My Edmonds News (MEN) has arranged an exclusive interview with Scotland’s Skerryvore Band in anticipation of their concert at Edmonds Center for the Arts on Wednesday, Aug. 23 at 7:30 p.m.
The group is named for the Skerryvore reef, which lies 12 miles off the west coast of Scotland.
Skerryvore’s music is described thusly by Ent24.com, “Blazing bagpipes, fiddle and accordions, electrically fused with funky rhythms and soul-gripping songs, Skerryvore [is] an award-winning Scottish band creating a ‘Trad-rock’ fusion for the 21st Century.”
Providing the score for the “Visit Scotland” ad campaign, Skerryvore is featured in this YouTube video performing their title track, Live Forever.
The band’s 2017 international tour began Aug.16, with eight U.S. concerts. Edmonds will be their sixth stop, after which they continue on to the Mad Gael Music Festival in Wisconsin.
Alec Dalglish responded to our interview request on behalf of the band. Alec excels in “guitar, vocals and a wee bit of mandolin,” according to his official bio page; admitting that his euphonium playing has dropped off as, “It’s hard to sing [and play euphonium] at the same time.”
So, readers, if you are settled in and ready, here’s what Alec Dalglish has to say about fame, Scottish food, foot-stomping, and Edmonds’ encores:
MEN: Will you have time to “see the town” while you’re in Edmonds (our charming downtown is only four step-lightly blocks from Edmonds Center for the Arts)?
Alec: Unfortunately we don’t often have enough time to explore some of the lively places we get to visit. We do try to wander around town if we arrive early enough before our sound check. Most often we end up seeing the town after the show by going out and enjoying a few beers or whiskies.
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MEN: When Edmonds residents visit Scotland, which menu item would you recommend we make it a point to try?
Alec: If you go to Scotland you really need to go to the west coast and try some fresh seafood, as we have some of the world’s best.
If you’re not watching the waistline then we recommend trying a scotch pie with beans (Heinz, but not quite like your beans).
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MEN: Who decides the sequence of your set list?
Alec: Before we start a tour we have rehearsals and all decide on a set list together. Sometimes depending on the gig we change it up slightly as we go.
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MEN: Will you bring CDs and posters with you to sign after your performance?
Alec: Yes! We have a full range of merchandise with us for the concert; including various CDs, baseball caps, trilby hats, posters, t-shirts, pins, and sunglasses.
One of the best parts of our job is getting to meet people, so we always come out to the lobby after the show to chat with people, have pictures taken and sign merchandise.
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MEN: What has being on Fame’s road taught you – whether in Scotland or any other country you’ve toured?
Alec: That being humble and gracious to people who are kind enough to come to shows, thus making your job possible, goes a long way in creating greater success in life.
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MEN: Will your encore be a rousing clap and cheer tune; or a sweet, lilting calling-one-home-to Scotland melody? [Edmonds is all about the encore!]
Alec: Our encore is always a rousing, energetic set. We like to party and love it when the audience is up for joining us.
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MEN: In the most general terms, what should Americans know about Scotland?
Alec: People should know that even though we’re only a tiny country of 5.2 million, we have been responsible for many of the world’s most important inventions including tarmac roads, the pedal bicycle, the pneumatic tyre, overhead valve engine, radar, hypnotism, modern economics, geology, the decimal point, the light bulb, criminal fingerprinting, the first cloned animal (Dolly, the sheep); Australian-rules football, golf, ice hockey, anesthesia, the syringe, typhoid vaccine, insulin, penicillin, beta blockers, television, the refrigerator, electric bread toaster, flushing toilets, the lawnmower, colour photography; The Bank of England, The New York Herald, Forbes Magazine, and Bewick Motor Company. Not bad considering how good the whisky is!
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MEN: What message would you like to send out to the United States from Scotland?
Alec: We’d like to let people know that we love getting to tour in your country. It’s one of the friendliest and most welcoming countries we visit. It’s always a real highlight of our year.
Tickets to see Skerryvore at Edmonds Center for the Arts on Wednesday, Aug. 23 are available by calling the ECA at 425-275-9595 or proceeding to this ticket link.