26 May 2017

Justin Currie

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Perth Festival of the Arts

After 22 years toiling in the moderately successful pop/rock outfit Del Amitri, Justin Currie made the rash decision to go it alone in 2003, spending the next four years writing, drinking and doing any weird non-rock gig he was invited to participate in; jazz shows, folk shows and soul shows added more saggy strings to his collection of bows. In 2008 he finally pulled his finger out and pushed the button on a solo career with the release of his masterpiece of maudlin, ‘What Is Love For’. The question mark was missing, perhaps denoting an answer reached: 'the future is miserable and I shall sing it'.

His fourth album of this series, ‘This Is My Kingdom Now’, follows on from follow-ups ‘The Great War’ (2010) and ‘Lower Reaches’ (2013). The pop sensibility of Del Amitri's sprightly hits was largely missing from this solo oeuvre, replaced by a tone Currie himself describes as "suicide in a saucy shirt". Over time audiences have begun to divine hit-type hooks buried within the gloom and now flock to hear epics such as "No, Surrender", "If I Ever Loved You" and "Falsetto" with an alacrity some find surprising in an age where distraction from modernity's inferno is a kind of medical emergency.

Finish time: 10.45pm*
*please note the finish time listed is approximate and is subject to change

£26.50; concessions* £24.50; school children £11.50 (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket)
*concession price applies to: disabled, unemployed and students

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Tickets:

Venue: Gannochy Auditorium - Perth Concert Hall