The Black Douglas / Bravehearts



“Chris Got Some Bagpipes and What is Appalachian Celtic Rock Anyway?”

Without going into a ridiculously redundant amount of detail, (which you can find on Tuatha Dea’s blog on the homepage of Tuatha Dea’s website), The Black Douglas, aka Sir James Douglas was one of Scotland’s greatest Knights (certainly the most feared) and Heroes. He is sadly, not as well known as some of his contemporaries.  The term “Braveheart” used in the William Wallace movie actually according to literature, originally referred to King Robert the Bruce and The Black Douglas and was pluralized – “Bravehearts”! Simply google the man or read TD’s blog at a minimum and you’ll only begin to get a feel for his EPIC exploits, contributions, life and even his death. Seriously – EPIC!  

Tuatha Dea has been referred to by some as an “Appalachian Celtic Rock Band” (whatever that means). AND in an effort to meet the criteria of this description, the band decided to write a song to celebrate this EPIC Scottish Hero, return the phrase “Bravehearts” to its rightful inspirations and show the world what “Appalachian Celtic Rock” is! They have even included an audience participation segment so you can shout along! “Bravehearts! Bravehearts!” 

The Black Douglas was previously released as a single on Tartan Day of 2021 prior to the release of this album. The band was honored by The Andrew Hillhouse Gallery in Scotland and given permission to use some of the amazing Hillhouse art for the original launch. We have completely remixed and remastered the song for this album  

The Black Douglas
Written by Danny Mullikin
Sound Biscuit Publishing
Vocals: Rebecca Holman Mullikin
Vocals: Katherine Holman
Acoustic Guitar: Danny Mullikin
Electric Guitar: Adam Ogle
Bag Pipes: Chris Bush
Bass Jeremiah Waldo
Drums: Brett Maney
Fiddle/Viola: Laura Smith