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Featured Artist: Skipinnish
Top Scots Highland Band based around West Coast of Scotland.
Co-founders Andrew MacPhail (Tiree) and Andrew Stevenson (Lochaber) met while studying at the highly acclaimed R.S.A.M.D in Glasgow. With a similar passion for authentic traditional Scottish music by early 1999 'Skipinnish' was established.

Since then Skipinnish have gone from strength to strength and are indeed one of the busiest sought after bands on the scene.

The combined talents of the original duo has proved a successful liaison, their common bond, enthusiasm and progressive outlook in promoting Traditional Scottish Music remains rock solid.

Crashing to the shore with their distinctive, authentic, vibrant West Coast sound this album, The Seventh Wave, follows the recent releases Atlantic Roar and Western Ocean albums.

The mix of Highland tradition and contemporary sounds, thrilling and exhilarating live performances award winning Skipinnish are a class act!

The album includes a booklet with lyrics for singing along.

The band enjoys a growing fan base and have a packed tour schedule lies ahead commencing on 4th May 2017.

The official launch date of The Seventh Wave is on 19th May at Eden Court Inverness.
Tour Dates:
  • 4th May - Aberdeen - Lemon Tree  
  • 5th May - Edinburgh - The Queen's Hall 
  • 18th May - Fochabers - Public Institute 
  • 19th May - Inverness - Eden Court
  • 20th May - Strathy - Strathy Hall
  • 27th May - Derby - The Bearded Theory Festival
  • 28th May - Biggar - Biggar Rugby Club
  • 2nd June - Oban Live - Oban
  • 3rd June -  Germany - Celtic Folk Festival Hermannsburg
  • 15th June - Stornoway - An Lanntair
  • 24th June - Strathpeffer - Strathpeffer Pavillion
  • 1st July - Arran - Arran Whisky Festival
  • 7th July - Yorkshire - Moonbeams Festival
  • 8th July - Germany - Angelbachtal
  • 14th July - Tiree - Tiree Music Festival

Donald Black
Bho m' Chridhe - From My Heart
An excellent fifth album from one of Scotland's best exponent of the Scottish Celtic Harmonica Donald Black.

Donald showcases his unique skills with a well chosen 16 track selection of instrumentals, incorporating original, traditional and established material from the wide Celtic music repertoire.

Jigs, Strathspeys, Reels Marches and Hornpipes to get the toes tapping and west coast Waltzes and emotionally charged Slow Airs and Laments all delivered in his own effortless virtuoso style and with much feeling.

Co produced with Ross Wilson, and featuring a stellar line-up of guest musicians including legendary Malcolm Jones (Runrig), Nashville's famous award winning multi-instrumentalist Charlie McCoy, Alec Dalglish (Skerryvore), Allan Henderson (ex Blazin' Fiddles), Donnie MacKenzie and Martainn Skene (from The Donald Black Band), Mario Collosimo (Cape Breton, Novia Scotia), Andrew MacPherson (Deoch An Dorus), Addie Harper Jnr, Colin Forgreive, Harvey Leckie, Jamie MacDonald, Neil MacGillivray, George M MacLeod, Murdo 'Wasp' MacDonald, Murdo John MacKenzie, Norman 'Noddy' Graham, Lisa Moyes and Martin Pottinger.

Throughout the years of his recording career he has enjoyed extensive radio play and made TV appearances both at home and abroad, has played many concerts and festivals to hugely appreciative audiences in his native Scotland, as well as England, Italy, Germany, Lithuania, Denmark, Russia and the U.S.A. -  taking his Scottish Celtic Harmonica from Moscow to Kansas City, Chicago to Stornoway. He features strongly in the German TV harmonica documentary Imagination is Limitless and is mentioned in three books on the instrument - The Encyclopaedia of the Harmonica by Peter Krampert, Harmonicas for Dummies by Winslow Yerxa and Die Mundharmonica by Cristoph Wagner .

Donald has thus far been the only Scot to be invited to perform at S.P.A.H. (the annual convention of the Society of the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica) held in the U.S.A. He has also twice guested at the U.K. National Harmonica League annual convention held in Bristol, England.
The album free-hand calligraphy on cover by Donald Black.

This super album is a labour of love by a true Highland gentleman.
Tour Dates:
  • 18th May - CD Launch - College Of Piping,Otago Street Glasgow
  • 21st July - Braemar Community Hall
  • 22nd July - Burnett Arms Hotel, Banchory
  • 26th July - Kilmuir Hall, Isle of Skye
  • 27th July - Leverburgh Community Hall, Isle of Harris
  • 28th July - Woodlands Centre, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
  • 29th July - Taigh Dhonnchaidh Arts Centre, Ness, Isle of Lewis
  • 25th August - Strathnaver Village Hall, Sutherland
  • 26th August -  Brora Village Hall, Sutherland
  • 25th November - West End Hotel, Fort William

Battle Of The Folk Bands
set for TradFest 2017 on Sunday 7th May
The finalists for Battle of the Folk Bands have been announced and reported by Hands up for Trad.

With impressive entries from 24 collectives, competition was tough so the final five promise an exciting and enticing evening of entertainment when they take to the stage on Sun 7 May as part of the finale for Edinburgh's TradFest.

The bands are as follows:

Since triumphantly bursting on to the folk scene at Celtic Connections 2015, Dosca – an energetic five piece ensemble of bagpipes, flute, guitar, bass and drums – are quickly making a name for themselves among some of Scotland's finest folk acts.

With influences from Scottish and Irish folk, as well as a hint of jazz, the band’s self-titled debut EP was launched in 2015, leading them on to a number of prominent appearances throughout Scotland and further afield – including the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, Piping Live! in Glasgow, and a return to Celtic Connections in 2016.

"Dosca are taking the party up a few notches!" (Folk Radio UK)

A traditional music trio featuring Ailis Sutherland (pipes/whistles), Ilona Kennedy (fiddle) and Kaitlin Ross (guitar/vocals) playing tunes in the Scottish and Irish idiom as well as Gaelic songs.

Ilona and Kaitlin, former pupils of Plockton Music School and Ailis, a former World Pipe Band Champion are all currently studying at UHI, Western Isles for a BA in Applied Music.

The trio has made appearances at Piping Live! and Celtic Connections. Having previously given performances under the working title of Ailis, Ilona and Kaitlin, the band takes its name from the beautiful and enigmatic hill in South Uist and are looking forward to releasing their debut EP.

A BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award 2015 Semi-Finalist, Iona Fyfe matched her fine voice with an equally fine band to release the début EP, East, in summer 2016 which celebrates the rich balladry of Aberdeenshire, paying homage to the tradition bearers but bringing a distinctly contemporary edge.

Along with Iona on vocals, piano and shruti box; the band are Luc McNally (guitar and vocals), Charlie Grey (fiddle, tenor guitar) and Callum Cronin (double bass).

"A testament to the strength, endurance and adaptability of the tradition." (FolkWords)

This fresh collective of five have recently set themselves up as a new band based in Glasgow. With strong roots in Scottish and Irish folk music they create their own compositions, showcase new tunes by contemporary composers and highlight traditional tunes in the mix as well. They aim to create upbeat music that's fun to play and a little bit different to anyone else.

Kevin Murphy (piano accordion), Ryan Young (fiddle), Tina Jordan Rees (piano), Charlie Galloway (guitar), John Lowrie (drums).

A newly formed six-piece trad band of students currently studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with diverse backgrounds drawing influences from Scotland, England, Ireland and the Isle of Man.

All currently in their first year at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, they began playing together through informal freshers week sessions in September, and instantly clicked through their shared love of traditional music.

Their combination of melodies from Newcastle accordionist Michael Biggins, Sligo flautist Tiernan Courell, Manx fiddler Isla Callister, Lewis singer Mairi Maclennan and versatile accompaniment of fellow Scots Rory Matheson (piano) and Craig Baxter (bodhran) produce a powerful, driven and energetic sound that contrasts from fast jigs and reels to captivating Gaelic song.

Simon Thoumire, Creative Director of Hands Up for Trad says:  “Although folk band competitions are not new this is the first time Hands Up for Trad have run Battle of the Folk Bands and we are very excited to make it about it! The idea is to encourage new bands to form and try new ideas and have a creative time whilst benefiting the scene at the same time!”

The prizes are: performances at Celtic Connections, TradFest 2018, Skye Festival and a days recording at Caribou recordings (Scottish Borders).

Good Luck to all the finalists...


The Argyll Gathering Festival is a brand new event on the Scottish cultural calendar.  Headliners for the new festival include Donnie Munro, Red Hot Chilli Pipers and Treacherous Orchestra

The Argyll Gathering will be a celebration of all things Scotland, from music to local food and drink, showcasing the best of arts and culture as well as drawing attention to the community that makes Scotland such a special place for creativity.  Fans of contemporary Scottish trad music take note!

Acts that have been confirmed to perform so far include Runrig's Donnie Munro, the always entertaining Red Hot Chilli Pipers and Scottish supergroup Treacherous Orchestra, who will all take on headlining duties. Bwani Junction will also be making an appearance, performing Paul Simon's Graceland, along with Elephant Sessions, Manran, Federation of the Disco Pimp, Jarlath Henderson Band, Blue Rose Code, Daimh, Fat-Suit, Pronto Mama and finally Nae Plans (Adam Sutherland and Hamish Napier).

"The one thing that I always wanted my hometown to have was a spectacular event that focussed on bringing people together to listen to great music, have a dram and really enjoy themselves as a community of people! We believe that an event such as this should enhance its home turf, and really bring something to the table. That could be a great music line up that speaks to its patrons, showcasing the gorgeous larder of Scotland, or exposing people to the rich creative culture that exists all around us." - Festival organiser James Windebank.


14th to 16th July 2017 - Don't miss this island adventure!

2017 Musician Of The Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
Tour Dates:
  • 24th April – Stockton Folk Club, Stockton on Tees (solo)
  • 29th April – The Ropewalk @ Ropery Hall, Barton upon Humber (solo)
  • 2nd June – The Ceilidh Place, Ullapool (trio)
  • 3rd June – Eden Court, Inverness (band)
  • 6th June – Chapel Arts Centre, Bath (trio)
  • 7th June – West End Centre, Aldershot (band)
  • 8th June – South Street Arts Centre, Reading (band)
  • 9th June – The Forge @ The Anvil, Basingstoke (trio)
  • 11th June – Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Pitlochry (trio)
  • 12th June – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh (band)
  • 13th June – Drygate, Glasgow (band)
  • 27th June – St David’s Hall, Cardiff (band)

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