And We’ll Sing for Runrig’s 40th anniversary party night

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Runrig, Sheffield City Hall

The Scottish Celtic rock group are appearing in Sheffield tomorrow as part of a special 40th anniversary concert tour.

These concerts come off the back of a number of large open-air anniversary events held in Denmark, Germany and Scotland during 2013 at venues such as Edinburgh Castle.

That climaxed last August at Party on the Moor, a weekend celebration of Runrig and their achievements to date.

More than 16,000 fans enjoyed one of the biggest events ever staged by the band.

Called Run-Rig Dance Band originally, the band performed for the first time as a three-piece in 1973 at Glasgow’s Kelvin Hall. The line-up consisted of Rory Macdonald on guitar, his brother Calum on drums and Blair Douglas on accordion.

Donnie Munro joined the following year to add vocal support.

Later Blair left and they were then joined by accordionist and old schoolfriend Robert Macdonald, who died in 1986. Others have come and gone over the years, including Donnie, who left in 1997 to pursue a political career.

The band have released 13 studio albums , recording in both English and Gaelic. Their version of Loch Lomond was voted the best Scottish song of all time in 2008.

Tomorrow, Runrig have no support act and are playing an extensive set in two halves, inspired by the success of Party on the Moor.

There will also be some musical surprises, all making for a not-to-be-missed experience for fans as Runrig conclude celebrations of their 40-year journey.

Tickets: from the venue, call 0114 2789789 or go online at www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk