Tommy and Katie on tour

Pearl - aka Katie Sutherland - will be joining Tommy on his Highlands and Islands tour.
Pearl - aka Katie Sutherland - will be joining Tommy on his Highlands and Islands tour.

TWO homegrown music stars are currently touring the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.

Singer-songwriters Tommy Reilly from Torrance and Katie Sutherland from Kirkintilloch have teamed up to take their tunes to audiences in Lerwick tonight (Wednesday), Inverness tomorrow (Thursday), Forres on Friday and Stornoway on Saturday.

Tommy won the Channel 4 TV show Orange Unsigned Act in 2009, while Katie has supported Elton John as Pearl and the Puppets.

Audiences will be treated to highlights from Tommy’s first two albums, as well as tasters of the forthcoming third album – recorded with producer Paul Savage, who has worked with Franz Ferdinand and Admiral Fallow.

Meanwhile, Katie’s track ‘Because I Do’ can still be heard regularly on the airwaves. In 2008 it was used in a Vodafone advert throughout Australia and New Zealand. Another of her songs, ‘Make Me Smile’, featured on adverts in the US and Romania.

Promoter Davie Gardner said they were “two very exciting young musicians”.

He added: “Individually they are both fantastic singer-songwriters, so their coming together like this should be something else indeed.

“It’s always a fairly unique experience to have top artists perform smaller gigs of this nature, giving fans a chance to get up close to the music and of course the artists.”