Charity Concert May 27th 1999
For Glasgow Braendam Link And Braendam Family House
For the Deacon Blue reunion gig at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on the
27th May 1999, each band member was asked to write a short paragraph about
their lives after Deacon Blue.Here's what they had to say.
It's hard to put 5 years into a short paragraph but here are some
Playing solo at the Mean Fiddler in Dublin, going to the opening night of
"On The Line" at Dundee Rep - the most powerful night at a theatre ever,
watching my third daughter come into the world, going to Disneyland
with my older daughters -"Daddy this is the happiest day of my life!!", watching
the results of the referendum in September 1997, witnessing the victory of
Dundee United in the Scottish Cup Final the day after the last Deacon Blue
show...(yes I was in the pie queue when the goal went in!), touring with
Cappercaille - I got to watch them every night and ride in their bus the
next day -thank you all.
Musically I've had great fun playing with lots of different Musicians and
done a lot of nights on my own.
I've often been an hour or so into a show and longed to see some
familiar faces round me and hear the count in to Loaded...tonight I'm getting
the chance again and I'm really looking forward to it.
I've chatted to loads of people round the country who seemed to have enjoyed
my show but often ask the same question: When's the band getting back together?
Tonight I hope some of those questioners will enjoy the show as much as I
In two hundred words, write about life since Deacon Blue! No! How about a
list of some achievements and failures?
Failed to find life post Deacon Blue as easy to adapt to as I thought
I would.Missed the band, Missed the laughs and Missed the
Found working with different musicians on my own songs difficult and
inspiring,Had another baby, definately difficult and inspiring,Acted for
the first time in my life in My Name Is Joe, a great experience, continuing
to act in various other projects, some difficult some.....finally have reaches
the point of having my own band, along with a collaborator Brian Docherty.The
band are called Cub, come and see us, even if we sound nothing like Deacon
Blue.Some say you can't go home again, well I think you can, even if its
only for a little while.Doing this gig will be like going home and it will
be so good to see you all again.Thanks for coming.
The last couple of concerts were something of a strain,It seems strange looking
back now but I can recall being mega emotional at the second to last night
at the Barrowlands and as cold as ice on the last night.I never really believed
it until people started asking me.I got so tired of saying the same
Yes we all agreed it was time to call it a day.Yes we all wanted
to go off and do our own thing.No, we had not fallen out with each
I went scarpering back and managed to land a job with an enormous
theatre thing called 'The Big Picnic' and then spent two years in France
with 'Johny Hallyday' doubled in weight, got married, bought a dog,
settled down and gernerally enjoyed the 'real things' that you missed when
you were all away.Now I am in charge of setting up 'SMART' the new School
of Music and Recording Technology, to be based in Ayr.As part of the fund
raisng I held a charity concert last year which Ricky,Lorraine,Dougie and
myself played some DB songs to a packed house.I think that we had an inkling
that if we did another show then it might go well.I didn't realise that we
were still popular but when I heard that we had sold out in an hour and a
half my socks were blown clean off.I am now, currently searching for a new
pair of socks.
During the life of the band if I could have looked into the future and seen
myself as I am now - happily married with a beautiful baby son - I probably
would have had a good sneer at how boring I'd
But, in those days, I rarely thought of the future.The present
was the only thing that mattered and making a nonsense of it was a full time
Age, however has granted me the wisdom to see the error of my ways.So when
Ricky asked If I would be willing to get back together again with the rest
of the guys in order to raise money for a good cause I of course said,
"well...probably".In order to rewrite history properly you really have to
have been there at the time.With that spirit of careful abandom in mind,
I'm glad you made it and we'll try not to trample on too many
Well, well -who'd have thought it? I suspected that this day would dawn at
some point - but the last five years have gone by so quickly, that last
Barrowland's gig (May 1994?) seems like only yesterday!
Playing music is about the only thing I can do (no insurance sales or bookshop
work here!) - so the last five years have been spent recording and touring
with, amongst others, Fish, Hue And Cry, Horse, James Grant and Capercaille
- various jazzy type things - weddings, barmitzvahs, busking-
Rehearsals have been going really well, and I think everybody is
looking forward to playing the songs again - especially for such a worthy
and important cause.
I hope conciderable funds will be raised for Braendam House, and that its
work in a vital area continues to be a success.
Wednesday 14th April 1999 is a day I'll remember for a long time.It has been
almost 5 years since all the members of the band were last together in one
room and almost 5 years since I've played the
Would we get on? would it sound good? would I still remember the
tunes? But I needn't have worried, it was as if we had been together the
In 1994 when we had finished our greatest hits tour at the Barrowlands I
had already secured the job at Scottish Television presenting their arts
programme - A job on Scotland Today as music and arts corresspondent soon
followed but a call from the BBC brought my short stay at STV to an end.I
spent the next three years presenting The Big Country in which I got to indulge
in a myriad of odd activities including parachuting, cheese making and scuba
diving.During that time I was offered a job on the BBC's holiday programme
which I continue to present.Musically I have been playing in a band with
ex Danny Wilson, Kit Clark called The Swiss Family Orbisson and we released
our debut album in February of last year.
And so to this gig, Ricky called and told me that everyone else had agreed
to do the show.I think that is what he did to everyone! I must confess to
not knowing too much about Braendam buts its something that Ricky has
been involved with for years and its important for us to get back together
for a good cause rather than just cashing in on our past success.
Enjoy the show.I know I