Rockall (band)

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Genres Celtic music
Years active 2006–present
Website rockalltheband
Notable instruments
bagpipes, percussion

Rockall is a band named after the island off the west coast of Scotland, who nevertheless operate chiefly around the south of England, rather the northern homes of many members. The band plays largely instrumental dance music, mostly traditional tunes and original compositions with west-coast Scottish style melodies, with a variety of unlikely and increasingly reckless influences including classical baroque, reggae and 80s rock: Vivaldi's Mandolin Concerto (1st movement), Mark Knopfler and Jean-Jacques Goldman are covered regularly in live performances.
Rockall is also the name used in solo performances by one of the band's long-standing members, Ruairidh Howells, who founded the band with piper Robert Maclean in 2006.


Rockall's first album is due for release in the second half of 2011. It has been provisionally titled "Northwesterly, Good", a reference to the UK Shipping Forecast in which the island features.

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