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Skerryvore delivered a high-energy set at Mareel last night. Photo: Dale Smith

A HIGH-ENERGY return to Shetland for Skerryvore on their tenth anniversary tour saw the band greeted by an enthusiastic crowd of fans at Mareel on Friday night.

Their explosive high-octane folk got the crowd on their feet, even drawing the usual lurkers off the walls and onto the dance floor. Creating a deeper sound than during their folk festival visit due to the expanded seven-piece band, their 10 years of gigging shines out in their command of the stage.

Sister and brother Josie and James Smith, from Mid Yell, joining in the on-stage fun at Mareel. Photo: Dale Smith

Happy to be Home had rapturous audience participation and the crowd were certainly up for more. A first for Mareel was the two crowd surfers – a great effort from the two youngest and excitable fans.

Path to Home also kept the crowd moving whereas they swayed along to Alec Dalglish’s slow guitar solo in reverential and attentive silence, making their complete control of the crowd evident.

Skerryvore were ably supported by The Matthew Adam Band, whose velveteen tones worked through a set list of chilled out, laidback covers of Bon Iver, Newton Faulkner and Matthew and the Atlas, which he made his own, along with a couple of Matthew’s own songs.

An appreciative crowd called for an encore; we hope to see more of this young man and his evident talent. 

Cara Sandison