Dougal has been creating music all his life. He has played various instruments including bagpipes, saxophone, bass guitar, bamboo flute, harmonica, keyboards, fiddle, electric and acoustic guitar, with different rock, jazz and other groups, the Vacant Lot, Grub Street Banana Band, Rockwood and bitchin’. He currently concentrates on songwriting, guitar playing, and finding appreciative audiences. He plays and sings his own songs. They are thought-provoking, well-written, and worth more than a listen. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Price Range: $200 +
Gig Length: 15 - 120 minutes
Unions: AFM, SOCAN
What to Expect
The music is singer/songwriter, troubadour style, thoughtful, intelligent, sometimes topical, sometimes universal, always entertaining.
Dougal is a Gaelic name that means “dark stranger”, not easy to live up to. Dougal has been creating music all his life, sometimes just in his imagination. He was born in Regina, yes, really, but didn’t stay there long, and grew up all over the place, spending some early time on a houseboat on the Athabasca River, in Calgary, Collingwood, four years in Lusaka, Northern Rhodesia, three years in various Newfoundland outposts, before landing in Toronto at age 12. He has been there ever since. His early musical education included: his father playing the harmonica while the dogs howled along, his mother teaching him the recorder, seeing a one-man-band in Africa, with a jiggling skeleton attached to the bass drum pedal, requisite piano lessons, learning bagpipes to play in the school band and avoid having to carry a rifle, playing tenor sax in a jazz band, The Quintet, switching to bass to play with a rock band his brother formed, subsequently called the Vacant Lot, helping start the Grub Street Banana Band (it was the 60s after all), went on to form Rockwood, then went underground for a while. He later surfaced to bring together a free-improvisational group called bitchin’, playing violin, bamboo flute, harmonica, keyboard, and vocalizing. He currently concentrates on songwriting, guitar playing and finding appreciative audiences.
Additional Booking Notes
The setup can be from basic PA, Mike and DI to extensive staging, lighting, and sound inputs. It depends on the configuration.
Past Booked Events
|July 17, 2018 • 9:00pm - 11:55pm||Songwriters Circle, Amsterdam Bicycle Club Toronto|
|February 18, 2017 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm||Winterfolk Festival|
|January 28, 2017 • 1:00pm - 5:00pm||Dr. B's Acoustic Medicine Show|
|January 21, 2017 • 3:00pm - 9:00pm||Robbie Burns Day in Milton|
|January 16, 2017–January 17, 2017 • 8:00pm - 12:00am||Riverboat Mondays at Dora Keogh with Julian Taylor|
Born to Hang (Clarkstown Flood)
Debbie and Gayle
Speak of the Devil
Cast Iron Frying Pan
I Wish I was Nish
Two Chairs/Deux Chaises
Rhyme for Afghanistan
(I wanna) Talk to God
Influences & Inspiration
Dougal has been influenced by anything and everything he has ever experienced.
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