THE PROCLAIMERS // ALHAMBRA THEATRE, DUNFERMLINE

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The Reid brothers return to Fife, where their musical adventure began 35 years ago and find a sold-out audience at the Alhambra in fine voice.

THE PROCLAIMERS AT THE ALHAMBRA THEATRE, DUNFERMLINE - 15.11.18  PICTURE BY CALUM MACKINTOSH

The sense of anticipation and excitement before this gig was clear. As soon as you got within a block of the beautiful old Alhambra Theatre you were serenaded with some ‘interesting’ renditions of their better-known hits. What was also very apparent is broad appeal the band still command as grannies, grandads, grandkids and every age in-between excitedly filed into the venue.

Walking on stage to a deafening roar, the band launched into ‘Angry Cyclist’, the title track from their new album. What the twins lack in stage presence, they make up through the power of the lyrics and faultless songwriting and it was soon perfectly demonstrated with the first big number of the night ‘Letter from America’. This melancholic anthem bemoaning the decline of Scotland’s industrial heritage still resonates – especially if you’ve been anywhere near Methil recently!

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