Although I’ve not seen Big Country obsessively (I’m probably just into double figures) I have managed to see them in quite a few guises over the years. 3 or 4 times with Stuart Adamson (the last being the Final Fling tour at Leeds in 2000), once as a 3 piece with Tony Butler singing (Leeds Rios), a couple of times with Mike Peters and now with Simon Hough. Obviously, no lineup is going to meet the power of Stuart Adamson but I’ve enjoyed them all.
Shortly before 9pm in a reasonably busy Louth Town hall the band appear and launch straight into 1000 Stars from the Crossing album. I’m surprised just how similar Simon’s vocals are to Stuart Adamson. What follows is a lovable romp through the band’s greatest hits and a generous serving of The Crossing. It can’t fail with those ingredients. It all seems to be over far too quickly and before I know it we’re exiting via the foyer into the cold night air.