Inverness Taxis takes a gander at the impending party in the park that is The Gathering festival.
Festival season is back and just in time for the start of the good weather (fingers crossed).
Following two sold-out festivals back-to-back, The Gathering will make its third return to the Northern Meeting Park in Inverness. The Gathering’s raison d’etreis simple – celebrate the very best music, culture, food and drink from across the Highlands and Scotland. Doesn’t that sound just swell as an Inverness event?
But what can we expect from this one-day festival in the Highlands? Inverness Taxis takes a wee gander and the city centre shindig taking place on the 28th of May.
Twice winners of Scotland’s Traditional Music ‘Live Act of the Year’, Skerryvore have been on a wild ride as they emerge from the remote Isle of Tiree to now having international tours all over the globe under their belt. Skerryvore offers a unique sound that is a fusion of folk, trad, rock and Americana. The group say it represents all the different personalities of their eight band members who were brought up in every corner of Scotland. Expect some tow-tappers outta this lot!
The Elephant Sessions
Winners of the BBC Scots Trad Music Awards ‘Album of the Year’ 2017 and ‘Live Act of the Year’ 2018, the Highland’s own Elephant Sessions return to the Northern Meeting Park for a Black Isle Blonde and a boogie. Creating a progressive blend of intricate tunes, engulfing guitars, with a bass and drum-heavy backline, their music combines the very best of trad, funk and electronica resulting in a new and intriguing sound.
Scottish folk band Capercaillie have long been held in high regard on the trad scene. They’ve been on the go with different lineups since the mid-80s, but they have never lost their deep connection to their Celtic sound. Their sets include both traditional Gaelic songs and tunes, as well as modern English-language numbers. Their sound is inescapably Scottish and they certainly know how to draw a crowd.
Other acts to be enjoyed on the day include the Isle of Skye’s multi-award-winning Peatbog Faeries and the iconic and uber-respected Scottish supergroup Manran.
Local favourites Torridon will be supplying their usual energetic live performance to the sound of the might pipes.
Heron Valley makes their Gathering debut and are joined on the bill by neo-trad trio Project Smok. Their nonconformist and progressive Scottish traditional music set them apart from many of the more conventional acts on the scene, so they a definitely worth a look.
The relentlessly energetic, vibrant six-piece Heisk will be bringing the party no doubt and will be well worth stocking up on liquid before you get dancing to them!
The Gathering 2022 will also see a performance by the City of Inverness Youth Pipe Band, which will no doubt get the crowd all riled up to the sound of the pipes, and 2021 MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards winner Calum MacPhail!
Along with a whole of host food and drink providers Highland to keep you in fine form!
Bad Girl Bakery, Carters Fish & Chips, Deeside Soft Fruit, G&M Whyte, Highland Hog roasts, Miele’s Gelateria, Perk Coffee & Doughnuts, The Redshank, Woodburns Street Food
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