In 2016 my favourite band, Runrig toured with what they announced was to be their final studio album, ‘The Story’.
I’ll write more about the band in subsequent posts, and how I (a Londoner) became a fan of a band who hailed from Skye in the Hebrides and who sing a number of songs in Gaelic.
For this tour we got tickets for the show at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire. Originally scheduled for February, problems with the roof (it was falling down) meant we had to wait until July. The nice people at the O2 Empire run an Accessibility scheme so my much better half and I didn’t have to queue and we were escorted in to excellent seats.
Bruce Guthro sported a hat (lingering concerns about the roof?) , the performance was sublime and as usual the songs I loved from the album sounded even better live as they soared on the wings of Malcolm’s guitar solos. At the end of the show I was exhausted from the clapping and singing, but determined to join in the standing ovation I struggled to my feet. I wobbled alarmingly but the couple behind leant a helping hand to keep me upright (you tend to meet nice people in Runrig audiences.)
To end the year on a high we ordered the book of the tour. Which comes with a cd of live versions of 5 of the new songs. So last year was in some ways’The Year of The Story’.
I wonder if it is possible to wear out an iPod listening to five songs over and over again. . .