Dougie Maclean confirms HebCelt date

Returning to the Hebridean Celtic Festival 17 years after his last performance at the very first HebCelt is singer/songwriter extraordinare Dougie Maclean.

Returning to the Hebridean Celtic Festival 17 years after his last performance at the very first HebCelt is singer/songwriter extraordinare Dougie Maclean.

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One of Scotland’s most acclaimed singer songwriters is returning to the award-winning Hebridean Celtic Festival this summer 17 years after appearing in the inaugural event.

Dougie Maclean said: “This has already been a fantastic year for me and I am looking forward to touring and playing as much as ever. I am delighted to be appearing at HebCelt which is an internationally renowned festival in a beautiful part of the world and an area I know extremely well.”

Maclean received a lifetime achievement award for his contribution to songwriting at the Radio 2 Folk Awards last month. First Minister Alex Salmond, who presented him with the honour, hailed the singer as a “celebrated artist, nationally and internationally.”

Maclean, 58, who is based in Butterstone, near Dunkeld, will mark 40 years as a professional musician next year and is still a much sought after performer, regularly touring the world.

His song, Caledonia, is regarded as Scotland’s alternative national anthem and has been recorded by hundreds of artists. It was a Number 1 song for Frankie Miller and was used in a famous beer commercial; as well as being chosen as the theme song for Homecoming Scotland 2009 when it was sung on a TV advert by stars including Sir Sean Connery, Brian Cox and Lulu.

Maclean also won a gold disc for sales of over 500,000 for his music used in the film, the Last of the Mohicans, including the melody The Gael.

The singer/songwriter has collected a string of other awards, including an OBE, Tartan Clef Awards and has even featured in The Broons.

Maclean will be making his first appearance at HebCelt since 1996. However he has strong connections to the islands and is a regular visitor to the area, having a home on Uig on the west side of Lewis.

HebCelt is also one of a select number of festivals to feature a new line-up, The Maclean Project, a nine-piece band with MacLean on vocals, guitar, fiddle and digeridoo; as well as Jamie MacLean (drums, percussion), Gordon Maclean (bass, vocals), Sorren Maclean (acoustic guitar, vocals), Ross Ainslie (whistles, pipes, mandocello), Chris Mara (electric and acoustic guitar, vocals), Laura Beth Salter (mandolin, vocals), Pete Garnett (accordion, harmonium), and Hannah Fisher (fiddle, vocals).

Already confirmed to appear at the festival, which runs from 17-20 July, 2013 and is based in the island of Lewis are top Scottish live acts The Battlefield Band and The Red Hot Chilli Pipers, as well as Virginian five-piece band The Hot Seats.

Festival director Caroline Maclennan, said: “Dougie Maclean is one of the biggest names in Scottish music and we are thrilled that he will be joining us at HebCelt this year.

“He has been an amazing ambassador for Scotland around the world and was rightly honoured for his achievements at the Radio 2 Folk Awards. He will add something special to an already strong line-up at the event.”

The 18th HebCelt is already attracting huge interest across the globe. Advance tickets – which are being held at 2012 prices of £70 (£55 for concession and £15 for children under 14) for the main arena events – have already been snapped up by fans across the UK and Ireland, Europe and America.

For more information, visit the Hebridean Celtic Festival website at www/hebceltfest.com