Skerryvore comes to the Boothbay Harbor Opera House

This is the band’s only New England show
Posted:  Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 9:45am

The band Skerryvore was hailed as “Six of the best musical ambassadors Scotland could ever have wished for… a living, breathing, 12 legged party waiting to happen, ” by the Falkirk Herald. This summer the band will make a rare U.S. appearance, with their their only New England show at the historic Opera House in Boothbay Harbor on Wednesday, Aug. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Skerryvore first formed on the tiny lsle of Tiree off Scotland’s west coast in 2005. Back then, the band consisted of Tiree-born brothers Daniel Gillespie (accordion) and Martin Gillespie (bagpipes, whistles & accordion) who bonded with holidaymaker Fraser West (drums & vocals) and friend Alec Dalglish (lead vocals & guitar) over a shared love of music: everything from traditional to rock to jazz. It was this mix of musical styles and sounds that set the path for the band’s 2005 debut album, ‘West Coast Life.’ The more the fledgling band experimented with fusing together this mix of musical styles, the more their signature sound evolved, aided by the arrival of Barry Caulfield (bass & vocals) and Craig Espie (fiddle) in time for their second album, ‘On The Road’, in 2007.

It was with the release of self-titled third album, ‘Skerryvore’, that the band found themselves catapulted into the musical limelight winning a string of prestigious awards, including the Scottish New Music Awards Record of the Year 2011 and STMA Live Act of the Year 2011.  In June 2012 they released what is undeniably their most polished and radio-ready album to date. ‘World of Chances’ weaves together the band’s spine-tingling musical talents with the award winning songwriting abilities of frontman Alec Dalglish (Frankie Miller Songwriter of the Year 2011). At times uplifting, at times reflective, the result is a brighter, breezier, feel good sound that looks set to broaden the band’s appeal even further. For more on the band, visit

“We are thrilled to be able to bring this young, Scots powerhouse band to our stage and help introduce them to an entirely new audience. While they have legions of fans in the UK, we know that not many will know them on this side of the Atlantic, but we hope our audience will take a chance on this rapidly emerging world-class talent,” says Cathy Sherrill, Executive Director of the Opera House.

Tickets for this show, made possible thanks to sponsorship support from The Lafayette Group of Hotels, are $25 in advance. Purchase tickets through the box office, in person at 86 Townsend Avenue, Boothbay Harbor or by phone: 633-5159.  Doors open at 7 p.m.


Event Date: 
Wed, 08/02/2017 - 7:30pm
86 Townsend Avenue
Boothbay Harbor  Maine  04538