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The Skunnered / Press

“These guys play some of the most brilliant music I have heard in a very long time. Good Morning Glasgow Town is just an awesome track that will stay with you. Flawless musicianship and songs. Highly recommended.”

“Best Laid Plans definitely sees The Skunnered moving on, taking on new musical challenges as they broaden their horizons. I’d pick The Coldest Corner as my favourite track here. The boys get positively soulful as bags of echo build up a dreamy atmosphere but if you want to jig about, then The De’il’s Awa…is the track for you. All in all, a fine homebrew mix of music.”

“The Skunnered's "Best Laid Plans" is a great piece of music, with wonderful songs.”

“The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing Saturday 21 September is the new CD ‘Best Laid Plans’ from Glasgow band The Skunnered. This is the second release from this Glasgow band, following their 2010 release of Good Morning Glasgow Town. The Skunnered say their music is ”Folk..ish” but there is a lot more to the band.”

“(re BEST LAID PLANS) A superb album!”

“A folk band much in the style of Runrig.They have been performing well at gigs and festivals over the last year and will give you traditional sounds, mixed with a modern twist.”

“A hint of 60’s, a pinch of 50’s, with amazing guitar work, some toe tappers & sing alongs, well worth a listen.”

"Amazingly talented!"

“You are in for a treat, good fun music from folk to rock to Irish and Scottish.”

“GREAT MUSIC AND BAND. These guys play some of the most brilliant music I have heard in a very long time. Good Morning Glasgow Town is just an awesome track that will stay with you. Flawless musicianship and songs. Highly recommended”

“The Skunnered display their sensitive side. It is perhaps no surprise therefore that “If You Wanted To Stay Forever” is both mellow and distinctly close to a ballad, a near perfect pastiche of the Irish country song writing style.”

“This song. “Young Charlie” is all Jacobean rebellion skilfully and likeably performed”

“Venerable Glaswegians The Skunnered join “The Road to Aberdeen” and name check the cities and towns as they head up the A90 to hell. It’s a good natured song that rolls along nicely but Aberdeen, believe me, is not worthy of this song.”

"The De'il's Awa' Wi'The Exciseman” sets The Skunnered on course for a mellow pub rocking Burns Night somewhere in probably not very sunny Glasgow. As usual, the song is performed in a good natured, easy on the ear way

“The Skunnered- Glasgow does Darts What’s the phrase I’m looking for? That’s right – delicately retro. The Skunnered are delicately retro with "The Thursday Millionaire" having the sonic signature of a sixties’ Cliff Richard record. Nothing to scare your auntie then but I don’t suppose that was the point and I have to admit that I liked the shoo-be-doo backing vocals. ”

“The Skunnered Mature and mellow Getting to be something of a regular on these pages are Glasgow band The Skunnered. “Raintown” highlights their smooth soft rock sound again in what might well be taken as a pastiche of that wholesome Deacon Blue approach to making adults sway in the breeze. Spark up that lighter now! ”

"Good Morning Glasgow Town" is one of our Top Ten songs about Glasgow!

“The Skunnered- Riddrie country blues Bar-L is one Her Majesty’s holiday camps, in case you were wondering, so credit is due to The Skunnered for using it as a somewhat unusual inspiration for a song. Wry lyrics that would be Americana if this were Travis County instead of dear old Glasgow town carry this song along in a way that Ray Davies would surely approve of and I have to admit that I was soon singing the Bar-L Blues myself. ”

“The Skunnered Mellow and Misty Scots Full of mellow grooviness and seasoned with a tablespoonful of reverb, “The Coldest Corner” sounds like it has been pulled out a late sixties movie soundtrack ”

“Enjoyed these songs thoroughly. Great departure from all the heavy stuff. Great songs! Great contribution to the world of folk! Great job guys! ”

“INTERVIEW WITH THE SKUNNERED Lamitschka: Music has many new fans throughout Europe who may be hearing about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and your music to someone who's never seen or heard you? The Skunnered: We‘re 4 Scots playing our own version of folk music which often strays into country, rockabilly & other styles. Really we just let the song dictate the style since we‘re not tied to any one genre. We have a fairly unique sound - mandolin, congas, lead guitar, double bass. Andrew usually sings the lead vocal, though we all get a shot from time to time. Paul plays lead guitar, Andy on assorted percussion, Chas on bass. Lamitschka: How was the last year for you? What were your highlights? The Skunnered: Busy! We enjoyed playing the Loch Lomond Folk Festival in July as well as the Paisley Festival in April. We‘ve been in the studio as much as possible recording our next album - more than half finished at this point. We‘re taking our time with t”

“Very nice and catchy folk-country. Very well performed with an excellent sound. The arrangements are also at a high level. I like the fact that your songs are very catchy and also original. Reminds me a little of Chris Rea. Wrecking Ball: very good song, I like the introduction of percussion, that gives a nice groove to the song. The chorus is very catchy. The Road To Aberdeen: I prefer the song, I love the chorus (this song it’s great to listen to when you take the road :) ). The guitar solo is awesome. From me it is a 9/10: ”

“Bereits an ihrem zweiten Album arbeitend, veröffentlichte The Skunnered ihr erstes Album Good Morning Glasgow Town dessen namengebender Titel nach eigenen Angaben ein echter Hit bei ReverbNation ist. Die zehn selbstkompositorischen Leistungen des Silberlings sind sämtlich von Chas Cunningham, der aber nur bei zwei Titeln den Hauptgesang übernimmt. Durch die Zugabe eigener melodiöser Anteile der Bandkollegen, ergibt sich ein klangliches Konglomerat, das sich zwischen Folk, Blues und Singer-Songwriter-Manier verorten lässt. Nebst dem Hauptideengeber wirken drei weitere Musiker am Gesamtsound von The Skunnered mit. Mit ihrer eher traditionellen Instrumentierung – Mandoline, Gitarren, Percussion, Mundharmonika und Bass – sorgen die vier Herren für einen eingängigen Duktus. Gesanglich bewegt sich die Band in beharrlichen Gewässern, denn mit ihrem Unisono-Gesang gelingt ihnen zwar ein gefälliges Miteinander, nicht aber ein Charakteristikum.”

“A refreshing surprise to find you here! Great groove to the song, real catchy! You seem like some nice fellas, having fun while making music. Have fun and all the best to you. I really like your style! ”

“Here are some less-grey-haired guys from Scotland with a fresh breeze of old-fashioned singer/songwriter folk songs. Blue-eyed to convince the dark and evil fraction with pure hand-made music, perfect pub music. That´s where this music should be played. Having a great time with mates and other guys around, drinking ... whatever you like. - Go for it!”

“Cool stuff guys, and full credit for posting this on SMT; it's not exactly typical Roadrunner fodder. I really enjoyed your folky bounce and the laid back vibe, but the catchy and well-constructed song writing definitely helped as well. Any chance of more tracks in the near future? Best of luck to you”

“This week's Local Breakout artist on Pulse 98.4 FM was Barrhead's very own The Skunnered with a track from their 2010 album Good Morning Glasgow Town which is available from iTunes and Amazon. Described as good honest folk/traditional music with lyrics based in the here and now. Check them out on Facebook and Twitter as well! The track we played was 'Wrecking Ball'.”

“Definitely recommend you take a listen to The Skunnered.”

“The Skunnered. Ageing folk rockers from deepest darkest Barrhead. Pub friendly pretty much sums up this band. You can imagine them squeezing in these originals between Deacon Blue and Eagles covers with, I would think, many people of indeterminate age finding post karaoke pleasure in “Good Morning Glasgow Town”. However, despite the dodgy mid Atlantic meets Paisley accent, the wry retro charms of “Wrecking Ball” suggest that a bus pass is not all these ageing folk rockers have to look forward to. ”

“I will mention a band from Glasgow, Scotland called The Skunnered. Their genres are Country & Folk. Now I am a music lover, we all know that, and some of my favorite songs are traditional and true folk songs. As I was listening to The Skunnered I was reminded of the Gaelic music- and even some Old Mountain Music- that I love to death. They also reminded me of some of recent bands (to the States, that is) Mumford & Sons and Gaelic Storm. If these are some bands that you like to listen to, I would definitely recommend you take a listen to The Skunnered.”

“Local band tuning up to entertain thirsty punters at Paisley Beer Festival A FUN-LOVING band of musicians are tuning up to entertain thirsty punters at this year’s Paisley Beer Festival.The Skunnered will be performing to keep the crowds entertained. The 4-piece folk/country band are looking forward to the gig.Elderslie man Andy Lindsay, percussionist with the band, joked: “We’ll be doing our very best to stay sober during our performance but I’m sure we’ll be catching up on the ales as soon as we finish.”Bass player Chas Cunningham lives in Neilston, as does lead guitarist Paul Shepherd, while singer Andrew McMillan is from Barrhead.The band has just released a CD album of their own original songs, called Good Morning Glasgow Town.Many of their tunes have been played on Barrhead-based radio station Pulse FM, as well as Celtic Music Radio. The Skunnered also know traditional favourites & plan to play a mix of both at the festival in Paisley Town Hall.”

“The Skunnered sing about real life issues & their country's culture. They have a different vibe, something unique. Their album with the distinct sound of Glasgow flows seamlessly.They're very unique in what they do, not the run of the mill band. In some tracks you hear the strong Scottish accent, giving them that bit more gusto & uniqueness. You can tell they're very passionate about what they do, each & every song has a theme & meaning; they also have “Going Green In Neilston” all about recycling & being green, my favourite purely because it has so much meaning & is a fun song, especially with the lovely addition of the local school pupils. A mix of traditional country/folk with a twist of something lively! It's brilliant through & through, a wee surprise with each new song, definitely a pleasure to listen to over & over even if not a country or folk fan. I give this album 9.5 out of 10- a rare gem that should grace every cd collection.”

“Good honest pub rock with a folk/country overtones and proud Glaswegian themes, that's pretty much what lies at the heart of the Skunnered' cut, "Good Morning Glasgow Town". This high octane four piece draw on the themes that come the events and places that shape their city and hence the songs, the Blues, the Hoops, the Clyde, the trade and the constant road works. It provides for an album that takes the rough with the smooth, a nod to the humour of the city that keeps it ticking over. Even without a pint in your hand, this makes you feel you should have and maybe a chaser? ”

“4 Glasgow guys play their own unique blend of easy rocking country & Scots folk with a dollop of Glasgow street song for good measure all in their native accent. There's a wry humour at work in the very construction of that sound showing through in the songs full of location-specific references resonating best with hometown audiences & a homeliness in the straightforward unpolished production. Their best songs will more than likely establish themselves in local tradition, especially the title song, a stroll around the city centre the morning after the night before full of gruff affection for the city & its citizens: Bassist Chas does most of the writing & his songs are driven along with a firm pulse from Andy on percussion & whoever takes the melody line, whether Paul on guitar or chief vocalist Andrew on mandolin. Quite definitively a band to see live; they're cheerfully rousing & you'd have to be pretty churlish not to be won over by their breezy good humour.”

“A great piece of music. A few weeks ago I found on Facebook a song called "Good Morning Glasgow Town" by a band called The Skunnered. I'm a curious guy so this was my first contact with this wonderful music. Well, what can I say about this album? Just three words: IT IS GREAT! This music is handmade, it is honest - it is that kind of music I love. It makes me dream of a nice autumn evening in a pub somewhere in Glasgow, Edinburgh or Portree drinking my beer listening to good music made by friends - maybe a dream dreamt by many people over here in Germany...”

"Who DOESN'T want to drive the Wrecking Ball??" Good morning to you, Glasgow town! What an overdue pleasure is this engaging collection of tunes from these charming fellows. The Skunnered's live performances are legendary among those lucky enough to have seen them, and for good reason: They're a rollicking good time. Their wry social commentary and fluid musicianship will bring a smile to your face from the first note. Personal favourites are the title track, and the brilliant "Wrecking Ball" (which I've found I cannot possibly play too often, or frankly too loudly), but in all truth there's no 'B' material here---from "The Road to Aberdeen" to "The River Clyde," you WILL be taken on a journey you'll want to revisit time after time. As a Yank whose background in Scottish folk music is fairly modest, I've quickly gained a deep appeciation for The Skunnered's unpretentious authenticity, and their obvious joy of performance. Cheers to you, lads! Let's have many many more!

"The Skunnered- Neilston's best export!" Live on The Sunday Breakfast Show 13th June 2010

“The Skunnered is a Country, folk band from Glasgow Scotland. In some ways they can sound like Johnny Cash, and a traditional country band. At the same time it is apparent that they have not denied their folk roots. This is a band that strongly upholds the past, while progressing a sound into the future. Their songs are the type that can make you stomp your feet, while upholding the traditional story telling aspect of the genre. Well performed songs, while truly engaging the listener.”

"Brilliant blend of traditional theme and tempo with a NEW style that'll have you thumping your feet. Well worth a CLICK!"

“Band's New Eco Song”

"THE ROAD TO ABERDEEN is a lively romp across the land! A corker!"

“Here's The Skunnered on Celtic Music Radio, 25th April 2009 ”