The pinnacle of artistic achievement is the creation of work that transcends the moment to become timeless — and perhaps immortal. Dougie MacLean hit that mark with “The Gael,” which was used as a centerpiece theme in Trever Jones’ soundtrack for the 1992 film “The Last of the Mohicans.”
I had the good fortune to interview Dougie a few years ago when he came here for a Sisters Folk Festival Winter Concert Series show. A delightful man, wonderful interview. Traditional archer. He’s composed several songs that have become standards and swept around the world. “The Gael” has landed in repertoires of groups ranging from symphonies to primal pipe-and-drum street outfits.
You can’t wear it out. So here is “The Gael,” in a variety of forms, in all its glory. Enjoy.
The Last of the Mohicans Soundtrack
Dougie MacLean live
The American Rogues & U.S. Air Force Symphony