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The Boys and Their Ballads part 1 - Atlantic Airwaves July 14, 2012

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.
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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.

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