Scottish rock band Big Country to perform in Foxburg

Big Country's North American Journey Tour 2013
Big Country’s North American Journey Tour 2013

Scottish rock band Big Country will perform a field concert at the RiverStone Farms in Foxburg Sunday, August 18th 2013 at 3pm on the RiverStone Farm Event Barn grounds. Big Country is in the middle of a North American Tour promoting their new studio album “Journey”. A schedule change has the Band available to travel to Foxburg to appear in this just added concert.
According to Drew Orient Executive Director, “For the area audience, it is a once in a music lifetime opportunity to hear a global band literally in our backyard, we are really fortunate their break in schedule coincides with ARCA’s Foxburg Scottish Festival weekend”. Gates open at 1:00 PM, A local Warm up Band plays at 2:00 PM, and Big Country is on at 3:00 PM. Tickets are $20 at the gate. Concert goes rain or shine. Concert goers are urged to bring their favorite lawn chair, and sun screen or umbrella depending on weather. Parking is free and a handicap shuttle will be available.
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Big Country Promo Shot

Big Country was originally formed in 1981 by guitar playing founder members Stuart Adamson and Bruce Watson both native of the band’s hometown Underline in Scotland. Initially driven by a shared vision of widescreen guitar melody, harmony and lyric, the classic Big Country sound was further enhanced later that summer by the arrival of London-based rhythm section Mark Brzezicki and bassist Tony Butler. This is the Big Country that broke massively worldwide with the release of debut album The Crossing’s singles ‘Fields Of Fire’, ‘Chance’ and signature song ‘In A Big Country’, which went on to become massive worldwide hits, selling over 2 million copies and driving ‘The Crossing’ to 3 prestigious Grammy nominations in the USA.

The run of success continued throughout the 1980s with the release of the anthemic single ‘Wonderland’ and the second album ‘Steeltown’ (1984), which debuted at Number 1 in the UK and contained the hit singles ‘East Of Eden, ‘Just a Shadow’ and ‘Where The Rose Is Sown’ . In 1985, Big Country appeared at Live Aid in London, followed by further successful album releases ‘The Seer’ (1986, which included the bands biggest UK hit ‘Look Away’, which also reached Number 1 in the Irish Singles chart) and ‘Peace In Our Time’ (1988), which saw the band playing the first ever privately promoted gig in Russia at the Moscow Sports Stadium.

In the 1990s Big Country would go on to release studio albums ‘No Place Like Home’ (1991), Buffalo Skinners (1993) and ‘Why The Long Face (1995) – landing the band the special guest slot on the Rolling Stones ‘Voodoo Lounge’ European tour and several shows in the UK and Ireland with Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and Robert Plant – before releasing ‘Driving To Damascus’ in 1999.

In 2010, Big Country reformed, with the band’s friend Mike Peters from The Alarm on vocals. Following three sell-out UK tours and a run of acclaimed festival appearances bassist Tony Butler retired from the band, to be replaced by former Simple Minds bassist Derek Forbes. In May 2013, Big Country released ‘The Journey’, their first studio album in fourteen years.

Big Country Live Performance

Big Country ‘At the BBC’ is now available and captures the classic line-up at the peak of their powers, further cementing the band’s reputation as truly great live band.

Former Big Country bassist Tony Butler said, “To see, after all these years, such a collection of recordings and great memories made by the BBC, kind of makes me feel we got there. I mean, it’s the BBC! How cool.” Big Country guitarist Bruce Watson added, “Watching the footage from Sefton Park in Liverpool brought back some fond memories. Loads of bodies covered in mud, very much a Woodstock atmosphere. Great days!”

The super-deluxe box set comes complete with a hardback book containing in-depth liner notes from respected journalist Tim Barr, archive photographs, a Big Country poster and postcards housed in a wallet. There is also a 2CD version of the release which features selected audio highlights from the box set.

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