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Twice winners of Scotland’s Traditional Music “Live Act of the Year” Award (2011 and 2016), Skerryvore has been on a meteoric journey that has taken them from the remote Isle of Tiree on to international tours that have included performances at Central Park in New York City, the Ryder Cup in Louisville, Kentucky, and the World Exposition in Shanghai, China.
Skerryvore creates a unique fusion of folk, traditional jazz, rock, and pop, which represents all the distinct personalities and upbringing of the eight band members who hail from different regions of Scotland. Formed in 2005, the band marked its tenth anniversary in 2015 with the “Decade” concert at Mossfield Stadium, Oban, in western Scotland. After selling three thousand tickets in ninety minutes, the capacity was increased and six thousand visitors from all over the world enjoyed Skerryvore, joined by a host of guests including Dougie MacLean and legendary Irish musician Sharon Shannon.
The success of the “Decade” concert led to the creation of the band’s own annual festival called Oban Live, which now attracts over ten thousand attendees to enjoy international acts, including KT Tunstall, We Banjo 3, Julie Fowlis, and Capercaillie, alongside Skerryvore.
“Live Forever,” the band’s single released in 2017, provided the soundtrack for the Scottish tourism promotional campaign titled “Wild About Argyll” and saw the single hit number one in the iTunes World Music Chart. This was followed by the launch of the Live Forever Tour, which had the band performing over seventy shows in the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Netherlands, and the United States.
This year brings the release of Skerryvore’s sixth studio album accompanied by a global tour that included a headline performance at the legendary Tonder Festival in Denmark.
Skerryvore have crafted a world beating fusion, which takes pride in their heritage and above all else is a pure joy to listen to.
—Folk Radio (UK)
Tight and polished . . . can make a thunderously joyful noise.
—La Crosse Tribune