| Bookmark and Share

On the program for Saturday November 19, 2011 - The Boys & Their Ballads

On this weekends' edition of the program we'll bring you a concert from the 2011 Celtic Colours International Festival titled 'The Boys & Their Ballads' featuring Buddy MacDonald, Dougie MacLean, Archie Fisher and James Keelaghan.
Boys & Their ballads_web.jpg

Download Flash Player to view this content.

Dougie MacLean has been at the forefront of the Celtic music revival since the early 1970s. He was a member of such respected bands as the Tannahill Weavers and Silly Wizard. Since 1983 he has performed extensively as a solo artist and with his own backing band. At the same time he has established his own record label, Dunkeld Records, and a wonderful festival called Perthshire Amber. Dougie was presented the OBE (Order of the British Empire) for services to music and charity in Scotland by Queen Elizabeth.

An avid horseman and master guitarist, singer and songwriter Archie Fisher is Scotland's foremost troubadour and was inducted into the Scots Traditional Music Hall of Fame and in 2006 was awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire), a prestigious honor nominated by his peers and bestowed by Queen Elizabeth.

James Keelaghan is one of the finest songwriters of this or any other age and is both a national treasure and one of the most popular male folksingers on the planet. His masterful story telling has, over the course of nine recordings, been part of the bedrock of his success, earning Keelaghan nominations and awards - including a Juno and acclaim from Australia to Scandinavia.

And Cape Breton's own man of song, Buddy MacDonald, completes this truly rare lineup of modern day balladeers. Born and brought up on the Northern Shores of Cape Breton Island, Buddy was exposed at an early age, to the singing and storytelling of some of the great Celtic singers of his native Island. Much of his song-writing is still influenced by this style he was so familiar with as a young boy.

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Submission Policy

Note: The CBC does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comments, you acknowledge that CBC has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Please note that comments are moderated and published according to our submission guidelines.