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Donnie Munro, Mitchell Theatre, Glasgow

It is all a far cry from the heyday of Runrig mania when Donnie Munro and his young Gaelic rock band were mobbed by worshipping fans.

His appearance in the sedate surroundings of the Mitchell Library may have suggested that a mellower, middle-aged Munro would emerge on stage. Not a chance. Within minutes of his appearance Munro was proving he had lost none of his stage presence and the raw power that catapulted him to the top of the Scottish music tree in the 1980s.

And just like the halcyon days, his loyal fans – many Western Isles ex-pats now living in and around Glasgow – were there to clap and cheer their way through his set.

Munro has lost none of his fire not just for his music but also his political beliefs. He still talks and sings with passion about the plight of the underdog. The evening was something of a personal journey. He played some of his most popular Runrig material including The Cutter, City of Lights and Dance Called America.

Mother Glasgow was a tribute to his friend, the late Michael Marra, and he included the Irish ballad Raglan Road and the folk classic October Song in his repertoire.

It was refreshing to find Munro in such good form. Politics took him away from the music scene for a few years. Let's hope he is back to stay.

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