With an album called Decade it's a safe bet it's going to do what it says on the cover and celebrate 10 years of Skerryvore leaving the remote island of Tiree and machine gunning Scottish music into audiences psyches.
|Skerryvore who are marking 10 years of making music|
There is a great deal of live music caught on this disc but there are also new studio tracks so you can't accuse them of just rehashing the stuff they know goes down well.
If you didn't know after 10 years, Skerry are Alec Dalglish, Martin and Daniel Gillespie, Craig Espie, Fraser West, Jodie Bremaneson and Alan Scobie.
As you would imagine they wanted to catch listeners attention on the first track and they do this with Rox Revival which is one of four on the album recorded live at Celtic Connections. They build the tension with the electrics first, then U2-like the guitar comes in like a train and gets the crowd in on the act. The continuing intro very much reminds of Dire Straits' Money For Nothing except where you have Mark Knopfler's guitar Skerry come on with M Gillespie's bagpipes. This collection shows how Skerry have grown, lasted and become a highly respected part of the Celtic music scene. When you listen to tracks such as Walk With Me you get a sense of the vibrancy and enthusiasm with which Skerry perform.
The immensely talented Sharon Shannon joins Skerry for Happy To Be Home. Dalglish wrote this with Shannon's accordion playing style in mind and it actually evolved from three songs he had put together. It goes without saying you can tell Shannon is there, her lively performance really lifts the ballad and gives it a definite vitality. Crooked has got what is close to an African beat to bring it in but like so many of their tracks Skerry stamp the tartan all over it with M Gillespie's machine-gun pipe playing, the man must have lungs like a hippo. Rocket To The Moon is the first of a pair from
|The new album Decade|
Decade is out now on Tyree Records.