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It's the big 3-0 for the Scottish folk aces
As Willie Nelson once opined, it's funny how time just slips away. One minute you're forming a folk band with your schoolmates; the next, you're blowing out 30 candles on the birthday cake to salute your three decades in the music industry. And that's the case with Capercaillie, the venerable outfit from Argyll who've shifted both shape and sound over the years, adding contemporary elements and new blood during their time at folk's top table. But whatever the nature of their evolution, their eyes remain firmly fixed on the traditional music of their home turf, on that granite-like cultural expression. The gorgeously warm vocals of Karen Matheson, singing in both Gaelic and English, remain the cornerstone of the band's sound, whether after-hours soothing or ready to soar when the band takes flight. The capercaillie bird is only spotted during the day. By contrast, the Capercaillie band truly come alive when they come out at night.
(Biography written by Nige Tassell 2013)