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Glasgow Royal Concert Hall 31.12.91 In 1991 we decided we didn't love playing Arenas. We wanted to return to theatre-type spaces and play the kind of shows we'd always done: expansive, slightly unpredictable and fairly eclectic. This was the last show of the year for that tour. As I recall it we'd always imagined it would be a proper Hogmanay turned out the city council owned the venue and the concert kicked off and finished even earlier than most nights as council employees had to be home for their own celebrations!
Melbourne The Corner Hotel

Looking back on this gig it’s amazing to think we are about 4 shows from a year when we can’t even get together to rehearse, never mind play again. We had an exhausting but brilliant tour in Australia and New Zealand in 2019. Every night was a sell out show and Melbourne was the night… Read More

Plymouth Pavilions

It is great for me to remember special nights when all things came together. We visited a city we hadn’t been to for a good long time, we drove through the rain to get there and when we did we found an audience determined to have one of the best nights of their lives. Sometimes… Read More

Birmingham Symphony Hall

We were all living in A New House on this tour. Almost half the songs in the main set are from the new albums we’d recorded over the previous two years. We also performed a rare outing of our Christmas release from the previous year. Look out too for one of my most loved acoustic… Read More

Glasgow SSE The Hydro

We were to play at the opening series of shows in Glasgow’s Hydro when it was first opened built near the old SECC in Glasgow. Inevitably the opening got delayed so it wasn’t till later in the year, and the final night of the tour that we played. Unlike its neighbour it’s an arena which… Read More

London Royal Albert Hall

I remember this RAH show in a strange way. It’s almost if, over the course of the night, the grand old space became a club gig. My memory of it is I felt like I was watching as much as performing…the whole space just seemed to be one group of people with the same intention… Read More

Edinburgh Usher Hall

In 2012 we found our mojo again. Lewis Gordon had joined us on bass and Gregor Philp on guitar had played a huge role in working with me on the arrangements of the songs for The Hipsters – our first album of new material in over a decade. Here we play seven out of the… Read More

Manchester Apollo

Although the early ‘noughties’ were an odd time for us, we kept playing live and found we still had a connection with our audience – twenty years on from that first album. Manchester Apollo is and has always been one of the great rock n roll theatres. Here we finished the night on a song… Read More

Oxford The Apollo

In 2001 we had been back together, but not as we were. For a start, Ewen was no longer with us and the work we’d all started to do in the years between ’94 and ’99 had taken us in different directions. Dougie had started a successful TV job and was no longer able to… Read More

Berlin Loft

To my knowledge this is the only show we ever played in Berlin. We loved playing in Germany but it was often a balancing act to make the show for our local fans and not about rowdy British squaddies. Other than that, it was a very hot night.

Tokyo Shibuya Club Quattro

Our trip to Japan in 93 was a great experience if a little exhausting for us. Lorraine and I took our 9-month-old baby with us and in truth she never really got the memo about the time difference. So one of my main memories is of sitting through the night reading a book called ‘Officer… Read More

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