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This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Dougie MacLean September 20, 2014

Posted by irishelectionliterature in This Weekend I'll Mostly Be Listening to....

It had to be a Scottish artist this weekend, so I had a rummage , wondered how a Rod Stewart CD had ended up in the house, skipped The Proclaimers, Simple Minds, The Jesus and Mary Chain , Big Country , The Blue Nile, Trashcan Sinatras and others ….. and ended up with Dougie MacLean.
I gather his “Caledonia” was used by The ‘Yes’ side of the recent Scottish Referendum and many of you will be familiar with the Dolores Keane version from The best selling “A Woman’s Heart”. Many moons ago he was a member of The Tannahill Weavers and briefly Silly Wizard. There has been a Dougie MacLean Festival running in Perthshire since 2005. He has performed with different artists over the course of each Festival. The Fesival Website
He is not just a fine singer ,guitarist and composer but also a noted Traditional Scottish Fiddler, Indeed the first tune here is his composition “The Gael” which was used in the film “The Last of The Mohicans”.


1. roddy - September 20, 2014

I have to say the highlight of the campaign for me was a video of someone called Christy (possibly O’Connell or McConnell) and Dougie McClean singing “Caledonia” in the street and hundreds of “yES” supporters singing along.Their enthusiasm really inspired me and really summed up who the “good guys” were in the referendum campaign.Compare these wonderful people to the hate filled union jack waving ,nazi saluting, uvf chanting morons who came out on the streets for the “No” side..


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