Dougie MacLean has also written many new folk songs, which I love. My favorite songs by him include "Ready for the Storm", "Turning Away", "Talking With My Father", "The Gael", and "Caledonia".
"The Gael" was the soundtrack (that Dougie MacLean composed) for the 1992 film adaptation of The Last of the Mohicans, based on a book I have read most of but have yet to finish, The Last of the Mohicans by the great American writer, James Fenimore Cooper. I saw the film, and although it changed a lot of things in the book, even to the extent of completely changing one of the characters, I enjoyed it and thought it was beautifully made. The soundtrack for The Last of the Mohicans is one of my most favorite film soundtracks ever. It's epic and emotional all at once. It fits the movie perfectly.
"Caledonia" is a Scottish folk ballad that Dougie MacLean wrote in 1977, about his love for his homeland, Scotland (Caledonia is a name for Scotland from Roman times). This is Dougie MacLean's most well-known song, and has become a sort of national anthem for Scotland. Every time I listen to this song I feel proud to have some Scottish blood in me. It also makes me feel homesick, even though I have not been able to visit Scotland yet, though I plan to later in life. I feel countries of my ethnicity are where I belong and I hope to visit them again (Scotland for the first time, but it would not be the first time I have visited Ireland).
Dougie MacLean sings Caledonia in the video below:
Andy Irvine (from London, England) and Paul Brady (from Northern Ireland) are folk singers who sing traditional Irish folk songs. I have had a CD of a collection of their songs since I was very little. I enjoy listening to their songs because it soothes me by making me think of my homeland, and where I belong. One of my favorite songs sung by Andy Irvine and Paul Brady is "Arthur MacBride" (1976):