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Blair Douglas: Beneath the Beret

Beneath the Beret

Blair's second album

Description

This, Blair's second album, features many of his most enduring compositions, including 'Kate Martin's' Waltz.

Biography

As would be said in Gaelic, Blair Douglas 'did not need to buy' his musical ability, he inherited it from both sides of his family. But genetics alone cannot explain this rare talent. What Blair has done over the years to hone and perfect his talents through good times and not-so-good times by dint of sheer hard and often thankless work. His musical expertise is a distillation of the tuition he received and the influences to which he was exposed, the years of playing and composing, and his recording and producing experience.

Blair was born and brought up in Skye. On his mother's side he has strong connections with North Uist while his father's people had moved to Skye from the Border country around 150 years ago.

Blair was inspired to buy an accordion after hearing the playing of the late, lamented Niall Cheòis of Lewis. In 1973, having quickly mastered the instrument he teamed up with Calum and Rory MacDonald, fellow Skyemen with North Uist connections. Together they formed the Run Rig Dance Band, later to become Run Rig, with whom he played for several years.

His first solo album, Celtology, came out in 1984. Subsequent CDs - Beneath the Beret, A Summer in Skye, Angels from the Ashes and Stay Strong are all remarkable not only because of their quality but also because the material featured is Blair's own. These CDs are now classics and speak eloquently of Blair's huge musical talents.

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Blair Douglas: Beneath the Beret

Beneath the Beret

Clàr sònraichte eile le Blàr Dùghlas

Description

Tha feadhainn dheth na puirt as ainmeile a rinn Blàr air a' chlàr seo.

Biography

Chan e a cheannach a rinn e. Bha luchd-ciùil ealanta air taobh athair agus air taobh a mhathair. Thogadh Blàr ‘san Eilean Sgitheanach agus ann an Glaschu agus tha air cliù a chosnadh dha fhèin mar fhear-ciùil. Tha e air coig clàran a dhèanamh agus tha an leabhar-ciùil ùr aige an impis nochdadh.

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Track Listing

  1. Braigh Uige (Braes of Uig)[]
  2. Iain Ghlinn Cuaich[]
  3. Solus m'aigh[]
  4. Kate Martin's Waltz[]
  5. Celtic Jive[]
  6. Blair's got a Wah-Wah pedal (and he's gonna use it)[]
  7. Ghost of Glasgow[]
  8. Growing Up[]
  9. Mardi Gras Music[]
  10. Glove Game (Benny Lynch)[]
  11. Irish Eyes[]
  12. King is King[]