You & I, and Millions of BBC Radio 2 Listeners

Anyone with even the vaguest familiarity with Folk and Celtic music will know that it gets little mainstream airplay, with the possible exception of Kate Rusby and Bellowhead, along with one or two other festival headliner artists, The Proclaimers and Barbara Dickson for instance.

Being included in the Radio 2 playlist for four consecutive weeks is therefore a giant step for the popular Isle of Tiree band Skerryvore, whose single “You & I” is currently getting some well-earned play on such daytime shows as Ken Bruce, Steve Wright and Jeremy Vine who have commented, “I love this! What a fresh, new sound!” and “We love Skerryvore”.

Not only has “You & I” managed to achieve 4 consecutive weeks on the official playlist, it was recently moved from the C List up to the B list such was the demand and positive feedback around the song.

Lead singer Alec Dalglish says: “It’s a dream come true to have “You & I” played across BBC Radio 2 and to hear DJs like Ken Bruce and Jeremy Vine talk about how much they’re enjoying our music. We’re so pleased to have their support and to see more people than ever before discover the band. “You & I” has the classic Skerryvore sound to it but, as always, we’ve tried to push ourselves forward in certain ways. The song was written to be a big, festival headline, end-of-the-night jump around and hopefully people can do that at home until we can play for them live.”

Formed by brothers Daniel Gillespie (accordion) and Martin Gillespie (pipes, whistles and accordion) along with Fraser West (drums) and Dalglish (guitar and vocals) on Tiree in 2005, Skerryvore’s line-up also features Craig Espie (fiddle) and Jodie Bremaneson (bass), Scott Wood (pipes and whistles) and Alan Scobie (keyboards).

The single was recorded over three days in August at Wood’s Oak Ridge Studio in Glasgow, with the eight-strong group unable to come together to play the track all at once. It was mastered by Robin Schmidt of 24-96 Mastering, who has worked with artists including Lewis Capaldi, Sam Fender, and The 1975.

As well as releasing “You & I” during lockdown, Skerryvore released 2 charity singles – “Everyday Heroes” for NHS charities, which went to #1 in Scotland, and “Happy Christmas (War is Over)”, featuring the Cash for Kids Choir’ for Clyde Cash for Kids.

They’ve also had 2 hugely successful Live Stream broadcasts, the most recent on New Year’s Day watched by over 7000 people across 20 countries, with a third already in the planning.  Although not a replacement for live touring, it’s allowed the band to stay connected with their fans.