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"Coisich, a ruin, hu il oro
Cum do ghealladh rium, o hi ibh o;
beir soraidh bhuam, hu il oro
dha na Hearadh, boch orainn o
Coisich a Ruin, the band`s Signature Song

Capercaille was a Scottish band started in 1984 that broke up in 2013. They were noted for combining traditional Gaelic songs- sometimes hundreds of years old- with modern instrumentation, along with many English-language songs. Their most famous song, " Coisich, a Ruin" reached No.39 on the UK singles chart, the highest ever for a song in Scottish Gaelic.

The band provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Author Tract: Par the course for a Celtic band. "Waiting for the Wheel to turn" about English settlement in Scotland and "God`s Alibi" about religion.
  • Bilingual Bonus: A lot, if not most of, their music is in Scottish Gaelic, which is spoken by very few people outside the Hebrides.
  • Darker and Edgier: "Servant to the Slave" is this towards the usual descriptions of immigration to America, although Sadder And Angstier would be a better description.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Almost all English-language songs are about some event in Scottish history. note 
  • Gainax Ending: The last verse of "The Crooked Mountain" goes:
    "With the evening shadows falling on the day I`m supposed to find you
    Chances are I`ll never realise
    A picture from this jigsaw that I always took for granted
    Now I`m caught here in a raging storm on top of the crooked hill
  • Green Aesop: The message of "Miracle Of Being".
  • Mind Screw: "The Crooked Mountain", big time.
  • Religion Rant Song: "God`s Alibi".
  • Scenery Porn: As one would guess from the title "Beautiful Wasteland" is pretty much Scenery Porn: The Song
  • Silly Love Song: Most Gaelic songs are this. Since many of them are centuries old, this makes the trope Older Than They Think.
  • Viewers Are Geniuses: Many songs are about obscure people or events, such as Mary Mac Pherson in "Outlaws" and the Glencoe Massacre in "Crime Of Passion." Subverted in that these events and people are not at all obscure in Scotland.