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Headline band announced for Portsoy boat festival

By Kyle Ritchie

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Organisers of the annual Scottish Traditional Boat Festival in Portsoy have announced award winning Scottish celtic rock group Skerryvore will headline next year’s event.

Twice winners of Scotland’s Traditional Music Live Act of the Year Award, in 2011 and 2016, the band will headline the Friday Night Gig at the Wally Green on June 19.

Made up of eight members from regions across Scotland, Skerryvore represents the best in contemporary Scottish traditional music through their unique fusion of folk, trad, rock and Americana.

Scottish celtic rock group Skerryvore will headline next year’s Scottish Traditional Boat Festival.
Scottish celtic rock group Skerryvore will headline next year’s Scottish Traditional Boat Festival.

With a growing fanbase worldwide, they have achieved global success which has taken them from the remote island of Tiree to international tours across Europe, America, Canada and China.

Celebrating their 15th anniversary in 2020, the band has recently released their widely acclaimed sixth studio album titled EVO, comprising a mix of high energy tunes and songs.

Looking ahead to the gig, Skerryvore’s drummer, Fraser West, said “We’re really looking forward to playing in Portsoy next summer.

"We have been in the north-east before, but never in Portsoy, so we’re looking forward to the visit and hope to see some of the festival, as we’ve heard lots about it.”

Supporting the band will be Scottish singer and songwriter, Cody Feechan, whose music is best described as alternative rock with a touch of pop.

Feechan is an unsigned artist who released her debut single Manhattan Sky back in November 2018, followed by many songs since.

She has played numerous festivals and has also supported acts including winner of The Voice 2015, Stevie McCrorie, The Amazons, Tom Hingley and Scottish folk legend Dick Gaughan.

Sponsored by Urquhart Joinery Services, the gig is expected to attract a large audience of fans from across the north-east and beyond.

Tickets are limited and are on sale now at www.stbfportsoy.org

One of the most popular events in Scotland’s tourism calendar, the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival attracts thousands of people to Portsoy every year.

The next festival takes place on June 20 and 21, when it will showcase the best in Scotland’s maritime, crafts, food, drink, music and dance.

In 2020, Scotland celebrates its coasts and waters with a year long programme of events and activities which will shine a spotlight on these vital elements of the landscape.

The Scottish Traditional Boat Festival has been selected as one of the organisations to be supported by the Year of Coasts and Waters 2020 events fund, managed by EventScotland.

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