Skye’s band Valtos are raising money for Movember through the release of a Charity EP in collaboration with two award-winning Scottish bands.
Islanders Martyn MacDonald and Daniel Docherty, from Broadford and Portree respectively, have teamed up with folk heavyweights Taliskand Elephant sessions to produce a record in conjunction with the annual event – Movember – which involves growing mustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and suicide men.
The EP will feature a remix of Talisk’s “Farewell”, Valtos’ edit of Riverview’s RosT remix by the Elephant Sessions, and a live edit of Valtos’ track “Skye”.
Addressing the Free press About the record, Martyn MacDonald of Valtos said: “We were looking to release the remix/edit EP at some point and given that Movember was coming we thought it would be a great way to raise money for charitable organisation !
“We’ve been playing Talisk’s remix since we started playing as a band last year, but due to release disputes, we couldn’t agree a date with Talisk before, but they were at 100% agree with this idea.
Highlighting the prevalence of the issues involved, he went on to say, “I think we’ve all been exposed to the issues raised through the Movember campaign, whether it’s feeling lonely and depressed as man, to feel like there was nowhere to go. , having to bottle up your feelings, or at the other end of the spectrum, having a relative diagnosed with prostate or testicular cancer – get yourself checked out men!
“We now have a bit of a platform, so even if we can use it to raise a bit of awareness/make some money for the charity, we’ll be happy.”
The EP closely follows Valtos’ “bouncy” Halloween dance party at Broadford Village Hall on Saturday October 29, which drew a crowd of around 200 and featured a quintet of local talent.
Accompanied by an award-winning Gaelic singer Eilidh Cormack and the promising Leith-born multi-instrumentalist Euan McLaughlinand supported by mixing masters ContrastValtos performed brand new material alongside some of their familiar favorites from their self-titled debut album.
Speaking after what will likely be their last show of a busy year, Martyn told the Free press“It was bouncy, it went really well and it was a lot of fun.
“Everyone made an effort, which was great to see.
“We had Fraser Graham and Ross MacDonald, Kontrast’s deejays, before and after us, who set the tone, got everyone in the mood and closed out the night nicely.”
Next year Martyn and Valtos member Daniel Docherty will play their biggest gig yet in front of 500 people at the Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow.
The Celtic Connections show will mark another high point for the band in what has been a rapid rise since they played their first live gig just over a year ago in Portree.
Article by Adam Gordon.