Storytime: the 1st band I photographed was Runrig at my college in 1985. I'd been offered my own radio show back then (as a singer) but my best friend had just died in an accident & I'd stopped singing. I also didn't play - my fiddle, broken in teenage years, had lain in it's case for about 10yrs. After that 1st gig I got talking to singer Donnie Munro (keen to encourage me to sing again). Later, thro my photography, I ended up taking photos of the band at a series of gigs in Inverness. There, guitarist Malcolm Jones suggested I mend my fiddle & play again... Photography was put aside & music revisited with what would be an almost all consuming passion for many happy years to come. PLAYING THE FIDDLE AGAIN my life was forever CHANGED for the better.
These early Runrig gigs were great fun but, more than that, this group was inspirational in a way that's impossible to fully explain. Runrig were the sound of Scotland, the music, the voice, the beating heart of the Gael.
As time went on, I sat in & played tunes with Malcolm & others at Edinburgh's West End Hotel. Then I went to Skye, befriended by Arthur Cormack & Blair Douglas - the musical support act at the Inverness Runrig gigs.
My own musical journey expanded around Scotland, to Ireland & thro a scholarship, to America, Canada & beyond. Without the music of Runrig, to ignite my passion for Gaelic & Scottish culture - would my life's journey have brought me to live & work in the Highlands today? I don't know but I feel tremendous gratitude to this band & indeed, to all who have shared with me the joy of music.
Now, Runrig are finally bowing out with #LastDance at Stirling Castle but this is a group who will always be loved by so many Scots (and so many others too around the world) all who have been fortunate enough to discover and appreciate their wonderful music and expertly crafted lyrics. What a legacy Runrig leave, they opened the door for bands such as Skipinnish & Skerryvore to follow as they too go on to carve their own path.
THANK YOU RUNRIG x
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