First concert in re-furbished Town Hall a huge success

Proving the re-furbished Stornoway Town Hall a great live-music venue were popular songsters Skerryvore.
Proving the re-furbished Stornoway Town Hall a great live-music venue were popular songsters Skerryvore.

SKERRYVORE’S concert in Stornoway Town Hall on Wednesday January 2nd was the fastest sell-out event in the band’s history.

And the organisers who brought the Tiree-based musicians up to Lewis now hope the re-furbished hall can be put to good use for many other performances.

Syber Promotions (Scotland), the name under which promoters Iain Macphail and Kyle Smith work, has been busy for months getting the necessary works and permissions in place for the big night.

However, they say it was well worth it as Iain commented: “It could not have gone better.

“We discovered that the town hall has really good in-house production equipment with easy access. It was very suitable for a 350-ticket concert like that.

“But we could not have done it without a lot of willing helpers from staff, stewards, volunteers and many other individuals and friends who rolled their sleeves up to help us.

“It was the first big gig for years in the town hall and it showed what can be done.”

Local band Rock Island Line was the support band that kicked off the evening and they had a very appreciative audience.

Then it was the turn of Skerryvore, which in 2011 earned awards including the Scottish New Music Award ‘Record of the Year’ and the Scottish Trad Music Awards ‘Live Act of the Year’.

Kyle Smith praised the island crowd for their enthusiastic support in the town hall and promised that Syber Promotions was already planning another good night out soon.

They also thanked the staff that pulled together and worked as one of the best teams they had ever seen.

They included Duncan Macrae; Caroline Maclennan; Gayle Findlay; Steve Tunnicliff; Helen Gallacher; Donald John Macsween; Peigi Macsween; Andrew Maclennan; Helen Macleod; Iain Macleod; Eddie Hallahan; Nikki Crabtree; Shaun Munro; Calum Macphail; Brian Maclaren; Gemma Nicholson; Sandra ‘Mammy’; Karen Cowan; Jack Macleod; Diane Macaulay; Laura Gallacher; Iain Andrew Matheson; Jo Watson, and Sandie Maciver.

Local organisations helped too including Long Island SBS Ltd; Duncan Mackay & Sons Ltd; Stuart and Tracy from the Crown Hotel; Coinneach Macmillan of Thorlee guest house; Limelights; Ali and Shona of Hal o’ the Wynd guest house; Alex, Caley; Mike and staff from An Lanntair; the Istanbul takeaway; Woody’s; Donella; Murdo; Lindon and, of course, the Comhairle.