Deacon Blue performing at The Royal Concert Hall on Tuesday 15th November 2016

Images and Review by Kevin Cooper

Deacon Blue came onto a dark Royal Concert Hall stage last night, singing an a capella first verse of Curtis Mayfield’s People Get Ready, and instantly this packed crowd knew that they were in for a treat.

Being one of Scotland’s most successful musical exports and having sold over six million albums worldwide, Deacon Blue are back touring to promote their latest album, Believers, and it was some new tracks that started off the evening, as Ricky Ross and wife Lorraine McIntosh showed that they are still as capable of filling a venue with swooning aficionados who hung on their every word, as they were way back in the 80s.

Come Awake and Gone was followed by a gritty Your Town that got everybody on their feet, where they stayed for the bands 1988 chart hit Real Gone Kid. Six songs into the set, Ross spoke for the first time, showing that he still has the natural warmth and ability to make the Concert Hall feel like an intimate venue. Telling the crowd that their fourteen year old son is trying to write songs but never gets to finish them, his between song banter drew this eager audience in and made them feel like it was a get together with old friends.

Other new tracks, Birds and Delivery Man showcased McIntosh’s pure and emotive vocals, whilst bitter sweet ballad I Will And I Won’t was absolutely stunning. There were songs from past albums like A New House and Love’s Great Fears, but it was the old classics that got the crowd going as the roof was definitely raised with a rousing Fergus Sings The Blues. There was a celebratory Twist And Shout before the evening was rounded off with a mass sing along to Dignity, which could still be heard as the audience made their way home.