, unheard of for a track from an independent label. ‘Together Again’, released in July 2021, also made it to Radio 2’s playlist, celebrating the beginnings of a return to meeting up with friends again. Comfortable in the studio though the band are, it’s on the road in front of a live audience that they really come into their own. Their live album, recorded at Scottish venues in late 2019, and released in summer 2020, highlights this, also giving a hint that there’s still much more to come for Skerryvore’s growing worldwide fanbase. Skerryvore were delighted to return to touring in USA in September 2021, followed by European, English and Scottish tours.
Especially as Vancouver’s first mayor, Malcolm Alexander MacLean, hailed from the Isle of Tiree--from which Skerryvore was born--coastal BC is delighted to welcome the lads back with open arms as part of their 2022 ‘The Together Again Tour’!
“A great bunch of guys and superb live – really infectious and hard not to get swept up in what they do”, Mark Radcliff, BBC Radio 2