Blair Douglas: A Summer in Skye
A hugely popular album, considered to be one of Blair's best.
We have come to expect the unexpected from Blair. His albums are ahead of their time, breaking new ground in the interpretation of Gaelic music. They exude confidence and class and while bringing us music and song which embraced influences from other cultures, demonstrate the ease with which Blair operates within his natural element - the Gaelic cultural tradition.
The compositions in both ancient and contemporary idioms from Gaelic cultures are represented, as are those which echo some of the world's other traditions. To this add Blair's consummate skill as a musician and the result is irresistible
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.
Blair Douglas' youtube sample
Blair Douglas: A Summer in Skye
Clàr cho mòr-chòrdte ‘sa nochd bho chionn mòran bhliadhnaichean
Clàr cho mòr-chòrdte ‘sa nochd bho chionn mòran bhliadhnaichean. Puirt agus òrain tarruingeach agus Blàr a’ cluich air fìor àrd ìre. Chan eil nas fheàrr.
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.
Faic bhidio shampall air youtube
- A Summer in Skye
- The Skye Glen Waltz
- The Second Sight
- The Landlord's Walk
- A' Bhean lonmhainn (The Beloved Wife)
- lain Angus Douglas's Welcome to the Big Wide World/The Woodworker/An Corran Glas
- The Gugahunter
- NicMhathain's "Thank You"
- An Còcaire Beag (The Little Chef)
- Skye at Last!
- Fear Beag a' Chridhe Mhòir
- Nelson Mandela's Welcome to the City of Glasgow
- Ora Nam Buadh (Hymn of the Graces)
- Miss Ina MacLellan's Air