The Proclaimers Setlist
10/04/16 Saskatoon, SK Broadway Theatre
10/06/16 Regina, SK Casino Regina Show
10/07/16 Edmonton, AB Century Casino
10/08/16 Calgary, AB Deerfoot Inn
10/11/16 Vancouver, BC Commodore
10/13/16 Seattle, WA Neptune
10/14/16 Portland, OR Aladdin Theater
10/15/16 Grants Pass, OR Rogue Theatre
10/17/16 Sacramento, CA Harlow's Night Club
10/18/16 Santa Cruz, CA Rio Theatre
10/19/16 San Francisco, CA Great American Music
10/21/16 West Hollywood, CA Roxy Theatre
10/22/16 San Juan Capistrano, CA Coach House
10/23/16 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern
With the once-in-a-lifetime locally held Ryder Cup golf tournament being hosted in the metro’s southwest suburbs, a throng of out-of-towners and plenty of European tourists, had descended on Minneapolis for the USA vs. Europe match play, and with the golf ending at dusk, many tourists flocked to local clubs including The Cedar, to catch a spirited performance from Scotland’s The Proclaimers.
Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Jenny O opened the evening with a demure set of songs from 2013’s Automechanic (Holy Trinity Records) and the upcoming self-produced Work EP, due out this coming Friday. The seated audience was charmed by her natural coyness and by the songwriting of ‘Lazy Jane’, ‘Get Lost’, and the new ‘Cheer Up Free Your Mind’.
Unlike their 2013 Varsity Theater appearance from the last tour, The Proclaimers entered with full band in tow, which was appropriate for a mostly middle aged crowd that had spent all afternoon watching on the golf course, and was ready to unwind with a pint and some uplifting Scottish folk.
Twin brothers Charlie and Craig Reid are out in support of their tenth studio album, Let’s Hear It for the Dogs (Compass Records) which also features their live band, Steve Christie (keyboards), Garry John Kane (bass), Zac Ware (electric guitar) and Clive Jenner (drums).
Stage right of the near-capacity Cedar was particularly filled with homeland fans of the band, most mouthing every word to every song, some flailing their arms wildly like you see at Glastonbury and other European festivals. and donning and flying Hibs scarves, after the brothers' favorite football team.
Although Scots are known as usually good storytellers, the brothers and band mostly let the music do the talking which was just as well, as their deep Scottish burrs would likely make them difficult to understand for most Americans.
Beginning with 1987’s ‘Sky Takes the Soul’, the band immediately had the crowd clapping along, the bouncy harmonies and strumming carrying the song as heads bobbed while marveling at the brother’s sync’d vocals and peppy rhythm.
“We’ll do stuff from just about every length of the way” they promised before the new ‘Tuesday Afternoon’, which is not a Moody Blues remake, sharing only the same title. ‘Let’s Get Married’ is a love song and was dedicated to anyone about to take that step, and ‘Forever Young’ was high tempo but melodic and got many out of their seats for some dancing in place.
‘Sean’ was a tender song that Charlie wrote for his eldest son, things slowed briefly for the acoustic ‘Misty Blue’ from 1987, and moved nicely into 1988’s ‘Sunshine on Leith’ which has become a club anthem for their favorite team.
With the first chords of the main set closing, ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’ cellphones and cameras went into the air to capture the moment and the crowd was out of their seats, clapping and singing along.
With the setlist heavy on 1987’s This is the Story (probably the one album any casual US fan would own) the three song encore started with that album’s ‘Make My Heart Fly’, next jumping thirty years forward with 2007’s ‘Life with You’ and its backward looking lyric, “When I was a younger man, when I was a silly boy, I didn't need a thing I was strong as anything”.
The banging ‘Joyful Kilmarnock Blues’ ended the ninety-minute set with aplomb, the crowd stomping its feet along with clapping along, with the most active Euros in the crowds celebrating with hands above their heads, cheers, and dancing in the aisles.
Europe may have taken a crushing defeat in the weekend’s Ryder Cup golf event, but were victorious this night in Minneapolis with The Proclaimers, on what was the very friendliest kind of invasion.
The Proclaimers at Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis (01 October 2016)