PeachSkeoch is the imaginatively named, brand spanking new Scottish accordion/harp duo of Tannara members: Joseph Peach and Becca Skeoch.
Creative the name may not be, but the same definitely can’t be said for the music. The project is an outlet for all sorts of crazy. Like mischievous siblings, the duo push each other, egging each other on making themselves, their instruments and their music form new ways of working together and create original sounds.
No-one has been able to pinpoint the cause of the eccentric streak which runs through their music. Becca reports that it certainly wasn’t her upbringing in the sleepy village of Fort Augustus, where playing piano and harp in the Féis band was as exciting as things got. Similarly for Joe, from the even smaller, sleepier village of Achiltibuie, piping in the Ullapool and District pipe band was never going to be the catalyst for the PeachSkeoch music.
In more recent Glasgow-based years, their work together in the band Tannara hasn’t held too many signs either. The band, who’s debut release- Trig- was recently long listed for Hand’s Up For Trad’s 2016 Album of the Year and shortlisted for their Up and Coming act of the year award, innovates in it’s own way, but it’s far less excitable!
Regardless of where the crazy came from, it’s a feature of PeachSkeoch. Taking melodies from Scotland, England and Scandinavia, by some of their favourite writers for accordion and harp, and approaching them from their unique viewpoint, PeachSkeoch are an audience’s delight. It’s a rare instrumental combination, powered by two distinctive musicians that creates something, the likes of which you’ll ever have heard before.
Their debut, self titled recording was produced by guitarist Innes White who’s performance and recording credits include work with: John McCusker, Karen Matheson, Kris Drever and Heidi Talbot, and features Calum McIntyre of The Banana Sessions and Adam Holmes and the Embers on percussion and drumkit.