8 December 2014
Reviewed by Becky Linsell
Last night I went to see Deacon Blue, the Scottish pop band who formed in the mid-eighties. They are currently touring the UK, with their new album A New House.
The band were supported by Welsh group Zervas & Pepper, who were a delight to watch. Clearly thrilled to be on stage, at the Sheffield City Hall and grateful for the audiences positive reception to them. Playing a mixture of tracks from their current album Lifebringer and their back catalogue. Their confidence grew throughout the set, delivering beautiful vocal harmonies and modernised folk music. Zervas & Pepper are supporting Deacon Blue for the whole of their UK tour.
Deacon Blue came onto the stage and soon had the packed auditorium onto their feet. Lead singer, the charismatic Ricky Ross, has a huge stage presence that you felt as soon as they out. He certainly has the ability to work the crowd, having a great rapport and promising them one of the best nights of their lives.
Ricky’s vocals are still as powerful and as distinctive as I remembered from the bands chart hits of the eighties. Musically the band sounded very good, Ricky is energetic in his performance and his wife Lorraine McIntosh’s vocals were superb. However it is Lorraine and Ricky’s vocals in their harmonies together as they complement each other so well and give Deacon Blue their unique sound.
The band played a long set, it included many of their more recent tracks, which their die-hard fans knew word for word. The real crowd pleasers of the night were the hits that made them famous; Real Gone Kid, When Will You, Dignity, Fergus Sings the Blues, and my personal favourite Chocolate Girl (just to name a few). Deacon Blue must have played these hits hundreds of times, but you really felt like they still enjoyed performing them and were having as much fun as we were. There was a great energy in the auditorium.
After having over twenty years of success Deacon Blue are still able to rock the joint. Tonight I loved my trip back to the eighties, as did the rest of the crowd up on their feet dancing and singing at the top of their voices.
Deacon Blue are touring the UK throughout December. Tickets are available from www.ticketmaster.co.uk and are priced from £30.50 – £44.00 (a booking fee may apply).
For more information and tour dates visit www.deaconblue.com.
Sheffield City Hall, Barkers Pool, Sheffield, S1 2JA | 0114 2 789 789