Runrig

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Runrig are a Scottish Celtic rock group formed in Skye, in 1973 under the name 'The Run Rig Dance Band'. Since its inception, the band's line-up has included songwriters Rory Macdonald and Calum Macdonald. The current line-up also includes longtime members Malcolm Jones, Iain Bayne, and more recently, Bruce Guthro, and Brian Hurren. To date, the band has released thirteen studio albums, with a number of their songs sung in Scottish Gaelic.

Initially formed as a three-piece dance band, which played wedding receptions, the trio's first performance took place at Kelvin Hall, in Glasgow.

Runrig's music is often described as a blend of folk and rock music, with the band's lyrics often focusing upon locations, history, politics and people that are unique to Scotland. Songs also make references to agriculture and land conservation.

At present, Runrig's largest fan bases can be found in the United Kingdom, Denmark, and Germany. Since 1999, the band has gained attention in Canada, following Nova Scotian singer Bruce Guthro's entry to the band.

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Album

Year Title Rating Releases
1978 Play Gaelic 1
1979 The Highland Connection 1
1981 Recovery 2
1985 Heartland 1
1987 The Cutter and the Clan 2
1989 Searchlight 2
1991 The Big Wheel 2
1993 Amazing Things 1
1995 Mara 2
1999 In Search of Angels 1
2001 The Stamping Ground 1
2003 Proterra 2
2007 Everything You See 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1992 30 Year Journey: The Best Compilation 3
1992 Alba: The Best of Runrig Compilation 1
1995 Long Distance: The Best of Runrig Compilation 4
1998 Beat the Drum Compilation 1
1998 The Gaelic Collection Compilation 1
1999 The Runrig Collection Compilation 1
2007 Hit Collection Compilation 1
2009 The Collection Compilation 1
2010 50 Great Songs Compilation 2
2013 Stepping Down the Glory Road (The Chrysalis Years 1988-1996) Compilation 1
Access All Areas Vol.1 - Runrig live Compilation 1
Access All Areas Vol.5 (Runrig Live) Compilation 1
Access All Areas Vol.7 (Runrig Live) Compilation 1
Access All Areas, Volume 2 Compilation 1
Access All Areas, Volume 3 Compilation 1
Access All Areas, Volume 9 Compilation 1
Essential Compilation 1
Runrig - Access All Areas Vol.10 (Runrig Live) Compilation 1
Scotland's Glory/Runrig's Ballads Compilation 1
Scotland's Pride - Runrig's Best Compilation 1

Album + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
1988 Once in a Lifetime Live 1
1994 Transmitting Live Live 3 1
2000 Live at Celtic Connections 2000 Live 2
2004 Day of Days: The 30th Anniversary Concert Live 1
2008 Year of the Flood Live 1
2014 Party on the Moor Live 2
BBC Session and Live at the Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow '96 Live 1
Farewell Concert in Cologne Live 1
Landscape Poets Live 1
Live 1999 in Hamburg Live 1
Tonder Festival 1999 Live 1

Single

Year Title Rating Releases
1991 Flower of the West 1
1991 Hearthammer 1
1993 Song of the Earth 1
1993 The Greatest Flame 2
1993 Wonderful 1
1995 An Ubhal as Àirde (The Highest Apple) 1

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