There isn’t a day goes by when a story is told that Seonaidh feels that he’ll later need to tell his uncle John Alec MacKay and, for that reason, ‘Wait ’til I tell John Alec’ is a common phrase in the Trail West van! Consisting of a waltz and a reel written by Allan MacDonald as well as a reel by James MacKenzie, this is one of the band’s favourite sets to play live!
Hailing from the ‘wild wild’ Western Isles of Scotland, Trail West are a young band causing a storm on the Scottish music scene.
Formed on the Isle of Tiree in 2008 by founding members Andrew Findlater (Drums/ Vocals) and BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Finalist Ian Smith (Accordion/ Vocals), the band has since added further Hebridean fire power with multi-instrumentalist and Young Traditional Musician of the Year Semi-Finalist Seonaidh MacIntyre (Whistles/ Bagpipes/ Tromb/ Vocals) from SouthUist and fellow Tirisdeach Alain Campbell (Guitar/ Bagpipes/ Vocals) to create a blistering sound that presents an exciting twist on the traditional ‘west coast’ ceilidh band style.
A Trail West gig is guaranteed great ‘craic’ and this has led to the band building a loyal following throughout Scotland as well as securing performances at key events such as the Cowal Highland Gathering, the Royal National Mod, Tiree Music Festival and Glasgow’s Shindig in the Square.
The band’s highly anticipated debut album ‘One That Got Away’ was released in April 2013 and within 24 hours had reached No. 1 in the iTunes ‘World Music’ Album Charts as well as No. 171 in the entire iTunes Album Charts.
Their 2013 success continued when Trail West were awarded ‘Scottish Dance Band of the Year’ at the Scots Trad Music Awards in Aberdeen in December.
Artist website: http://www.trail-west.co.uk
Single title: Wait ’til I tell John Alec…
Album title:One That Got Away
Single artist: Trail West
Single duration: 3.34
Record Label: Tyree Records
Catalogue No: TYREE05CD
Writers: Allan MacDonald, James D MacKenzie
Publishers: Allan MacDonald, James D MacKenzie