Dougie MacLean On Mountain Stage

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Dougie MacLean performed at the 2011 Celtic Connection Festival in Glasgow, Scotland.

Dougie MacLean performed at the 2011 Celtic Connection Festival in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Set List

  • "Holding Back"
  • "Turning Away"
  • "Caledonia"
  • "Loving One"
  • "The Water Is Wide"

As one of Scotland's most respected and beloved singer-songwriters, Dougie MacLean was a natural inclusion of Mountain Stage's broadcast from the 2011 Celtic Connection Festival in Glasgow, Scotland. This was MacLean's fifth appearance on Mountain Stage. He needed no introduction to the audience at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall where he performed four songs, including the well-known "Caledonia." MacLean jokingly told the audience that he was afraid of what might happen if he didn't play it, as the song has become a sort of unofficial national anthem to his fellow Scots, thanks to its prominent place in the Homecoming Scotland 2009 television advertising campaign. MacLean describes the song as "a wee homesick song I wrote when I was very young that's now become a loveable monster."

This segment ends with special guest Tim O'Brien, also in Scotland to perform for the Celtic Connections festival, and Mountain Stage pianist Bob Thompson performing a rendition of the traditional song "The Water Is Wide." O'Brien has appeared on Mountain Stage more than any other artist, and is a regular at Celtic Connections, too.

This segment originally aired on April 6, 2011.

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