A renowned Scottish singer songwriter, famed for the song ‘Caledonia’, is set to travel to Portsoy to perform at this year’s Scottish Traditional Boat Festival.
Dougie MacLean, who celebrates more than 40 years of performing, will headline the Festival’s Friday Night Gig at the Green event on June 29.
Having built an international reputation as songwriter, composer and extraordinary performer on his own terms, Dougie has amassed a dedicated fan base.
From his very early recordings with the Tannahill Weavers, Alex Campbell and Alan Roberts to the many recordings on his own Dunkeld Records label which began in 1983 with the album ‘Craigie Dhu’, Dougie continues to write and record his own songs.
This talent has taken him to numerous concerts and festivals across the world, and has seen his songs covered by a host of fellow musicians including Paulo Nutini, Amy Macdonald and Ronan Keating, as well as being used in films and television.
His anthem Caledonia topped the Scottish charts and become one of Scotland’s most popular contemporary songs.
In 2011 Dougie was awarded an OBE, for services to music and charity, in the New Year’s Honours List which was presented to him by the Queen at Holyrood Palace.
Looking ahead to his performance, Dougie commented, “Although I’ve performed in the North East before, this is my first concert in Portsoy and I’m very much looking forward to it. I have a keen passion for historic boats, so it will be great to experience all the Festival has to offer too”.
The Friday night gig is kindly sponsored by David Urquhart Joiners, based at Glenglassaugh near Portsoy. Entry is by ticket only and demand for tickets is expected to be high so music fans are encouraged to buy theirs now either online at www.stbfportsoy.org or at the Festival Ticket and Information Office in Portsoy from June 23. Tickets cost £20 each.
Scottish fiddler and singer/song writer Elsa Jean McTaggart will provide support at the event.
One of the most popular events in Scotland’s tourism calendar, the ACE Winches Scottish Traditional Boat Festival attracts up to 16,000 people to the Banffshire town of Portsoy every year, with around 12% of the visitors attending from overseas.
It takes place on June 30 and July 1 in Portsoy, Aberdeenshire, when it will showcase the best in Scotland’s maritime, crafts, food, drink, music and dance.