Described by The Irish Times as â€œgloriously three-dimensionalâ€, the group spring from harp-accompanied Sean-NÃ³s songs to feral, unkempt sets of reels, creating a sound that is both â€œscintillatingâ€ and â€œa model of tender delicacyâ€ (David Kidman, The Living Tradition).
Skipper’s Alley first came to prominence in the summer of 2013 after winning the Loic Raison Trophy at Brittany’s Festival Interceltique de Lorient, an award previously won by such established acts as DanÃº, Clannad, and The Bothy Band. In the same six-month period, the group launched an EP, made their live television debut (The Late Late Show) and were the subject of an hour-long radio special on RTÃ‰â€™s CÃ©ilÃ House. 2014 saw the band enjoy continued success with performances in the UK, mainland Europe and even a St. Patrickâ€™s Day tour in Zambia, all ending with the release of their critically-acclaimed debut album â€˜Skipperâ€™s Alleyâ€™ (â€œâ˜…â˜…â˜…â˜…â€- The Irish Times).
Today, the ensemble are a promising young act in the Irish traditional circuit and look forward to a host of national and international appearances throughout 2015.
â€œThere is no doubt that this group will have an impact on the future of traditional Irish music.â€ – Kieran Hanrahan, Stocktonâ€™s Wing”