Review: Innerleithen Music Festival

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The 2015 Innerleithen Music Festival (IMF) proved to be a another great success.

On Friday night, singer Eddie Reader’s headlining concert was sold out, and on Saturday, supported by the Friel Sisters from Donegal, Highland and Island band Skipinnish went down an absolute storm.

Skipinnish, Voted Live Act of the Year at last year’s Scottish Traditional Music Awards, had the seated audience of the Memorial Hall up on their feet dancing, when the band expertly weaved their musical spell with an intoxicating blend of pipes, drums, guitar, piano and accordion. And the singing?

The vocals were absolutely superb, Skipinnish merging fast, upbeat, contemporary music with the most beautifully-crafted traditional songs. The ones in Gaelic seemed to soar to all corners of the hall to tug at the heart with their powerful, emotional delivery.

However, the banter between the sets was highly entertaining, so all too soon the end of the concert had arrived. For their last number, many of the crowd stood to join Skipinnish in a rousing version of Will Ye Go Lassie Go. Having proved a tremendous hit, Skipinnish left the Innerleithen audience calling out for more.