Capercaillie

Scotland

Capercaillie

From their homeland roots of Argyll in the highlands of Scotland, Capercaillie has been credited with being the major force in bringing traditional Celtic music to the world stage and inspiring the great resurgence so evident today. And even three ground-breaking decades after Capercaillie first performed as teenagers in their native Scottish Highlands—even as they continue the worldwide musical journey that’s taken them from the Brazilian rainforest to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, not to mention into the pop charts—it is the ancient Gaelic culture that still inspires them most. Since the band’s first innovative recordings of 1984, they have toured in 30 countries across the world, released 10 award-winning albums (counting over a million sales world-wide), performed and appeared in the movie Rob Roy, and had the first Gaelic top 40 single. Capercaillie’s line-up comprises some of the world’s busiest and most sought-after Celtic musicians—Karen Matheson (lead vocalist), Donald Shaw (accordion, keyboards), Charlie McKerron (fiddle), Manus Lunny (guitar), Michael McGoldrick (flute), Ewen Vernal (bass), Alyn Cosker (drums), and David Robertson (percussionist). Capercaillie played at the first Celtic Colours in 1997 and it’s a pleasure to finally welcome them back—albeit by video—all these years later.

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