Having never heard of this band prior to Celtic Connections, I was pleasantly surprised how good they were.
Goitse (pronounced Go-itch- a) are a vibrant five piece from Ireland consisting of Aine Mc Geeney (fiddle and vocals), Colm Phelan (bodhran), James Harvey (banjo), Tadhg Ó
Meachair (accordion) and Conal O’Kane (guitar). They play traditional Irish tunes arranged in their own energetic way. They produce a very unique sound which is both very entertaining and unique.
Their interpretation of traditional music is imaginative and is performed to the very highest standards. This group knows how to entertain an audience and you could not fail to dance along to their catchy tunes.
Skerryvore returned to what has become their spiritual home in front of a packed crowd. The venue where the band launched their last two albums was packed to the gunnels with an expectant fan base. These guys did not disappoint!
Right from the outset Skerryvore had the crowd cheering and dancing. Fraser West on drums and Craig Espie on fiddle started the music and built up the atmosphere which erupted in a cacophony of nois
e when the rest of the band members took to the stage. The noise did not abate until long after the band had left the stage at the end of another raucous night of tremendous music.
These guys have totally evolved since I first saw them on the same stage as supporting artists to Skippinish some four years ago. They have gone from an extremely lively ceildh band to a full on celtic rock band.
Still using traditional instruments including accordion, fiddle, whistles and bagpipes they tend to rely more now on guitar, bass guitar and keyboards.
Skerryvore are now
the complete package. From a fantastic light show to spectacular visual display projected onto a massive screen at the rear of the stage to outstanding musical performance.
They had the crowd rocking to the faster songs, swaying to the slower ones and jigging to the traditional Scottish tunes albeit beefed up a bit.
They also introuduced three special guests to their show, each one getting a louder cheer than the previous one. Firstly there was Manran front man Norrie MacIver, then former Red Hot Chilli Piper Stuart Cassells and then they finally introduced their former bass player Barry Caufield who got a very special welcome.
With the music they now play, Skerryvore are more appealing to a wider audience thus a very marketable group. They already have a very loyal fanbase which is ever increasing and will continue to do so with concerts like this one.
Review by Danny Matheson