2019 is Another Great Year for Scotland’s Stellar Singer-Songwriter Dougie MacLean!
Having begun last year with a capacity solo concert to 2000+ in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, followed by a combination of filming, recording and performing in concerts and festivals from Orkney and Bute Islands to Suffolk and Cornwall in England and from Hude in Germany to Memphis in the USA… Dougie MacLean finished 2018 with his own 3-day Perthshire Amber Festival in the heart of Scotland with visitors from 25 countries world-wide!
This year sees him returning to the USA in April for concerts in great theatre venues in the east from Maine, to Massachusetts to Rhode Island and upstate New York. In June/July Dougie journeys to Europe for special concerts in the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark. The rest of summer is focused in Scotland with some great concerts and festivals, from the Isle of Lewis in the Hebrides to Newton Stewart in the Scottish Borders, including the Brunton Theatre during the Edinburgh Festival, the Mull of Kintyre Festival and a huge concert during Piping Live!
Come September Dougie heads over the border to some great venues in England… ending up with the St Ives Festival in Cornwall. Then after a trip across to feature at the Cork Folk Festival in Ireland Dougie will finish the year with his own annual autumnal festival in Perthshire from 1st-3rd November. No doubt there will be other surprises for St Andrews Day and Hogmanay…but his year seems quite packed full already! Tickets are certainly moving fast and it’s anticipated that most of the concerts will sell out in advance.
In between the performances Dougie finds time for his fascination with Fergie tractors, old Honda mopeds, archery, bee-keeping and of late the collecting and restoring of Singer sewing machines from the 1880s to 1960s! He also joins with his son Jamie MacLean in their studio for composing and recording music for film and TV and for MacLean’s ever popular albums.
His upcoming shows will bring together some of MacLean’s best loved work (both songs and stories!) and some wonderful new songs from his latest studio album New Tomorrow.
Dougie MacLean said: “This is my 44th year as a professional musician…sometimes I can’t believe that I am still enjoying the writing, recording and performing as much as ever. I’m looking forward to all the concerts but especially to the special single concerts in the Netherlands and Germany!… it will be great to return and meet friends old and new there! I’m planning concerts filled with old favourites mixed with a few new songs that I hope the audiences will really appreciate….hope they’re all getting ready to raise the roof with a couple of those choruses!”
Described as “Scotland’s pre-eminent singer-songwriter and a national musical treasure” (SingOut USA) MacLean is internationally renowned for his song ‘Caledonia’, music for ‘Last of the Mohicans’ and inspired performances in concerts and festivals all over the world including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Sydney’s Opera House and London’s Festival Theatre.