Varsity Theater & SMA Present
The Proclaimers Acoustic
1308 4th Street SE
Minneapolis, MN, 55414
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 18 and over
After completing their last 95-date World tour in summer 2010 Craig and Charlie Reid spent over
a year writing, subsequently recording their ninth studio album 'Like Comedy' in a Bath studio
with producer Steve Evans at the helm. Released in April 2012 to great acclaim by leading
independent label Cooking Vinyl.
One of The Proclaimers greatest fans, comedian Matt Lucas has made his director's debut on the
video for the single 'Spinning Around In The Air' where he wrote a script for a Golden wedding
anniversary descending into drunken mayhem and in the process managed to persuade Craig
and Charlie for a career first, dressing them up as elderly ladies.
2012 then saw The Proclaimers back out live with a busy summer in UK which included
headlining the Hebridean and Big Tent festivals in Scotland, followed by another headline slot at
Cambridge Festival, main stage appearances at the V Festivals in England and three shows at
the Singapore Grand Prix. Another unique appearance occurred when The Proclaimers
appeared on ITV's Emmerdale – as headliners at Home Farm's music festival, in an episode
marking the beginning of the soap's 40th birthday celebrations.
October/November sees the Proclaimers head out on a six week, 28 date UK tour, with a further
8 dates added in December before finishing the year in style with a Hogmanay concert on the
esplanade of Stirling Castle.
October also saw filming begin on the movie version of the hugely successful award winning
musical drama Sunshine On Leith, featuring songs by The Proclaimers . Screenplay written by
Stephen Greenhorn, directed by Dexter Fletcher, produced by DNA Films & Black Camel Pictures
and starring Peter Mullen and Jane Horrocks.
October 2011 saw the release of special editions of The Proclaimers first three albums released
on Chrysalis (This Is The Story, Sunshine On Leith, Hit The Highway), each contains the original
album plus a bonus disc containing B-sides, live tracks and previously unreleased radio sessions,
all newly remastered at Abbey road Studios, London.
Strikingly individual, twin brothers Craig and Charlie Reid have over the years enjoyed huge
success across the globe as the emotional honesty, political fire, wit and sing-along raucousness
of their songs and their extensive touring has enlightened and entertained fans new and old. The
Proclaimers have carved out a niche for themselves in the netherworld where pop, folk, new
wave and punk collide. In the process they have enjoyed Gold and Platinum singles and albums
in UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
The last few years has see The Proclaimers grace main stages at the likes of V Festival, T In The
Park, Isle Of Wight Festival, Womad and Glastonbury in-between regular touring across the
globe. Craig and Charlie have reached the rarefied status that few have been able to achieve:
with nearly three decades of career longevity, they are as innovative as ever and with every
album and show played, they've continued to garner new fans.
In 2009 The Proclaimers released their 8th studio album 'Notes & Rhymes
(Universal) and hit the road for another 95 date World tour. Earlier in March, Craig and Charlie
headed over to Austin, Texas to make their debut at SXSW where they performed a series of
seven acoustic showcases, including a one-off Scottish extravaganza, sharing a bill with
Glasvegas and Primal Scream. Whilst 2010 was spent mainly writing, The Proclaimers did
another 21 summer dates in Europe climaxing with another main stage T In The Park
2008 had seen The Proclaimers bring a huge 129 date, yearlong World tour to a triumphantconclusion with a concert at Edinburgh Castle. Previously in 2008 The Proclaimers toured across
Europe before heading off to USA & Canada for a 2 month coast to coast tour. They followed that
with a variety of shows from Muscat to Bermuda, alongside English seaside resort gigs and
European festivals including their fourth Glastonbury appearance. September 2007 saw The
Proclaimers release their seventh studio album 'Life With You' (Universal) in the UK to fantastic
critical praise and great commercial success. October then saw The Proclaimers kick off their
biggest ever UK & Ireland tour, 44 dates to over 100,000 fans. In Scotland, they sold more gig
tickets than any other single act in 2007. Earlier in 2007 they topped the UK singles chart in
March with a rousing new rendition of their classic anthem I'm Going to Be (500 Miles),
collaboration with comedians Peter Kay and Matt Lucas for Comic Relief, raising over a million
pounds in the process. EMI relaunched their 2002 Best Of collection, re-entering the Album
Charts at No 5 with sales soaring beyond platinum.
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.
Complementing their raw, stripped down delivery with the greater musical scope of a full band,
they then embraced country and rock on their second album, 1988's Sunshine On Leith produced
by Pete Wingfield, which also saw them form their first full live band and go on a 9 month World
tour. In addition to the deeply moving classic title track which has gone on to be an anthem for
Hibs fans, the album featured hit singles, the raucous, euphoric I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) and I'm
On My Way, The latter track subsequently accompanied one of the pivotal scenes in the hit movie
Shrek (2001) while in 1989 I'm Gonna Be spent 6 weeks at number 1 in Australia and a was a top
10 college radio hit in USA. The song went on to soar to No. 3 during a 6-month reign in the US
Billboard Singles Chart in 1993 after appearing on the soundtrack of the Johnny Depp film Benny
And Joon. Previously in 1990 The Proclaimers had a huge UK & European hit with their King Of
The Road ep. The Proclaimers returned with 1994's Hit The Highway, an album that featured a
three-piece brass section yielding the hit Let's Get Married.
A longer than intended break then ensued before a fourth album, 2001's Persevere, was cut in
Minneapolis. Produced by Chris Kimsey with an all star American musician line up, another
fantastic collection of Reid/Reid songs re-established The Proclaimers as they went back on
another mammoth year long World tour.
Since then, the band have barely stood still, following the 2002 release of their Best Of they
continued to tour extensively and one of that year's more unusual s highlights saw them perform
on the pitch at Hampden Park to over a billion TV viewers before the 2002 UEFA Champions
League Final between Real Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen. Two more acclaimed studio albums
followed, 2003's Edwyn Collins produced Born Innocent and 2005's more soul orientated Mark
Wallis/David Ruffy produced Restless Soul. 2005 saw another live career highpoint, opening the
bill at the Live 8 concert at Murrayfield Stadium. 2006 also saw a notable appearance in an
episode of Family Guy.
Their songs, too, have provided the inspiration behind an enormously successful, highlyacclaimed, award winning new musical, Sunshine On Leith, put together by the Dundee Rep
Theatre. Written by Stephen Greenhorn. The drama follows the highs and lows of 2 soldiers
returning home from Afghanistan. Families, relationships and life in Leith are not all plain sailing
in this exceptional love story about every day life in Scotland. Directed by James Brining, the
musical first toured Scotland in Spring 07, returning in November 08 for a 4 month run in Scotland
and its first foray into England. The musical had it's third outing a 4 month theatre tour (3 months
in Scotland, 1 month in England) in Autumn 2010 with the cast for this run starring Billy Boyd,
most widely known for playing the Character 'Pippin' in the movies The Lord of The Rings and
'Barret Bondon' in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.
Why did it take 20 years before anyone noticed The Proclaimers were born to be turned into a musical?
Not since Willy Russell came up with Blood Brothers has Britain produced such a perfect marriage of
music and theatre. Had playwright and screenwriter Stephen Greenhorn done nothing else, he should be
declared a genius for spotting that the songs of Craig and Charlie Reid - with all their emotional honesty,
singalong raucousness and political fire - are a true gift to the stage. THE GUARDIAN
Matt Lucas is a huge fan and in the sleeve notes of their Best Of compilation he writes of Scotland's finest
Celtic soul brothers: 'I find it hard to put into words quite how the music of The Proclaimers makes me feel.
It makes me laugh. It makes me cry. It just makes me generally euphoric … Sunshine On Leith says more to
me about my life and the way I feel than anything Morrissey or Cobain ever wrote.'
On BBC Radio 4's Desert Island discs, David Tennant describes his first track by The Proclaimers - "I
could have chosen any and every track from this band, probably my favourite band of all time. They write
the most spectacular songs, big hearted, uncynical passionate songs."
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