The wait is over! After many months of listening to tapes, auditioning singers and searching for the perfect voice RUNRIG have found their man.
BRUCE GUTHRO is to join the existing members of Runrig - Rory Macdonald, Calum Macdonald, Iain Bayne, Peter Wishart and Malcolm Jones - as their new lead vocalist. He replaces Donnie Munro who left late last year to pursue a career in politics.
To say the search stretched far and wide is an understatement. Adverts were placed in national and regional newspapers and hundreds of tapes were submitted. It was only after a video of Canadian celtic music reached the band's management that Bruce Guthro came into the frame.
Hailing from Cape Breton in Nova Scotia (where he still lives), Bruce Guthro is a highly successful Canadian artist in his own right. Tipped as one of the best new voices to emerge from the East Coast for many years, Bruce was recently awarded the prestigious SOCAN Songwriter of the Year Award. Earlier this year he received a standing ovation from a sell-out crowd of 8000 when he performed live for the national broadcast of the East Coast Music Awards. He also performed on the CBC TV special "Celtic Electric" and recently had a prime time one-hour documentary on himself aired on the same channel.
Bruce is described by Runrig's Rory MacDonald as possessing "a voice of great warmth and feeling combined with an ability to interpret and really get down to the heart of songs". Fellow song-writer Calum Macdonald goes on to say: "Bruce's voice is stunning. From the first word he sang in the studio audition I knew he was the right person for the band. He has an uncanny empathy for the songs and he sings from the heart."
Commenting on the decision, manager Marlene Ross said: "I know I speak for all the band when I say how delighted and excited I am to have Bruce on board. I had been looking for someone very special with a magical voice and charisma and it was all there, albeit on the other side of the Atlantic. The searching process took longer than we had hoped but we knew we had to find the best for our fans. I truly believe we have."
Lead vocals on six of the tracks of Runrig's new album, to be released later this year, have already been recorded during Bruce's visit to Scotland in June. He rejoins the band in August when they play the Tonder Festival in Denmark on August 27. He will be introduced to a much wider audience in the late Autumn when Runrig play a selection of prestigious European and UK dates, including their usual Scottish Christmas show. An extensive tour will take place early next year.