The Band

Capercaillie’s line-up comprises some of the world’s most sought-after Celtic musicians.

Lead vocalist Karen Matheson – once famously hailed by Sean Connery as possessing “a throat touched by God” – is unanimously rated among Scotland’s finest singers in any language. Donald Shaw (accordion & keyboards) is continually in demand as a producer and composer, most recently winning acclaim for his soundtrack to the BBC documentary series Hebrides – Islands on the Edge. Charlie McKerron, the band’s longstanding east coast fiddler is also revered for his compositions and side projects, including the fiddle-led supergroup Session A9. With his Gaeltacht Irish background Manus Lunny has been a rhythmic lynchpin of the band with his unique bouzouki and guitar style and devotes much of his time to collaborative projects in his studio in Donegal. Michael McGoldrick (flutes & pipes) is one of the most inspiring and influential traditional flute players of his generation, as is recognised by the multiple special artists he has recorded for, including Mark Knopfler, Ben Howard, Transatlantic Sessions, Ornette Coleman, and Tim O’Brien.

The band has in many ways been defined by its inventive rhythm section, with Ewen Vernal, who as ex bass player of Deacon Blue now records with many artists including Flamenco star Vicente Amigo, David Robertson on percussion, and special guests Sorren MacLean on Guitar and James Mackintosh on Drums.

Karen Matheson
Charlie McKerron
Ewen Vernal
Flute, Whistles and Uillean pipes
Michael McGoldrick
David Robertson
Accordion and Keyboards
Donald Shaw
Guitar and Bouzouki
Manus Lunny