20 October 2015
Reviewed by Rosemary Knight
Yesterday evening I travelled to the Lowry Theatre in Salford, with my husband, to watch twin brothers Craig and Charlie Reid, aka The Proclaimers, perform live on stage. I haven’t really listened to their music much previously, but my husband, who is quite a fan, was very excited at the prospect of actually seeing them on stage in support of their new album ‘Let’s Hear It For The Dogs’.
We try to visit the Lowry Theatre as often as possible, as it is quite close to where we live, and has excellent transport links with buses and the Metrolink nearby. The venue is a smart modern building with courteous staff who always go the extra mile to ensure that customers have an enjoyable time.
Special guest, Pete Williams, who was previously Dexys’ bassist, supported the Proclaimers and came on stage with his band for 40 minutes. He played songs from his new album ‘Roughnecks and Roustabouts’ as well as his first album ‘See’. He has an amazing vocal range and had the audience tapping their feet and clapping along with his music.
When Craig and Charlie came onto the stage after a short interval, they were greeted with rapturous applause from their excited fans. They played a mixture of old and new songs, with the packed out audience singing along throughout. The songs which I recognised were ‘Letter to America’, Let’s Get Married’ and ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’. I didn’t know any of the other numbers, but the rest of the crowd were going wild, enthusiastically singing, dancing and waving their arms, loving every minute of the act. When the brothers played ‘500 Miles’ for the last number, the entire audience stood up and sang along. It was actually quite amazing.
The Proclaimers are a first rate live band, with the brothers harmonising to perfection and the backing played loud and fast. They were backed by Zac Ware on guitar, Steve Christie on keyboards, Garry John Kane on bass guitar and the incredibly energetic Clive Jenner on drums.
This was a real crowd pleasing event. I may not have been a fan before, but I certainly am now! We had an absolutely brilliant evening and I couldn’t fault one second of the performance. If you get the chance to catch a show on this tour, you really must go along. This was definitely one of the best live performances from a band that I have ever seen.
The Proclaimers are currently touring the UK until 19 December 2015. For more information and tour dates visit www.proclaimers.co.uk.
For other shows at The Lowry visit www.thelowry.com.
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ | 0843 208 6000