Folk Bands and Artists
Strikingly individual, twin brothers Craig and Charlie Reid have enjoyed huge success across the globe, entertaining fans with the emotional honesty, political fire, wit and singalong raucousness of their songs. As The Proclaimers, they´ve carved out a unique niche for themselves in the netherworld where pop, folk, new wave and punk collide. Born in Leith in 1962, Craig and Charlie Reid 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, 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 and 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. 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. More hits followed, including the raucous, euphoric I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles), I´m On My Way, the King Of The Road EP, Let’s Get Married, What Makes You Cry, Spinning Around In The Air, and more, while a stage musical based on their extensive back catalogue, entitled Sunshine On Leith (the title of their 1988 album), became both a surprise theatrical and cinematic smash! With a follow-up to 2015´s acclaimed tenth album, Let’s Hear It For The Dogs, set for release soon.