Donnie Munro

Donnie Munro, Scottish Gaelic Donaidh Rothach, ( born August 2, 1953 in Uig on the Isle of Skye, Scotland ) is a Scottish folk rock musician and former lead singer of the band Runrig.

Early life

Munro grew up on the West of Scotland Isle of Skye and speaks Gaelic as their first language. After attending high school Munro first attended the Art College in Aberdeen and later the University of Edinburgh. After graduating, he taught at various schools.

Musical career

In 1974, Munro frontman of the band Runrig, was to become the leading Gaelic pop group in the 1980s and 1990s. Her biggest commercial they reached in 1991 with the album The Big Wheel. In 1997 he left Runrig. This was preceded by a two- year period of personal decision-making process, the details of which never reached the public. In 1999 Donnie Munro his musical solo career with the album On the West Side.

Political career

1991 Munro was elected for three years as Rector of the University of Edinburgh. This gave him an honorary doctorate in 1997.

After leaving Runrig Munro could intensify its involvement in the Scottish Labour Party. For this he was a candidate for the Scottish Parliament elections in 1999 to the seat for the constituency of Ross, Skye and Inverness West, but was defeated by Liberal Democrat candidate John Farquhar Munro.


Donnie Munro currently lives with his wife Teresa, whom he married in 1982, and his four children on Skye. In addition to his musical career, he has worked as an advisor to the Minister of Education and Culture Commissioner for the Gaelic social research.


Studio albums

Live albums / compilations

  • 2000: Donnie Munro Live
  • 2004: Fields of the Young ( also on DVD )
  • 2005: Best of
  • 2006: Donnie Munro and Friends (DVD)