Sk­er­ryvore to light up Celtic Con­nec­tions open­ing week­end

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

THE FIRST week­end of Celtic Con­nec­tions gets off to a rip-roar­ing start this Fri­day, with Sk­er­ryvore blast­ing The Old Fruit­mar­ket with their trade­mark Tiree/ Liv­ing­stone/ Nashville/ Falkirk fu­sion. The band have just emerged from an in­cred­i­ble year. Dur­ing 2015 they col­lab­o­rated with Ir­ish ac­cor­dion leg­end Sharon Shan­non to record their feel- good sum­mer sin­gle Happy to be Home, they cel­e­brated their 10th birth­day and to top it off they did this by at­tract­ing over 6,000 fans to Oban for a phe­nom­e­nally good birth­day party.

In cel­e­brat­ing their Decade in such style, they have laid the foun­da­tions for an an­nual event to be called Oban Live. In­deed, one of the high­lights of this Fri­day’s gig will be the keenly an­tic­i­pated an­nounce­ment of the first acts to have been booked.

Read­ers will be as­tounded by the cal­i­bre of some of the artists ru­moured to be re­vealed this week­end.

I have a long con­nec­tion with Sk­er­ryvore and, in fact, can claim the hon­our of hav­ing given the band their name.

I have known Martin and Daniel Gille­spie since they were tod­dlers and it is an in­ter­est­ing ob­ser­va­tion on how suc­cess ad­versely af­fects only cer­tain peo­ple that in all the years I have known them their char­ac­ter has not changed.

From com­ing round to our house as chil­dren to eat Turk­ish De­light and watch the Chron­i­cles of Nar­nia, to mis­be­hav­ing our way through the wild sum­mers on Tiree of 2004 and 2005, to Sk­er­ryvore hav­ing just or­gan­ised and

head­lined at one of the big­gest events ever to be held in the West High­lands, it is tes­ti­mony to the type of peo­ple they are that they are just the same. Other founders Fraser West and Alec Dal­glish, and all sub­se­quent mem­bers who have joined Sk­er­ryvore are sim­i­larly grounded and of sound char­ac­ter.

From their be­gin­nings play­ing as four young friends in the Scarin­ish Ho­tel, they very soon, with ad­di­tional mem­bers, be­came one of the big­gest names on the Scot­tish mu­sic scene.

They are a band who have never stopped grow­ing and their decade year saw a con­sid­er­able ac­cel­er­a­tion in that growth. I pre­dict that the next 10 years will bring them huge suc­cess and that their dou­ble decade party will need the whole of Moss­field sta­dium and half of Glen­cruit­ten Golf Course to ac­com­mo­date the rev­ellers!

Tick­ets at www.celtic­connec­tions.com

Lim­er­ick re­ply to The Glas­gow Let­ter of 07/01/16

There once was a man from Tor­lundy Who goes AWOL from Fri­day till Sun­day. Ram­pag­ing round Glas­gow On a stag-like fi­asco With no clue where his clothes are on Mon­day.

And as Jan­uary days just get wet­ter We lament the once great Glas­gow Let­ter. With a now ur­gent hurry We must bring back Neil Mur­ray – His writ­ing and looks were much bet­ter.

To the dogs the O.T. Rab is bring­ing With his poor rhymes of lit­er­ary mud sling­ing. I don’t have a quib­ble With his dull weekly drib­ble But I think he should stick to the singing!

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