Big Country gig in Spalding

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They’re still known as a Scottish band, but it’s no longer true of rock band Big Country.

What is as true now as when they exploded on to the scene in 1983 is that they retain the energy and enthusiasm to give an audience a gig worth remembering.

And they will be doing that when Big Country comes to South Holland Centre in Spalding at the end of the month – Saturday, October 31 (7.30pm).

The band members now are made up of Mark Brzezicki on drums, Bruce Watson and Jamie Watson on guitar and Simon Hough on vocals.

The band’s various shake-ups over the years – including that brought about by the tragic death of co-founder member Stuart Adamson in 2001 – have meant a change in faces, but the band has stayed true to its roots and the DNA of the band, though they have expanded it over the years to take in wider horizons and keep things fresh.

Stuart took his own life, an event that’s still raw in the minds of band members, including Mark, who spoke to this newspaper in the middle of preparations for an upcoming gig.

Performing is something they have never stopped doing, according to Mark, who says: “Energy levels are pretty similar to what they have always been.”

Their enthusiasm for the music remains undimmed in an industry that has changed completely since the band started out.

Interestingly though, their success has continued because they have gone back to basics, gigging pretty much every weekend.

Mark says: “At the end of the day we have such a deep history of music, a lot of albums out, and a vast array of music to tap into, so we are celebrating what we have done rather than being focused on the next album.”

Tickets for the concert are £24.50 from 01775 764777.