Deserved star status

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After more than 40 years in newspapers, I’ve met my fair share of movers and shakers and so-called ‘stars’ from the world of music and entertainment.

You’d be forgiven for thinking, in fact, that I might be something of a cynic when it comes to the cult of celebrity.

I am a bit of a cynic, yet I find myself thrilled over the ongoing success of the Skerryvore boys, whose new single, Together Again, I have just heard on Ken Bruce’s BBC Radio 2 show.

It’s an excellent song – I’d expect no less from Skerryvore – and it’s a fitting follow-up release to their massive hit of last year, entitled You & I, which introduced the Tiree band to a vastly wider world than their principal and traditional stamping ground in the Highlands and Islands.

Many readers will know that Skerryvore brothers Martin and Daniel Gillespie are also the guys behind the absolutely wonderful Oban Live two-day music festival which was in its embryonic years and held each June until the pandemic put paid to it, temporarily, I hope fervently.

I’ve met Martin and Daniel and lead singer Alec Dalglish a few times, heard them live on a number of occasions and interviewed them, including when they were patient enough to give me a video chat outside Aulay’s bar for The Oban Times’ website.

The point of this is that the Skerryvore boys are as down to earth as can be. They have enjoyed enduring popularity in their home territory for years now and that parochial success has been well-earned.

I’m delighted their brilliant blend of trad music with a rock/pop vibe – forgive me, guys, if that’s not the description you’d use yourselves – is now wowing a much wider audience.

Skerryvore are fantastic entertainers with a significant body of work that really deserves to be heard across a broader spectrum. I am chuffed to bits for them that they are at last winning national and international recognition.

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