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Riding an emotional wave

Skipinnish on stage

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hree years ago Caledonian MacBrayne teamed up with Skipinnish, one of Scotland’s leading traditional music bands, to write a song that summed up the ferry company’s relationship with the communities of Scotland’s west coast. The result was ‘Home on the sea’, a heart-tugging piece of contemporary Celtic music which, combined with a highly creative video, evoked images of romantic islands, scenic sea journeys and a sense of longing for

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the Highlands and islands.

joined forces.

Now there is a new version - this time in Gaelic as Skipinnish has re-recorded the hauntingly beautiful song for their latest album ‘Steer by the Stars’.

Hit after hit of self-penned songs and a strong mix of powerful bagpipe, fiddle and accordion led tune sets has attracted a growing fan base as the band regularly sell out some of the biggest venues in the country.  

As they celebrate their 20th anniversary Skipinnish is riding an ever-growing wave of popularity. The last two years have been the biggest for the band since they began in 1999 when co-founders Andrew Stevenson and Angus MacPhail

“Re-writing and re-recording a version of Home on the Sea in Gaelic was a natural progression for this song. Gaelic is at the heart of the Hebrides where the Calmac ferries ply and it is fitting to sing of this

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Scotland Correspondent Issue 30  

THE magazine for lovers of all things Scottish. Great stories and pictures covering history, heritage, lifestyle, travel and much more. In...

Scotland Correspondent Issue 30  

THE magazine for lovers of all things Scottish. Great stories and pictures covering history, heritage, lifestyle, travel and much more. In...