This is Charlie McKerron, the fiddle player of Capercaillie, in full flight playing “Inexile” at a concert played in Kuala Lumpur in May 2008. Capercaillie is a folk band from Scotland formed by Donald Shaw and Karen Matheson and who play a contemporary mix of celtic, gaelic and folk music.
The group originates from Argyll, a region of western Scotland and is named after the Western Capercaillie, Tetrao urogallus, a bird native to Scotland. Their 1992 EP, A Prince Among Islands, was the first Scottish Gaelic-language record to reach the Top 40 of the UK Singles Chart, peaking at #39. Another of their singles, “Dark Alan (Ailein duinn)” reached #65 in the same listing in June 1995. The band recorded its first album, Cascade, in 1984. The albums Secret People (1993) reached #40, and To the Moon (1995) peaked at #41 in the UK Albums Chart.
They have adapted traditional Gaelic songs and music using modern production techniques, and often mix musical forms, such as “Cosich A’ Ruin”, which combined traditional lyrics with drum and bass.