We are honoured to have multi-award winning internationally renounced Scottish band Skerryvore support us. Twice awarded 'Live Act of the Year' at the Traditional Music Awards, they provide an uncompromising sound, perfect for this unforgettable space, really helping to bring the tour to life, connecting you both with the landscape and your emotions.
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 that 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 have 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. The band’s ability to combine traditional Scottish music and rhythms with a range of other genres is a trademark of their distinctive, high energy sound.
We were fortunate enough to have Gordon Gunn allow us to incorporate music from his album Wick to Wickham, into our narrations. Gordon Gunn has been described as "one of the most exciting and innovative fiddle players of the times." Born and brought up in Wick, Caithness, Gordon was taught by the highly respected violin teacher Margaret Henderson who taught many pupils in the north of Scotland.
Gordon is also a founding member of Scottish group Session A9 who were voted best live act at the 2012 Trad Awards. Whilst working with Session A9, Gordon also tours with Session A9's Brian McAlpine on keyboards and include a variety of musicians including Marc Clement and Phil Anderson on guitar and vocals.
Gordon’s first album for Greentrax Records “Shoreside” was released to much critical acclaim and brought his music to a wider audience at home and abroad.
This Highland based quartet Cruinn brings together four of Scotland's premier Gaelic singers - James Graham (A local guide founder), Fiona Mackenzie, Brian O hEadhra and Rachel Walker. Each of these artists are highly regarded in their own right and together, as Cruinn, they perform traditional and contemporary Gaelic songs with beautiful harmonies and arrangements.
Cruinn draws upon the wealth of the rich Gaelic song tradition as the audience are treated to well known (and some lesser known) ballads, waulking songs, puirt-a-beul, and sing-alongs. Cruinn also boast some of Gaeldom's foremost contemporary songwriters who perform their own material inspired by various styles and cultures.
Cruinn perform at home and abroad for select festivals and venues. The members are also in demand as tutors at fèisean, festivals, summer schools and in the formal educational sector.
Highland fiddler Graham Mackenzie is originally from Inverness, Scotland. He graduated from the Royal College of Music in Manchester and completed a Masters in Scottish Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in June 2015. Graham was twice a finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, as well as being a finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year. In 2015, he was commissioned by Celtic Connections to write for the 'New Voices' series. His commission, titled 'Crossing Borders’, was released as his debut album in September 2016 and has featured across BBC radio. Graham was nominated as ‘Composer of the Year’ at the Scots Trad Awards 2016.
Graham has performed with the ‘Grit’ orchestra, 'The Undivided', a folk/jazz fusion project fronted by Mike McGoldrick and Neil Yates, 'The Fair Rain' and 'Les Musicians de Saint Julien'. He is also a founder member of both Scottish trio ‘Assynt’, who were named ‘Up and Coming Artist of the Year 2018’ at the Scots Trad Awards, and ‘Aizle’, a UK folk quintet who released their debut EP in January 2017. As a soloist, Graham has performed at venues and festivals throughout the UK remaining the youngest winner of a Danny Kyle Open Stage in 2004.
You can learn more about this wonderful musician by visiting his website.
Scottish based folk trio ‘Assynt’ are former BBC Radio Scotland Young Musician of the Year finalists, Graham Mackenzie (fiddle) and David Shedden (pipes/whistles) alongside BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award winner Innes White (guitar/mandolin). Having performed together for many years, 2018 saw the official launch of the band and their debut album ‘Road to the North’. Predominantly compiled of self-penned tunes, the album draws upon influences from traditional Scottish fiddle and pipe music, in particular the Highland and Gaelic traditions. Described by Folk Radio as “refreshingly contemporary”, their new release "marks them as one of our most impressive young bands.” The band have performed at venues throughout Scotland with highlights including Piping Live, Blas and Celtic Connections. Assynt have been recently named ‘Up and Coming Artist of the Year 2018’ at the Scots Trad Music Awards.