A chairdean(Dear Friends),
It hardly seems conceivable that another year has passed and that we are all once more facing the 'open door' of another year with all its excitement and possibilities.
This year has again been a hugely exciting year for me on all fronts, musical, personal and educational/institutional.
On a personal note, the recent birth of our new grandson, Jude Joseph James Nicholson has brought huge joy to the whole family and ending the year off with such a precious new addition to the family is just so amazing for us all.
I am very lucky to be on a visit to Australia as I write, having come here to Melbourne to meet little Jude, now just 5 weeks old and a real joy to behold. So I realise as I sit in the 30 degree heat that many of you will be experiencing the cold snowy blast of a Scottish/UK/Northern European winter, which is certainly more seasonal and I am sure also very beautiful but, nevertheless, the warm sunlit days will be welcome for a little longer by which time we will all begin to welcome the Spring.
I have joyed some wonderful shows this year, both at home in Scotland, in Denmark and in Germany and I would like to thank you all for your incredible support throughout and for the hugely important part you play in making these shows so special for us all.
As I have said before, live performance has always been the most important part of music for me and it is that 'chemistry' between artist and audience that I have always found so compelling and it is such a privilege to share the emotion of the songs with you all. I enjoyed performing at the Aros Centre on Skye for the first time as of course there is always something special about playing in your own home and especially to do so in the company of the many visitors who travelled great distances to join with us there. As always the Danish shows were a great pleasure to perform and I have always treasured the warmth and generosity of the Danish people in taking my music to their hearts both in my Runrig days and now in my own right - that is something that is hugely sustaining and a great compliment. Similarly in Germany where it was an enormous pleasure to return to the Lorely for a wonderful concert in such a beautiful venue and in such a beautiful location. All of the shows have, as always, been so special to me and I thank you all so much for coming out often having travelled enormous distances, to share the experience.
I would also pay tribute to all the guys in the band and to Eric and Maggie for the acoustic sets - I am immensely privileged to have some of the country's finest musicians to perform with and that is something I appreciate so much - they contribute so so much and enrich the experience for all, band and audience alike.
I would also like to thanks Richard for all his input throughout the year and wish him well with his new radio station Harvest Moon Radio. I have enjoyed all his programming to date and understood very quickly that he has a very personable and 'couthy' presentational style - so if you haven't as yet tuned in I would greatly recommend it to you. Thanks also to Thomas at BUKS International, all at Active, HypeMusic, and Greentrax for their input throughout.
On the development work, I am immensely privileged to work with some amazingly creative and committed people at Sabhal Mor Ostaig and it has been my immense privilege to see the plan for the new village at Kilbeg, which we have been working to achieve many years now, become a reality before our eyes and we look forward to continuing that exciting development throughout 2018 and beyond with the early work now in place for the new Sports Health, Recreation, Fitness and Well-being Centre a critical part of the wider development agenda. I pay tribute to my amazing colleagues at Sabhal Mor and to Rural Design, Holmes Millar, Donny Mackinnon Associates, Robertson Construction, Highland Small Communities Housing Trust House and James McQueen Builders.
With such a busy year there has been little time for visual art work but I thank all of you who continue to show interest and to those who have expressed an interest in acquiring some work, I hope to be able to oblige in 2018 by producing more work.
As many of you will now be aware, my former colleagues and friends in Runrig have decided to bring its remarkable 45 year history to an end with the 'Last Dance' concerts on Stirling Field in August of 2018 and tentative discussions have been initiated in this regard to determine the most appropriate way in which to bring this incredible entity of Scottish Musical and Cultural history to a dignified and appropriately celebratory ending. News of this event will no doubt continue to filter out in the coming months as plans are progressed.
So in conclusion it only remains for me to say a huge thank you to you all for your kind support over the years and to wish you all a belated Happy Christmas and a very Happy, Healthy and Fulfilling 2018
Leis gach durachd
With best wishes
Donnie and his wife Teresa are delighted to announce the birth of their second grandchild,
a beautiful wee baby boy named, Jude Joseph James Nicolson - a lovely baby brother for his gorgeous big sister Willow Rose.
Thanks to all of you for your very kind enquiries. Mum and Baby both doing very well indeed. We are all so delighted.
From the early days of Runrig through to his solo career, the voice of Donnie Munro has been behind many of Scotland's well known songs. Donnie Munro is also Director of Development at the Gaelic Sabhal Mòr Ostaig college on Skye. He also spends much of his time painting and has many of his paintings on display at art galleries.
Donnie Munro performs around Scotland and Europe with both his full band and also as a small acoustic band. Performing many of his own songs as well as some of the classic songs from his time with Runrig. Everyone is sure to enjoy attending one of his concerts. To book Donnie Munro use the contact form on the CONTACT page.
Tobar an Dualchais/Kist o Riches is a collaborative project which has been set up to preserve, digitise, catalogue and make available online several thousand hours of Gaelic and Scots recordings. This website contains a wealth of material such as folklore, songs, music, history, poetry, traditions, stories and other information. The material has been collected from all over Scotland and beyond from the 1930s onwards. The recordings come from the School of Scottish Studies (University of Edinburgh), BBC Scotland and the National Trust for Scotland's Canna Collection. For more information, please visit www.tobarandualchais.co.uk.
Recorded over a series of acoustic concerts in Germany in 2014. This recording features a double CD live album featuring Donnie Munro, Eric Cloughley and Maggie Adamson.