Inducted into the Scots Trad Music Hall of Fame in 2009, two months later receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award in London at BBC Radio 2′s annual Folk Awards ceremony, Dick Gaughan is the only performer to have been so honoured by his musical peers north and south of the Border.
And that’s only the icing on the cake.
Dick Gaughan’s musical career – immersed in the Scots and Irish Gaelic traditions – has produced a remarkable pedigree of bands, any one of which makes the folk music cognoscenti sit up straight.
- The Boys of the Lough – with them for their ever first album
- Five Hand Reel – the legends with whom he recorded three albums
- Clan Alba -with whom he recorded what is said to be the best album of the 1980s, Handfull of Earth: Topic
He has composed and recorded a ninety minute orchestral work Timewaves, performed at the end of the 2004 Celtic Connections Closing Concert.
This led to a commissioned orchestral work performed at the 2007 Celtic Connections - Treaty 300 (three hundred years since the Act of Union between England and Scotland).
A committed supporter of the disregarded fuel in the machine of society – those who do the work that delivers the growth and the success and the capital for others to spend – Gaughan talks of ‘ the brawny working-class bravehearts who made capitalism work (after a fashion)’. He knows what most of us recognise, that in the end, there is only one place to stand. At this stage of a new and troubled century, that is as true as it has ever been.
A singer songwriter and musician with an international performance track record, Dick Gaughan will be performing for one night only at the lovely Craignish Village Hall, on the shores of Loch Craignish at Ardfern, next Friday evening, 5th October.
Doors open at 7.30pm and his first set starts at 8.00pm. There will be a licenced bar. Tickets are still available – at £10 and £8 for concessions. Booking is possible here online or seats can be reserved by phoning 01852 500746.