Skipinnish have rocketed to the top of the Scottish music scene recently and their ascent is accelerating! Being named Live Act of the Year at the Scots Trad Awards, releasing four consecutive chart topping self-penned singles, a 3000 seat sell-out concert in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall that finished with a standing ovation, and a string of headline appearances at some of Britain’s biggest music festivals have been just some of the Highland band’s recent highlights.
Skipinnish consists of Angus MacPhail, Andrew Stevenson, Alasdair Murray, Norrie MacIver, Jonathan Gillespie, and Rory Grindlay. Andrew and Angus met while studying at the highly acclaimed R.S.A.M.D in Glasgow. They soon discovered they had a similar passion for authentic traditional Scottish music and by early 1999 ‘Skipinnish’ was established. Since then Skipinnish have never looked back going from strength to strength.
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Angus managed to run a half-marathon from Kilsyth to the Kelpies today to help fundraising for the Eilidh MacLeod Memorial Trust. The trust does great work to encourage young musicians and singers throughout the country in memory of Eilidh. Any donations to the trust would be much appreciated and can be made by clicking the link below:-) Congratulations to singer Rachel Walker who completed her first 10k today also in aid of the Eilidh Macleod Memorial Trust.
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Congratulations Angus well done on your run and I hope you raise lots of money for the trust
Congratulations Angus,well done.
Well done Angus....looking good!
Well done Angus, you are a star. Xx
Well done Angus,you’ve done yourself proud.🏅🏅🏅
good on you...you are a determined machine...mind over matter...brilliant!
Well done pal you are doing yourself proud. I will donate on payday
Brilliant Angus 👍
Well done big fla! Great effort! X
So that was your first part of this weeks Virtual Tiree Ultra ? :-) Very well done Sir.
Well done. Great cause. 😊
Well done both of you! 🎉
Well done Angus
Well done it’s a cracking place to end up
Well done Angus
Well done, Angus. ♥️
Well done Angus👏👏🍺🍺
Well done Angus
Absolutely bloody brilliant x
Well done, Rachel too,👏🏻👏🏻
Well Done Angus x
Well done Angus
Brilliant! well done!
Fantastic. Well done
Tomorrow morning, the fishing boat, Dawn Treader will leave Tobermory for the last time. Built by John Gaff of Girvan in 1988 for a young Alasdair “Steptoe” MacLean, over the last 32 years this boat has become an icon of Tobermory, of successful fishing, of hard work and of dedication to looking after a boat.
The Dawn Treader will be familiar to all Skipinnish fans as she has featured on the front cover of our last two albums, appeared in two of our music videos and is depicted in most of our merchasndise. In June this year, after a long and very successful fishing career, Steptoe decided to put the boat up for sale in order to take things a bit easier. She quickly sold and after some delays, will be beginning her voyage for Orkney tomorrow morning, under the ownership of respected pelagic fisherman, Angus Sinclair.
As I refer to in the 3rd verse of this song, I remember clearly my first time on board when I was 9 years old. Steptoe was over at Tiree only a few weeks after he had got the boat and on anchor in the corner of Gott Bay. Myself and my father came alongside on the Skipinnis Maid and Steptoe gave us a tour of his new vessel. Dad had always held the MacLean family in the highest regard, and it was obvious on that day how proud he was of his young friend and fellow fisherman for having taken such a huge step forward by having a boat of that calibre and value built brand new. Thirty-two years on and much water under the keel, that day is clear in my mind.
It is difficult to put into words the connections that can be felt with a boat, but I hope the following song, written for Steptoe and his family, goes some way to reflect the significance of the Dawn Treader leaving Tobermory tomorrow.
The song and video were recorded in lockdown in a bit of a hurry ready for the boat leaving in July, but a few delays have meant that its voyage north has been put off till now. At the time, Norrie wasn’t able to do the recording so we were very lucky that Rachel Walker stepped in to take the lead vocal. Rory Grindlay again has shown his hidden talents by putting the recording and the video together. Thank you Rory!
In the weeks since the sale went through and this song was written, Steptoe has bought a very fine smaller boat to keep himself busy with - retirement for Steptoe is like full-time work for normal people! It gives me a huge sense of pride that he will name his new boat the Skipinnish Lass. Whatever far off anchorage my father is in, he will smiling with pride at that.
On behalf of all at Skipinnish – band, place and family – I would like to wish Steptoe all the best in his new chapter.
There will be a few glasses being raised to the Dawn Treader tonight!
The Dawn Treader’s Farewell – Angus MacPhail
Composed for Alasdair “Steptoe” MacLean to mark the occasion of The Dawn Treader changing ownership after 32 years and leaving Tobermory bound for Orkney.
Take a sail up the sound for the Dorlinn bound.
Swing her head round into the bay
There’s a boat at the pier, ‘been there thirty-two years
And tomorrow she’ll sail away.
At the Fishermen’s Pier where she’s tied through the years
She’ll sleep for the last time tonight.
At the break of the day the Dawn Treader’s away,
Farewell in the morning light.
Rubh na Gall, Bloody Bay, Ardmore good-bye,
Cailleach Point stands proud with a tear in her eye,
Ardnamurchan salutes as she steams on her way
For she won’t sail home today.
She been fished as hard as any boats have,
In tempest’s wrath and gale.
Hard work she’s been through but she still looks like new
From her keel to the tops of her rail.
And the man at the wheel, is a King of the Creel,
Like his brothers and father before,
And best to move on when your still fit and strong
But a fisherman still to the core.
I was just 9 years old on my first time aboard
Brand new, she was moored in Gott Bay
I can still feel dad’s pride as we came alongside
Though his years are long away
Reputations are laid, and Legends are made
By the men and their boats of the sea,
And forever the name Alasdair “Steptoe” MacLean
On the list of these legends will be.
But our lives move on like the sea and her song
And for all There is a Time.
She’ll be in good hands in a Northern Land
With her memories left behind.
So here’s to that boat, not one finer afloat,
To her planks and her ribs and her beams;
And for Steptoe himself, we will all drink a health -
The Dawn Treader and all that she means.
In dreams he will feel for the Dawn Treader’s wheel,
Bring her bow round into the tide,
And pick up the end of a fleet once again
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We love it 💙 Thank you Angus, Andrew, Rachel, Rory & all the band. What an absolute honour 💙 The tune is beautiful and the words sum up perfectly the way we all feel 💙
An emotional day tomorrow for the MacLean family. The Dawn Treader has been a great protector and provider summed up by such a lovely tribute 💙
What a beautiful song and such a lovely gift for the MacLean family. Full of emotion and touches the heart of islanders, west coasters and those further a field.
So proud to be part of building such an iconic boat for the McLean family and Tobermory.
Beautiful song. I too have a tear in my eye as I remember Big Hector and my dear dad and my brother Calum who were all keen fishermen. To Steptoe who I haven’t see for years I wish him all the best with his smaller boat but I know it will be heart wrenching parting with his old faithful ❤️❤️
Absolutely love this, and look forward to Steptoe ripping up the dance floor to this with his girls at next year's Tiree Music Festival and Oban live. 🤩 xx
What a beautiful tribute, so emotional and heartfelt, expressing sentiments with which anyone from a fishing community will identify. Thank you so much, Angus, Rachel and everyone else involved in this emotive production. The story, lyrics, voices, music and video scenes all combine to make a perfect whole. Tha seo dìreach àlainn anns a h-uile dòigh. 💕
Brilliant 👏👏👏 an iconic boat around the west coast, lovely tribute and all the best to Steptoe as he takes it easier, and all the best to the new owner. 👍
Genius, you bugger!! You certainly know how to wring the emotions, particularly the wee epitaph from the lone piper on the hill. What a brilliant song, production, concept - it has it all. Congratulations to all. (Fumbles around for the tissues.......)
What a beautiful thing to have created as a memory for the family, you truly appreciate the connections between fishermen and their boats and the love (sometimes with boats it can be a tough love 😁) that bonds them all together - truly beautiful what you’ve put together.
Beautiful song. The connection to boats runs strong in any fishing community. I know that I have strong feelings about 3 or 4 and one of them I never set foot in but spent many a stormy day watching out for my grandad's return from the sea in her. I've come to love your music as it has a strong pull on me (an exile) especially at the moment.
So beautiful ! I have a great connection to the sea and boats and islands and this song says it all. Thank you again for all your wonderful music.
I knew the boat and the skipper Alasdair very well and I wish him all the best for the future. Sandy McPherson ex-skipper of the Harmony INS 257 (Hopeman)
Beautiful song. Boats, factories, houses, rigs, stadiums, churches, ferries.......bricks, mortar, wood and steel.......that’s what these things are. The reality is people spend significant parts of their lives at these places......they become as familiar as your own homes and nearly as familiar as your own families. Little wonder when they move on they’re lamented/cherished. I’m sure the Dawn Trader will go round Ardnamurchan carrying away those same emotions like many other boats like it.......never easy. Wonderful song capturing the moment. We’ve put a platform to Shetland and an FPSO to Kishorn this week that this song would be an ‘amen’ to.
I dont know Steptoe but felt the emotion in such a beautiful and moving tribute ! The sea brings out so many emotions and I too had a tear in my eye. All the best to Steptoe and family.x
What a fantastic tribute, well done Angus and crew, and all the best Steptoe.
Here's to many more years fishing, both for Dawn Trader and for Steptoe. Beautiful tribute from you all.
Angus,Rachel, Rory and all band members what a heartfelt, touching, emotional tune what a fantastic memory of the Dawn Trender. Prosperous sailing to all aboard in the future
What a beautiful and emotional song, beautifully written, Angus, and beautifully sung, Rachel. Brilliant job in pulling it all together into a a great video, Rory. A most fantastic tribute indeed to Steptoe, and how well and how much he's cared for the beautiful Dawn Treader! Brought a lump to our throats....
Cheers to the people who carve out their path. It's never easy and never without risk. And thanks to the people who make music to celebrate them.
Awesome Tribute.i remember her coming into Tobermory Bay for the very first time..bonny as ever for her next chapter in life.⚓🌈.
Great tribute Angus 👍 good luck to Steptoe with the new boat
Awe the very best Steptoe MacLean known you alot o yrs now Alistair i hope her new owner looks after her as well as you have over the yrs brilliant tribute Angus MacPhail and skipinnish to very well known and respected friend
Wonderful tribute to Dawn Treader, Steptoe and his family. Sad to see an icon of Tobermory leaving these shores but we wish Stepoe a less demanding retirement.
Wow, thats a fabulous song and great tribute for an iconic boat and for Steptoe.Cant stop play it.
The capacity crowd at Stirling tonight totally buzzing for Skipinnish soon taking the stage! Some looking a bit sheepish!:-)
If only!! Weather great for what would have been a very special night!! Next year!!:-) Les Kidger ... See MoreSee Less
Gutted we're not there tonight, especially given the stunning weather. But we'll be there in 12 months time and it will be even better after missing live music all this time x
I can promise it will be a weekend never to forget in 2021 and LCC Live can not wait 😎🕺😎
So sad it’s been postponed- was really looking forward to the Gig ☹️
I know!!! Was so looking forward to it and weather perfect. Here's hoping next year will be fine
Good things come to those who wait I suppose. All the best Les Kidger and LCC for a much better 12 months to come 👍🤞🙂
Roll on next year. Can't wait till your back playing live again.💕🏴🎤🎼🎸🎻
What a night this would have been until we get you back out next year guys.xx
Really enjoyed Norrie singing last night on the Nova Scotia online concert!
Ann Maceachen I was just saying to Kevin what a great day it would have been as they say next year here we come
Snack time with the wildlife at Denny Reservior 😁🤣
Ive been walking walking these shores all my days but with you by my side i am walking on the waves
See you there next year. Looking forward to amazing music in the shadow of the castle.xx
Anxious to come back to Scotland-hopefully when you’re playing! Big U.S. fans.
A sense of humour keeps us all going ....!!
Surprised so many in the crowd are wearing woolly jumpers. It's not that cold a night! 😜
Oh dear 😂 ah well, at least the humour remains unchanged 👍
Been this way from the start, everyone walking around with holes in their hearts..🎼
Will the sheep still use there tickets for next year lol
Would have been a great day... Roll on next Yr
Was my birthday treat, doubles next year 😁😁🥃🥃
We would have been there today...😢
We had a wee Skippinish party in Tarbert Argyll at Marina Livingstone house to get over the postponement 🎶🎶🎶🎶See you next year 👍
So wish...it was happenning
Aww, 😔.....looking forward now to next year!! 🤞🎤🎼🎸🥁🎶Xx
If only as you say.