Last Thursday (3.19.09), I had the pleasure of attending the Dougie MacLean concert at the Colfax Events Center in Denver. In case you didn’t know, Dougie is a Scottish singer/songwriter that has written wonderful songs like “Caledonia” and “The Gael” from the movie, “Last of the Mohicans.”
Dougie’s performance was a pleasure to witness. He performed songs like “Singing Land,” “She Will Find Me” and “Caledonia, to name a few. He also performed a new piece that he recently finished, new enough to have the lyrics taped to the side of his guitar. Inspired by the loss of some friends the past year, this song (he didn’t give the name), was touching and made me fondly think of loved ones I have lost. I hope he includes this on his next release, so I can find out what the name is.
As Dougie said, this wasn’t a concert where you sit, cross your arms and just listen. He wanted us to be a part of the evening as well. Dougie engaged the audience; sometimes making us laugh and many times, having us sing along with the chorus. He wasn’t shy about letting us know when we were off beat or out of tune. It was all in good fun though. It was fun, we became part of the concert and this was the beauty of his performance.
After the show, Dougie stuck around, signed my CD I just bought and chatted with us for a quite a few minutes. I have to admit, I was in awe being in the presence of one of my songwriting heroes so I didn’t say much but just took it in. It was a please to listen to him sing an then chat for a few minutes and If you ever get a chance to see him in concert, buy a ticket and go. You will not be sorry.
PS – Gear:
Dougie only played one guitar; his signature model made by Moon Guitars. Simple and beautiful. I didn’t see any effects. It was just him and the music; perfect!