PRESS RELEASE - February 2013 - Festival Founder Dougie MacLean Receives BBC Lifetime Achievement Award

Scottish Singer-Songwriter Dougie MacLean receives BBC Lifetime Achievement Award

Dougie MacLean OBE, creator of one of Scotland’s best loved anthems “Caledonia” and described in the Wall Street Journal as “a musical hero” has received a top honour at the BBC Folk Music Awards, which took place in Glasgow on Wednesday night (30 January) as part of Celtic Connections.

The Lifetime Achievement Award for Contribution to Songwriting is in recognition of MacLean’s long career in the music industry, which spans nearly four decades of performing and writing songs and music.  Dougie continues to tour within the UK and worldwide as well as hosting his family run music festival Perthshire Amber, which takes place each autumn throughout his home county, Perthshire.

The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards are an annual celebration of the UK's vibrant folk scene and recognise achievements over the past 12 months, as well as giving awards to honour outstanding lifetime contributions.

The 14th annual awards ceremony took place at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall and was hosted by Mark Radcliffe and Julie Fowlis.  Audiences tuned in via the red button on the BBC and through the Radio 2 website.  Other award winners from Scotland included Scottish group Lau (Best Group) and a Lifetime Award for Shetland Fiddler Aly Bain.

Dougie MacLean was presented his award by Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond, who described MacLean as “a celebrated artist, nationally and internationally”.

Delighted MacLean said:

"I’m honoured to receive this award, it’s great to be recognised for your life’s work, especially when you’re doing something you love.  I’ve been a professional musician for nearly 40 years now and I’m having a great time. I still enjoy performing and writing as much as ever and I’m looking forward to headlining at 10 Days on the Island (a prestigious music festival in Tasmania, Australia) in April as well as touring in the US over the summer.  Our Perthshire Amber Festival goes from strength to strength and and I’m very excited by the development of our monthly Live Streams from our online ‘subscription’ site!  I really share this award with my family as we all work very much as a team. I couldn’t do it without them and really appreciate all their support and hard work.  And here’s to the next 40 years of music!"

The highlight of the awards was the all-star finale with Dougie performing Caledonia with some of the folk world’s most notable musicians including; Barbara Dickson, Ralph McTell, Jerry Douglas, Eddi Reader, Karine Polwart, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Kris Drever, Ross Ainslie, John McCusker, Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham.

A link to the footage follows:

The awards will be available to watch in full for the next seven days, alongside clips of the night's performances, via the Radio 2 website - Highlights of the ceremony will also be on the BBC Red Button.

For more information on Dougie’s up and coming concerts see


Notes to Editors:

  • Dougie MacLean OBE is one of Scotland's finest songwriter-composers, internationally renowned for his song 'Caledonia', music for 'Last of the Mohicans' and inspired performances worldwide - from New York's Carnegie Hall to London's Festival Theatre and The Sydney Opera House.
  • MacLean's songs have been covered by Paolo Nutini, Amy MacDonald, Ronan Keating, Mary Black, Frankie Miller, Cara Dillon, Kathy Mattea and many other top performers. He's recently received two prestigious Tartan Clef Awards, a place in the Scottish Music Hall of Fame and an OBE in the 2011 New Year Honours list.  ‘Caledonia’ was recently voted one of Scotland’s best loved songs on the ITV Show ‘Scotland’s Greatest Album’.  Earlier this year Dougie was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to song writing in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2013.
  • The Perthshire Amber Festival is grateful to the following funders and supporters: Creative Scotland; Caledonia Best; Perth & Kinross Council; Edradour Distillery; Bell &Co Chartered Accountants; Dicksons of Perth; VisitScotland; Scotmid; Co-op; Palmerstons, Dunkeld; The Royal Hotel Dunkeld; Drinkmonger and all the local businesses who offer support through the PALS scheme.
  • Dates for Perthshire Amber 2013 Friday 25th October - Sunday 3rd November go to for more information or to book tickets
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