Award winning act opens music festival

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THE Montrose Music Festival committee members are thrilled to announce that an award winning Scottish act will be opening the Montrose Music Festival in the Town Hall on Friday, May 27.

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 for the 21st Century.

Skerryvore formed in 2005 on the Isle of Tiree in Scotland’s Inner Hebrides. From traditional roots the band have 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. With their outstanding musicianship and the mesmerising voice of singer Alec Dalglish, Skerryvore have become an international sensation, performing worldwide in cities such as Chicago, Beijing, Shanghai, Amsterdam, Brussels, Milan, Prague, Dubai, as well as performances at premier festivals such as T in the Park and Celtic Connections.

The band’s highly anticipated third album, ‘Skerryvore’, was released in July 2010, receiving sensational reviews from respected media and accompanied by a sell-out tour throughout the UK. This has seen the band achieve album sales of over 20,000 whilst also being awarded album of the month on the BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Celtic Connections’ International Broadcast and the band being nominated for ‘Live Act of the Year’ at the Scots Trad Music Awards.

The band have a busy year ahead as they feature in the international Visit Scotland promotional advert, as well as worldwide performances including festival appearances at Festival Interceltique de Lorient, Scotland Week & Tartan Day Parade NYC, Milwaukee Irish Fest and The Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival.

As an opener to the Montrose Music Festival, Skerryvore will set an exciting tone for the rest of the weekend. Tickets (priced at £15.00) will be available from www.ticketweb.co.uk and at local outlets (please see the MMF website for up-to-date information – www.montrosemusicfestival.co.uk). The festival is in the final planning stages with many free gigs in place across multiple venues in Montrose which will cater for a wide variety of musical tastes.

Further details in the run-up to the festival will give audiences lots more information so that people can make plans for the whole weekend.

A spokeswoman said: “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!”