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Happy Return: Dougie MacLean

Date posted: August 5, 2019

Scottish folk-singing icon Dougie MacLean is looking forward to bridging a seven-year gap when he returns to headline the opening night at this summer’s St Ives September Festival.

Dougie, best known for writing and performing the Scottish “folk anthem” Caledonia, will be making his first visit since his sell-out appearance at The Guildhall in 2012. “It’s been a busy and wonderful seven years for me since I last performed in St Ives at the Festival,” said Dougie, who also wrote the music for the film Last Of The Mohicans. It was, quite literally, a flying visit in 2012, with Dougie taking the plane to Newquay from Edinburgh but he intends to spend more time around this year’s Festival when he appears at The Guildhall on Saturday, September 14.

“I remember enjoying the music and atmosphere, the Festival team, the town and the surrounding landscape – and wanting to return for a longer visit,” said Dougie, who has been honoured with two prestigious Tartan Clef Awards, a place in the Scottish Music Hall of Fame, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and an OBE!

He pledged: “This year I’ll have more time to explore the town and the coast so myself and my wife Jenny are really looking forward to it!”

Dougie MacLean opens a two-week Festival music programme which also includes iconic Irish band Dervish, multi-award-winning folk duo Show of Hands, Sam Kelly and The Lost Boys, Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow, Katie Kirk and Rick Williams, John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett, and Geoff Lakeman, with more to be announced.

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