LIVE: Dougie MacLean @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, 9/18/09

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Scotland’s most famous folk singing troubadour, Dougie MacLean started his North American tour with a stop at the Eighth Step at Proctors in Schenectady, where a nearly sold-out crowd of fans in the G.E. Theatre greeted him with open arms on Friday night.

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Battling jet lag, he crafted two fine sets filled with songs about romantic and lost love, nature, Scottish history and a bucket full of personal stories delivered with tongue-in-cheek humor. He paid homage to his first hero Bob Dylan and told tales of his time playing with two legendary traditional Celtic folk groups – the Tannahill Weavers and Silly Wizard.

Singing impassioned versions of his world renowned songs, including “Caledonia,” “Ready for the Storm,” and “The Gaul” (known to millions as the music behind a former Nike ad campaign), MacLean gently transported the audience from downtown Schenectady to the British Isles and back again.

Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

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