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Rory Macdonald
Birth name Roderick Macdonald
Born (1949-07-27) 27 July 1949 (age 65)
Dornoch, Sutherland, Scotland
Origin Isle of Skye, Scotland
Genres Celtic rock
Occupation(s) Graphic designer
Instruments Bass guitar
Acoustic guitar
Years active 1965–1968
Labels Neptune Records
Lismor Records
Chrysalis Records
Ridge Records
Associated acts The Skyvers
The Band from Rockall

Roderick (Rory) Macdonald (Scottish Gaelic: Ruaridh MacDhomhnaill; born 27 July 1949, Dornoch, Sutherland[1]) is the bassist of the Scottish Celtic rock band Runrig, as well as their primary songwriter with his younger brother, Calum Macdonald. Rory tends to write the melody, and Calum the lyrics. Since former lead singer Donnie Munro left the band in 1997, Rory has taken lead vocal duties on songs in the band's catalogue written in the Scots Gaelic language, as the band's new lead singer, Bruce Guthro, is not a Gaelic speaker.

In the mid to the late 1960s, Macdonald was a part of a band called The Skyvers.

Macdonald previously attended the Glasgow School of Art and had a promising career as a graphic designer until Runrig went 'professional'. Later putting these skills into practise, he designed the sleeve notes for Runrig's Recovery and Heartland albums.

Early life[edit]

Macdonald was born in Dornoch, Sutherland. His father, Donald John MacDonald of North Uist, Outer Hebrides, was a World War II veteran. The family moved to North Uist, when Rory was about four years old. On arrival in Lochmaddy, his younger brother Calum was born.

During the Second World War, Macdonald's father, Donald, and his unit were ambushed in Normandy. He witnessed the death of his best friend, Sandy MacIntyre. After this, Donald used to visit Sandy's family. On one such occasion, when Rory was eight, he was taken along to Sandy's old home. There, Sandy's parents gave him his old accordion. Back home, he began practising, playing at school concerts. On this accordion he wrote his first ever tune: a Scottish dance march called "Sandy MacIntyre". This experience partly inspired the 1985 song "The Everlasting Gun", featured on the Heartland album, along with news of the Falklands War.


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Kenny Burrell at NAMM 2004 with Rory Hoffman and Henry Johnson.

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Unusual Suspects video, 'Fair Helen of Kirkconnell' live at Eden Court, 2004

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