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Capercaillie are coming home

MAY’S Oban Live festival will be ‘a natural homecoming’ for Celtic supergroup Capercaillie, 33 years after they played their first gig at St Columba’s Cathedral Hall.

Husband and wife Donald Shaw and Karen Matheson from Taynuilt formed the band as teenagers at Oban High School, and since then Capercaillie has brought Celtic music to the world stage, in their distinctive style fusing traditional Gaelic airs with contemporary instruments.

‘Karen and I spent the first 22 years of our life here,’ Donald told the Oban Times. ‘The very first place Capercaillie played was in St Columba’s Cathedral Hall in 1983. It was a recording session, organised by BBC Radio Highland: the producer heard us playing in a pub at the Mull Music Festival.’

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