THE BEST OF BIG COUNTRY

The band will be performing all their great hits

along with live favourites.

The band will be performing a large selection of

 all their great hits and live favourites.

BIG COUNTRY

Big Country Legendary Scottish Celtic Rock band still featuring two of the original founding members Bruce Watson and Mark Brzezicki.

BIOGRAPHY/TOUR

 

Big Country was originally formed in 1981 by guitar playing founder members Stuart Adamson and Bruce Watson both native of the band's hometown Dunfermline in Scotland.

 

Initially driven by a shared vision of widescreen guitar melody, harmony and lyric, the classic Big Country sound was further enhanced later that summer by the arrival of  drummer Mark Brzezicki and bass player Tony Butler. This is the Big Country that (with producer Steve Lillywhite), recorded the classic debut album 'The Crossing' in 1983.

 

The band broke massively worldwide with the release of the album's classic singles 'Fields Of Fire''Chance' and signature song 'In A Big Country', which went on to become massive worldwide hits, selling over 2 million copies and driving 'The Crossing' to 3 prestigious Grammy nominations in the USA.

 

The run of success continued throughout the 1980's with the release of the anthemic single 'Wonderland' and the second album 'Steeltown' (1984), which debuted at Number  1 in the UK and contained the hit singles 'East Of Eden', 'Just a Shadow' and 'Where The Rose Is Sown' . In 1985, Big Country appeared at Live Aid in London followed  by further successful album releases 'The Seer' (1986, which included the bands  biggest UK hit 'Look Away', which also reached Number 1 in the Irish Singles chart) and 'Peace In Our Time' (1988), which saw the band playing the first ever privately promoted gig in Russia at the Moscow Sports Stadium.

 

At the start of the 90's 'Through A Big Country', featuring all the bands classic hits was released, followed by the fifth studio album 'No Place Like Home' (1991) taking the band's total record sales to well over five million copies.

 

Further studio albums 'Buffalo Skinners' (1993) and 'Why The Long Face' (1995) followed,which saw Big Country landing the special guest slot on the Rolling Stones 'Voodoo Lounge' European tour and several shows in the UK and Ireland with Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Robert Plant in 1995.

 

In August 1998 they were once again invited to open for the Rolling Stones on their 'Bridges To Babylon' tour of Europe prompting Mick Jagger to say that Big Country were "one of the best opening bands we ever had".

 

Two songs written at that time ('Somebody Else' and 'Devil In The Eye') were co-written with Ray Davies of The Kinks who invited the band to back him on the main stage at Glastonbury to perform a storming set in the rain.

 

By now singer Stuart Adamson had relocated to Nashville, Tennessee and so his fellow bandmates decamped to America to join him in writing and recording the album 'Driving To Damascus'. It would be the last album they recorded together. With Stuart at the helm, Big Country, scored 17 top 30 UK singles achieving 5 gold and platinum status albums along the way. Stuart and Big Country would tour Europe one final time in 2000 and on the closing night at their beloved Barrowlands in Glasgow the band were fatefully joined on  stage for one last song by Alarm singer Mike Peters and Bruce Watson's son Jamie on guitar.

 

Tony ButlerMark Brzezicki and Bruce Watson re-united in 2007 to celebrate the band's Twenty-fifth anniversary. "It wasn't a come-back... it was just the three of us having fun, as friends and as a band, and hoping to give the fans some enjoyment by playing our songs live, to celebrate 25 years" - Bruce Watson

 

In the summer of 2010, Bruce Watson picked up the phone and asked Mike Peters to sing with Big Country. The first gig was in Glasgow on New Years Eve 2010 and the  second in the band's hometown of Dunfermline. The rest as they say is history.

 

The band have performed at many of the UK and Europe's most famous festivals, including Isle Of Wight (Twice), V Festival, T In The Park, Oxegen, Pink Pop and Cropredy creating a new generation of fans and renewing the passion for diehards with the introduction of new original songs such as 'Another Country' and 'The Journey' which encapsulate not only the sound but the heart and soul of Big Country past, present and future.

 

With the promise of a new era dawning for the band and the realisation that Big Country now have the platform to once again record and tour on a world wide scale, bassist Tony Butler has decided that his time in Big Country has come to a close and so he has retired gracefully from the stage. The band now welcomes Scott Whitley on bass.

 

In April 2013, Big Country released ‘The Journey’ and toured across the globe in support of this highly acclaimed album throughout the year.

 

Coming into 2014, new challenges arose for Big Country. With Mike Peters dedicating his efforts full-time towards the support of the 30th Anniversary of The Alarm’s DeclarationBig Country have been joined by Simon Hough to perform vocal duties. He has fitted in perfectly. As the band continues its touring throughout the year that Big Country celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the release of the album, ‘Steeltown’. 2015 sees a massive Best Of (and more) tour of the UK and Europe, during which, Scott Whitley  joined the band on bass, following Derek’s departure after 3 years.

 

Big Country just gets Bigger.

 

JUNE 2021

Friday 25th SKIDS Stone Valley North Festival (John Connor)

Saturday 26th The Phoenix Theatre Blyth

 

Sunday 27th ​Glen Pavilion, Dunfermline (Callum) with The Skids​

JULY 2021

Saturday 3rd Bught Park, Inverness Festival with Skipinnish

Saturday 10th Thame Town Music Festival Oxfordshire

​Friday 16th SKIDS Oran Mor Skids Unplugged

 

Saturday 17th Mareel, Lerwick, Shetland

​Friday 23rd Tan Hill Festival Richmond

Friday 30th Cottingham Civic Centre (Martyn Rudd)

Saturday 31st Cleethorpes Rocks Meridian Park (Solid)

AUGUST 2021

Sunday 1st Troon Concert Hall Weekend Festival with The Skids

 

Friday 6th The Pavillion Whitby (Solid Ents)

Saturday 7th Food in the Park,  Blair Atholl, Perthshire, Scotland.

Friday 13th W Fest Belgium (Bart)

Saturday 14th The Dome Doncaster (Soild Ents)

Sunday 15th Big Country and The Skids Stone Valley South (JC)

Saturday 21st Crieff Highland Games, Scotland

Sunday 22nd Hold JC

Friday 27th Thunder in the Glens Aviemore with The Skids

Saturday 28th SKIDS Georgian Theatre (JC)

Sunday 29th  Stone Valley Midland Thoresby Park,Newark, with The Skids (JC)

 

SEPTEMBER 2021

Thursday 2nd Colchester Arts Centre

 

Friday 3rd September Stormin The Castle Festival County Durham

Sunday 5th  The Skids Stone Valley North (JC)

Friday 10th MK11 Milton Keynes

Friday 17th Northern Kin Festival, Stanhope (JC)

Saturday 25th Nick Billinghurst

OCTOBER 2021

​Friday 1st The Engine Shed, Lincoln (AGMP)

Saturday 2nd The Rescue Rooms (AGMP)

Sunday 3rd The Bowden Rooms, Altrincham - Acoustic Show

Thursday 7th SKIDS The Crescent, York

An Acoustic Audience with Richard Jobson and Bruce Watson (Christopher Jones)

Friday 8th SKIDS Club Academy Manchester (John Connor)

Saturday 9th SKIDS Islington Academy, London (John Connor)

​Thursday 14th SKIDS Epic Studios, Norwich

 

Friday 15th SKIDS Rescue Rooms Nottingham (John Connor)

​Saturday 16th SKIDS Town Hall Gloucester (John Connor)

Sunday 17th Victoria Hall Settle (Acoustic)

 

​Thursday 21st SKIDS Lemon Tree Aberdeen (John Connor)

 

Friday 22nd SKIDS Liquid Rooms Edinburgh (John Connor)

​Saturday 23rd  O2 Glasgow (John Connor) with The Skids

 

Sunday 24th SKIDS Irvine

An Acoustic Audience with Richard Jobson and Bruce Watson

​Friday 29th SKIDS The Brudenel, Leeds (John Connor)

​Saturday 30th SKIDS Concorde 2 Brighton (John Connor)

NOVEMBER 2021

Friday 5th SKIDS The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal (John Connor)

​Saturday 6th SKIDS The Fleece, Bristol (John Connor)

​Friday 12th SKIDS Boiler Shop Newcastle (John Connor)

​Saturday 13th SKIDS Robin 2 Bilston (John Connor)

Thursday 18th The Flowerot derby Acoustic

Friday 19th Epic Studios, Norwich (AGMP)

Saturday 20th Roadmenders Northampton (AGMP)

Friday 26th Lemon Tree, Aberdeen (AGMP)

DECEMBER 2021

Thurday 2nd The Empire, Coventry (AGMP)

 

Friday 3rd The Public Halls Harpendon (AGMP)

Saturday 4th Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford (AGMP)

Thursday 9th King Georges Hall, Blackburn (AGMP)

 

Friday 10th Grand Central Hall, Liverpool (AGMP)

Saturday 11th Academy, Manchester (AGMP)

JANUARY 2022

Friday 14th  - Shrewsbury, Buttermarket (AGMP)

Saturday 15th Portland House Cardiff (AGMP)

Tuesday 18th  The Music and Arts Centre, Barnoldswick

An Acoustic Audience with Richard Jobson and Bruce Watson

 

Wednesday 19th 229 Club, London (AGMP)

An Acoustic Audience with Richard Jobson and Bruce Watson

Thursday 20th Harpenden Public Halls (AGMP)

An Acoustic Audience with Richard Jobson and Bruce Watson

 

Friday 21st Culture House Roermond, Holland

Saturday 22nd Duycker Hoofddorp. Holland


Sunday 23rd Baroeg Rotterdam. Holland


Monday 24th  Cactus Hengelo. Holland

 

Thursday 27th Princes Royal Theatre, Port Talbot

Friday 28th The Picture Dome, Holmfirth (Barney)

FEBRUARY 2022

 

Friday 4th Friday 30th Elgin Town Hall

 

Saturday 5th Motherwell Concert Hall CH, Scotland (Craig Smart)

Friday 18th THE SKIDS London Reshed show

Thursday 25th Viften,Copenhagen. Denmark

Friday 26th Rockefeller Music Hall, Oslo. Norway

Saturday 27th Pustervik, Gothenburg, Sweden

MARCH 2022

 

Wednesday 2nd Bristol, The Fiddlers (AGMP)

Thursday 3rd Cambridge, Junction (AGMP)

Friday 4th Brighton, Concorde 2 (AGMP)

Saturday 5th Southend, Chinnerys (AGMP)

Tuesday 8th Dorking, Dorking Halls (AGMP)

Wednesday 9th London, Islington Assembly Hall (AGMP)

Thursday 10th Southampton, The Brook (AGMP)

Wednesday  16th Newcastle, Boiler Shop (AGMP)

Thursday 17th Leeds, Brudenell Social Club (AGMP)

Friday 18th Middlesbrough, The Empire (AGMP)

​Friday 25th The Skids Cottingham

 

Saturday 26th SKIDS Scarborough Punk Festival Rescheduled from 2020)

APRIL 2022

Thursday 7th Nantwich Civic Hall, Nantwich Jazz and Blues festival

Friday 22nd  SKIDS La Belle Angele Edinburgh

An Acoustic Audience with Richard Jobson and Bruce Watson

 

Saturday 23rd SKIDS Scotland Calling near Edinburgh (John Connor)

Saturday 26th SKIDS Scarborough Punk Festival

MAY 2022

 

Saturday 7th The Assembley Leamington Spa (AGMP)

 

JULY 2022

 

Saturday 30th Troon Concert Hall Weekend Festival with The Skids

 

OCTOBER 2022

Friday 7th Rescue Rooms, Nottingham (John Connor)

Saturday 8th Brudenel Leeds (John Connor)

Friday 14th Academy, Manchester (John Connor)

Saturday 15th Islington Acade,y, London (John Connor)

Friday 21st Lemon Tree Aberdeen (John Connor)

Saturday 22nd Garage Glasgow (John Connor)

Friday 28th Concorde, Brighton (John Connor)

NOVEMBER 2022

Friday 11th La Belle Angel Edinburgh (John Connor)

Saturday 12th Boiler Shop Newcastle (John Connor)

DECEMBER 2022

Saturday 3rd The Brighton Centre (AGMP)

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