After completing a 2-year World tour late in 2013, Craig and Charlie took 2014 off to focus entirely on writing a new album. They headed to Rockfield Studios in December with their band and producer Dave Eringa (Manic Street Preachers, Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey, Idlewild, The Who) and recorded their 10th studio album ‘Let’s Hear It For The Dog’s’ out now on Cooking Vinyl.
“A rocking album full of big bouncy sing-alongs which attempt to out-anthem their own greatest hits” ****
“These canny ‘ol dogs have also mastered some very smart new tricks”
“Let’s Hear It For The Dogs captures the sound of a lean and confident band”.
“ ..they’ve never rocked as hard..”
“rattles more furiously than they have in a while”
“fearless rocking heart and soul” or “pleasingly varied, pithy, funny and pointed.”
The Proclaimers return to the road and will be touring throughout the UK in 2015 from May through to December with 66 shows confirmed so far playing to over 270,000 people. Festivals announced to date include Wychwood, T In The Park, Cambridge Folk Festival, Carfest North, Belladrum, Cropredy, and V Festivals. Lots of regional & Seaside summer dates feature then their main UK tour runs from October until December.
Live plan’s for 2016 include tours of Australia/New Zealand, USA and Canada.
April 2013 saw The Proclaimers out on a three week USA acoustic tour before joining up with their live band for a host of UK festivals and concerts over the summer including their fifth Glastonbury appearance, Cornbury, T In The Park, Camp Bestival and a Canadian tour in August. The Proclaimers returned for more UK dates and their final concert this year as the first Scottish band to play at the newly opened Hydro Arena in Glasgow in early October.
1st July saw the release of a thirty-track compilation selected by Craig and Charlie from their 9 studio albums to date. ‘The Very Best of The Proclaimers’ (25 Years – 1987 to 2012).
Following on from the theatre success of the musical drama featuring songs by The Proclaimers ‘Sunshine On Leith’, the movie version had its UK release in October (Entertainment Film Distributors) and was hugely popular, opening at number 3, moving up to 2 in its second and spending another month in the top ten, generating over £4.8 million at the UK Box office. Sunshine On Leith was number 5 in the highest grossing Independent UK films of 2013. The movie was released in the UK on DVD/Blu-ray on 27th January 2014. It has its international releases across the globe throughout 2014 and is released in USA/Canada in 2015.
Born in Leith in 1962, Craig and Charlie Reid grew up in Edinburgh, Cornwall and Auchtermuchty in Fife. At home, they listened to early rock ‘n’ roll and country greats such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Merle Haggard and Hank Williams. At school they played in punk bands and formed The Proclaimers in 1983. With a fervent live following growing in Scotland, particularly in Inverness where they performed regularly, their first big break came late in 1986 when they were invited to tour with The Housemartins. Then in January 1987 they made a now seminal appearance on the Channel 4 pop programme The Tube, performing Letter From America & Throw The ‘R’ Away. Singing in regional accents about Scotland – its emigration and its politics – they were a far cry from the mid-Eighties playlist staples of Rick Astley and Sinitta, and became a phenomenon almost overnight, signing to Chrysalis within a month and recording their debut album acoustically, This Is The Story, a week later, produced by the man who also signed them to Chrysalis, John Williams. Voted NME Readers Best New Band that year, they toured the UK extensively and a new ‘band’ version of Letter From America, produced by Gerry Rafferty went Top 3 in November.
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