In Review: ‘Outlander’ Soundtrack By Bear McCreary

The producers of 'Outlander' chose the right composer in Bear McCreary for this project because he happens to have an interest in the folk music of Jacobean Scotland

The OUTLANDER series follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate affair is ignited that tears Claire’s heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives. Adapted from Diana Gabaldon’s international best-selling books, the OUTLANDER series spans the genres of romance, science fiction, history and adventure into one epic tale.

The producers of ‘Outlander’ chose the right composer in Bear McCreary for this project because he happens to have an interest in the folk music of Jacobean Scotland, which is an interest he has retained from a very early age.

As soon as you hit play on this soundtrack you are instantly transported to a mysterious and romantic period in Scotland, which I’m told matches up well with the series, which I can’t really comment on because I haven’t seen it.

The music though is fantastic to listen to as a stand alone experience, which isn’t something that can be said for every soundtrack.

Right from the opening music ‘People Disappear All The Time’ you are carried off to another world. The second song, which is Bears own rendition of the classic ‘ The Skye Boat Song’ had me tapping my foot and humming along to the melody, which is song wonderfully by Raya Yarbrough.

This soundtrack is wonderfully done and McCreary does a brilliant job of blending his own interpretations of classic Celtic tunes with his own music. In fact Bears own music sits perfectly well with the classic songs and tunes that he has used from Scottish folk songs.

Track number nine ‘The Losing Side Of History’ sits as a favorite of mine and I also enjoyed ‘Dance Of The Druids’ which is the third song in the track listing.

All in all this soundtrack is a fantastic one to listen to if you are looking to relax and chill out. I love how Bear has blended traditional Bagpipes with string instruments throughout this soundtrack, which seems to have each piece of music blending seamlessly into the next. You can almost smell the moist Scottish air if you shut your eyes and listen.

The ‘Outlander’ soundtrack is available to buy now on iTunes and from all other music sellers.

'Outlander' Soundtrack
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Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at:
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