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Trad artist Calum MacPhail set to support Celtic rockers Skipinnish at special 25th anniversary Inverness date

By Alasdair Fraser

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Calum MacPhail, accordionist and vocalist, at Eden Court Theatre in Inverness
Calum MacPhail, accordionist and vocalist, at Eden Court Theatre in Inverness

An up-and-coming accordionist and singer from Inverness is set to support award-winning Celtic rockers Skipinnish in his home city this summer.

Calum MacPhail is the first support artist named to join the celebrations as the hit traditional Scottish band celebrated their 25th anniversary.

MacPhail is already a well-known face among Inverness locals, having played the pub scene in the Highland capital for the last few years.

His love for traditional trad music and country pop chimes throughout his latest album At Last, which was released back in April last year.

Oh My Darlin’, which featured on the album, charted on the iTunes Country Charts, solidifying MacPhail’s status as a promising figure within Scotland’s thriving music scene.

Most recently, back in March, Calum sold out two headline shows at Eden Court Theatre in Inverness.

Flyer for Skipinnish's 25th anniversary concert.
Flyer for Skipinnish's 25th anniversary concert.

Carlie Davidson of LCC Live, organisers of Live in the City, said: “We’re so excited to have Calum MacPhail on the line-up for Skipinnish’s 25th Anniversary show.

“Calum is an up and coming local star, so we can’t wait to see his performance in July.”

Skipinnish announced in September plans to commemorate the two-and-a-half decades since they formed with an Inverness show at the Bught Park on July 6..

They sold out at the same venue in 2022.

Tickets for Skipinnish ‘The 25th Anniversary Concert’ are on sale now from ticketline.co.uk and from Cafferys Menswear in Eastgate Shopping Centre, Inverness.

Skipinnish were co-founded in 1999 by Angus MacPhail from Tiree and Lochaber musician Andrew Stevenson.

The band has evolved over the years into the current line-up – Angus MacPhail (accordion); Andrew Stevenson (bagpipes); Norrie MacIver (lead singer); Rory Grindlay (drums); Charlotte Printer (bass); Alistair Iain Paterson (piano) and Archie McAllister (fiddle).

Steer By The Stars, the band’s eighth album, was released in 2019 reaching number four in the UK download chart.

Skipinnish anthem Walking on the Waves was used in 2022 by the Edinburgh Military Tattoo and broadcast to over 100 million people worldwide.

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