Skerryvore will present contemporary Scottish traditional music, with a mix of fiddle, accordions, pipes and whistles.
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Scottish music will fill the air the evening of Friday, Oct. 7, as the Macey Center hosts Skerryvore, hailed “the most promising young band from Scotland today.”

Skerryvore will present contemporary Scottish traditional music, with a mix of fiddle, accordions, pipes and whistles, alongside guitar and vocals, underpinned by driving bass, drums and keys. They have twice won national awards. A pre-show social hour featuring “Isle Fare”— traditional Scottish food and cocktail/mocktail specials — will be conducted from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, which shut down the band’s touring and performing calendar for most of 2020 and well into 2021, Skerryvore explored and developed alternative performance possibilities including live streaming and virtual performances. The band’s single, ‘Everyday Heroes,’ recorded from home and aided by a variety of musicians from across the country, reached No. 1 in the official Scottish charts and has raised several thousands of pounds for National Health Service (NHS) staff charities.

Skerryvore’s “Together Again” international tour, which is named after a track released by the band in July 2021, celebrates “our returning ability to be with our families, friends and communities after so many months of hardship.” The band is bringing the show to Socorro for an evening full of exciting music enhanced by the joy of being able to share it, once again, together.

“We are very excited to host Skerryvore in Socorro and they have told us they are excited to visit New Mexico for the first time,” Ronna Kalish, New Mexico Tech Performing Arts director, said. “Their six studio albums demonstrate a wide range of influences the individual musicians bring to the mix – a unique fusion of folk, trad, rock and Americana, and even a bit of jazz.”

Local sponsors of this concert are Association of Universities, Inc. with the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, NM Tech’s Graduate Student Association, New Mexico Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, and central NM’s public radio station KUNM-FM.

Ticket information for Skerryvore and the Isle Fare social hour is available on the New Mexico Tech Performing Arts Series (PAS) website at: nmt.edu/pas.