November 28, 2022
Born in a Storm
We are delighted to celebrate 35 years of Raintown with Born in a Storm, a limited-edition single malt whisky, bottled by Glasgow’s own Caskade.
Distilled at a secret location on Orkney and matured for 13 years in a single cask before being finished in ex-Oloroso sherry oak, Born in a Storm is a bold and enduring spirit which serves as an apt reflection of the people and places it was inspired by and a perfect accompaniment to the record.
Limited to 823 individually numbered bottles, Born in a Storm is available to order from Wednesday 30th November – exclusively at caskadedrinks.com.
November 18, 2022
Greatest Hits Tour 2023
Tickets on sale now.
November 14, 2022
All The Old 45s
We’re thrilled to announce All The Old 45s, our 2023 Greatest Hits Live Tour!
Pre-sale tickets go on sale at 9.00am on Wednesday 16th November. Sign up to the mailing list to receive a link to the presale here.
Anyone signed up to the mailing list already will receive an email with the link at 8.00am on Wednesday morning.
Tickets go on general sale at 9.00am on Friday 18th November.
We’ve decided to play a Greatest Hits show with a difference. Yes, we intend to play all (or nearly all) the old 45s, but we also want the first half of the evening to be an intimate acoustic performance, the band gathered round the piano with acoustic guitars and whatever Dougie decides to hit. We’ll play some album tracks and reinterpret a few favourites from the back catalogue. We’ll take a short break then come back and make a lot of noise. We hope you can be part of that noise. RRx
September 2, 2022
New Ricky Ross Dates
Dates in Ireland and Northern Ireland added to Ricky Ross’s tour.
Tickets for all shows available here.
August 18, 2022
Ricky Ross’s Memoir and Album Out Now
May 13, 2022
Ricky's Tour Guest
We are delighted that the wonderfully talented Hannah White will be joining Ricky Ross on his Short Stories Vol.2 tour later this year.
Her latest song Broken Bird is lovely and available here.
Tickets for the tour are available here.
“I’ve admired Ricky Ross’s music for so long and I can’t thank him enough for the opportunity to guest on his upcoming tour,” says Hannah. “It will be wonderful to play for his audiences at these great venues up and down the UK in September and October. Hope to see you at one of them!”
May 6, 2022
Spanish Shoes, the first single from Ricky Ross’s new solo album Short Stories Vol. 2 is out now.
Listen or watch the video here.
“Spanish Shoes is the promise I made myself about celebrating the end of a brutal time, to which I pray we never return.” Rx
April 12, 2022
DUE TO DELAYS AT UK CUSTOMS THE NEW RELEASE DATE IS JUNE 18TH 2022
To celebrate its 35th anniversary, we’re excited to announce a special release of Raintown. The remastered album will be available on 12″ black vinyl and limited to 2000 copies, each individually numbered. This latest edition also features new liner notes from Ricky, plus the famous cover will feature “Raintown” in gold lettering. It will be released as part of this year’s Record Store Day UK in association with War Child – £1 from each sale will go towards supporting children living in conflict.
From Ricky: “I’m grateful, every day, we got that chance to make an album we still hold up to be the template of what any Deacon Blue album should be. That we are remastering the album for an audience who still want to hear it thirty-five years later is something none of us expected. Thank you for listening”.
March 23, 2022
February 22, 2022
Dublin and Belfast
Dublin – Saturday 4th June
We’re so pleased to be joining Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbot, bringing our two postponed Dublin shows together to make one great night, outside in St. Anne’s Park. Tickets from www.ticketmaster.ie.
Belfast – Thursday 7th July
We’ve finally secured a new date at the Ulster Hall and this will be the last night of our Cities of Love tour. Thanks for waiting and we can’t wait to see you.
Tickets from www.ulsterhall.co.uk.
All tickets remain valid.
January 31, 2022
Ricky Ross Book, Album and Tour
Ricky Ross, has announced a new solo album and tour Short Stories Vol. 2 alongside his memoir Walking Back Home.
The album will be released on CD, vinyl and digitally on 19th August 2022 by Cooking Vinyl.
In his memoir, Ross revisits his formative years growing up in Dundee, his early forays into music and the beginning, extraordinary success, fall-out, and re-emergence of Deacon Blue. Ross writes movingly and with great wit about the people and places that have meant the most to him, as well as his relationship with faith, politics, and the ever-changing challenges of being a musician.
Short Stories Vol. 2 was recorded at home, then augmented with sumptuous strings and brass, alongside contributions from his fellow Deacon Blue cohorts Lorraine McIntosh and Gregor Philp.
To access the 24-hour fan presale for the tour staring at 9.00am on Thursday 3rd February, pre-order the album here.