Review: The Proclaimers, Wickham Festival

The Proclaimers performing at Wickham Festival 2015.''Picture: Sarah Standing (151319-1823)

The Proclaimers performing at Wickham Festival 2015.''Picture: Sarah Standing (151319-1823)

Dom Elton, far right, plays with the Mayfield house band, Dan Sawyers, Aaron Hartley and Gregg Powell.
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Saturday afternoon, and folk was firmly in the spotlight on the main stage at Wickham. Gavin Marwick’s Journeyman Spectacular gave a haunting flavour of Scotland, awash with strings, while Eliza Carthy and her band bounced around joyously. Seth Lakeman played a devastating set, alternating from controlled intensity to fiddling frenzy, and then... in marched The Proclaimers.

They still seem the most unlikely of success stories - but the gangly youths many of us remember from the late 80s are now men with a decent canon of songs behind them.

Letter from America is dispatched early, amid other tightly drilled songs such as Rainbows and Happy Regrets. Sunshine on Leith is a highlight, a tender track that sees strangers-turned-new-best-friends with their arms round each other. It’s that kind of gig, although the band’s lack of showmanship makes it feel as if they are a touch cold and distant.

The big disappointment is when they announce they won’t be playing (I’m Gonna Be) 500 Miles.

Only joking.

It’s the last song - the place goes nuts.

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