Review of the Birmingham gig in the Wolverhampton Express & Star , Saturday 8th January 2011
Report by Mark Mudie
Mike Peters, lead singer with The Alarm, performs with Big Country at Birmingham
Alarm lead singer Mike Peters stepped into the shoes of Stuart Adamson to bring the unique sound of Scottish band Big Country to Birmingham’s O2 Academy
Peters is taking a break from Welsh band The Alarm to front Big Country on its first tour for two years.
Original lead singer Adamson, formerly of The Skids, committed suicide in 2001.
Other founder members Bruce Watson, on guitar and mandolin, Tony Butler on bass guitar and vocals and Mark Brzezicki on drums took to the stage last night on the penultimate date of the seven-date tour.
Hundreds of fans packed into the Birmingham venue last night to sample the distinctive sound of Dunfermline’s finest, heavily influenced by traditional Scottish folk music and famous for engineering guitar riffs to resemble bagpipes and fiddles.
Big Country enjoyed a decade in the spotlight from 1981 to 1991