Review: The Proclaimers, The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, July 3

The Proclaimers

The Proclaimers - Credit: Contributed

A sold out crowd welcomed twins Charlie and Craig Reid and they were in for a real treat as the band tested the acoustics with a packed playlist.

More than 30 years after forming, the duo proved they have still got it as they started their set with Sky Takes the Soul and proceeded to play an hour-and-a-half of non-stop music - they are not known for their banter - accompanied by four talented musicians.

All the sing-a-long hits were there, including Letter from America and I’m On My Way, along with a couple of great tracks from their most recent album Let’s Hear It For The Dogs.

The rather romantic Bury audience went mad for Let’s Get Married and swayed along to, arguably the group’s best work, Sunshine on Leith. By the end everyone was on their feet dancing and joining in with the well-known classic I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles).

Indeed, it is impossible to keep still while the Scottish duo are playing their particular brand of folk/country/pop and the infectious rhythm had the whole crowd stamping feet, clapping hands and moving with the music throughout - apart from a small group of people who decided to chat loudly during the entire performance.

When did this become acceptable? Did I miss the memo where this stopped being unspeakably rude? But I digress...

Support for the night was provided by British folk singer Will Varley, who was first on stage and set the mood perfectly. Both engaging and funny, he added extra value to a thoroughly enjoyable night – well worth looking up.

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Martine Silkstone

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