I am not sure how many have heard the band Runrig other than the UK and Europe, but Mr M is a huge fan of them. He has loads of their cassettes. They are doing their final tour now and since Mr M was keeping track of it, we managed to book two tickets for their performance in London which was held at Apollo, Hammersmith. It was a Friday night event and it was very well arranged. The entry, the bag checks etc.
I have never heard of them or their songs for that matter. Even though Mr M was playing some songs of theirs I was always doing something else (for example: reading my kindle) that I hardly bothered to listen. I had no clue how they would sound and what their songs were like. There was no intro music or anything. They started on time at 7.30 pm (maybe a couple of mins late) and by that time the event area was totally packed. You could see the hardcore fans wearing their T-Shirts and getting ready for the gig.
They started with a bang and I was taken by surprise. They sounded very very good. I totally enjoyed the whole performance. All kinds of songs, old and new. There were so many people who were joining in. They had very good stage presence and each one of them (total 6) were great on their own. They played a few Celtic songs. You could see some Scottish flags waving from time to time. The audience pitched in whenever they were asked to. Mr M was in his own world. Towards the final, they introduced themselves and told their story (short) and showcased a variety of instruments.
It was a very lovely evening and they performed until 11 pm, which wasn’t a small feat. They have so much energy, so much love for their music that you can’t but enjoy it and enjoy it well.
It was such an irony that it was my first time listening to them and their last time performing in London. Even though they have decided to call it quits, their songs will live on forever.