Scotland’s Dougie MacLean returns to Opera House at Boothbay Harbor
Dougie MacLean is Scotland’s preeminent singer-songwriter and considered a national music treasure in the United Kingdom. His lyrical, roots-based songwriting and instrumental composition arrive in Maine this fall with a special appearance at the Opera House in Boothbay Harbor on Sunday, Sept. 17.
He has built an international reputation as a songwriter, composer and extraordinary performer who has taken to the stage all over the world including Carnegie Hall, Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall and London’s Festival Theatre. His appearance during the closing Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games was viewed by over a billion people worldwide.
MacLean’s songs have been covered by Paolo Nutini, Amy MacDonald, Ronan Keating, Mary Black, Frankie Miller, Kathy Mattea and Maura O’Connell among others. His song “Caledonia” has become one of Scotland’s most popular contemporary songs and his music has been used in films including the “Last of the Mohicans,” “T2,” “Trainspotting,” and others.
With numerous albums having gone gold, two prestigious Tartan Clef awards, a place of honor in the Scottish Music Hall of Fame, a Lifetime Achievement Award from BBC Radio and an OBE, MacLean is legendary in the British Isles.
The Wall Street Journal has called him “a musical hero,” while others have said that his exquisite guitar style and expressive voice “pull you in with their brilliant weave of sensitivity, a solid world view and lively playing.”
Tickets - $28/advance and $33 the day of the show (a $2 per ticket handling fee applies to all sales) - for the concert are currently available through the Opera House box office, in person at 86 Townsend Avenue in Boothbay Harbor, by phone, 633-5159 and online at boothbayperahouse.com. Doors for seating open at 7 p.m., the concert begins at 7:30.