High-energy Celtic rock band Face The West yesterday (Thursday February 14th) announced the end of a five-year ‘career break’ with plans for a new album and a new schedule of live gigs.

The Isle of Lewis line-up featured Keith Morrison on keyboards and synths, Jane Hepburn on fiddle, DC Macmillan as drummer and Alasdair Maclean on the accordion – numerous other island musicians also joined the line-up for tours or individual gigs. They were festival and gig favourites for almost 15 years, after forming while still in school in 1998.

A 2009 Trads nomination as live act of the year and a tour of Vietnam were among highlights of a career as a Scotland-wide favourite band. The party years saw the release of three albums and a slew of classic high-octane tracks such as The Bat, Cardiac Ceilidh, Postmans Walk and the iconic HebCelt Bounce.

Face the West have been off the scene as a band for nearly six years, during which time, according to Keith Morrison: ““We took five years out to act like grown-ups – getting married (not to each other!) having babies and working at proper(ish) jobs.“

In January the band announced a one-off reunion gig to help celebrate the tenth year of the Tiree Music Festival, but yesterday the news broke that popular demand has led to plans for more gigs and for a new album. In a statement the band said: “We've finally given in to the magnitude of letters, pages, postcards, bookface tweets and instachapsnaps. Kids these days man. They've found us on spotify and won't leave us alone.

“You have been screaming at us for over seven years to make new music. So here we are, making our fourth studio album. Seven years of ideas so this one will be good. It will be good for dancing, partying, driving, running, jumping and crying to. We’re feeling really inspired and full of ideas to make a really fresh and innovative album. The gang are delighted to have an excuse to get together again. It’s going to be carnage!”

To help fund the recording and production of the album, Face The West have a crowdfunding page at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/face-the-west-new-album  where they offer packages in exchange for donations.

Picture shows Face The West band members heading for Oban after their performance at the Tiree Music Festival in 2014. (Face The West)