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A little taste of Scotland in Salisbury
11:55am Thursday 1st November 2012 in Entertainments
THE PROCLAIMERS, SALISBURY CITY HALL
IF YOU’RE Scottish (or love Scotland), don’t go and see The Proclaimers perform outside their mother country, because you’ll feel homesick.
I’ve seen a good many world-famous bands play live at big festivals like Glastonbury, yet few can hold a candle to Craig and Charlie Reid rocking out at Salisbury’s City Hall on Friday night.
The twa’ twins’ stirring rendition of Sunshine on Leith brought me out in goosebumps, making me yearn for the Edinburgh I left in 2009.
Of course, they left I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) for the encore, and of course, it brought the house down.
Classics like Let’s Get Married and I’m On My Way were utter perfection, honed by their successive gruelling world tours and a total of nine studio albums released since 1987.
Yes, The Proclaimers have been going for over 25 years.
And they still look exactly the same – T-shirts, guitars, NHS glasses.
A small army of audience members were paying homage to their musical heroes by sporting larger-than-life lunettes. This led us to wonder: why haven’t The Proclaimers starred in a SpecSavers advert?
To someone of my vintage (who pored over the lyrics to Letter From America in dog-eared copies of Smash Hits) they sound astoundingly modern.
They’re a canny mix of Coldplay meets Mumford and Sons, with a dash of Dolly Parton thrown in for good measure.
They’re friendly folk, too, meeting fans afterwards for a wee blether and autographing their new CD, Like Comedy. We bought one. It’s good.
C’mon the lads!