Celtic Music Radio would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Nick’s family and friends and continue our tribute by selecting Nick’s three solo albums as our Album of the Week this coming week.
There will be a special programme featuring tracks from the albums and some of the comments people have sent via Nick’s Facebook page. This special Album of the Week programme will be broadcast on Monday 10 June at 6.00pm and at midnight.
Nick’s funeral takes place on Monday 10th June, with a Memorial Service at St Peters Episcopal Chruch, Lutton Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9PE. This will be followed at 2:30pm by a “send off” at The Queens Hall Bar (entrance via the Box Office) where Nick’s family would like there to be as many laughs as tears. All are welcome, and you are asked that you bring your voices, instruments and happy memories of Nick.
The three Nick Keir CDs are: All Over This Town from 2004; Fishing Up The Moon is from 2008 and The Edge Of Night is from 2012.
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.
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.
Yesterday morning we lost our very good friend Nick Keir. I was too devastated to write anything yesterday. However, having know Nick since the 70’s when he played with Fínn MacCuíll alongside Madelaine Taylor, Tony Ireland and John Wilson. I got to know Nick better by the years, just like a good favourite whisky and that is how I will remember him, always with a smile. From “The Birnie Bouzle” and “The Shearing” with Fínn MacCuíll to “Isle of Eigg” and “Five O’ Clock in the Morning” with The Mac’s and not forgetting his own lovely composition’s. Nick had a tremendous talent!…sadly missed RIP pal. – Ian McCalman
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.