Bruce & Walker set for Ruther­glen show

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Ticket - Jonathan Ged­des

Scot­tish folk duo Bruce & Walker are look­ing for­ward to a Ruther­glen Town Hall show next month - and they’re ex­pect­ing to see some familiar faces there too.

The two­some - Ruther­glen’s own Ian Bruce and Go­van­hill man Ian Walker, re­cently re­leased their new Born To Rot­ten­row al­bum.

For their Ruther­glen gig at the Town Hall on Septem­ber 11, the group will be joined by blue­grass out­fit the Mairs Fam­ily band and by Fraser Bruce, who are all from Ruther­glen.

“We’re ex­pect­ing quite a few singers with Ruther­glen con­nec­tions to be there in the crowd, so we might in­vite them up too,” says Ian Walker.

“We’re look­ing for­ward to it for a num­ber of rea­sons.

“There’s a lot of con­nec­tions there for peo­ple in the show - it’s great to be play­ing with the Mair fam­ily band, and it’s great to see Fraser Bruce back, be­cause he and Ian used to sing to­gether a lot and were very pop­u­lar. He’s quite an en­ter­tainer.”

The two Ians aren’t bad at en­ter­tain­ing ei­ther.

Both pro­lific writ­ers in their own right, the duo came to­gether in the 1980s and gigged reg­u­larly, as well as re­leas­ing sev­eral records.

Af­ter a spell apart, they re­u­nited a few years ago, and have been in de­mand ever since, lead­ing to the re­lease of Born To Rot­ten­row ear­lier this year.

“The duo thing is great, be­cause if you’re solo then it’s on your head to carry the night and make sure the songs are go­ing down,” says Ian.

“With a duo that can re­lieve some of the pres­sure and then you can get all the har­monies and ex­tra in­stru­ments, which gives you a big­ger sound.”

The two Ians also make sure to fill their gigs with plenty of jokes and sto­ry­telling, as well as their songs.

“You don’t want to overdo the jokes, but if a per­son is just singing and not show­ing their per­son­al­ity, then it’s not great if you’re in the au­di­ence. We like to in­ter­act and bring in hu­mour- we love it if there’s peo­ple heck­ling or some­thing, be­cause it makes it fun for the night. A lot of songs are se­ri­ous and you can get tears a well be­cause the songs are quite mov­ing but if you can move peo­ple to laugh­ter and to tears then you’re do­ing some­thing right.”

Tick­ets for Bruce & Walker are on sale now, priced at £12/£10. They’re avail­able in per­son from the venue, on­line at www.sll­cbox­of­ or by call­ing 0141 613 5700.

Mu­sic Bruce & Walker are set to gig in Ruther­glen

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