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Dunblane, United Kingdom (1981 – present)

Dougie MacLean OBE (born 27 September, 1954, in Dunblane, Scotland) is one of Scotland’s finest singers and songwriters, with a rich, heavily-accented voice. He is a multi-instrumentalist (harp, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, didgeridoo, guitar) with a large back catalogue.

MacLean began his career playing with the Tannahill Weavers in 1976. In the early ’80s, he was briefly part of Silly Wizard. His solo career started in 1981. His first release was in 1983 with the album “Craigie Dhu”, although he had already recorded other albums, such as “Snaigow” and “Fiddle”, which were not released till much later. Perhaps his best-known track is “Caledonia”, used for a Scottish Tourist Board advert, and very evocative of Scotland. Also well-known is “The Gael”, from his 1990 album The Search, which was adapted by Trevor Jones as the main theme to the 1992 film Last of the Mohicans. MacLean’s lyrics are fervently pro-Scottish; a recurring theme is the Highland Clearances. He also campaigns for the Aborigines and the native Americans.

MacLean lives in Dunkeld in Perthshire. The popular music bar in The Taybank Hotel, which displays MacLean ephemera and is a popular venue for folk music enthusiasts.

In 2011, MacLean was invested as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).

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  • daifullpelt

    hi, thought maybe you'd like to check out Serundal, contemporary Celtic/Medieval male/female singer songwriters from the uk.Ten albums, two e.p's and two singles released since 2006 (most here on All original material- lyrics and arrangements songs based on Celtic and medieval English legend. Find out more on Four tracks 'White Stag' (Yule 2009) 'Sisters of Caer' 'Stone of Destiny' Don't Let the Daylight Break' (Land of the Sixth Moon 2010) voted 2010 semi-finalists in the UK Songwriting Contest. *2011 UKSC update Commended: 'Annwn' (Dark Days White Knights) 2012 new album 'Chime Child' released! 2013 new mp3 album released 'The Scrying Pool' featuring the track 'Richard lll- The Lost King' ! 2013 UKSC update Commended: 'That's where I'll be' from 'The Scrying Pool' November 20th 2013 Serundal's Christmas single 'The Hag of Winter' released!

    9 May 2014 Reply
  • Frostnight_

    Just heard Ready For The Storm for the first time, what a beautiful, beautiful song. His concerts must be amazing!

    26 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Thjothsigrsaeli

    very nice

    2 Mar 2013 Reply

    Last fm shows how weak their platform is with the dearth of Dougie MacLean songs here... (3).... Still waiting LastFm...

    24 Jun 2012 Reply
  • rjoosse91

    I received the EP Muir of Gormack and his newest CD Resolution yesterday. The Muir of Gormack is great and I think the new album will also be a great record. Love Dougie's music, I hope he is going to tour in Europe next year, it's been 6 years since I saw him live.

    14 Dec 2011 Reply
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    13 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Ellsee53

    Last fm shows how weak their platform is with the dearth of Dougie MacLean songs here...[2] Shout it from the rooftops!!!

    7 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Rockschnecke

    I saw the Opening show of Perthshire Amber on Friday and the show yesterday.....Dougie´s the limit. Sadly i´m not in scotland but the whole Festivalconcerts ( the main shows) are available to be watched live on the internet.

    31 Oct 2010 Reply
  • sailinshoes1

    Last fm shows how weak their platform is with the dearth of Dougie MacLean songs here...

    7 Sep 2010 Reply
  • mitliebe_jen

    Just discovered the song "Caledonia" and fell absolutely in love!

    16 Jun 2010 Reply
  • InkReflections

    I love Dougie's music!

    9 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Ullsfjorden

    Over the past few years Dougie's festival at Pitlochry every autumn has become one of the highlights of the Scottish musical year. If you like this man's music it's worth getting there if you can.

    13 Jun 2009 Reply
  • ReefRider

    Dougie's the man! Great Songs, really nice guy

    15 May 2009 Reply
  • mattyleswan

    I saw Dougie at the Perthshire Amber in 2007. What an amazing musician and what a great bloke too.

    1 Mar 2009 Reply
  • MacDoff

    In one word, just great!! Ok, two then, what the hack. Dougie, you're one of the greatest! Keep on doin' the good job. Cheers, MacDoff, the Netherlands

    29 Jan 2009 Reply
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  • mahellewell

    who wouldn't?

    24 Oct 2008 Reply
  • tapisalo

    The Gael is one of my favorite pieces of music. It was used as the theme in The Last of the Mohicans and there's even a folk metal cover version of it by Cruachan. All of Dougie MacLean's music (that I've heard) is good, both the vocal and the instrumental albums.

    14 Aug 2007 Reply
  • mahellewell

    I pity everybody who has based their opinions of Dougie MacLean on Caledonia and has't heard the Real Estate album...

    7 May 2006 Reply

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