Days in the sun for Skerryvore ...

Skerryvore play Rothes Halls, Glenrothes this month
Skerryvore play Rothes Halls, Glenrothes this month

The last 12 months have been busy for Scottish band Skerryvore.

And things show no sign of quietening down any time soon.

The band are currently touring the country and come to Rothes Halls in Glenrothes on November 28.

Ahead of the date, singer Alec Dalgleish took time out to speak to the Press about the band’s tour to date and their latest album which was released earlier this year.

He said the tour so far has “been going great”.

He continued: “It’s kind of been bits and pieces over quite a long tour.

“We’re doing the last bit in Scotland then we were in Europe for a fair bit and were in the US before that.

“It’s great to have the album and getting to see the reaction and see how people like it.”

Since forming on the Isle of Tiree in 2005, the band have released five albums, with their latest, ‘Chasing the Sun’, being released earlier this autumn.

‘Chasing The Sun is inspired by sun-filled summers spent on Tiree that were the springboard for the band forming.

This album is the band’s first international collaboration with platinum award winning producer Chris Kress (The Dave Matthews Band) on ‘Blown Away’ and ‘By Your Side’.

So how does the latest album compare to the band’s other work?

“The sound of it is a bit more of a strong mix of instrumental and songs,” said Alec.

“Before this it was completely song based.

“Our best gauge (of fan reaction) is when we play it live and see it from the reaction of the crowd.”

And how are they feeling about coming to Glenrothes?

He continued: “We’re looking forward to it.

“I don’t think we’ve been there before and if we have we’ve not been often enough.

“It’s always good to get to different places and to get the new audiences.

“If we get some of our own fans who like our music and get a new crowd too that’s great.”

When the band first formed, Skerryvore consisted of Tiree-born brothers Daniel and Martin Gillespie who bonded with holidaymaker Fraser West and friend Alec over a shared love of music, covering everything from traditional to rock and jazz.

It was this mix of musical styles and sounds that set the path for the band’s debut album, ‘West Coast Life’.

The more they experimented with fusing the mix of styles, the more their signature sound evolved, aided by the arrival of Barry Caulfield and Craig Espie in time for their second album in 2007.

But it was with the release of their self-titled third album, ‘Skerryvore’, that the band found themselves catapulted into the musical limelight winning a string of prestigious awards, including SNMA Record of the Year 2011 and STMA Live Act of the Year 2011, and garnering much critical acclaim.

In June 2012 the band released what was at the time their most polished and radio-ready album to date.

‘World of Chances’ weaves together the band’s spine-tingling musical talents with Alec’s award winning songwriting abilities.

The band have performed in over 25 countries worldwide including, on several occasions, in USA, throughout Europe, the Middle East and China.

And Alec said the band’s recent tour of the States was a success.

He said: “It’s going really well.

“I think this was our fourth American tour and it’s bigger and better than last year.

“It’s difficult in America as you have to travel for miles but you’ve hardly travelled far (in terms of the size of the country).

“But we’re building a decent fan base out there.”

Closer to home, what can people expect from the gig on Friday? “We always try and get a good party atmosphere,” he said.

“We don’t want people to come and listen we want them to get involved and have a great night out and enjoy the fun with us.

“We do a lot from the new album mixed in with the older stuff. “It’s not a sit down and listen sort of gig.”

When not touring the different corners of the globe, the band, now with bassman Jodie Bremaneson, can still be found performing relentlessly, contributing to projects Mick MacNeil, Simple Minds by Live Music Now (LMN), The Royal Blind School, Artlink Central and HMP Cornton Vale as well as special needs schools throughout the UK.

They also featured in a recent VisitScotland TV commercial aimed at international audiences.

Having had such a busy year, what’s been the highlight for Alec and the band?

“I suppose when we got the final copy of the album in our hands,” Alec said.

“That was what the year’s been about.

“At that point hopefully it’s the way you want it to be.

“That’s what you’ve been working towards.”

So after this tour, what’s next for Skerryvore?

“We’ve always got plans,” he said.

“It’s going to be the 10th anniversary of Skerryvore next year.

“I can’t say too much, but we’ve got ideas in the pipeline to mark the occasion.

“As always we’ll probably be touring extensively throughout Europe, and perhaps a small tour in America.

“And we have ideas for other bits and pieces too.”

Skerryvore are at Rothes Halls on November 28.