Every year since 1998, musicians from around the world have journeyed to Knockengorroch to perform against the stunning backdrop of the Carsphairn hills in the South West of Scotland; celebrating, showcasing and sharing their unique sounds. 2016’s line up sees a diverse and rich pool of talent native to Scotland set to play alongside their transcontinental contemporaries. Here we take a look at some of the homegrown talent you can catch at the World Ceilidh this year.
Skerryvore are a powerhouse of Celtic–Rock, formed on the tiny island of Tiree off the west coast of Scotland back in 2004. Brothers Daniel and Martin Gillespie joined forces with Fraser West and Alec Dalgeish to create a musical fusion which has been celebrated and acclaimed internationally.
Their earlier work featured a strong Celtic influence which remains present through to the music they produce today. Following the release of their first album West Coast Life in 2005, fiddler Craig Espie and bassist Barry Caulfield were added to the lineup, providing the band with a richer sound for their next records. Their self-titled third album brought the band to worldwide attention, earning them the Scottish New Music Awards Album of the Year in 2011.
Their fourth album World Of Chances saw their traditional style fused with a range of world music, from Country to Cajun to Jazz and Rock.
You can catch Skerryvore on Friday at the Bo Airigh stage.
Niteworks are the masters of blending techno and house seamlessly with traditional Gaelic song. The quartet, formed in 2008 on the Isle of Skye, is fronted by Innes Strachan on vocals and keyboard with Alan MacDonald on bagpipes, Christopher Nicolson on bass and Ruairidh Graham on drums.
2001’s Obair Oidhche brought the band to international attention for their distinctive sound and 2015’s hotly anticipated NW took influence from the band’s roots and upbringing on Skye. Last year saw the band’s unique sound pulsate through multiple sold out shows in Glasgow while providing exhilarating performances at festivals across Scotland.
What do you get if you fuse the musical styles of psychedelia and Gaelic? The two unlikely bedfellows turn out to be a musical match made in heaven, realised by Edinburgh natives Awry. The PSYCHEGAELIC CÈILIDH phenomenon is coming to Knockengorroch again this year – and we hope you’re ready!
With the band citing influences such as electronic rave stalwarts The Prodigy in the same breath as the late Celtic-fusion Scots musician Martyn Bennet, expect a unique and unforgettable performance of original music fusing traditional acoustic instruments with powerful electric soundscapes and the Gaelic language.
Tickets are available: www.knockengorroch.org.uk/tickets