The MacDonald Brothers

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The MacDonald Brothers
Background information
Origin Ayrshire, Scotland
Genres Pop, rock, pop rock
Years active 2006–present
Labels Sony Music Entertainment
Syco Records
The Music Kitchen
Website Official website
Members Brian MacDonald
Craig MacDonald

The MacDonald Brothers are a pop rock duo from Ayrshire in Scotland, consisting of brothers Brian and Craig MacDonald. They first rose to prominence in the third UK series of television talent show The X Factor in 2006,[1] and have since gone on to release four albums.

The brothers are currently signed with Big Jo-Ke Records in Australia but remain living in Scotland. As well as singing, both Craig and Brian play a range of instruments including the violin, accordion, guitar, mouth organ and piano.[2]

Music career[edit]

X Factor[edit]

The MacDonald Brothers are Brian (born 28 November 1986) and Craig (born 16 December 1985). They auditioned for The X Factor (UK series 3) in 2006 in Glasgow, Scotland singing "Don't Worry Baby" originally by The Beach Boys,[3] and the judges comments were positive, with Sharon Osbourne saying "You made that song not sound Californian, you made it sound Scottish ..." and Louis Walsh added "Which Was Good!". The band received three positive votes from the judges Simon Cowell, Osbourne and Walsh. Throughout the show, the boys were mentored and coached by Walsh.

The brothers finished in fourth place, with Leona Lewis being the eventual winner. The Macdonald Brothers signed a recording contract with Syco Records, along with Sony Music Entertainment. Following this they signed with Scottish Independent label "The Music Kitchen" who released their debut album.

The Macdonald Brothers (2006-2007)[edit]

After The X Factor, the band recorded their debut album, The MacDonald Brothers, which was released on 2 April 2007. The album entered the UK Album Charts at #18.[4] The album consisted mainly of covers including "Real Gone Kid", "Shang-A-Lang", "When You Say Nothing At All" and "Bye Bye Baby".

The World Outside (2007-2008)[edit]

Their second album, The World Outside was released on 15 October 2007. The album peaked at #41 on the UK chart.[5] It entered the Scottish chart at #2.

"Runaway (Do You Love Me)" was released as a single, which was written by Elton John.

With Love and Young Celts (2008-present)[edit]

The third album, With Love was released on 18 February 2008,[6] and failed to appear in the UK chart.

Their fourth and most recent album, Young Celts was released on 13 October 2008. "You Can Always Come Home Son" was released as a single. The duo undertook a 2010 tour around Scotland, and worked in Australia.

Concert tours[edit]

As well as appearing with other X Factor contestants on The X Factor Live tour, the duo supported Westlife for the majority of their 2008 tour. They played at the Alford Transport Museum on 12 September 2009.

SECC, Choices for Life[edit]

The MacDonald Brothers have frequently performed at Choices for Life, a concert for Scottish primary schools as part of a drug awareness campaign. They have sung songs such as "Flower of Scotland" and "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)".

Instruments Used[edit]

  • Brian MacDonald - Vocals, Piano, Keyboard
  • Craig MacDonald - Vocals, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboard


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Chart positions
2007 The MacDonald Brothers 18
2007 The World Outside
  • Released: 15 October 2007
  • Genre:Pop, rock
  • Label: Sony BMG, Syco
  • Format: CD, digital download
2008 With Love
  • Released: 18 February 2008
  • Genre:Pop, rock, folk
  • Label: Sony BMG, Syco
  • Format: CD, digital download
2008 Young Celts
  • Released: 13 October 2008
  • Genre:Pop, rock, folk
  • Label: Sony BMG
  • Format: CD, digital download


  • "You Can Always Come Home Son" (2009)
  • "Runaway (Do You Love Me)" (2008)


On 19 March 2008, the Unofficial MacDonald Brothers Fan Club was formed by Lyndsey Boyle of Norwich, England.


  1. ^ The X Factor - The MacDonald Brothers
  2. ^ Tour Dates
  3. ^ “”. "The Macdonald Brothers - Audition". YouTube. Retrieved 2010-06-27. 
  4. ^ "Macdonald Bros - Macdonald Bros". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 2012-07-22. Retrieved 2010-06-27. 
  5. ^ "Macdonald Bros - The World Outside". Chart Stats. 2007-10-27. Archived from the original on 2013-01-19. Retrieved 2010-06-27. 
  6. ^ "music: With Love (2008)". Retrieved 2010-06-27. 

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