Caledonia returns with Dougie and AMWWF

Dougie Maclean and Anderson, McGinty, Webster, Ward and Fisher collaborated on the new version of Caledonia.
Dougie Maclean and Anderson, McGinty, Webster, Ward and Fisher collaborated on the new version of Caledonia.

THE collaboration between one of Scotland’s most celebrated singer song-writers and a hotly-tipped five-piece was unveiled this month by Caledonia Best as Scottish folk icon Dougie Maclean has teamed up with rising Dundee band Anderson, McGinty, Webster, Ward and Fisher (AMWWF) on a stunning new version of his much-loved classic Caledonia.

And both talents are set to play at this year’s Hebridean Celtic Festival in July.

The Scottish smooth draught ale brand brought the artists together for an exclusive recording of the song following the success of its first ever TV advert.

And since the ad hit TV screens across Scotland in December, AMWWF’s interpretation of the classic tune has proved popular with viewers, as well as with MacLean himself.

Dougie said: “I was really impressed with the band’s version of Caledonia, and when Caledonia Best contacted me and suggested we meet up, it seemed only natural that we get together and play some music.

“The guys came to visit me at my home near Dunkeld, and we had a great time recording a new version of the song. They’re very talented musicians and I think they’ve really put their stamp on the song – it was great to work with them.”

You can check out how Anderson, McGinty, Webster, Ward and Fisher got on with Dougie as the session was captured on film – check it out here: www.YouTube.com/CaledoniaBest

Dave Webster from the band said: “I’ve yet to meet a single person from Scotland who isn’t familiar with the song Caledonia.

“Often people are put off by the idea of by the idea of ‘cover versions’, especially when it’s such a well known song because there is a risk you could upset a lot of people if you get it wrong.

“Since recording the Caledonia Best advert I’ve met a lot of people with their own story attached to the song and the feedback they’ve given our version has generally been great.”

He added: “During the recording process it did play on our mind a wee bit what Dougie would think as we’ve a lot of respect for him and his music, but the very fact he agreed to have us collaborate with him was a huge compliment and a wonderful experience.”