It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of Edinburgh based singer/songwriter Nick Keir.
Nick Keir was best known for his work with The McCalmans. More recently Nick emerged as a singer/songwriter, producing three solo albums and performing as a soloist with The Tolkien Ensemble.
Nick studied at Stirling University where he founded Finn mac Cuill, a folk/rock band which for a while expanded into The Finn mac Cuill Folkshow, a small touring theatre group, for which he wrote the scripts.
In the late 1970s he joined 7:84 Theatre Company Scotland as a writer and musician, and soon after joined The McCalmans Folk Group.
Following the retirement of Ian McCalman, Nick worked with fellow band mate Stephen Quigg in a duo as well as solo.
Other collaborations included work on The Complete Works of Robert Tannahill and appearing with the Holbaek Ensemble in Denmark in a programme of Scots and Baroque Music.
Nick mostly played the acoustic guitar and the penny whistle, although was proficient in many other instruments.
Nick died on the morning of the 2nd June 2013 after a battle with cancer.
Celtic Music Radio would like to pay tribute to Nick Keir by playing a concert we recorded in April 2011 at Edinburgh’s Voodoo Rooms. You can hear this concert at 1800 on Monday 3rd June.
Our sincerest condolences to Nick’s family and friends.