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THE PROCLAIMERS

BIOGRAPHY
 
The Proclaimers

A Scottish band formed in 1983.

The Proclaimers are a Scottish band composed of identical twin brothers, Charlie and Craig Reid (born 5 March 1962, in Leith).

They are probably best known for the songs "Letter from America", "I'm On My Way" and "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)".

The band tours extensively throughout Europe and other continents.

They have released eight studio albums from 1987 until the present, as well as two compilation albums and a DVD, and their next studio album is expected for 2012.

Craig Reid and Charlie Reid were born in Leith in 1962, and grew up in Edinburgh, Cornwall and Auchtermuchty. After several punk rock bands at school they formed The Proclaimers in 1983.

The pair came to public attention when an Inverness based fan sent their demo to the British band The Housemartins, who were impressed enough to invite The Proclaimers on their 1986 UK tour.

"Letter from America" peaked at number 3 in the UK Singles Chart, whilst the album This is the Story went gold. The follow-up album Sunshine on Leith featured "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" and "I'm On My Way".

They had a hit with their EP King of the Road, which reached number 9 in UK in 1990.

In March 2007 they recorded a new version of "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" with television comedy characters Andy Pipkin (played by Matt Lucas) and Brian Potter (Peter Kay) for the Comic Relief charity.

The band was one of The B-52s' touring partners on their Funplex tour in Australia and New Zealand in November 2009, alongside Mental as Anything.

Albums include

THIS IS THE STORY - 1987
SUNSHINE ON LEITH - 1988
HIT THE HIGHWAY - 1994
PERSERVERE - 2001
THE BEST OT - 2002
BORN INNOCENT - 2003
RESTLESS SOUL - 2005

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