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Party on the Moor, Runrig 40th Anniversary Concert

07 Sep

So before this blog returns to its normal service I wanted to do a short post about the big event of our holiday, Runrigs 40th Anniversary concert. Now if this is not your kind of music, just ignore this post.

For me it was the first “festival” I ever attended and it was good fun (if you discount the portaloos on the improvised campground). Friday was already great, with a Kaleigh in the evening, although the greatest thing for me were the soundchecks on that day. Especially since they already hinted something I had been hoping for, but more about that later.

The concert on Saturday began with great supporting acts, my favorites being Mànran and Sharon Corr. A decade ago the later alone would have been enough for me to attend a concert.

Sharon Corr at Party on the Moor (Runrig 40th Anniversary Concert)

Sharon Corr at Party on the Moor (Runrig 40th Anniversary Concert)

Now before I come to the concert itself, there was one mood point for us. There was hardly any alcohol control on the fairgrounds and in addition they sold beer at the food stalls as well. In turn there were a good number of people who were quiet drunk. Unfortunately a large group of drunkards (about ten people) pushed themselves right in front and besides us right when the concert started and stayed there about 2/3rd of the time. If anyone from the band reads this… it would be great if there was more attention to alcohol control for the next festival.

Anyway, the concert itself was marvelous. I have been to a lot of their concerts over the last decade, but this was by far the longest and most energetic I have ever seen. Great selection of songs (although it was based on the Edinburgh concert from July with a number of additions) and performed to perfection.

Runrig at Party on the Moor (Runrig 40th Anniversary Concert)

Runrig at Party on the Moor (Runrig 40th Anniversary Concert)

The absolute highlight for me (and this is what I had expected when I heard the voice during the soundchecks the previous days) was the return of Donnie Munro, Runrigs old singer to the stage. Always loved his renditions of the songs and really regretted that my first concert was after he left. So seeing him on stage, with the band was just unbelievable. It it was great to hear both the band and the crowd change the lyrics of “The Cutter” from Johnny to “Donnie, you are home now”! There also was something about the dynamic on stage that made me think that the would announce his return, but that did not happen.

But this was not the only return of a former member, since for the same songs Peter Wishart (MP) joined the line-up on stage.

Bruce Guthro and Donnie Munro at Party on the Moor (Runrig 40th Anniversary Concert)

Bruce Guthro and Donnie Munro at Party on the Moor (Runrig 40th Anniversary Concert)

Donnie Munro at Party on the Moor (Runrig 40th Anniversary Concert)

Donnie Munro at Party on the Moor (Runrig 40th Anniversary Concert)

But there was also a very funny experience for me. There are a couple of songs where the audience sings along. Usually it is the male voices that really stand out. Most of the times people can not carry a tune (not pointing any fingers… neither can I) and it is like standing in the middle of a bunch of Vikings yelling a sons. But this time we had a young lady right behind us, who was singing with a very high voice and dominated all the male voices. I guess this was something to remember, too! 😉

So now I am leaving you with a few more photos:

Runrig with Duncan Chisholm at Party on the Moor (Runrig 40th Anniversary Concert)

Runrig with Duncan Chisholm at Party on the Moor (Runrig 40th Anniversary Concert)

Runrig final encore (old and new band members) at Party on the Moor (Runrig 40th Anniversary Concert)

Runrig final encore (old and new band members) at Party on the Moor (Runrig 40th Anniversary Concert)

 

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11 responses to “Party on the Moor, Runrig 40th Anniversary Concert

  1. Atelier-Robin

    September 7, 2013 at 14:09

    Runrig are on my list. I love their older music with Donnie to the fore.
    Have only just discovered Blair Douglas, some of his stuff is great

     
    • Burkhard

      September 7, 2013 at 21:55

      Bruce is not bad, but he is “just” a singer, while Donnie is someone who had a real passion for what he was doing. I think you can hear that in his music.

      I saw Blair Douglas at a concert some time ago, he is really good as well!

       
  2. Tom Halpin

    September 7, 2013 at 14:11

    Great band, Burkhardt – never seen them live myself but love their music. Have you heard of a ’70’s Irish band called Horslips? They combined rock with Irish folk tunes and mythology – I still listen to their stuff. Their name was originally ” the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse” but, as 1 of the band said during an interview, “Have you ever tried sayin’ that when you’re pissed (drunk)?” !!!

     
    • Burkhard

      September 7, 2013 at 21:59

      Tom, you should go and see them if you get a chance. If for no other reason… the atmossphere alone is well worth it!
      Never heard of Horslip, but I shall check them out!

       
  3. Monty

    September 7, 2013 at 14:14

    That looks like a fabulous time! I’m going to dial up Runrig and give them a listen.

     
    • Burkhard

      September 7, 2013 at 22:01

      Do it Monty! It will be different from what your son does, but I guess you might like it none the less! If you get the chance, look for some of the older stuff with Donnie.

       
  4. The Angry Lurker

    September 7, 2013 at 15:28

    I would have liked that concert!

     
  5. Loki

    September 7, 2013 at 17:49

    wish I had got to that!!

     
    • Burkhard

      September 7, 2013 at 22:01

      Would have loved for you and Fran to be there!

       
  6. Dean

    September 7, 2013 at 19:17

    Nice looking concert; looks very classy. The lady fiddler looks wonderful.

     
    • Burkhard

      September 7, 2013 at 22:02

      Oh Sharon Correct is still as beautiful as she was a decade ago!

       

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