The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing Saturday 12 July is the brand new solo album from Norrie ‘Tago’ MacInver called The Road Dance.
Norrie “Tago” MacIver comes from Carloway in the Isle of Lewis and is currently living in Glasgow after graduating from the RSAMD.
When he was 15, Norrie attended the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music, were he was taught by Blair Douglas and Jack Evans.
From 2005 to 2011 Norrie was the lead singer of Bodega who became Scottish Folk Band of the Year in 2009 and who also won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award in 2006.
He has played at festivals all over the country such as Celtic Connections and the Hebridean Celtic Festival and has toured extensively in Europe. Norrie has recorded albums with both Bodega and Na Seoid and has appeared as a guest musician on the latest Skipinnish, Julie Fowlis, Rachel Walker and Daimh albums.
In December 2011, Norrie was voted Gaelic singer of the Year at the MG Alba Scot Trad Music awards.
Norrie grew up with many different styles of music and he brings all those styles together in his band. The first song he wrote, “Latha Math” was a Gaelic country song and since then most of his songs have been written in a country style with elements of Gaelic rock which, growing up with Runrig, you would expect. Singing in Gaelic and English with original songs and covers in country and folk, mean that his band will be very unique in the music scene!
Up to date, in July 2014 Norrie launched his debut album The Road Dance and where better to do so than his home festival – the Hebfest in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis.
Norrie MacIver’s solo album features some of the best musicians in the country, including Brian MacApline who co-produced the album with him. Norrie will be joined on stage by Alyn Cosker (drums) Ross Saunders (bass) Brian McAlpine (piano) Ben Holloway (Electric Guitar) Megan Henderson (fiddle) Nathon Jones (Dobro) and fellow Lewisman, James MacKenzie (pipes/whistles).
Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week, Saturday 12 July at 12 noon and 12 midnight and on Monday 14 July at 7.00pm.