The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing Saturday 19 May is from Trail West with their album “One That Got Away”. Tune in from 12 noon and 12 midnight today (Saturday) and 6.00pm on Monday 20 May to hear Danny Matheson talking with Trail West about their debut CD One That Got Away.
Trail West were formed on the Isle of Tiree in 2008 by founding members Ian Smith (accordion/vocals) and Andrew Findlater (drums/vocals). The band has since added further Hebridean fire power with multi-instrumentalist Seonaidh MacIntyre (whistles/bagpipes/tromb/vocals) from South Uist and fellow Tirisdeach Alain Campbell (guitar/bagpipes/vocals) to create a blistering sound that presents an exciting twist on the traditional ‘west coast’ ceilidh band style.
Since forming in 2008, Trail West have been in high demand throughout the UK. The band’s line-up has changed considerably since their formation and has included local Tiree musicians Steven Cameron, Colin MacKinnon, Sophie Isaacson and John Campbell.
Despite the change of line-up, Trail West have strived to maintain their original sound and are often accompanied by guest artists such as singer Kenny Pearson from Oban and musician “Wee” Ewen Henderson from Strontian (accordion/bagpipes) who play in a similar style to the ‘original’ Trail West, nevertheless enhance the band’s sound.
To date, Trail West have completed three tours of the West of Scotland, performing in places such as the isles of Barra, Mull, Islay and on Lewis in Stornoway and at festivals such as the Mull Music Festival, the first ever Tiree Music Festival and Barrafest, enthralling audiences with their entertaining style of west coast music.
Their progress was rewarded when the band were nominated for the ‘Scottish Dance Band of the Year’ category at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards 2010.
Last year, the band performed for the first time at various venues and events throughout Scotland including performances at the Perth Festival of the Arts, Westfest, the Cowal Ceilidh Tent at the Royal National Mod as well as return visits to Sonafest, TMF and the Mull Music Festival!
Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week, Saturday 18 May 12 noon and 12 midnight and Monday 20 May 6.00pm and Catch Up anytime.