Dante to play Hootananny in November.

Up-and-coming Celtic Rockers, DANTE, are set to return to Inverness this November after announcing A Regional Scottish Tour, promoting the success of their debut album, ‘Wake’, and the artistic sequels following suit. Fresh from victorious sets at Belladrum Festival, The Edinburgh Festival, and The Hebridean Celtic Festival – to name but a few – DANTE are back to strum beautifully rugged indie folk melodies into the hearts of their Inverness Fanbase once more.

The sextet’s harmonic, Celtic voices awaken goosebumps across a sea of audiences, sparking a patriotic internal uprising in any Scot’s soul, every strike of the drum and bass (played by Ruaridh Kidd and Stuart Hosking) beats inside the hearts of all listening. Their faster-paced pieces, liven the atmosphere of any situation, the rushes of the strings flowing throughout bloodstreams and confirm to all that DANTE truly are “Paving the way for modern Celtic rock”, as stated by Artrocker.

‘Wake’, produced and recorded by Andy Monaghan of Frightened Rabbit, is a collective of indie rock, flawless acoustic elements, and the band’s stripped back Celtic roots. Paired with the haunting vocals of Seàn McLaughlin, Vicky Gray and Craig MacLeod, DANTE have the listener mentally whisked off to the middle of a misty glen or moody day on a boat in the stilling waves of Loch Ness.

DANTE’s poetically illustrated lyrics, such as “Pull me by the soul to where I’m from” from ‘Wake’, resemble the romantic imagery of ‘Caledonia’ by Dougie MacLean. The inclusion of an Electric Mandolin (intricately performed by Stephen Thom) adds to the melancholic atmosphere that Dante express in their music. The album itself was situated within The Herald’s Top 50 Albums of 2013, and their second album is due out in 2018

DANTE plays Hootananny, Inverness on the 24th of November