Niteworks are Innes Strachan (Synth/Keys), Allan MacDonald (Pipes), Christopher Nicolson (Bass)and Ruairidh Graham (Drums). Childhood friends and long-term fellow musicians from the Isle of Skye, Niteworks blur the lines between Scottish traditional, folk and Gaelic music with contemporary electronica, creating a unique and exhilarating sound.
In August 2018, the band released their second album Air Fàir an Là. The album, which features contributions from high profile artists such as Julie Fowlis, Iain Morrison and Ellen MacDonald, is further textured with the strings of Glasgow’s own Kinnaris Quintet, and vocals of Gaelic song trio SIAN.
Revered electronic producer Alex Menzies (Alex Smoke) oversaw production of the groundbreaking album, described in The National newspaper as “redefining trad music”. The album continues to perform, building upon the band’s reputation with a nomination in the longlist for Album of the Year at the renowned SAY awards in 2019.
Live, Niteworks come into their own. With spectacular performances enlisting musical collaborations and visual spectacles played out at notable headline UK performances in the past two years including a sold out Barrowlands show as part of Celtic Connections, Hebridean Celtic Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, Skye Live Festival and internationally in Germany (Rudolstadt), Corsica, Borneo (Rainforest World Music Festival) and Belgium (Schotts Weekender).
The band is also much sought after for their experience with music commissions for high profile national events. In 2018 a bespoke score for the Edinburgh Hogmanay fireworks display in collaboration with composer Dan Jones (Massive Attack) and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. More recently the band have been asked to produce music for Castle of Light, a six week event for 80K visitors installed at Scotland’s premier historical attraction, Edinburgh Castle. Over the past two years the bands music has featured on promo materials for Visit Scotland, Emirates Airlines, Historic Environment Scotland, Openreach amongst many others.
“Niteworks deliver a tight, groovy, mesmeric dance performance that leaves you exhausted and dripping in sweat when it’s all over.” The Skinny