Top Scottish act confirmed as festival headliner

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MONTROSE Town Hall will ring to the sounds of cutting edge folk rock later this month when top Scottish act Skerryvore open this year’s Montrose Music Festival.

The organising committee this week confirmed the award-winning band will headline the festival, which will run from Friday, May 27, to Sunday, May 29.

Formed in 2005 on the Isle of Tiree, Skerryvore combine soul-gripping songs, blazing bagpipes, fiddles and accordions electrically fused with the urban sounds of rock and funk creating a “nu-folk-rock” fusion.

From its traditional roots the band has developed both in size and sound to create a unique fusion of their traditional music and songs with the urban sounds of rock and funk. They have become an international sensation, performing at venues worldwide including Chicago, Beijing, Shanghai, Amsterdam, Brussels, Milan, Prague and Dubai as well as at premier festivals such as T in the Park and Celtic Connections.

The band’s highly anticipated third album, ‘Skerryvore’, was released last July and received sensational reviews in the media. The launch was also accompanied by a sell-out UK tour.

Since then it has notched up more than 20,000 album sales and has been awarded album of the month on BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Celtic Connections’ International Broadcast. The band was also nominated for ‘Live Act of the Year’ at the Scots Trad Music Awards.

No strangers to the festival, with an appearance in last year, the band is fitting the gig into a busy schedule for this year as they feature in the international Visit Scotland promotional advert, as well as worldwide performances including appearances at Festival Interceltique de Lorient, Scotland Week and Tartan Day Parade NYC, Milwaukee Irish Fest and The Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival.

A festival spokeswoman said: “As an opener to the Montrose Music Festival, Skerryvore will set an exciting tone for the rest of the weekend.

“The festival is in the final planning stages with many free gigs in place across multiple venues in Montrose which will to cater for a wide variety of musical tastes.

“We are absolutely delighted that Skerryvore are opening the festival for us, and we know that they will get audiences dancing and in just the right mood for a weekend of fantastic music. We anticipate that tickets will go quickly, so make sure that you buy them soon.”

The performance will be held in the town hall on Friday, May 27, beginning at 7pm. Tickets, costing £15, are available from www.ticketweb.co.uk and at local outlets details for which can be found at www.montrosemusicfestival.co.uk