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08 Jul 2013 | Celtic Rock

Douglas McQueen Hunter

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Douglas is a Scottish singer, musician and prolific songwriter with many commercially recorded works.

Ghosts Album


He has two solo albums available: “Ghosts”, which is a mix of celtic, rock, folk and trance and “In the Dead of Night”, which is a more mainstream Americana, country-rock album. He is currently working on a third album with friend and top producer Greg Friel.

Douglas McQueen Hunter is the singer, front-man, and guitarist of the well-known Scottish folk-rock band, The Picts, with whom he has played to thousands of audiences at home and abroad. With The Picts he has performed at festivals such as The Interceltique Festival of Lorient, Brittany; T in the Park, Scotland’s biggest music festival; and the Glasgow George Square Hogmanay Bash, playing in front of forty thousand people.

In the Dead of Night

In the Dead of Night Album

Douglas plays a wide range of concert types from folk gigs and celtic-rock concerts to mainstream rock and Americana shows. He has honed his skills as a performer and front-man over many years with The Picts and various other bands.

For festivals and concert tours, Douglas performs as a solo artist, as well as with a small acoustic duet/trio, or a full four to seven-piece band. Many of Douglas’s original songs appear in The Picts concert sets and equally a mixture of The Picts and Douglas’s music can be arranged so festivals can have the best of both worlds.

As for material, Douglas is as accomplished at singing Scottish or Irish traditional songs and Robert Burns songs as he is with his own rock songs from his albums. He often performs for the likes of folk clubs, Burns clubs, and concerts as a solo artist playing a mixture of his own songs, folk songs, and modern crowd pleasers accompanied by his guitars, mandolin, bodhran, percussion, and harmonica. Likewise, with the full band set-up he often plays to huge audiences at festivals and concerts, working his crowd-skills and playing his own mainstream songs. His songs range in style from Americana to country rock, celtic-rock, tribal and folk. The set is laced with fine original instrumentals on guitar or other instruments, and frequent crowd-pleasers from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s through to the modern.

At T in the Park

At T in the Park

At Kirkintilloch Festival

At Kirkintilloch Festival

Douglas also co-founded an acoustic version of The Picts called The Court of Equity which focuses on the works of Robert Burns. He appears on their new albums “Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect” (The Songs and Poems of Robert Burns), Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 singing seven songs on each album. Douglas co-produced the albums with the talented Greg Friel, with whom he is working on his third solo album.

Douglas is a qualified genealogist (PGdip- StrathclydeUni), a Third Dan in Yoshin Ryu Jujitsu, martial-arts coach, and fully qualified GP Referral Personal Trainer. He is author of “Hunters’ Illustrated History of the Family, Friends and Contemporaries of Robert Burns”, a book which his father, well known Scottish artist Colin Hunter McQueen, conceived, designed, and beautifully illustrated with over six hundred drawings. Douglas researched and wrote the text. Over three hundred parish records were discovered in the research, bringing new light to the studies of Robert Burns and also correcting errors compounded over generations by biographer after biographer of Burns. Colin’s research and illustrations also brought to light faces of Burns’s friends which had been unknown in previous biographical works. The book was highly acclaimed by the world’s foremost scholars of Burns.

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