“There is no doubt that this group will have an impact on the future of traditional Irish music.” – Kieran Hanrahan, Stockton’s Wing
Skipper’s Alley are a 7-piece ensemble whose dynamic take on traditional Irish music has garnered wide critical praise and featured on stages across three continents.
With a sound described as “from unaccompanied song through to full Chieftains frenzy” (Folk World), the Dublin-based group arrange and interpret traditional Irish folk music on Uilleann Pipes, Harp, Fiddle, Whistles, Bodhrán, Banjo and more, taking influence from such early bands as Planxty, Dé Dannan and The Bothy Band.
Skipper’s Alley first came to prominence in the summer of 2013 after winning the Loic Raison Trophy at Le Festival Interceltique de Lorient, an award previously won by such established acts as Danú and Clannad. Since then, the group have made several high profile TV and Radio appearances (The Late Late Show, Radio One’s Céilí House) and have toured in Ireland, England, Scotland, France, Germany, Denmark, India and Zambia.
In November 2014, the band released their self-titled debut album to wide critical acclaim and a ★★★★ review in The Irish Times.
Now, with North American tours and a second album already in the pipeline, Skipper’s Alley are a promising young act in the international folk circuit.