We are sad to learn of the death of Nick Keir. Nick was best known for his work with The McCalmans. More recently he had emerged as a singer/songwriter, producing three solo albums and performing as a soloist with The Tolkien Ensemble. He regularly played in both Scotland and Denmark at folk festivals and on tours, both with The McCalmans and at solo gigs.
Born 1953 in Edinburgh, 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.
He recently worked with Stephen Quigg (also a former member of The McCalmans) in a duo as well as solo. Other collaborations include work on The Complete Works of Robert Tannahill and appearing regularly with the Holbaek Ensemble in Denmark in a programme of Scots and Baroque Music. Nick mostly played acoustic guitar and penny whistle, although he was proficient in many other instruments.
Nick died on the morning of the 2nd June 2013, after a long battle with cancer.