THE BEST OF BIG COUNTRY

The band will be performing all their great hits

along with live favourites.

RETURN TO STEELTOWN TOUR 1984 - 2019

The band will be performing a large selection from this classic album along with 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.

 

In 2019 The Band will be performing the 40th Anniversary of STEELTOWN.

 

Big Country just gets Bigger.

 

CURRENT TOUR DATES

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NOVEMBER 2019

Wednesday 6th The Flowerpot, Derby (RAW)

Thursday 7th The Engine Shed, Lincoln (AGMP)

Friday 8th The Level, Nottingham (AGMP)

Saturday 9th Gorilla, Manchester (AGMP)

Friday 15th The Phoenix Blyth


Saturday 16th The Live Rooms, Chester (JA)

Friday 22nd The Guildhall Gloucester (JA)

Saturday 23rd  The Phoenix, Exeter (JA)

Sunday 24th  The Fleece Bristol (JA)

Thursday 28th The Brook Southampton (AGMP)

Friday 29th The Town Hall, Oxford (AGMP)

Saturday 30th The Assembly, Islington, London (AGMP)

DECEMBER 2019

Sunday 1st St Andrews Day Festival, Perth Afternoon show on stage approx 2.30pm

Depart London Stanstead approx 10am

Sunday 1st St Andrews Day Festival, Musselborough on stage approx 9.30pm With very special guest Richard Jobson from The Skids

Friday 6th The Limelight Belfast with The Skids

Saturday 7th The Academy Dublin with The Skids

Thursday 12th  Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal (AGMP)

Friday 13th The Mill, Birmingham (AGMP)

Saturday 14th King Georges Hall Blackburn (AGMP)

Saturday 15th The Memorial Hall, Innerleithen (AGMP)

Tuesday 17th The Woodside, Aberdour, Scotland

‘An evening with Richard Jobson of the Skids - Songs and Stories” Featuring Bruce and Jamie Watson

Wednesday 18th  The Woodside, Aberdour, Scotland

‘An evening with Richard Jobson of the Skids - Songs and Stories” Featuring Bruce and Jamie Watson

Friday 20th SWG3 Glasgow, Scotland (DF Concerts) With The Skids

Saturday 28th  Glen Pavillion, Dunfermline Scotland With The Skids

JANUARY 2020

Friday 17th  Mark Brzezicki Drum Clinic - The Studio. Southend 

Saturday 18th Mark Brzezicki Drum Clinic - Wyvern Arts Centre, Swindon 

Tuesday 21st Mark Brzezicki Drum Clinic - The Met, Gatehouse Theatre. Stafford

Wednesday 22nd Mark Brzezicki Drum Clinic - The Music and Arts Centre Barnoldswick

Sunday 26th Giants of Rock, Minehead

FEBRUARY 2020

Saturday 1st The Welly, Hull (AGMP)

Sunday 2nd 80's Festival Skegness

Sunday 9th 80's Festival Minehead

Thursday 13th Travel to USA 

Friday 14th USA (Paradise Artists)

 

Saturday 15th Microsoft Theater 80's Festival. Los Angeles USA (Paradise Artists)

Sunday 16th to Saturday 29th USA Tour (Paradise Artists)

 

MARCH 2020

Sunday 1st to Sunday 8th USA Tour (Paradise Artists)

Monday 9th Rock Cruise  to Sunday 15th Rock Cruise from Fort Lauderdale, Explorer of The Seas (Paradise Artists)

Thursday 26th The Georgian Theatre, Stockton (JC)

Friday 27th The Pavillion Whitby (Solid)

Saturday 28th Skids Scarborough 

APRIL 2020

Friday 3rd The Dome, Doncaster (Solid)

Saturday 4th The Picture Dome, Holmfirth (Barney)

Thursday 9th Nantwich Civic Hall, Nantwich (MM)

Saturday 11th MCH, Scotland (Craig Smart)

Sunday 12th The Big Top, Gibson Park, Melrose (RAM)

Monday 13th Barnoldswick Music and Arts Centre

An Acoustic Audience with Richard Jobson and Bruce Watson (AGMP)

Tuesday 14th The Cheeses and Grain, Frome

An Acoustic Audience with Richard Jobson and Bruce Watson (AGMP)

Wednesday 15th Portland House, Cardiff

An Acoustic Audience with Richard Jobson and Bruce Watson (AGMP)

Thursday 16th Shoreditch Town Hall, London

An Acoustic Audience with Richard Jobson and Bruce Watson (AGMP)

Friday 17th The Public Halls Harpendon. 

An Acoustic Audience with Richard Jobson and Bruce Watson (AGMP)

 

Saturday 18th King Geoeges Hall, Blackburn 

An Acoustic Audience with Richard Jobson and Bruce Watson (AGMP)

Sunday 19th Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline,

An Acoustic Audience with Richard Jobson and Bruce Watson (AGMP)

Thursday 23rd Holland Tbc

Friday 24th Holland Tbc

Saturday 25th Holland Tbc

MAY 2020

Friday 8th Under The Castle, Carr Vale FC football Ground, Bolsover, Derbyshire

Friday 22nd Northern Kin Festival, Stanhope (JC)

Saturday 23rd W Festival Belgium

Sunday 24th Skids Stone Valley South Festival

 

Thursday 28th Fly to Denmark

Friday 29th Train, Aarhus, Denmark

Saturday 30th Viften, Copenhagen, Denmark

Sunday 31st Pustervik, Gothenburg, Sweden

Monday 1st Rockerfeller, Oslo. Norway

JUNE 2020

Monday 1st Rockerfeller, Oslo. Norway

Friday 5th Cottingham Civic Centre (Martyn Rudd)

 

Sunday 7th Newcastle Rocks Festival (Newcastle Legends) with From The Jam

Saturday 27th Skids Stone Valley North Festival 

 

JULY 2020

Saturday 4th  Bught Park, Inverness Festival Special guests to Skipinnish 

Friday 17th Tan Hill

Saturday 18th Mareel, Lerwick, Shetland 

AUGUST 2020 

Saturday 8th  “Jack up the Summer 2020” IOW (Alex Dyke) 

Saturday 22nd City Parks Festival, Stirling, Special Guests to Skipinnish 

Saturday 29th 80's FestivalRoosdaal Belgium Tbc (Werner)

Sunday 30th Skids A New Day Festival, Mt Ephraim Gardens, Hernhill, Faversham, Kent, 

SEPTEMBER 2020

Friday 11th The Empire Coventry (AGMP)

Saturday 12th The Engine Shed Lincoln (AGMP)

Thursday 17th The Phoenix, Exeter (AGMP)

Friday 18th The Cheese and Grain, Frome (AGMP)

Saturday 19th The Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford (AGMP)

 

Friday 25th Colchester Arts Centre

 

Saturday 26th Harpenden Public Halls (AGMP)

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OCTOBER 2020

Thursday 1st The Rescue Rooms, Nottingham (AGMP)

Friday 2nd The Foundry, Sheffield. (AGMP)

Saturday 3rd Portland House, Cardiff (AGMP)

 

Thursday 8th The Live Rooms, Chester (AGMP)

Friday 9th Beckett Univercity, Leeds. (AGMP)

Saturday 10th The Empire, Middlesbrough. (AGMP)

Sunday 11th Victoria Hall, Settle. (Up Close and Pewrsonal)

Friday 16th Skids Manchester 

 

Saturday 17th Skids  London 

Friday 23rd Skids Wolverhampton 

Saturday 24th Skids  Brighton 

NOVEMBER 2020

 

Friday 6th Skids Edinburgh 

Saturday 7th Skids Aberdeen

Friday 13th Skids Nottingham

Saturday 14th Skids Leeds

Thursday 19th Skids to be advised

Friday 20th Skids Kendal

Saturday 21st Skids Newcastle

Thursday 26th The Guildhall Gloucester (AGMP)

Friday 27th The Buttermarket, Shrewsbury (AGMP)

Saturday 28th Skids Musselbrough

DECEMBER 2020

Thursday 3rd  The Halls, Dorking (AGMP)

Friday 4th Trinity, Bristol (AGMP)

Saturday 5th Islington Academy, London. (AGMP)

Thursday 10th  The Junction, Cambridge (AGMP)

Friday 11th Roadmenders, Northampton (AGMP)

Saturday 12th Epic Studios, Norwich (AGMP)

Thursday 17th  The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen (AGMP)

Friday 18th Glasgow TBC (DF Concerts) with The Skids

Saturday 19th Glen Pavillion, Dunfermline (Callum) with The Skids

JANUARY 2021

Friday 15th The Academy Manchester (AGMP)

Saturday 16th Grand Central Hall, Liverpool (AGMP)

Saturday 19th Gand Central Hall, Liverpool (AGMP)

Thursday 21st Southend, Chinnerys (AGMP)

Friday 22nd Brighton, Concorde 2 (AGMP)

Saturday 23rd  Southampton, The Brook (AGMP)

 

Friday 29th Newcastle, The Boiler Shop (AGMP)

Saturday 30th Blackburn, King Georges Hall (AGMP)

MARCH 2021

 

Tuesday 9th  Australia (Metroplolis)

Wednesday 10th Australia (Metroplolis)

Thursday 11th Australia (Metroplolis)

Friday 12th Australia (Metroplolis)

Saturday 13th Australia (Metroplolis)

Sunday 14th Australia (Metroplolis)

Monday 15th Australia (Metroplolis)

Tuesday 16th Australia (Metroplolis)

Wednesday 17th Australia (Metroplolis)

Thursday 18th Australia (Metroplolis)

Friday 19th Australia (Metroplolis)

Saturday 20th Australia (Metroplolis)

Sunday 21st Australia (Metroplolis)

Monday 22nd Australia (Metroplolis)

Tuesday 23rd Australia (Metroplolis)

Wednesday 24th Australia (Metroplolis)

Thursday 25th Australia (Metroplolis)

Friday 26th Australia (Metroplolis)

Saturday 27th Australia (Metroplolis)

MAY 2021

Saturday 8th Food in the Park Blair Athol 

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