Dougie MacDougall of Alturlie and Special Friends

£10.99 includes P&P

Released 2016 | Format: CD | ref: CDBAR028 | Usually ships within 1-2 days



Well-known Inverness local personality Dougie MacDougall has finally brought out, after much demand, his debut album of favourite accordion tunes, at the ripe old age of 88!

Packed full of great tunes, along with some of his own fantastic compositions, the album is a bonanza of Scottish traditional music, with twenty tracks including jigs, reels, polkas, waltzes, marches and slow airs, plus a set led by Dougie on the pipes and a beautiful song sung by his granddaughter.

Having spent more than half a century salmon fishing at Alturlie, just east of Inverness, the front cover of the album features Dougie’s fishing station there. During that time, Dougie raised a family of six daughters, and many members from several generations of the family join him on the album, including his brother Donnie, his sister-in-law Katie, son-in-law Peter, nephews Ian and John Don, and his granddaughter Briagh.

In addition to the talented family members, Dougie is also accompanied by a host of friends from the Scottish Dance Band world and the Ceilidh scene, resulting in a big band sound that is hard to not get up and dance to.

With a foreword by legendary button box player, Freeland Barbour, the accompanying booklet features beautiful photos of the Alturlie and Inverness area, a short biography of Dougie’s amazing life, and full track details, including photos of all the guest musicians.

This is a beautiful album to both listen to and to look at!

Musicians: Dougie MacDougall – button accordion; Donnie MacDougall – piano accordion; Katie MacDougall – piano accordion; Ian Mackenzie – piano accordion; John Don Mackenzie – tenor banjo; Briagh McMaster – vocals; Allen Shephard – keyboard; Neil MacMillan – double bass; Andrew Mill – acoustic guitar; Bob McNeill – acoustic guitar; Richard Werner – drums; Marcos Watt – pipe band snare drum; Gillian Stevenson – fiddle; Julia Legge – fiddle; Sandy Brechin – piano accordion; Peter Brady – mandola and tenor banjo; John Currie – whistle; Sheila Chalmers – flute


  1. Ballochylen (Peter R. MacLeod Jnr) /Angus MacKinnon (PM Donald Shaw Ramsay) 2.29
  2. The Centenary Jewel (Seud nan Ceud Bliadhna) (Phil Cunningham)/The 93rd at Modder River (William Robb) 3.15
  3. Jeanna MacDougall (Dougie MacDougall) /Donnchadh (Dougie MacDougall) /Donella Johnstone (Dougie MacDougall) 3.01
  4. The Shores of Loch Bee (trad.)/John P. Mackintosh (Freeland Barbour -Deeay Music) 2.37
  5. Sarah’s Song (Phil Cunningham) 2.50
  6. Patrick McGovern (PM Andrew Venters) /The Blackberry Bush (1st 2 parts trad.; last 2 parts PM Donald MacLeod) /Mrs MacPherson of Inveran (PM G.S McLennan) 2.24
  7. Dougie MacDougall of Alturlie (Freeland Barbour – Deeay Music) /Jimmy the Joiner (Dougie MacDougall) 3.06
  8. Lament for Red lain (Tuireach lain Ruaidh) (trad.) 3.03
  9. Lexy MacAskill (Dr John MacAskill)/Captain Lachlan MacPhail of Tiree (Peter MacFarquhar)/The Reunion Reel (Fergie MacDonald) 3.27
  10. Millbank Cottage (WD Dumbreck) /Irene Meldrum’s Welcome to Bon Accord (WG Meldrum) 3.14
  11. The Dark Island (words – David Silver/music – lain MacLachlan) 3.27
  12. Lady in the Bottle (AJ.Kenneth) /Ness Bothan (Fergie MacDonald) /Kenny Gillies of Portnalong (Peter MacFarquhar) 2.59
  13. Farquhar & Hettie’s Waltz (Farquhar MacRae) /Mo Mhathair (trad.) /Petty Bay (Dougie MacDougall) 3.44
  14. Donald McKay of Upper Barvas (J. McKay) /PM Jim Christie of Wick (Addie Harper) 3.10
  15. Crossing the Minch (PM Donald MacLeod)/The Brolum (Dr Charles Bannatyne) 2.52
  16. Argyllshire Gathering (John MacColl) /The Sprig of Ivy (Lt Bruce Seton) 3.08
  17. Spootiskerry (trad.) /The Silver Walk (Fergie MacDonald) /Itchy Fingers (trad.) 3.45
  18. I Have a Bonnet Trimmed with Blue (trad.) /Primrose Polka (trad.) 2.41
  19. Lady Lever Park (PM Peter R MacLeod) /The Conundrum (PM Peter R MacLeod) 3.05
  20. At the End of a Perfect Day: The Eternal Surge of the Sea (An Aitearachd Ard) (Donald Maclver) 2.43