Beneath the beret

Artist: Blair Douglas

Name: Beneath the beret

Released: 1990

Label: Macmeanmna

Format: Cristal

Total playing: 42'00

Bonus: Import Scotland

Price : 12.50 €

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Ref.: CR00390MACM


Beneath the beret (Blair Douglas)

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.

Blair Douglas - Musicians

  • Blair DOUGLAS : piano, keyboards, accordion, organ, acoustic guitar
  • Arthur CORMACK : vocals
  • Colin TULLY : saxophones
  • Gordon SMITH : drums
  • Chris HARLEY : bass, string arrangement, keyboards, accoustic guitar, bass, 501s, drum, backing vocals
  • Jim WILKIE : vocals
  • Dick DRAKE : drums
  • Andy ALLAN : bass guitar
  • Chaz STEWART : electric guitars
  • Ann TURNER : backing vocals
  • Chrissy CAINE : backing vocals
  • Michael MARRA : vocals
  • Eddie MCGLONE : Bass guitar
  • Allan CUTHBERTSON : brass programming
  • Kim BEACON : vocals
  • Andy MCGLASHAN : drums

Beneath the beret - Sound extracts

  • Braigh Uige (Braes of Uig)
  • Iain Ghlinn Cuaich
  • Solus M'Aigh
  • Kate Martin's Waltz
  • Celtic Jive
  • Blair's Got A Wah-Wah Pedal (and he's gonna use it)
  • Ghost Of Glasgow
  • Growing Up
  • Mardi Gras Music
  • Glove Game (Benny Lynch)
  • Irish Eyes
  • King Is King