From 2011: Mavis Staples, Tim O'Brien, Dougie MacLean, Joy Kills Sorrow, Mollie O'Brien & Rich Mo
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This episode was taped in Glasgow, Scotland as a part of the Celtic Connections festival and first aired in 2011. The lineup includes Mavis Staples, Tim O'Brien, Dougie MacLean, Joy Kills Sorrow, Mollie O'Brien & Rich MooreSupport is provided by Digital Relativity https://digitalrelativity.com
Dougie MacLean is Scotland’s preeminent singer songwriter. His song Caledonia, written over 30 years ago ago when he was a young musician just getting started, is so popular it is often considered the unofficial national anthem of Scotland. In the run up tp #indyref in 2014 there were many who were ready to vote Yes to independence, and Yes to making Caledonia the country’s official anthem.His amazing 40-plus year career began as a fiddle player, in a family where both his Mum and Da were musically inclined. While growing up in rural Scotland Dougie MacLean picked up the guitar, as so many did back in the 1960s and 70s and the rest, as they say, is history. Now more than 40 years later he has his own recording label, built a recording studio in the schoolhouse where his father learned to write with chalk on a slate tablet, has penned one of Scotland’s best loved songs, and broadcasts his music live to his legions of fans worldwide via satellite. Beautiful summer view across Loch (Lake) Tummel seen from Queen's View, a famous viewpoint. Located near Pitlochry, Perthshire, Scotland, UK. Perthshire is the region of Scotland that has been home to Dougie MacLean since his birth. While best known as a singer/songwriter/performer there is another side to Dougie MacLean. He is also a composer. His best known piece, "The Gael", was a fiddle tune originally written for a Loch Ness promotional film called "The Search" before it was adapted and retitled for the movie "The Last of the Mohicans." However, Just over a year ago, in July 2015, MacLean released Perthshire Amber – a new CD featuring a 4-part instrumental suite he composed to honor the part of Scotland he calls home. Reviewer Michael Simmons calls it “his most ambitious and successful composition yet – a beautifully evocative piece of music…" Released in Summer 2015, Perthshire Amber is MacLean's most ambitious effort yet as a composer and features a 4-part instrumental suite of the same name.Below The Parish of Dunkeld Handbell Ringers at The Perthshire Amber Festival ringing Dougie MacLean's famous song "Caledonia", arranged for handbells by Elaine Duffus. The camera focuses throughout on one ringer - Dougie's mother, who joined the Dunkeld handbell group two years after they first performed at Dougie's Amber Festival. In Part Two of my conversation with Dougie we explore further the influence that growing up and living in Scotland has had on his music. We sample one movement of his composition Perthshire Amber, discuss the annual Dougie MacLean Music Festival, his video streaming service Butterstone TV that allows him to remain connected with his fans worldwide while traveling a bit less (now that he's in his early 60s), and ask what long term legacy his music may have.And while Scotland has had its influence on Dougie MacLean and his music, he and his music has unquestionably also influenced other singer songwriters. We'll hear a piece written by Pennsylvanian Kj Reimensnyder-Wagner following an opportunity to meet Dougie and perform at the music pub he once owned in Dunkeld. The song is performed by KJ and Texas Brian Kalinec. (On a personal note, Brian and I were bandmates in a group called The Past Tymes in the 1960s in our hometown of Beaumont, Texas) The song is used with permission.• Dougie MacLean: Singer / Songwriter / Performer / Composer • Perthshire Amber Music Festival• Butterstone TV• Kalinec & KJ
Dougie MacLean is one of Scotland's most loved musical artists. He is a singer, songwriter, composer, and performer. His love song to Scotland, Caledonia, has become a part of the country's social fiber and is often mentioned as a future national anthem when talk turns to Scottish independence.MacLean was raised in a rural setting by a mother and father who both loved music. He recalls making up little tunes at a very early age. Born in 1954, he was influenced, as most young people of the time were, by The Beatles, but also by pop-folk singers of the time like James Taylor, Jackson Brown and Joni Mitchell.MacLean's music is, in his word, "authentic." He draws from his life in Scotland, experiences there and the spirit of the land, when writing his music that combines folk style lyrics with a contemporary finger-style guitar playing. His songs don't often get radio play yet he has performed in front of millions of fans worldwide at venues no less than New York's Carnegie Hall. You can find a bit of Scotland in all of his music, whether it be a reference to his home in the Perthshire hills, to the sea that is so much a part of life for so many in Scotland.MacLean has been honored with an OBE for his services to music and charity, he has two prestigious Tartan Clef Awards, has been inducted into the Scottish Music Hall of Fame, and received a lifetime achievement award from the BBC.In 2014 MacLean celebrated his 40th year as a performed by teaming up with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra to record and release "Till Tomorrow" adding a unique symphonic element to many of his best loved songs, both contemporary and classical.In this episode, part one of our visit with Dougie MacLean, he talks about his earliest musical influences, how his life in Scotland inspires his music, and of course about his much loved tune, Caledonia.Eleven years ago MacLean created Perthshire Amber - The Dougie MacLean Music Festival as a means of both giving back to the part of Scotland he calls home and to help aspiring artists to find their musical voice. In 2016 the once 10-day event will be paired down to 4 days but still features not just music, but an exploration of Pertshire's landscape, history, heritage and culture.Technology is also a part of MacLean's musical enterprises now with Butterstone TV, a subscription based video streaming service that provides a window into his music, performances, and more.We explore both the festival and his online work in Part Two of Dougie MacLean: Songs of Scotland.• Dougie MacLean website•Perthsire Amber - The Dougie MacLean Music Festival•Scottish Music Hall of Fame•Royal Scottish National Orchestra•Highland Perthshire (Tourist info)
Hailed as a "musical hero" by the USA's Wall Street Journal, renowned Scottish singer-songwriter Dougie MacLean is the subject of our latest Artist Spotlight! Tune in as Dougie discusses his musical influences, the enduring popularity of Scottish folk music, the impact of the digital revolution on his career, and how a wee song called "Caledonia" became a cultural phenomenon. You'll also hear Dougie's popular tune "The Gael," featured in the 1992 movie The Last of the Mohicans, and a track from his latest album, a collaboration with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Join us as we celebrate one of Scotland's greatest modern musicians!