Ex-Runrig frontman Donnie Munro will headline an extra day of Skye Live festival


Former Runrig singer Donnie Munro will open an extra day of the Skye Live festival in May. Photo: John Devlin

The singer-songwriter will headline an extra day of Skye Live, which already sold out its two-day event in May ahead of time.

Munro will make their first Skye appearance for five years in a line-up that will also feature Scottish trad supergroup Mànran.

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They will join a bill that includes Talisk, Blazin’ Fiddles, Project Smok, Daimh, Elephant Sessions, Fat Suit, Trail West, Niteworks, Heisk and Lord of the Isles.

Born in Uig, North Skye, Munro joined Runrig in 1974, a year after the band formed, which became one of Scotland’s biggest bands in the 1980s and 1990s, before leaving in 1997 in an attempt to pursue a political career. career. Munro, who has released a number of albums as a solo artist, returned home with Runrig for appearances at the band’s 40th anniversary at Muir of Ord in the Highlands in 2013 and their farewell show at Stirling’s City Park in 2018.

Skye Live is one of several Highland and Island music festivals set to return this summer after a three-year hiatus.

Others include Eilean Dorcha, on Benbecula, HebCelt, on the Isle of Lewis, Belladrum, near Inverness, and the Tiree Music Festival.

Donnie Munro’s son Niall was among the founders of the Portree-based festival and appeared at the first event in 2015.

Acts to be released since then include Public Service Broadcasting, Hot Chip, Capercaillie, Treacherous Orchestra, Django Django, Andrew Weatherall, Pictish Trail, Denis Sula, Optimo, Tide Lines and Lau.

The 2020 edition of the festival, which was the subject of a BBC Scotland documentary in 2019, has been canceled to allow ‘essential groundwork’ to take place at its site at Am Meall in Portree, a few weeks only before the Covid pandemic forced the cancellation. of events across the UK.

After a planned 2021 return was scrapped due to Covid restrictions, the festival filmed top artists performing at spectacular locations around Skye.

Skye Live’s announcement of an additional date said Munro would appear with an eight-piece band.

Donnie Munro leading the audience at Edinburgh Castle during a Runrig show in 1991. Photo: Jeff Mitchell

Munro said: “It gives me a fantastic opportunity to bring together this incredible lineup, featuring some of Scotland’s finest musicians, for an exclusive performance to open this year’s Skye Live.

“It has been fantastic to watch the festival grow year after year in what has to be one of the most special and unique festival venues in the world, and to watch it become internationally recognized as one of the best boutique festivals in the country is simply fantastic for the island.

“It’s such a great honor for me to be asked to be a part of it all and to bring music back here to where it all began.”

Mànran accordionist Gary Innes, whose band headlined the Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow this weekend, said: “Playing on the Isle of Skye has always been a special night for Mànran over the years, corn

Donnie Munro will headline an extra day of this year’s Skye Live Festival.

joining Donnie and his band as special guests for Skye Live is sure to be an evening to remember.

The poster for the new Skye Live event with Donnie Munro headlining.
The Skye Live festival is held at Am Meall in Portree.
The Skye Live festival will be back in May. Photo: Ryan Buchanan Photography
Scottish trad supergroup Mànran will also perform on the extra day of the Skye Live festival. Photo: Gaelle Beri
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