Sideways rain, Greggs queues, excessive friendliness, non-denominational schools, Senga and Boab, Irn Bru bottles, Mel Gibson… all of these things define what is truly means to be Scottish.
And deep within this culture lies an often unspoken love of THE PROCLAIMERS. It’s not something many people are brave enough to admit to in print, or even to themselves, but those first couple of bars of Sunshine On Leith can’t fail to stir something in the soul of most Scots.
The rousing anthems are only part of the appeal. Their enduring popularity owes every bit as much to Craig and Charlie Reid’s candid lyrics about politics and religion as well as the usual themes of love and longing – all sung, of course, in the twins’ brick-thick Auchtermuchty accents.
To put it in a historical context, the duo have been two of the most recognisable Scots for the past 20 years, so much so that Charlie has promised to continue wearing his trademark NHS specs on stage despite recently having his sight corrected with laser eye surgery (which, incidentally, The Pop Copfully endorses. I’m not called Hawk-Eye for my way with birds).
But don’t make the mistake of thinking The Proclaimers’ popularity doesn’t translate into the English-speaking world. Never mind the fact their songs have been heard in Hollywood movies, Canadian beer commercials and saved starving Africans… Craig and Charlie appeared in Family Guy! It really doesn’t get any better than that.
The Proclaimers – Sunshine On Leith
September 6, Oran Mor, Glasgow (Real Radio competition winners)
November 7, Concert Hall, Perth
November 8, Playhouse, Edinburgh
November 9, Playhouse, Edinburgh
November 11, Nevis Centre, Fort William
November 12, Rothes Halls, Glenrothes
November 13, Grand Hall, Kilmarnock
November 15, Carling Academy, Glasgow
November 16, Carling Academy, Glasgow
November 17, AECC, Aberdeen