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Runrig

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Loch Lomond Runrig 06:23
Loch Lomond Runrig, The Tartan Army 07:50
Going Home Runrig 04:19
Rhythm of My Heart Runrig 04:35
Skye Runrig 06:02
Protect and Survive Runrig 04:16
Every River Runrig 04:03
Dance Called America Runrig 05:07
Alba Runrig 04:00
Proterra Runrig 06:27

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Initially formed as a three-piece by Calum and Rory Macdonald with Blair Douglas in 1973 to play at wedding receptions, Runrig quickly developed a unique Celtic sound, integrating Highlands folk music with the anthemic rock of bands like U2, Big Country and Simple Minds. The first of many line-up changes occurred with the departure of Blair Douglas in 1974, with guitarist Malcolm Jones, drummer Iain Bayne, keyboard players Richard Cherns and Peter Wishart and guitarist and singer Donnie Munro among those recruited along the way. They pioneered Gaelic-language songs with their 1978 debut album Play Gaelic but didn't achieve a national breakthrough until the 1988 album The Cutter & The Clan, their first major label release. The band soon established a fervent following with their explosive stage shows and successful albums such as Searchlight (1989), The Big Wheel (1991), Amazing Things (1993), and Mara (1995). By 1997, Munro quit to pursue a career in politics - a path also followed in 2001 by Peter Wishart, who became a Scottish National Party MP - with Canadian Bruce Guthro taking over as frontman and Brian Hurran joining on keyboards and accordion. Subsequent releases include In Search of Angels (1999), The Stamping Ground (2001), Proterra (2003) with Paul Mounsey and Everything You See (2007). In 2016, the band released their final studio album, The Story, which reached number 26 on the UK Albums Chart and was supported by a European tour. In 2017, Runrig announced that they would disband after a 45-year musical career. Their final tour, named The Final Mile, ended with a sell-out performance called The Last Dance in 2018. The live performance was released on DVD and Blu-ray in August 2019. Canadian singer and songwriter Bruce Guthro, who had fronted Runrig from 1998 to 2018 while also managing a solo career, died from cancer on September 5, 2023, at the age of 62.