Dougie MacLean

Dougie MacLean

Dougie MacLean in September 2011
Background information
Born (1954-09-27) 27 September 1954
Dunblane, Perthshire, Scotland
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, composer, musician
Instruments Guitar, Violin, Mandola, Viola, Bouzouki, Harmonica, Banjo, Bass
Associated acts The Tannahill Weavers, Silly Wizard

Dougie MacLean, OBE (born 27 September 1954 in Dunblane)[1] is a Scottish singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. Described by critic Craig Harris in AllMusic as "one of Scotland's premier singer-songwriters",[2] MacLean's most famous pieces include "The Gael", from his 1990 album The Search, which was adapted by Trevor Jones as the main theme to The Last of the Mohicans (1992); and "Caledonia", from his first album. The latter has been covered by numerous popular singers and groups, and called Scotland's unofficial national anthem.[3]


To support himself in the 1970s, MacLean was a driver for Doc Watson and Merle Watson during their tour around Europe.[4] He maintained a friendship afterward and has appeared at Merlefest.[5]

His career started with a traditional band, The Tannahill Weavers, in 1976. In the early 1980s, he was briefly part of Silly Wizard.

Solo career

His solo career started in 1981 and since then he has recorded numerous albums. He plays multiple instruments, including guitar, violin, mandola, viola, bouzouki, banjo and bass as well as being a singer and composer.[6]

MacLean has organised and performed in the Perthshire Amber Festival, Birnam & Dunkeld, alongside multiple performances at Celtic Connections, Glasgow.


In 2011, MacLean was invested as an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE).[7]

In 2013, MacLean was awarded the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Lifetime Achievement for Contribution to Songwriting. The award was presented by First Minister Alex Salmond at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.[8][9][10][11]








  1. "Albums by Dougie MacLean". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
  2. Harris, Craig. "Dougie MacLean: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 8 April 2012.
  3. "Caledonia Best Bring Together Dougie Maclean and AMWWF for New Version of 'Caledonia'". PR Newswire. 15 February 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  4. "From Doc Watson to lifetime folk award, Dougie MacLean sings on". Reuters. 30 January 2013. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  5. "2013 Merlefest Artist list".
  6. Emblen, Frank (23 February 1986). New Jersey Guide. "The New York Times". Accessed on 14 August 2007.
  7. "'Caledonia' folk writer receives OBE". BBC. 31 December 2010. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
  8. "BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards recognises Scots legends". Scotsman. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  9. "Dougie Maclean celebrates Folk Award with star-studded Caledonia rendition". Daily Record and Sunday Mail. 1 February 2013. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  10. "BBC2 Folk Awards 2013 Winners". Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  11. "BBC2 Folk Awards 2013 Winners". Retrieved 5 February 2013.

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