Last year marked the 25th anniversary of one of the late '80s most enduring and popular albums, "Raintown" by Deacon Blue. Dedicated to Glasgow's bitterly cold and tough neighbourhoods, the music and lyrics provided a warm narration about life in the iconic Scottish city without detracting from the band's roots or glossing over the harsh realities of urban living. It is a super album and often cited as the band's finest moment.
Frontman Ricky Ross quite rightly recognizes this and last year lent his experience (and vault of recordings) to the re-issue project that saw all of Deacon Blues albums get the remaster/extra disc/ repackage treatment from Edsel. Crucially, "Raintown" and its two lauded follow-ups, "When The World Knows Your Name" and "Fellow Hoodlums", as well as the remainder of their catalogue, followed up Deacon Blue's new studio album, "The Hipsters", released in September, making 2012 a bit of a festival for fans of the band (I imagine a few Christmas stockings were full of DB albums, especially north of the border).
Ross himself has further plans for 2013 - he's heading out on tour in the spring. Armed with an enviable catalogue of both band songs and his own solo material, the singer will perform in a range of venues including Worcester's Huntingdon Hall on 16th April, Islington's Union Chapel on 21st April and Gateshead's The Sage on the 23rd. There are a few other dates confirmed and tickets to all of these are available now, priced from £20 (£22.50).
Those of you celebrating Burns night could do worse than see Deacon Blue appearing at Dundee's DG One Leisure Complex on 26th January for a rare one-off celebratory concert (part of a Burns Supper weekend, no less) - tickets to this show are on sale from us now at £32.50.