“The sound of Young Scots Power Folk.” – BBC Radio
“With their roots and origins as a Ceilidh band it was not surprising that the seven piece ensemble knew how to get toes tapping, and their traditional instruments of fiddles, whistles, bagpipes and accordion had sterling support from a full rhythm section of keyboards, guitar, bass and drums. Their nearest touchstones as a band, included the likes of Moving Hearts, Runrig, and Wolfstone, and they blended flawless musical technique with an accessibility to the groove, and an infectious sense of enthusiasm.” – Benmacnair
“Five albums into their recording career, the band have progressed from a standard issue Ceilidh band to a world class Celtic Rock band, with more influences than you could shake a stick at. Through all the changes and refinements during the band’s development, they have always maintained a strong commitment to their Scottish roots, which comes over in their music loud and clear.” – Northern Sky Magazine
Back on the remote Scottish island of Tiree, in 2005, the raw, but contemporary trad quartet that formed Skerryvore, could have only dreamed that, over the next decade, they would become a multi-award winning act, which was performing in over 25 countries worldwide, and featured as ambassadors for their country, in an international advertising campaign for ‘Visit Scotland’.
From those traditional roots, the band has developed, both in size and sound, to create a unique fusion of their traditional music and songs, with the urban sounds of rock, pop and funk. With their outstanding musicianship and the mesmerizing voice of award-winning singer-songwriter, Alec Dalglish, Skerryvore has become an international sensation, performing in cities such as Dubai, Beijing, Shanghai, Madrid, Munich and New York. The band’s high-energy shows have also featured at many premier festivals, both at home and abroad, including:
Scotland: T in the Park, Belladrum, Wickerman and Celtic Connections
International: Tonder Festival (Denmark), Lorient Interceltique (France), Ryder Cup (Louisville), Milwaukee Irish Fest and Central Park NY (USA).
2015 marked the 10th Anniversary of Skerryvore, which included a special open-air concert at Mossfield Stadium, Oban. After the event sold out (3000 tickets in 90 minutes), the capacity was doubled and attracted 6000 people from all around the world. The success of the concert has led to the creation of a new event in the town, Oban Live (http://www.obanlive.com). The band also released the song, Happy to be Home, with legendary Irish musician, Sharon Shannon, which topped the iTunes World Music Charts in May, 2015.
2016 began with sold out show at the internationally acclaimed Celtic Connections, alongside Irish super-group, We Banjos 3. This was followed with tours and performances in England, Scotland, Germany, Spain, Denmark, Switzerland, and the band’s longest US tour to date.
Awards and Achievements:
UK Folk Radio Album of the Month (Sept 2014, for Chasing the Sun)
Radio Scotland Album of the Month (June 2012, for World of Chances)
STMA Live Act of the Year (2011 winners & shortlisted for 2014 award)
SNMA Album of the Year (2011, for album Skerryvore)
SNMA Singer/Songwriter of the Year 2011 (for lead singer Alec Dalglish)
PSYBT Young Entrepreneurs of the Year 2009