Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s


This Scottish band emerged from a folk background to enjoy a strong commercial profile in the UK pop charts during the late 80s and early 90s. By combining national and cultural pride with stadium rock appeal, Runrig has helped alert the world to Scottish popular music and traditions without a hint of compromise.

Runrig made its debut - as the Run Rig Dance Band - at the Kelvin Hall, Glasgow in 1973. Initially a trio comprising brothers Rory MacDonald (27 July 1949, Dornoch, Sutherland, Scotland; guitar/bass/vocals, ex-Skyevers), Calum MacDonald (b. 12 November 1953, Lochmaddy, North Uist, Scotland; drums/vocals) and Blair Douglas (b. Scotland; accordion/keyboards), the band was viewed as a part-time venture, ‘Something to do during the holidays, ’ as Calum later stated. Donnie Munro (b. 2 August 1953, Uig, Isle Of Skye, Scotland; vocals/guitar) joined the following year as the band took on a more serious perspective. At this point...

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