DONNIE MUNRO

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It is with great sadness that I learned of the recent sad death of Maggie Macdonald one of the greatest singers to emerge from the Gaidhealtachd of Scotland.She was highly regarded, deeply respected and dearly loved by all her fellow musicians and the world of music will be all the poorer for her passing. Maggie worked with many singers and musicians throughout her long career but was perhaps best known for the highly innovative work she did as a part of the Gaelic band Cliar. She had a beautiful purity and clarity to her voice and a personality which shone through her public performance and private persona.

 

She was always hugely encouraging of other musicians and singers and whenever I met her, she always had some words of encouragement to pass on and with her trademark humour and humility.

 

She will be dearly missed. My thoughts are very much with her husband John, her children and all her family and friends at this sad and difficult time.

 

Donnie

 

13/07/15 : New concert date Saturday 19th December, 2015 has been added  - this will be a stripped back acoustic set as part of a fund raising Cash For Kids event along with Skerryvore. Tickets are on sale now £20 each.

 

10/07/15 : New concert date Saturday 5th December, 2015 has been added - Manran & Donnie Munro Band - Early Bird tickets on sale now.

 

'I am delighted to be able to announce this exciting 'double header' with the great Scottish Band, Manran, in what remains to be one of the most atmospheric music venues anywhere in the country. My association with the Barrowland goes back many years since performing support to Big Country at the height of their success at the time of their classic album, 'The Crossing' and of then course many times over the subsequent years both with Runrig  and with my own band. It is always an amazing night with a very special atmosphere and I look forward to joining with Manran in what will undoubtedly be a very special night.'

 

Look forward to seeing you there. Advise early booking.

Donnie

 

10/07/15 : New concert date Saturday 5th December, 2015 has been added - Manran & Donnie Munro Band - Early Bird tickets on sale now.

 

'I am delighted to be able to announce this exciting 'double header' with the great Scottish Band, Manran, in what remains to be one of the most atmospheric music venues anywhere in the country. My association with the Barrowland goes back many years since performing support to Big Country at the height of their success at the time of their classic album, 'The Crossing' and of then course many times over the subsequent years both with Runrig  and with my own band. It is always an amazing night with a very special atmosphere and I look forward to joining with Manran in what will undoubtedly be a very special night.'

 

Look forward to seeing you there. Advise early booking.

Donnie

 

29/06/15 : Dates for the Sweet Surrender Acoustic  Tour of Denmark  have been added.

 

16/03/15 : Dates for the Sweet Surrender Acoustic  Tour of Germany have been added along with links to the tickets on the concert page.

 

04/03/15

 

My Dear Friends

 

It is with the deepest sadness that we share the news of the death of our dearest friend, Chris Harley, who died at his home in Skye on Sunday 22nd of Feb, after suffering a long period of ill-health due to a progressive and degenerative illness which he bore with characteristic determination, courage and the irrepressible humour which was so much a part of his personality, even in these most challenging of circumstances.

 

Chris has been such a huge part of our lives both professionally, as a hugely talented Producer and Musician, and personally, as a wonderful friend and companion.

 

He played a huge role over many years in the development of Runrig’s career and was responsible for producing most of the bands major albums during what would undoubtedly be considered as the most successful period in the Band’s history. He brought a huge energy and musical sensibility to the work at that time, playing a key role in creating the defining Runrig sound. Working with Chris, in the studio or on stage was always great fun and his mischievous personality sparkled wherever he went no matter how pressurised the circumstances.

 

Chris, in his own right as a singer/songwriter, enjoyed considerable success, performing under the name of Chris Rainbow, where he enjoyed some early chart success and was recognised as one of the most unique talents in the music industry at that time, with his beautiful cascading layered vocal harmonies becoming the hallmark of his work. Quite apart from his own solo career, he also became one of the most sought after performers working with some of the country’s leading musicians and singers. His work remains utterly unique and a testimony to an exceptional talent.

 

I feel deeply privileged personally to have been able to work with Chris over so many years, both in my Runrig days, on my own solo recording projects and the many memorable live performances with the full band, of which Chris was such a key part and the irreplaceable catalyst that just made everything work. Chris enjoyed the enormous respect and love of all the musicians around him and he will be desperately missed by us all. On a personal level, Chris was a wonderful gentle friend, a great inspiration and mentor to me and like the many others who were privileged to have known him, I will miss him hugely.

 

All our thoughts are deeply with his wife Ibby and son Lewis at this difficult time.

 

Donnie.

 

28/02/15 : Tickets are now on sale for both the Dundee Celt Fest full band concert on Saturday 19th September and for the acoustic concert  at the Regal Theatre, Bathgate on Saturday 5th September.

 

24/02/15 : Two concert announcements ; Firstly on Saturday 5th September there will be an acoustic concert at the Regal Theatre, Bathgate (tickets on sale). We also have a full band concert on Saturday 19th September as part of the Dundee CeltFest. More details to follow shortly

 

2014 END OF YEAR MESSAGE

 

Dear friends,

 

It seems quite unreal that another whole year has passed but as always, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy and Prosperous New Year.

 

Sadly what has been a momentous year in Scotland, on so many fronts, has ended with such sadness, following the tragic accident in Glasgow last week. The families and friends of those so tragically killed are very much in our hearts and thoughts at this difficult and sad time. It also seems such a cruel reminder of the sad events of just one year ago from which the people of the City were just beginning to recover.

 

This time, as we stand at the threshold of another year, is always a time of reflection and of course,  for each and every one of us, a time to reflect on all the things, good and bad, which have populated our life experiences for 2014.

 

It has been a challenging year, demanding but very interesting year and I have been extremely busy on a number of fronts both musical and developmental.

 

At Sabhal Mor Ostaig we have seen the start of work to begin the iconic Kilbeg Village Development, the first new village to be created in Skye in more than 100 years, something which has ultimately been achieved in an amazingly short time frame. From the standing start, we were challenged with having to raise the funds to buy the actual land for the development, and then to the raising of full £6.2m capital funding required for the First Phase of the development. This was all achieved within a remarkably short 18 month time frame and Phase 1 is now nearing completion. We will shortly begin working on developing the subsequent phases which will include, Housing, Sports and Recreation Facilities and a Conferencing and Events Centre all related to the ongoing development of Sabhal Mor Ostaig as the National Centre for the Gaelic Language Culture and the Arts.

 

Sabhal Mor is such a dynamic and inspirational place and I feel immensely privileged to have been able to play a part in its continuing development and ongoing success in strengthening the position of the language, culture and the community, at local, national and international level. This new development represents one of the most important developments in Sabhal Mor's history and this year has also witnessed the highest student intake in its 40 year history. In addition this small national institution has also had a series of excellent Academic reviews and, in the most recent Research Assessment nationally, Sabhal Mor Academic Research Fellows scored some of the highest assessment classifications achieved by any of the major universities with a high percentage of the work being classified as 'World Leading'. This is really hugely exciting and a great credit to all the participating academics.

 

On the music front I have enjoyed a fantastic year of performance both with the acoustic line up and with the full band line up. Hebcelt Festival in Lewis was of course a great highlight as it brought both together, which worked fantastically well. I was also delighted when the Festival itself won so many awards, a great credit to Caroline and her team who do a fantastic job.

 

Another great highlight for me personally was being invited to perform a live TV performance of a version of Loch Lomond as the finale of the opening concert for The Ryder Cup along with the full Scottish National Orchestra at the Glasgow Hydro, an amazing sound in an amazing venue. I had always dreamt of performing with a full orchestra so this was something really special and I thank Geoff Ellis of DF Concerts for the invite. I also noted that the 'House Band' who performed with me on the night, were one and the same as provided backing for Gary Barlow and Take That on their recent Strictly Come Dancing appearance, (which I saw quite by accident of course).

 

The acoustic work however really dominated the year and it was a great privilege to work with both Maggie and Eric on a range of great shows both here and in Germany. Eric is a very tasteful and experienced musician and Maggie is just one of the rising stars of the Scottish music scene.

 

The German tour, the first for almost a decade was an important aspect of the year's programme and, quite apart from the pleasure of performing to a very loyal and extremely patient German audience, it also afforded me the opportunity to record the shows for a live acoustic album 'Sweet Surrender' which is due for release in Feb 14th, 2015. I would particularly like to thank Eric for all his input, for his performances and also for engineering/mixing/production skills and also a big thanks to Irene and Christian and all at Hypertension Music for making this all possible, and for putting the tour together. We played some amazing venues and the audience reaction was fantastic and a wonderful welcome back to Germany.

 

For me the acoustic shows have offered a wonderful opportunity to revisit some great songs and to have the opportunity to perform them differently and very directly. Having Eric and Maggie work on these shows has been wonderfully rewarding and I thank them both for their great work throughout the year. For me it has always been about the songs and these shows have really given me the opportunity to deliver, very directly the narrative sense of some great material and of some of my own personal favourites drawn from across a wide musical landscape. I have always said that good songs really 'sing themselves' and that so much felt the case on the tour. I very much hope that people will enjoy the 'Sweet Surrender' album when released early next year. The title came from the sense I have always had about live performance where at best you become the conduit through which the songs come to life and you really have the sense that you 'give yourself up to the songs'  - it is a real 'sweet surrender'.

 

I would also like to thank Ian Green at Greentrax for his support and interest over these last few years, Thomas at the Buks Agency in Denmark for some great live shows and his enduring sense of humour, Lisa and all at Active Agency here in Scotland, Northbeat, Helen Thomson, Elaine and Sandy for their help with the merchandise and a special thanks to Catriona Tawse for her support and her willingness to collect in support of the Charities supported by the Joseph McGoff Foundation. I reserve a particularly big thank you to Richard Edgar for all his fantastic work on the Website and his general support over the last ten years.

 

I would also like to offer huge thanks to you all for your support at all the shows throughout the year and especially to those of you who have committed so much time and energy to travelling to many shows in Scotland and in Europe. I look forward very much to the release of the album and to sharing the music with you all at whatever live shows we are able to undertake in the year to come. I deeply appreciate your ongoing interest and support.

 

Finally huge thanks to all the guys in the band, and to Eric and Maggie.

 

Have a Happy New Year.

 

Donnie

 

 

12TH DECEMBER, 2014 - WEBSITE REVAMP

 

The website has recently undergone a small makeover which we hope you will all find interesting and easy to use. Since starting out in 2004 we have always tried to keep things simple and easy for all fans of Donnie Munro to find all the information they need quickly .

 

The latest version of the website has a new feature - the "Backstage" area, and this will be viewable to Backstage members only. Backstage members will be able to view more information regarding Donnie Munro and also gain access to some exclusive material such as photographs and videos. To become a Backstage member is very simple, all you need to do is register using the form on the Backstage page when it is launched. This will also ensure you are kept informed when new concerts are announced.

 

We expect the Backstage area to be operational before the end of 2014.

 

In the meantime please check back regularly as we shall be shortly posting the usual "End Of Year" message from Donnie to all his worldwide fans, plus we will also be able to announce the release date of the Live Acoustic double CD album entitled "Sweet Surrender" very soon.

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