Runrig last night (Wednesday September 6) released a statement after Bruce Guthro, their frontman for 20 years, died aged 62, after a long illness.
Runrig wrote: "It is with the heaviest of hearts and with profound sadness that we inform you of the news that Bruce passed away last night, having finally lost a long battle with cancer that has stretched back many years.
"Everyone associated with Runrig is heartbroken at the loss of a dear friend and such a special musical colleague.
“Our immediate thoughts and prayers at this time are with Kim [his wife], Dylan and Jodie [his children]."
Renowned isles singer Julie Fowlis joined an avalanche of on-line condolences and regrets. She said on X (formerly Twitter) “Shocked and saddened to learn that Bruce Guthro has died. He was such a gifted singer and a powerful performer. It was one of the greatest privileges for me to sing with him onstage and backstage over the years. Love and sympathies to his family and all.”
Pete Wishart, the MP for Perth and North Perthshire who was a member of Runrig until 2001, wrote: “So, so sad to hear of the untimely death of my friend and former band mate Bruce Guthro. He was just the nicest person you could ever hope to meet and a joy to perform with.
“An exceptional singer, musician and songwriter taken far too soon. We are going to miss him. RIP.”
Fellow SNP MSP Kate Forbes wrote: “Incredibly sad to hear this news and my deepest sympathies go to Bruce Guthro’s family, friends and band members. His powerful voice lives on, as generations continue to listen to his beautiful music.”
Fans remembered with feeling both the start and the finish of Bruce’s career with Runrig.
“So sad ; peace and love to his family Bruce will live on in the songs he sang and the memories of all those great performances . We will never forget your final gig at the Bridgewater in Manchester. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house,” said one.
Another recalled: “When Donnie said that the band would go on, and the music would go on, no one really believed it. He was right though. RIP Bruce. So many fantastic years and great memories. You'll live on, in our hearts, just like the songs you crafted.”
Guthro was a member of Runrig from 1998 until 2018, replacing Donnie Munro as their lead singer. Guthro, who was born on Cape Breton Island in Canada, died less than one week after turning 62 on August 31.