The band was formed in 2006 by Kev Robinson on Vocals and Bass Guitar, Jim McClelland on Guitar,
Mike Ellis on Drums, Johnny Miller on Guitar to write some original songs. Inspired by and
influenced by a vast range of artists to create a melodic, powerful sound.
In the spring and summer of 2007, the band began recording a number of tracks on a digital 16 track
studio. The guys had a steep learning curve, as they did all the arrangements, recording, and
engineering of the tracks themselves, and for the first time. Ten of what the band thought were their
best tracks were selected, and put onto their debut CD titled, Razors' Edge.
Razors' Edge was well received; the sound of the album was flatteringly compared to fellow
Cumbrian band It Bites. A lot of this was down to guitar maestro, Johnny Miller, whose playing
style is not unlike Francis Dunnery. Tracks from the CD were put on the local radio stations
unsigned page. The first track from the CD, She's Complicated’, hit the top of the Unsigned Chart,
and Skinwalker became the first local band to be featured on Cumbria's CFM radio station.
Sadly, due to work commitments, Johnny had to leave the band in late 2007, but his shoes were ably
filled by Paul Doherty. In January 2008 the line-up was complete when Jeff Downey joined the band
In summer 2009 the bands second CD titled Ong's Hat was finished. This album has a bigger, more
aggressive sound than Razor's Edge, but still sticks to their roots of foot stomping rock songs, with
2012 saw Skinwalker play on the Main Stage at the Queens Diamond Jubilee Concert in Carlisle,
return to headline Thursbyfest, and make an appearance at the Silloth Music Festival.
Late 2012 saw the completion of the bands third album, Slide.
2013 was a busy year for the band. With the single It's Not My Life taken from Slide, being used as
an anthem to promote ME/CFS Fibromyalgia Awareness, and Goodnight Sister Suzi being picked
up and getting to the top of the tour dates charts.
Various gigs and festivals have kept the band ticking over and late 2017 saw the completion of
‘Borderland’ the 4 th album. Inspired by the people, sounds and sights of their home
Skinwalker will be supported on the night by Goosey Tyson and Phil Lewthwiate.
Phil has been writing his own material since he was a teenager. “‘Run, baby, run’ is one of his
favourite songs he's ever written, way back when he was about 19. It’s about a guy who was the leader
of a notorious gang in New York City. He'd read his book and his story was the inspiration for the song.
He's still singing it after all of these years!”.
Phil’s latest project is ‘LAKELANDSONG’ - a concept of songs and images inspired by growing up in
the Lake District. A number of songs in tonight’s set are taken from the new album.
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