Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Random Play: The Proclaimers

Ah I love this track. Taken from The Proclaimers first album This Is The Story, The Joyful Kilmarnock Blues is that rare thing, a white soul song that conveys joy, ecstasy, pure uplifting soul. There are a few people that have done it, Van is one and dear Kevin Rowland is another. Craig and Charlie have always 'proclaimed' their love for Kevin and he was quite involved with them in the early days, advising and paying for studio time so they could record demos. And his influence is quite apparent on this.

And yet who knew you could create something so uplifting out of a visit to a Hibs away game?

Just listen to those soaring vocals and the urgency of the second half of the track, and tell me you don't feel your soul take flight?

"I'm not gonna talk about doubts and confusion on a night when I can see with my eyes shut"

The Proclaimers - The Joyful Kilmarnock Blues

3 comments:

Davy H said...

Crikey, I haven't heard this in years. Saw them back in the day at The Kilburn Ballroom and they were bloody marvellous.

dickvandyke said...

They're back on the road this Autumn boys.
Details thus: ...

October 2009

09 Carlisle Sands Centre
Box Office - 01228 625 222 www.thesandscentre.co.uk

10 Manchester Apollo
Box Office - 0870 401 8000 www.carling.com/music/venue/manchester_apollo.html

12 Norwich UAE
Box Office - 01603 508 050 www.ueaticketbookings.co.uk/

13 Cambridge Corn Exchange
Box Office - 01223 357 851 www.cornex.co.uk

14 Oxford O2 Academy
Box Office - 0844 477 2000 www.o2academyoxford.co.uk

16 Nottingham Royal Centre
Box Office - 0115 989 5555 www.royalcentre-nottingham.co.uk

17 Southampton Guild Hall
Box Office - 023 8063 2601 www.livenation.co.uk/southampton

18 Exeter University Great Hall
Box Office - 01392 263518 www.exeterboxoffice.com

20 Bristol Colston Hall
Box Office - 0117 922 3686 www.colstonhall.org

21 Cardiff St. David's Hall
Box Office - 029 2087 8444 www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk

22 London Hammersmith Apollo
Box Office - 08448 44 47 48 www.carling.com/music/venue/hammersmith_apollo.html

24 Coventry Warwick Arts Centre
Box Office - 024 7652 4524 www.warwickartscentre.co.uk

25 Llandudno Venue Cymru
Box Office - 01492 872 000 www.venuecymru.co.uk

26 Birmingham Symphony Hall
Box Office - 0121 780 3333 www.thsh.co.uk/page/symphony-hall-birmingham/

28 Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Box Office - 0151 709 3789 www.liverpoolphil.com

29 Sheffield City Hall
Box Office - 0114 2789 789 www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk

30 Leeds O2 Academy
Box Office - 0844 477 2000 www.o2academyleeds.co.uk

November 2009

01 Newcastle City Hall
Box Office - 0191 261 2606 www.newcastle.gov.uk/cityhall

05 Dumfries DG1
07 Aberdeen Exhibition Centre
09 Perth Concert Hall
10 Edinburgh Usher Hall
11 Edinburgh Usher Hall
13 Glasgow SECC

SittingWith.com said...

I saw them in New York on the May tour and managed to interview them. They played me a couple of songs too. I've pasted a link in case anybody's curious.

http://www.sittingwith.com/archive.html#c51