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Origin:
Oban, Scotland, UK
Decades:
1984-present

Capercaillie is a Scottish folk band founded in the 1980s by Donald Shaw and fronted by Karen Matheson. The group originates from Argyll, a region of western Scotland and is named after the Western Capercaillie, Tetrao urogallus, a bird native to Scotland.

The band recorded its first album, Cascade, in 1984.

Their 1992 EP A Prince Among Islands was the first Scottish Gaelic-language record to reach the UK Top 40 singles chart, peaking at number 39. Another of their singles, Dark Alan (Ailein duinn) reached number 65.

The album Secret People got number 40, and To the Moon got to number 41.

They have adapted traditional Gaelic songs and music using modern production techniques, and often mix musical forms, such as one song which combined traditional lyrics with drum and bass.

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