Skipinnish start our year off with a bang!

One of Scotland’s favourite contemporary Celtic bands, Skipinnish, ended their year (and ours) with a bang in Galashiels!


At the very top of the music scene in Scotland, the band came to our Volunteer Hall in Galashiels on Friday 28 December at 20:00, in one of their final gigs of the year.


With a strong mix of powerful bagpipe, fiddle and accordion-led tune sets, Skipinnish encompass the very best of contemporary Celtic music. 2018 has been the biggest year for the band since they began in 1999 when co-founders Andrew Stevenson and Angus MacPhail joined forces. They have since been joined by drummer Rory Grindlay; piper Alasdair Murray; lead singer Norrie MacIver; Angus Tikka on bass; pianist and piper Alastair Iain Paterson; and Archie McAllister on Scottish fiddle.


The band was named Live Act of the Year at the Trad Music Awards in 2017: 2018 has seen sell-out gigs across the country including a ground-breaking show at the Usher Hall and a return to the famous Barrowland Ballroom in Glasgow. With 8 million Spotify streams and millions of YouTube hits under their collective belts, their appeal is widespread.


Before the gig, Skipinnish said: “We are really looking forward to playing in Galashiels. This is the first time we have played there and we are looking forward to a brilliant night!”


Hamish Moir, our Events and Programming Officer, said: “We were very excited to host Skipinnish at the Volunteer Hall. This hugely popular and inspiring band performed their best-loved hits as part of their Winter Tour, ending 2018 in style. Tickets were completely sold out!


“At Live Borders, we love to see our halls being used by great acts, for a high quality night of entertainment. There are a whole host of live music, comedy and family-friendly performances planned for 2019 and I recommend heading to the Live Borders’ website to check out the full schedule.”


Thanks for coming Skipinnish!

Check out the other great acts visiting the Scottish Borders in 2019 by looking at our Spring programme here. Tickets are available from or by calling 01750 725480.

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