Dougie McQuillan has been a front man and singer in bands since his early teens playing a variety of music from folk, rock, pop, soul and even punk. His voice has featured in several TV and Radio commercials including talk-over and narration. His recording career started in the 70’s & he is still in much demand as a session singer.
“He is clearly a highly gifted individual – both as a writer and performer – with a talent that deserves a bigger stage”.
Edinburgh Evening News
“ This guy has an irrepressible energy which the crowd found difficult to resist and in no time he had everyone singing and dancing…”
Glasgow Evening Times
Gave Dougie the opportunity to record his first solo album which meant touring extensively around Europe and the USA. Weary of travelling, he returned to his native Edinburgh to form “the Spanners” and while concentrating more on his writing, made the final of the “YAMAHA” song-writing competition. His solo single, the rocking “Modern World” was a favourite with radio stations, being compared with the stadium rock sound of Simple Minds and U2. As was the follow up, “If I was your Lover”. Although they received regular airplay and glowing reviews both failed to make the charts.
Dougie has supported acts such as the Proclaimers, Steve Harley, Katrina & the Waves, Tanita Tikaram and Paul Brady among others. The highlight being an invitation to the Cambridge Folk Festival after a glowing review in New Musical.Express.
Dougie was asked to join Scottish folk/rock band AVALON. Tracks featuring Dougie on vocals were on the “Outpatients” CD.
Realising the potential of the Irish theme pub market Dougie formed the band ’Cranachan’ who managed to combine the large venue appearances along with regular work on the pub circuit.In 1996 he left to tour the UK in the “SAW” production of “Summer Holiday”.
August 97 he was asked to demo songs as replacement singer for Runrig, one of the few bands to break from folk roots to international status
Apart from writing and recording his own material Dougie has sang on many albums and singles with & for other artists. One particular single, H-E-A-R-T-S, (for Heart of Midlothian F. C.) caused a touch of anxiety as he is well Hibs supporter. Some of his songs were to feature on an album with AVALON but because of contractual difficulties he left before the album was completed. However a track with AVALON did appear on the “OUTPATIENTS” album at the request of “FISH” whose “funny farm” studio was used for recording the demos for the album.
FMA His album “FULL METAL ANORAK”, was nominated in the NME folk album of the year category and the track “West Highland Girl”, was used by The Scottish Tourist Board during their 2002 advertising campaign.
as well as currently playing guitar with legendary Edinburgh bands “This N’ That” & “Fags n’ Matches”, he has featured on Fred Olsen, Oceana and P&O cruise lines & the last few years have also seen him working with the swing orchestra “Fat Sam’s Band”. Along with this he has been part of Bee Gee, ABBA, Queen & Status Quo tribute acts. In one guise or another, he has entertained the Royal family at Balmoral Castle as well as the Royal Yacht Britannia.
Dougie continues to write his own material and has had songs covered by established artists but he is still very much a live commodity and a must see on the circuit.
Dougie Wilson – Sandport Management.