80s rock leg­end brings acous­tic tour to town

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Ticket - An­drea O’Neill

Eight­ies rocker Kirk Bran­don brings his live acous­tic tour to East Kil­bride this month.

The post-punk leg­end and for­mer Spear of Destiny front­man will re­turn to the Vil­lage Inn on Au­gust 25 – the first of only two Scot­tish dates on his tour of the UK.

Kirk has per­formed sold out shows at the re­cently re­fur­bished pub in re­cent years help­ing the mu­sic venue res­ur­rect the town’s ail­ing live scene.

And this month is no dif­fer­ent with the show al­ready a sell-out. Kirk pre­vi­ously told the East Kil­bride News: “It’s re­ally cool there’s a new scene start­ing there. It can only be good for the town and young artists there. I’m look­ing for­ward to our gig in East Kil­bride.”

With over 15 stu­dio al­bums and count­less sin­gle re­leases, his ca­reer now spans well over 30 years.

He has en­joyed world­wide suc­cess with Spear of Destiny, Theatre of Hate and Dead Nen Walk­ing and is also a leader in ev­ery punk rock poll by be­ing the singer and song­writer in The Pack.

Over the last nine years Kirk has re­leased five solo acous­tic stu­dio al­bums (the “Dutch Mas­ters” se­ries) that have pulled tracks from all eras of his ca­reer. Th­ese al­bums have also fea­tured many of the peo­ple Kirk has worked with and col­lab­o­rated with over the years in­clud­ing Derek Forbes (Sim­ple Minds), Slim Jim Phan­tom (Stray Cats), Mike Peters (The Alarm) & Clint Boon (In­spi­ral Car­pets).

The lat­est of th­ese solo acous­tic al­bums en­ti­tled ‘Dutch Mas­ters Vol­ume Five’ has be­come, in it’s first year of re­lease, the best seller in the se­ries.

‘DM5’ features two out­stand­ing Theatre of Hate in­ter­pre­ta­tions, a James Bond theme and a Coun­try and Western cover of a Ry Cooder tune.

As in 2016, this year will see Kirk joined by master cello player Sam Sans­bury both in the stu­dio and at live shows.

This year has al­ready seen shows take place in Australia and Crewe.

In Au­gust and Septem­ber a full UK Tour takes place with a very spe­cial trip to the Ukraine thrown in for good mea­sure.

Ex­pect some very spe­cial shows that will fea­ture all the hits and misses in­clud­ing ‘Never Take Me Alive’, ‘Do You Be­lieve In The West­world?’, ‘World­ser­vice’, ‘ So In Love With You’, ‘Young Men’ and ‘Orig­i­nal Sin’.

In fine voice Kirk Bran­don is head­ing to the Vil­lage Inn

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