A fantastic night was had by all who attended a packed Reid Hall on Saturday for the Society's fundraising gig featuring Scottish multi award winning folk rock band Skerryvore.  The venue rocked along to the one and a half hour set by this highly talented band.  Locally based band Gleadhraich got the crowd suitably warmed up with a rousing set which even featured the old Bay City Rollers anthem Shang-a-Lang. 

The whole night was an unqualified success and the boys from Skerryvore expressed their pleasure with the rapturous reception they received from the Forfar audience, adding that they hoped to return to the Angus town in the future.

Skerryvore in Forfar - Saturday 4th October

Scottish multi award winning folk rock band Skerryvore are to play live in Forfar on Saturday 4th October.  This exciting band have now confirmed that the Reid Hall gig has been fitted into their busy touring schedule in what promises to be a great night of traditional folk rock music which will appeal to a wide range of live music lovers.

Skerryvore, formed on the Isle of Tiree in 2005, have just returned to Scotland following a tour of Europe taking in dates in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Luxembourg.  They are then playing a few dates in village halls in Scotland culminating in an appearance at the Tiree Music Festival in July.  They head to the States for a tour in August prior to a further European tour before the show in Forfar on 4th October.  The busy six piece band then jet off for a tour of Denmark.  The promoters are delighted that Skerryvore has agreed to play Forfar as part of the band’s already hectic schedule.

Skerryvore originally consisted of Tiree-born brothers Daniel Gillespie (accordion) and Martin Gillespie (bagpipes, whistles & accordion), Fraser West (drums & vocals) and Alec Dalglish (lead vocals & guitar).  They shared a love of everything from traditional to rock and iazz and it was this mix of musical styles and sounds that set the path for the band’s 2005 debut album, ‘West Coast Life.’  The
more the fledgling band experimented with fusing together this mix of musical styles, the more their signature sound evolved, aided by the arrival of Barry Caulfield (bass & vocals) and Craig Espie (fiddle) in time for their second album, ‘On The Road’, in 2007.

But it was with the release of self-titled third album, ‘Skerryvore’, that the band found themselves catapulted into the musical limelight winning a string of prestigious awards, including Scottish New Music Awards Record of the Year 2011 and Scottish Traditional Music Awards Live Act of the Year 2011, and garnering much critical acclaim which led to Mick MacNeil of Simple Minds stating, “Skerryvore are the most promising young band in Scotland today”.

In June 2012 the band released what is undeniably their most polished and radio-ready album to date. ‘World of Chances’ weaves together the band’s spine-tingling musical talents with the award winning songwriting abilities of frontman Alec Dalglish (Frankie Miller
Songwriter of the Year 2011). At times uplifting, at times reflective, the result is a brighter, breezier, feel good sound that looks set to broaden the band’s appeal even further.

Tickets, priced at £15 + £1.50 booking fee, are on sale now for one of the most exciting nights on the Forfar music calendar for years.  They can be bought on line by clicking on the ticket source link on the front page.

The event is being promoted by Forfar Dramatic Society (FDS Promotions) and tickets, which are limited, will be sold on a first come first served basis. 
There will be seated and standing areas available in the Reid Hall with a licensed bar facility in operation.

Preview some Skerryvore here!

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