The Proclaimers with Siobhan Wilson – The Vogue Theatre, Vancouver – September 9th, 2018

The Proclaimers

The Vogue

There was a decidedly Celtic feel at the Vogue Theatre on Sunday night, and the influx of kilts, Scottish flags, and football jerseys could only mean one thing – The Proclaimers were back in town.

Even the weather helped set the scene, with a day of rain heading into a gloomy evening. Just type of evening to stay inside and listen to some (generally) upbeat sounds, from two of Scotland’s finest.

Opening for Reid twins was the silky voiced Siobhan Wilson, whose retiring and soft-spoken demeanor endeared her to the local crowd, especially after she mentioned that it was the first time she had been to Canada. Luckily for her, there were a few people from her hometown of Elgin to make her feel even more at home.

Being a single performer on stage, with only your voice and a guitar can be a dauting task, but it was a task that Wilson was equal too.  Her beautiful voice won her many fans and was a great compliment to the main act.

It has been a couple of years since Charlie and Craig performed in Vancouver and coming off the back of a sold-out show in Victoria, they raring to go on the second leg of this 13 date Canadian tour that will see them slowly wind their way eastward.

The boys are renowned for mixing up the set list from night to night and tonight was a great mixture of old and new, and actually very little banter in between songs.  The show kicked off with the title track from the latest album, the excellent Angry Cyclist, and this was to be the first of many tracks from the new CD, including the upbeat You Make Me Happy, the more introspective Streets of Edinburgh, and the ode the grain, Battle of the Booze.

The new tracks were mixed in with some classics of the band’s 30-year career, including hits such as Letter from America, Let’s Get Married, and the always emotional Sunshine on Leith.

Oddly enough though, despite some sporadic dancing in the aisles, it took until the second half of the show to get the audience to their feet on mass, with the excellent I’m on My Way.  Once they were up though, there was no sitting down.

The band closed out the main set with Then I Met You, and of course the song the launched them as national treasures, I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles).  After a short break, a solid three song encore of Cap In Hand, Make My Heart Fly and The Joyful Kilmarnock Blues, which was a great way to end the show for at least one Hibernian fan in the crowd.

Next up for the band is an invasion of Alberta.

Photos: Stewart Johnstone