Big Country rock Montrose

Big Country on stage at Montrose Town Hall
Big Country on stage at Montrose Town Hall

Montrose become the ‘Steeltown’ on Saturday when Big Country performed songs from their multi-million selling album of that name in the burgh.

The legendary band thrilled a huge crowd at Montrose Town Hall with compositions from their ‘Steeltown’ album, which included songs such as ‘Where The Rose is
Sown’, to mark its 30th anniversary.

They then launched into playing their classic hits, including ‘Fields Of Fire’, ‘Wonderland’, ‘In a Big Country’ and ‘Chance’.

The Fife rockers rocked the hall with support coming from Calum Campbell and Amber Road.

Guitarist Bruce Watson told the crowd: “We have never played in Montrose before but we will definitely be back”.

Lead singer Simon Hough said afterwards he was “delighted with the response he felt from the crowd”.

Craig Campbell, of North East Musical and Sports Promotions, who brought Big Country to Montrose, said: “The songs sounded great live with many never having been performed live before this tour had been kicked off in Dundee in October.”

‘Steeltown’ was not the only success the band have had, they had 17 top 30 UK singles and five gold and platinum singles.

North East Musical and Sports Promotions raffled off a signed ‘Steeltown Album’, which was won by Gordon Swankie, from Dundee.

The proceeds from the raffle raised £296 for Aidan’s Voice - a charitable fund set up by the family of a young Montrose boy who has neurological disorder which affects his speech and balance.

Craig said: “Thanks to Big Country for taking time to sign the item and thanks to everyone who bought tickets for such a worthy cause.”

Big Country’s lead singer Stuart Adamson died in 2001 and the current line-up features original members Bruce Watson and Mark Brzezicki, Bruce’s son Jamie, ex-Simple Minds bass player Derek Forbes and on lead vocals, Simon Hough.