The Singing Shepherd

Iain Thomson has been described as a man who writes contemporary songs with a traditional twist.

Iain was brought up in Dumfries and started learning the piano at 7. By age of 15 he moved on from the discipline of classical piano to take up the guitar and singing.

He moved to Mull in 1986 to run a large hill farm and became known as the "Singing Shepherd" after producing two successful tapes of self penned songs.

In 1996 he left Mull spending 7 restless years driving trucks and playing in bars.

Due to changing circumstances and an almost magnetic draw he returned to Mull and his rural roots and within a short time produced the successful cd "The Long Road Home" which was played extensively on local and national radio.

In 2006 he was awarded a residency at the prestigious Covepark Centre to create music and song.

In 2010 he brought out the album "Fields of Dreams" to critical acclaim.
It consisted of 12 tracks of self-penned songs and tunes.

Iain's compositions are written sensitively and his songs and tunes of the changing face of rural Argyll move the hearts and souls of his audience.

Iain is at present concentrating on developing the duo he has formed with the wonderfully talented Marc Duff.

Marc Duff

Marc is known primarily for co-founding the notable Celtic band Capercaillie with whom he has toured extensively and made many successful recordings.

His time spent at the Guildhall School of Music has given him an eclectic taste in music and a distinct style of playing which has kept him in demand as a session musician and a teacher.

Since leaving Capercaillie in 1995 to pursue his own career, he has worked with many prominent artists, playing low D whistle, Bodhran, bouzouki and wind synthesizer and now with the uilleann pipes bringing a whole new dimension.

Marc has performed and recorded with an eclectic array of artists from many different musical genres including Def Shepherd, Fish, Iain Morrison, ´┐╝Dick Gaughan, Billy Bragg, Wolfstone and as a soloist with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra performing music for the BBC series A History of Scotland.

Also notable is that Marc was nominated for Instrumentalist of the Year at the 2008 Scottish Trad Music Awards.

Iain & Marc

The style and sound compliment one another, definetly contemporary but with that traditional twist.

Iain and Marc will be touring up and down the UK during 2017.