'The Ceilidh King' Fergie MacDonald Band

Fergie was booked to come to the festival 2 years ago but had to cancel due to illness, we are honoured to have him fit and well and at the festival this year.

Fergie MacDonald (born c. 1940s, Glasgow) specializes in ceilidh music and plays the button key accordion. A trained physiotherapist and an international clay pigeon shooter, MacDonald is considered to be the man who popularised the West Highland style of traditional Scottish dance music. He was brought up in Moidart.

MacDonald topped the Scottish pop charts in 1966 with his tune "Loch Maree Islands". He was initially banned from appearing on the BBC due to the traditional audition process but is now regularly featured on BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio nan Gaidheal.

He still tours today throughout the world and has released 23 albums to date. He is well known through the tales told by fellow Scottish accordionist Phil Cunningham as part of his stage act. He released his autobiography in 2003, Fergie: Memories of a Musical Legend.

A true character Fergie is a living legend, his reputation as a musician and tales of his antics reach far and wide. There are too many Fergie stories to mention.!! This however is Fergie's own background! His own life sounds more like fiction than reality.

Biographies

How about this:-

1)Soldier (Physical Training Instructor) in the British Army.

2)Crackshot. 14 Scotland International caps for shooting.

3)Qualified Physiotherapist.

4)Deer Stalker.

5)Highland Games Athlete.

6)Hotelier.

7)Local Gaelic Historian.

8)Gaelic Speaker (first language).

9)Addicted Salmon Poacher. Interesting! Although being caught on camera by the gracious and highly respected owner of the Kinlochmoidart River, Mrs Stewart, she refuses to have him convicted.  She terms him "a delightful rascle who just wants one for the pot".

10)Gardener.

11)Crofter.

12)Newspaper columnist.

13)Writer.

14)Music Composer.

15)Button Accordian - a story in itself!

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