Special weekend of Runrig programmes on BBC ALBA

Formed in 1973 on the Isle of Skye, Runrig’s rise to fame in the 1970’s and 80’s as Scotland’s most successful folk and rock band culminated in a career spanning 45 years.

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A full version of Runrig’s farewell concert from Stirling Castle hits television screens for the first time this weekend.

Music lovers can watch ‘The Last Dance’ when it airs on BBC ALBA on Saturday April 3 at 8pm as part of a special weekend of programmes about the band.

The sell-out gigs in August 2018 were filmed live in front of 50,000 fans by Glasgow based digital entertainment company Blazing Griffin and this exclusive programme will show the full three hours of concert.

Runrig – The Last Dance also features performances by other well-known and talented Scottish musical guests including Julie Fowlis, Duncan Chisholm, Laura McGhee, Gary Innes, Dave Towers and Glasgow Gaelic Islay Choir.

Donnie Munro, Runrig’s lead singer from 1974 to 1997, joins the band on stage during the show, much to the delight of fans.

Founding member Rory Macdonald said: ‘It’s the love of performing that kept the group going for more than 45 years. Our farewell performance brought all this to a close – a shared, visceral experience that will stay with me forever.

‘In many ways, our bond with the fans has been our success and this film illustrates this throughout.’

Rory’s brother Calum added: ‘During these uncertain times, it may be hard to feel connected with the communities we love most. We hope the Runrig community and our fans will feel a sense of togetherness when they watch our farewell concert and that it will help raise the spirits.’

Air an Oir, a classic programme from the BBC ALBA archive which looks at the roots of Runrig’s musical influences, will also be shown on BBC ALBA on Friday April 2 at 9pm and an archive concert Runrig – City of Lights will air on Sunday April 4 at 9pm. All programmes will be available on the BBC iPlayer for 30 days after they air.