Donnie Munro

from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Donnie Munro, 2010

Donnie Munro , Scottish Gaelic Donaidh Rothach , (born August 2, 1953 in Uig on the Isle of Skye , Scotland ) is a Scottish folk rock musician and former singer in the band Runrig .

Early life

Munro grew up on the West Scottish island of Skye and speaks Scottish Gaelic as a mother tongue. After attending high school, Munro first attended Art College in Aberdeen and later the University of Edinburgh . After graduating, he taught at various schools.

Musical career

In 1974 Munro became the front man of the band Runrig , which would become the leading Gaelic pop group in the 1980s and 1990s . Her greatest commercial success was in 1991 with the album The Big Wheel . In 1997 he left Runrig. This was preceded by a two-year personal decision-making process, the details of which never reached the public. In 1999 Donnie Munro started his musical solo career with the album On the West Side .

Political career

In 1991 Munro was elected Rector of Edinburgh University for three years . This awarded him an honorary doctorate in 1997 .

After leaving Runrig Munro was able to intensify his involvement in the Scottish Labor Party . For this he ran in the Scottish parliamentary elections in 1999 for the seat for the constituency of Ross, Skye and Inverness West , but was defeated by the Liberal Democratic candidate John Farquhar Munro .


Donnie Munro now lives on Skye with his wife Teresa, whom he married in 1982, and their four children.
In addition to his musical career, he works as an advisor to the minister of culture and culture officer for Gaelic social research .


Studio albums

  • 1999: On the West Side
  • 2002: Across the City and the World
  • 2003: Gaelic Heart
  • 2006: Heart of America - Across the great divide

Live albums / compilations

  • 2000: Donnie Munro Live
  • 2004: Fields of the Young (also as DVD)
  • 2005: Best of
  • 2006: Donnie Munro and Friends (DVD)
  • 2008: An Turas - Live at Celtic Connections 2008

Web links