The Proclaimers walking to the Limelight

THE Proclaimers, Craig and Charlie Reid, celebrate their 25th anniversary with the new CD ‘Like Comedy’ (Cooking Vinyl) and will play a number of live dates this winter including a show in Belfast’s Limelight on Saturday, December 15.

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.

They have enjoyed gold and platinum singles and albums in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Tickets are on sale priced £21 excluding fee from all usual outlets.

Since coming off the road in the summer 2010 after a 15 month world tour, Craig and Charlie Reid spent a year writing, subsequently recording their ninth studio album, Like Comedy, in September 2011 in Bath with producer Steve Evans at the helm.

2012 also sees the filming of the movie version of the hugely successful award winning musical drama Sunshine On Leith featuring songs by The Proclaimers. Screenplay written by Stephen Greenhorn, produced by Glasgow based production company Black Camel Pictures and directed by Annie Griffin.

The last few years has seen The Proclaimers grace main stages at the likes of V Festival, T In The Park, Isle Of Wight Festival, Womad and Glastonbury inbetween 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.

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.”