Moidart maestro celebrates Royal honour with special show

The Ceilidh King himself is to be awarded an MBE on May 20, and to celebrate Fergie MacDonald will take to the stage that day to perform some of his best loved tunes, alongside a chat with BBC musician and broadcaster Gary Innes.

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‘Ceilidh King’ Fergie MacDonald will celebrate his Member of the British Order (MBE) with an ‘unforgettable’ concert this May.

The Moidart maestro is due to receive his MBE medal during a private family service in Inverness on May 20 and later that day he will celebrate the honour with an all-star musical line-up as he performs some of the most popular tunes he has recorded.

The Highland folk legend, accordionist and bandleader will also be ‘in conversation’ with BBC Radio Scotland presenter and musician Gary Innes, talking about his remarkable journey in music and his personal life.

Now aged 85, and currently recovering from a knee operation, the bandleader and musician will be the oldest person to have headlined Eden Court’s Empire Theatre.

Fergie said: ‘Getting an MBE is such a huge honour and I am delighted to be sharing the achievement with my family, the fantastic band members who I have worked with for so many years and the amazing audiences who have supported me over the decades.

‘It will be such a special night at Eden Court and a great moment to be the oldest person to have headlined the venue. It will be fantastic to take a wander into the past revisiting my musical highlights on the day I am recognised for this prestigious award.’

Gary Innes added: ‘Fergie is a legend and is without doubt a Scottish national treasure. It is terrific to see him receive a prestigious MBE and the respect and affection he has gained is so richly deserved and, for many, felt long overdue.

‘I’m looking forward to once again getting the chance to sit down beside the ‘Ceilidh King’ on stage to get a chat about his life and what shenanigans he has got up to throughout nearly seven decades as a bandleader.’

Fergie will be joined on stage by Allan Henderson, Iain MacFarlane, Addie Harper, Hugh MacCallum, plus a host of special guests.

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Caption: The ‘Ceilidh King’ is to be awarded an MBE on May 20 and to celebrate Fergie MacDonald will take to the stage to perform some of his best-loved tunes and have a chat with BBC musician and broadcaster Gary Innes.