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Hebridean Celtic Festival Hall of Fame 2013

Dougie Honoured by Hebcelt

Award-winning singer songwriter Dougie MacLean has added another accolade to a growing list of honours by being invited into the Hebridean Celtic Festival's Hall of Fame and has agreed to become an ambassador for the event.

MacLean, 58, marks 40 years as a professional musician in 2014 and in January 2013 received the Radio 2 Lifetime Achievement Award. He has also won a string of other honours, including an OBE, Tartan Clef Awards and a gold disc for sales of over 500,000 for his music used in the film, the Last of the Mohicans.

His association with HebCelt dates from 1996 when he appeared at the first festival. He was one of the headline acts at the 18th event in 2013 along with Van Morrison, Capercaillie, the Battlefield Band and the Red Hot Chilli Pipers.

For the last 20 years he has also had a house in Lewis and is a regular visitor to the area when not touring around the world.

While ambassadors have no formal roles to perform, they help promote HebCelt and the Hebrides at home and abroad.

MacLean, who runs his own event, Perthshire Amber - The Dougie MacLean Festival, added: "I am delighted to accept HebCelt's invitation to join the Hall of Fame and feel honoured to represent such a prestigious event as an ambassador.

"I have a long association with the festival, going back to the inaugural event, and have always supported its efforts to promote and encourage traditional music. This will give me fresh impetus to spread the word on my travels."


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