Skipinnish: Celebrating 25 Years of Enthralling Music

    Skipinnish are a powerhouse of contemporary Scottish music and mark a remarkable voyage of 25 years in 2024. Emerging from the heart of the Scottish Highlands and Islands, the band has flourished into an iconic name in the Celtic music scene, enthralling audiences with their potent blend of traditional and modern sounds.

    Founded in 1999 by Angus MacPhail and Andrew Stevenson, Skipinnish’s roots are deeply entrenched in the rich musical traditions of Scotland. The band’s name, taken from the place where Angus grew up on the Island of Tiree, resonates with their strong connection to the land, sea and Gaelic culture. Over the years, the ensemble has expanded, welcoming talented musicians who have added vibrant layers to their sound, blending  voice, bagpipes, accordions, fiddles, on a rhythmical foundation of Drums, Bass and Keyboards.

    Skipinnish's rise to prominence was marked by a string of successful albums and singles that showcased their unique sound and self-penned songs. Their music, often reflective of Highland  landscape and culture, resonated with fans globally, earning them numerous accolades. The band’s ability to evoke the spirit of Scotland in their music has been a cornerstone of their success.

    2024 is a monumental year for Skipinnish, as they celebrate their 25th anniversary with their two biggest ever shows. These events, set in iconic locations, are not just concerts but a culmination of years of musical journey and testimony to the band's enduring legacy. Fans can anticipate a magical blend of nostalgia and innovation, featuring classic hits and new compositions.

    The first show promises to be a spectacular Highland homecoming, set against a backdrop of breathtaking scenery at Bught Inverness on Saturday 6th July.

    The second, will see Skipinnish follow in the footsteps of some of the biggest names in music such as Rod Stewart, The Who, Kylie Minogue, Deacon Blue and Runrig, by playing Edinburgh Castle Esplanade to what will be a capacity crowd of over 8,500.

    This will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for Skipinnish fans.

    As Skipinnish steps into its 25th year, the band remains a beacon of Scottish music, continuing to inspire and entertain. Their anniversary concerts are a testament to their journey, a celebration of past achievements, a thank you to their fans and a look forward to the band's vibrant future.

    Meet The Band

    Find out a little bit about the band members below.
    Angus MacPhail

    Angus MacPhail

    Angus is from the Inner Hebridean Island of Tiree and along with Andrew Stevenson is a founder member of the band.  He began playing the accordion at the age of 9 under the tutelage of Gordon Connell whose generosity of time and skill has produced so many accordion players and subsequent bands with Tiree connections.

    Having studied at the RCS, and with a working background in commercial fishing, marine chartering and more recently the licensed trade, Angus has a varied professional life but music has been a constant thread throughout.

    So far, Angus has been the main composer in the band and has written or co-written all the original songs performed and recorded by Skipinnish.

    Although he has been writing for some time, it has only been in recent years that any of his songs have seen the light of day and they have been widely acclaimed, earning Angus a nomination for “Composer of the Year” at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards in 2017.

    Andrew Stevenson

    Andrew Stevenson

    Andrew’s family, have firm roots in Lochaber, which has given him a love and vast knowledge of local history.  Having also spent several seasons on the Achnacarry hills as a stalking ghillie, he has many interesting stories to tell!

    Having been involved in piping from a very young age, when he competed and performed, both as a soloist and the Lochaber School Pipe Band, Andrew’s style developed and grew throughout his study at the RCS. He adds an original raw sound and natural flair for Highland piping to the band, which brings the tune sets to life on the stage.

    Norrie MacIver

    Norrie MacIver

    Norrie "Tago" MacIver is a singer/songwriter from Carloway on the Isle of Lewis.

    Since a young age, Norrie has been touring all over the world and has appeared at many music festivals both in the UK and internationally, including highly celebrated events, such as The Tonder Festival, Celtic Colours, Heb Celt, Celtic Connections and the Glastonbury Festival. Norrie has also been involved with many line-up’s and was the lead singer of award winning bands Bodega and Manran.

    Norrie has had a distinguished recording career, performing often on television and radio, and appearing as a guest vocalist for bands, such as Julie Fowlis, and Daimh. In December 2011 Norrie was voted “Gaelic singer of the Year” at the MG Alba Scottish Traditional Music Awards.

    Norrie released his first solo album, “Danns an Rathaid,” on his own label in 2014, which boasts a line-up of some of Scotland’s finest musicians.

    In 2016, Norrie became the new lead singer of Skipinnish and is enjoying a great new chapter in his musical career with the band.

    Rory Grindlay

    Rory Grindlay

    Rory is a dynamic and energetic young player from West Calder, his passion for music and drumming is evident through his performances.

    Rory’s love of drumming began in Primary 7 when he joined a local pipe band playing snare drum. On going to high school he became more interested in the drum kit and become involved with the West Lothian Schools Big Band and West Lothian Schools Folk Group.

    Rory is influenced by many other musical styles with Trad being his first love.

    Charlotte Printer

    Charlotte Printer

    Charlotte’s love of music goes back to her early childhood where she could be found on the kitchen floor drumming on pots to Talking Heads. She soon picked up guitar, clarinet and bassoon at High School and went on to study music at Strathclyde University. Charlotte graduated with a BA in Applied Music, achieving The Alexander Stone award for excellence in her live Honours recital.

    Charlotte is a multi-instrumentalist with a well developed skill for bass guitar. Having recognised her passion for the instrument, she began to play with a wide variety of bands around Scotland. She has been gigging for the past 12 years all over the world, from a stage on Edinburgh Castle esplanade to the beaches of Mykonos, Greece.

    When she’s not playing bass with Skipinnish she can be found playing with many bands including 80’s pop legends Altered Images, Pronto Mama and synth-pop band Apache Darling. She also spends her spare time managing music industry events around the UK or googling images of kittens.

    Alistair Iain Paterson

    Alistair Iain Paterson

    Alistair is a piano player and piper from the village of Bishopton in Renfrewshire. He graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2013 with a BA Honours degree in Scottish Music, and was fortunate to be awarded the Martyn Bennett Memorial Scholarship in 2012 at the end of his third year of study. Alistair was also a finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2014.

    Since graduating, Alistair has been working full time as a freelance musician on a variety of performing, teaching, composing, arranging and recording projects. He is a founding member of the band Barluath, and has also performed and recorded with singer Robyn Stapleton and fiddler Patsy Reid.

    Last year he performed with Julie Fowlis at the National Commemorative Event to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme at the Thiepval Memorial in France.

    Other notable performances have taken Alistair around the world to countries including Germany, Denmark, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Canada, the USA and Brazil.

    Archie McAllister

    Archie McAllister

    Archie McAllister is known as one of the leading exponents of the Scottish fiddle. His fiery style and unmatched delivery of tunes have made him popular, both as a member of the many bands he has been involved with, as well as a solo performer in his own right.

    Archie has played in many line-ups, including The Jura Ceilidh Band and with long term accomplice Ross Kennedy, with whom he recorded three albums. he also released his own solo album, Fiddler's Rock, leading him to be nominated as "Best Instrumentalist" at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards in 2004.

    Archie continues to be in demand as a performer, most recently performing solo at prestigious events, such as the Neil Gow Fiddle Festival, and the Scots Fiddle Festival in Edinburgh, drawing rave review from critics, both in the Scotsman and the Times.

    As well as becoming a regular performer with Skipinnish, Archie has been teaming up with Rachel Walker on several occasions to perform support slots. He is certainly a welcome addition, and adds a touch of Campbeltown flair, and a rich fiddle sound to our gigs.