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Dougie MacLean's fall tour brings a touch of Scottish soul to North America

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Dougie MacLean (Life in Frame Photography)

World-renowned Scottish folksinger-songwriter Dougie MacLean is touring the United States and Canada this fall, before returning home to conduct his annual Perthshire Amber Festival. Considered one of the greatest folk icons of today, his songs are often filled with evocative, poetic images of his native land. MacLean’s shows are an enchanting and musically intimate experience not to be missed. Expect timelessly beautiful music, rousing sing-alongs, and a dose of wry Scottish wit and storytelling.

MacLean is perhaps best known for his “wee homesick song,” Caledonia, a stirring piece that has become an anthem for Scots at home and abroad. It has been covered by a number of artists ranging from Frankie Miller to Celtic Woman to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. and is being used as the official theme song for the Homecoming Scotland 2009 ad campaign.

Fans of the song may be tickled to know that a limited edition Highland Single Malt “Dougie MacLean’s Caledonia” whiskey was issued this summer by Edradour, Scotland’s smallest distillery, which continues to handcraft their whiskies using traditional methods. Says MacLean, “If you drink half the bottle, you can sing it in a beautiful tenor voice. If you drink the whole bottle you get the BBC Symphony Orchestra playing along with you in your head!”

To find out if Dougie MacLean is performing at a venue near you, take a look at the tour section of his homepage.

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