Skellig

Skellig

 Ladysmith, British Columbia, CAN
BandRockCeltic

Finalists of the national competition 'Hard Rock Rising Competition' 2012,Nominated for 'Best Live Act' at 2013 VIMA's, 'Skellig' is an original Alternative / Celtic Rock influenced by Irish Folk and the likes of: Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and Coldplay........
We are a great live band!

Biography

Original Alternative / Celtic Rock influenced by Irish Folk, Led Zeppelin, U2, Pink Floyd and Peter Gabriel.
Skellig is an alternative rock band with Celtic overtones.This is largely due to a love of Irish Folk and most other types of world and rock music. Begun by Chris and Lisa Burness, the band played extensively in the UK, producing two CDs, 'In Another Time' and 'Fragile'. A move to Canada's west coast in 2006, meant the creation of a new line up, including Mike, followed by his son Will, most recently joined by Dylan Wickham.The band is based in Ladysmith BC.Their EP, 'Skellig' was completed in 2009.Dylan Wickham, high school friend of Will and Caleb joined them in May 2011 for a summer of gigs and recording of the soon to be released album 'Kingdom Come' ( Jan 2012) A huge project, recorded in a basement, mixed by Zak Cohen of 'The Woodshop' BC and mixed by Brad Blackwood of Euphonic Masters - Nashville, the sound is BIG!
2012 was a very busy year for the band with gigs in Vancouver Island and Vancouver, as well as a spot at 'Celt Fest' and the Hard Rock Cafe in Toronto after being voted in the top 3 out of 400 bands nationally, in the 'Hard Rock Rising Competition'. In 2013 they were nominated for a Vancouver Island Music Award for 'best live act' .
The band plays acoustically and electrically, depending on the venue.Skellig runs a seasonal 'Electric Open Mic' at the Crofton Hotel Pub in Crofton to encourage and promote upcoming full bands and singer songwriters( see www.skellig.ca for details of all gigs) .
Apart from being very competent musicians, Skellig is fun to watch, good at involving the crowd and appeals to many different types of music lovers, because of the fusion of a diversity of sounds. Their fans and fellow musicians are now extended family here on the island.They support original music, enjoy playing some covers and organising events for charity.
Hold onto your seats, as Skellig may be coming to a venue near you promoting what is most definitely the best recording they have produced to date!

Lyrics

Free Gypsy

Written By: Chris/Lisa Burness

Unfettered gypsy heart, fly wild spirit
Unchained creative force, free expression
Regenerated thought, purer the vision
Rekindled human soul, warm is the passion within
This world is not my home
A traveller passes through
No treasures tug these strings
My heart belongs to you
Unbounded gypsy heart, nothing restraining
Unbridled lips declare love's true anthem
Inspired words of life guiding this journey
Reborn to breathe afresh, sweet the beginning anew

Kingdom Come

Written By: Chris/Lisa Burness

KINGDOM COME

Sadness falls like a wounded crow
To hit the ground lead-hard below
My place of birth a long way back
No one gets me and that’s a fact
Life is hid, I’m on the run

His voice cut through the howling storm
He said, "Son, your life has been reborn
I bought you with a heavy price
Now let me give you some sound advice
Surrender all and follow where I tread"
Woh! Standing there a man of rock
Woh! Blood is streaming, sin is bought
A big black coat and a loaded gun
Gonna stand this fight ‘til kingdom come
Who’s that whispering to my soul
A still small voice wind-borne below
Why so loving me my dear?

What in me would keep you near

You gotta gotta let me go
Where, oh where do you find a man like this
My hero, Saviour, God-born champion and priest
The road is narrow, hard to bear
Rocks are scattered everywhere
But, walk this road barefoot I will to prove my love
I gotta get my head back in its place
I gotta wipe these tears right off my face
‘Cos the train that he’ll be riding on
Will leave this town, be come and gone
And I’ll be left out in the rain....if I’m not ready
Woh! Standing there a man of rock
Woh! Blood is streaming, sin is bought
A big black coat and a loaded gun
Gonna stand this fight ‘til kingdom come
I said a big black coat and a loaded gun
Gonna stand this fight ‘til kingdom come

(From album ‘Kingdom Come’, released 01 March 2012)
?Music and lyrics by: Lisa & Chris Burness
Genre : Rock/Pop

Tags: male/group/ medium tempo/ roots rock/ sounds like Bruce Springsteen/ Neil Young
License: all rights reserved

Radiate

Written By: Chris/Lisa Burness

RADIATE
Lord, let me shine bright as the sun ?I want to feel your love so warm ?Heat me from the inside-out until I’m burning ?Yeah! Until I’m burning ?Until I cannot hide it anymore ??Radiate, radiate, radiate from deep within my soul ?Radiate, radiate, radiate ?Your awe and wonder sets my heart aglow ??I need your light upon my skin ?To breathe and feel alive again ?Lift me from the shadows, higher than the mountains ?Higher than the mountains ?And fly me to a brighter hope beyond ??Radiate, radiate, radiate from deep within my soul ?Radiate, radiate, radiate ?Your awe and wonder sets my heart aglow ??I taste and see that you are good ?I seek you and you answer me ?You deliver me from all my fears and troubles ?All my fears and troubles ?I look to you and rid my face of shame ??Radiate, radiate, radiate from deep within my soul ?Radiate, radiate, radiate ?Your awe and wonder sets my heart aglow
credits
(from album Kingdom Come, released 01 March 2012) ?Music and lyrics by: Lisa and Chris Burness; arranged by Skellig
Genre : Rock/Pop
tags:celtic rock celtic rock folk rock indie Ladysmith sounds like Led Zepelin stomp
license
all rights reserved

Sheltered

Written By: Chris/Lisa Burness

SHELTERED

In the pulse of a heartbeat, in the air that I’m breathing ?I can feel your presence close to me ?In the warmth of a sunset, in the sweep of a valley ?I sense the touch of eternity ??My lifeblood, my maker ?Source of identity ?My wisdom, my purpose ?You are my everything ??On the peak of a mountain, on the wild of the ocean ?I’m reminded of mortality ??My comfort, my fortress ?You bring security ?My wisdom, my purpose ?You are my everything ??In the eye of the hurricane I find peace of mind ?When storms are raging round about me ?I am sheltered in your arms ??In the heat of emotion, on the spur of the moment ?You are ever watching over me ?My patience, my reason, you are my sanity ?My wisdom, my purpose, you are my everything ??In the eye of the hurricane I find peace of mind ?When storms are raging round about me ?I am sheltered in your arms
credits
(from the album Kingdom Come, released 01 March 2012 )
?Music and lyrics by : Lisa and Chris Burness; arranged by Skellig
Tags: Rock ballad indie moody sounds like Creed/Led Zepelin
License:all rights reserved

Crave

Written By: Mike O'Shaughnessey/Chris&Lisa Burness


CRAVE

Hello! How can I help you today? ?Latte to go and smiles are free ?Designer drugs, designer jeans ?Just keep them coming, this round’s on me ??Sky-scraping prophets give me all their good news ?Can’t take it with me, so I’ll have it all here ?Sex, more drugs, more rock, more roll ?Fishnet stockings selling premium beer ??(Crave. What do you crave? Make me your slave all the way to the grave) ?I’d leave this life I’m living for the green field I see there ?I’d leave the pain of bonds that break, and give it all for needing’s sake ?For just one piece of what I crave ??The things I’ve chased have left me wanting ?Senses swirl, intoxication ?Detached within a fuddled dream ?Brain cells die, what’s the fascination? ??Well goodbye now! It’s been nice knowing you ?What’s there to learn as I reach my journey’s end? ?All I have gathered and attained ?Is left behind me, please help yourself ??(Crave. What do you crave? Make me your slave all the way to the grave) ?I’d leave this life I’m living for the green field I see there ?I’d leave the pain of bonds that break, and give it all for needing’s sake ?I'd give it all for needing's sake ?For just one piece of what I crave
credits
(from album Kingdom Come, released 01 March 2012) ?M. O'Shaughnessy, Lisa & Chris Burness; arranged by Skellig
tags
tags: celtic rock celtic rock folk rock indie Ladysmith
license
all rights reserved

Discography

"Kingdom Come" ~ January 2012
Kingdom Come
Crave
Radiate
Fragile
Grain of Sand
Further On
Stuff
Believe
Sheltered
You'll Never Know
You Quicken Me
Smell the Love

"Skellig" ~ Released in Canada 2009
No Absolutes
There for Me
Free Gypsy
Mystery of Life

"Fragile (Handle with Care)" ~ Released in the UK 1998
Impetuous
Chasing Rainbows
Your Freedom
What Kind of Love
Love's a Sacrafice
Hope and Glory
More Than Language
Closer
This I Pray
Sea Escape
For a Friend
Room in Your Heart

"In Another Time" ~ Released in the UK 1996
To the Very Heart
In Another Time
To the Unknown
Mystery of Life
Who's Crying Now
Only the Light
Burning
The Calling
Silent Cry
Learn to Live Together
Take Me Home

Set List

Mainly Original Tunes But some covers like:

Rock an Roll - Led Zeplin
Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry
Maggie May - Rod Stewart
Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Love Shack -B52s
The Chain - Fleetwood Mac
Nothing Else Matters - Metallica
Iris - Goo Goo Dolls
Rosemary - Foo Fighters
Fishermans Blues - The Waterboys
Raggle taggle Gypsey - traditional
a couple of Jigs and Reels