September 6, 2009

Scottish musicians rallying for homecoming

Scottish musicians like Tommy Reilly and Midge Ure are set to perform at an event recognizing the end of Scotland's Year of Homecoming 2009, organizers say.

Geoff Ellis, head of the DF Concerts promotional firm, said Homecoming Live: The Final Fling will bring to an end the Scottish campaign intended to draw people of Scottish ancestry to the country of their roots, The Scotsman reported Sunday.

This is a homecoming gig, the kind of thing that is going to bring people back to Scotland, Ellis said of the Nov. 28 event in Glasgow, Scotland. These bands haven't played together; there wasn't a festival at that time for them to play together.

Also on tap to play at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Center event are Scottish bands like Idlewild, The Vaselines, The Law and The Bluebells.

Nearly 20,000 tickets for the event are set to go on sale Friday. The event also includes three nights of performances at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow.

This show is a catalyst to make that happen. It's a coming together, a snapshot of great Scottish artists, who have had great success, most of whom are still recording now, Ellis told the Scotsman.