Festival Ceilidh - Skipinnish
Tickets will also be available on the door on the night
Saturday 19th May 2012
Perth Concert Hall, 20:00
This event was part of the 2012 Festival Programme.
Finish time 11pm
If 6 people wish to sit together you can reserve a table.
Angus MacPhail (accordion), Andrew Stevenson (bagpipes, small-pipes, flute)
The band "Skipinnish" was formed in early 1999 when accordionist Angus MacPhail from Tiree and piper Andrew Stevenson from Achnacarry joined musical forces. At the time, they were both studying in their first year at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and having played together at various impromptu sessions, they realized that both their musical styles and their outlook on Traditional Music were very similar.
After the formation of "Skipinnish", their popularity snowballed, and they very soon became in demand for festivals, concerts, dances, weddings and many other events throughout the U.K. and abroad. Since their beginnings they have consistently delighted audiences at a huge number of performances in many diverse and sometimes dangerous locations! From the Marine Hotel in Mallaig, to the Hyundi Hotel in Ulsan South Korea - from the main auditorium of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall to Johnny Alec MacKay's kitchen in Torlum Benbecula - the list is endless, but everywhere Skipinnish have played audiences have been enthralled with their music.
In July 2001, "Skipinnish" released their debut C.D. This immediately proved extremely popular and gained considerable critical acclaim across a very broad range of listeners. The popularity of this recording and of their live performances increased Skipinnish's confidence in the marketing potential for their particular range of music. Accordingly, in early 2003 Skipinnish Records was born. The record company has continued to grow since 2003 and now has a wide range of well renowned musicians on the record label. Skipinnish’s most recent venture is The Skipinnish Ceilidh House in Oban; the opening night featured Skerryvore and Gunna Sound. The night was a huge success with the venue being filled to capacity. Gunna Sound will be recording their debut album with Skipinnish Records; this will be the 18th album on Skipinnish Record’s catalogue.
Since Angus and Andrew have begun working together, they have maintained their dedication to quality music, true to its roots in the Highland tradition. They do not self-consciously attempt to adapt and modernize Highland music to make it suit the ears of a non-Highland audience. No, these boys give their audience the real thing, and with both barrels! This approach is one of "Skipinnish's" trade marks, and one of the main reasons for their popularity - the connoisseur is refreshed by the authenticity of their music, while the uninitiated listener appreciates the honesty of it, and both groups, and everybody else in between who has heard "Skipinnish" are enthralled by the musical ability of these two tremendous musicians.
Concessions - Registered Disabled, Registered Unemployed, Students, Young Scotcard Holders and Children under 16 - £2 off published ticket prices excluding Nigel Kennedy, Berlin Symphony Orchestra and English Touring Opera.