Monday, March 07, 2005


The death has been announced of Iain MacLennan, one of the most enthusiastic supporters of folk music in Scotland.

Despite a day job at Heriot-Watt as a computer technician, the 53 year old;s real passion was music; it was a passion which drove his life for thirty years. His younger brother, Alasdair, spoke about that love:

"Iain never married because his true love was folk music. It wasn’t a family tradition and he never actually played an instrument. But he adored listening to Scottish music and he was involved in almost every folk club in Edinburgh since moving there in the 1970s.

"It was his passion and he dearly wanted to return to Edinburgh after his illness to continue his work. But despite his battle with bladder cancer over the last few months in Forres, he died peacefully in hospital on Thursday morning.

"He wanted us to celebrate his life and that is exactly what we will do. A humanist service is being held next Wednesday in a local pub and we will hear a lot of folk music before travelling to the crematorium.

"He will be sorely missed by all of us, especially our mother and father."