The Proclaimers & Blueflint – AECC, Aberdeen – 17/11/12
Opening for the Proclaimers was Blueflint – a 5 piece folksy band, comprising a bluegrass banjo, a clawhammer banjo, a fiddle, a double bass and the drums, started the evening off with the catchy “I Missed The Boat”. The two ladies, Deborah Arnott and Clare Neilson, have well matched and warm voices, singing well in harmony through their wee catalogue of songs, and chatting to the crowd. There were no nerves in evidence throughout their performance even with the admission that the 4,500 crowd was the biggest they’d played to. The crowd seemed to know a few of the songs, with “P45” and “Take Your Shoes Off” going down particularly well being the livelier, more upbeat songs.
After a brief intermission, The Proclaimers, Craig and Charlie Reid, and the band arrived on the stage to a really warm welcome. In their usual understated manner of dress, the boys arrived in jeans and t-shirts – no fuss, no fancy lightshow or fanfare, just some well written, well crafted songs. With three decades of back catalogue to choose from, covering 9 albums including the latest offering “Like Comedy” (10 if you count the “Best Of…” as a separate offering), the crowd were obviously eager for the hits to come along, but enthusiastically danced and sang along to all but a couple of the new slower tracks. The Auchtermuchty twins certainly thawed the audience on a chilly November evening! With personal mentions for people in the crowd, this felt like a more intimate gig than the 4,500 attendance figure suggests. Lovely touch to stay close to the fans, and show that unlike many acts of their size and popularity, they do not take their fame for granted.
Starting off the evening with “Whatever You’ve Got” the track that gave the tour its name, the crowd really got into the atmosphere of the evening, singing along, dancing and generally just adding to the party feeling of the night. Its not often that performers appeal to such a wide range of ages, with everyone having a good time. The obvious tracks, “Letter From America”, “Lets Get Married”, “I’m On My Way” and of course the main set closing song “500 Miles” got the crowd singing along and having a ball! Both of the twins were in fine voice, with spot on timing, harmonising well and sounding totally on the ball. The band, Stevie Christie (keyboards and accordion), Garry John Kane (bass), Zac Ware (guitar and pedal steel) and Clive Jenner (drums) looked to be having a great night too, and really enjoying it, which half way through a long tour is nice to see!
After “500 Miles” the boys went off stage to rightful shouts looking for an encore. Coming back on they performed “Life With You”, “Act of Rememberance” and “The Joyful Kilmarnock Blues” a raucous and rousing song to finish on a high note, with the crowd dancing and bouncing, and still wanting more.
Fantastic night, great sing-along songs, amazing atmosphere. 9.5/10
Words by Pierced Princess.
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