DEÒ is the much anticipated second album from Beinn Lee, a six-piece band from Uist in the Outer Hebrides. Their 2018 debut album OSGARRA was described by renowned piper Fred Morrison as “a breath of fresh air”: “the feel of the Uist music runs beautifully throughout the album and the sensitive vocals and top drawer musicianship add up to one of the most exciting musical prospects I have heard in a long time.”
The band are very excited to release DEÒ, an album which has been two and a half years in the making, which showcases a number of new compositions by members of band, including original songs and their 2019 single Anam Saor, as well as many of their favourite tunes that they have been playing for years. In this album the band have pushed the boundaries of their sound further, while also reflecting on what is core to their music: the feeling of returning to music in 2021 highlighted the band’s roots with traditional tunes and bringing people together to dance. That fundamental aspect of the band’s music is part of DEÒ and compliments lots of new material borne out of the band’s strong ambition to drive Gaelic music forward in new ways.
Formed in 2013, Beinn Lee are rooted in the west coast style of traditional music. The collective inheritance of Gaelic song and west coast pipe music of members Micheal Steele, Pàdruig Morrison, Mairi Thérèse Gilfedder, James Stewart, Anna Black, and Seoras Lewis provide a very strong Gaelic traditional backbone to their music, but their music of contemporary and self-penned tunes and songs are infused with diverse modern influences. The band have performed at festivals across Scotland, as well as in Belgium, and supporting Skipinnish at the Barrowlands in October 2021 was a particular highlight.