St. Ann’s, NS – Celtic Colours welcomes back to the stage one of Scotland’s most successful contemporary singer-songwriters, Dougie MacLean. His style fuses Celtic and classical genres, and blends ancient stories with timeless melodies.
The son of a gardener with Gaelic highland origins, MacLean’s music is heavily influenced and inspired by rural values and by Scotland’s stunning scenery. His latest recording Perthshire Amber, an instrumental project, is garnering critical and popular acclaim throughout Europe; however, his soul-inspired songs are definitely his strength.
Dougie’s considerable talent has been recognized by Irish singers Mary Black, Delores Keane and Frankie Miller, all of whom have covered his songs. He was recently featured, along with Ry Cooder, Joan Armatrading and Shawn Colvin, in the world-renowned music magazine Acoustic Guitar and has appeared on numerous television programs, including Celtic Tides and Song Roads.
In the 25 years since MacLean first started his musical career, he has played worldwide, had his tune The Gael selected for The Last of the Mohicans soundtrack, created the video The Land: Songs of Dougie MacLean, and made numerous television appearances. His hit Caledonia is an unofficial Scottish anthem and has been recorded by artists like Kathy Mattea and Cape Breton’s own Barra MacNeils.
MacLean made a masterful impact at Celtic Colours 1999 and spawned a new community of “Dougie” enthusiasts. Sam MacPhee, Chair of the Celtic Colours Festival Society witnessed Dougie’s impression on the Celtic Colours audience last year, “Dougie took to the stage by himself with just a guitar in hand and in no less than 60 seconds, had the entire audience singing along with him, whether they had heard his songs before or not. With such a powerful impact, we knew we had to bring him back.”
Dougie performs this year at the Bards & Ballads concert in Baddeck (October 11), at The Kitchen Ceilidh also in Baddeck (October 14) and at his feature performance, Dougie’s Return, at the Savoy Theatre (October 13).