Friday night headliners Skipinnish, who hail from Tiree, have been playing sold out festivals throughout 2016 and 2017 on the back of three successive UK download chart appearances that even overtook Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran! So here is an amazing opportunity to see this solid six piece band rock the crowd with their festival favourites sung by former Manran front man Norrie MacIver in the shadow of the iconic Inveraray Castle.
Heron Valley (Friday)
Heron Valley are a young, energetic five piece band from Argyll who are not afraid to put their own touch on the west coast style, comprised of Alex Mackechnie (accordion, fiddle), Euan McNab (pipes, whistles, guitar), Arlene Mackechnie (piano), Nick Hamilton (drums) and Abigail Pryde (vocals, guitar). Heron Valley is the only band to have played all seven BOWFests climbing up the play list order each year to supporting this year's Friday headliners, Skipinnish.
This seven-piece band formed on the small Isle of Tiree in 2005 – voted Live Act of the Year in 2016 at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards – tour extensively in Scotland, Europe and the USA. All seven members bring their own musical style to the Skerryvore mix. The more they have experimented with this mix, the more the band and their signature sound has evolved. This is evident in the progression across the six albums released since 2005.
Blazin' Fiddles (Saturday)
With a Blazers performance comes the rare opportunity to hear the regional expressions, from Scotland’s Highlands and islands, and the individual style from each fiddler – Inverness’ Bruce MacGregor, Shetlander Jenna Reid, Nairn’s Rua Macmillan, and Orcadian Kristan Harvey – in a blend of ensemble and solo sets. Fiddles and bows come alight atop guitar and piano from Anna Massie and Angus Lyon, delivering a musically intoxicating day.
Hunter and the Bear (Saturday)
Having shared the stage with Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, and Simple Minds, this young British band described as “current pioneers of a resurgence of rock and roll” are making a huge noise on the rock scene. Their highly anticipated debut album is set for release on May 12th and they'll be touring their thunderous live show extensively in the UK and Europe including #BOWFest2017. "The heroes British rock needs right now" The Huffington Post.
Eddi Reader (Sunday)
Eddi began her musical career busking and performing in folk clubs in Glasgow before heading for London where she quickly became a sought-after session vocalist. After touring the punk band Gang of Four and Annie Lennox’ The Eurythmics, it was a warmly-remembered but short lived Fairground Attraction that brought her to the attention of a wider audience. From the traditional to the contemporary, Eddi brings joyous life to all songs.
Tide Lines (Sunday)
Tide Lines are a four piece band influenced by the traditional music of the West Highlands and Islands, but whose highly eclectic sound is driven by acoustic and electric guitars, with drums and keyboards. Their first single, “Far Side of the World”, entered the UK download charts ahead of popular tracks by Coldplay and Beyonce as the band was launched on social media in June 2016. Tide Lines is fronted by former Skipinnish vocalist Robert Robertson.