Ricky Ross all set for home-coming concert

Ricky Ross who will perform a home-coming concert at the Gardyne Theatre, Dundee on August 24.

Ricky Ross who will perform a home-coming concert at the Gardyne Theatre, Dundee on August 24.

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THE Gardyne Theatre in Dundee is the venue for song-writer and Deacon Blue front-man Ricky Ross to perform a home-coming concert.

The musician’s links with the city are a matter of record but perhaps less well known is the fact the singer made his debut public performance on stage at Gardyne Theatre.

“I’m really looking forward to playing this show in the Gardyne Theatre; long ago in a different world I played my first public show on this stage,” revealed the song-writer.

“I’m hoping to play a lot of songs I’ve written in the 30 odd years since that first show. I might even find one from before that.”

While the man who wrote ‘Dignity’ will spend the summer gigging with Deacon Blue at various festivals across the country – including Glastonbury – his solo tour gigs should offer a change of pace.

Ricky’s live shows tend to be smaller more intimate affairs, allowing the audience to enjoy not only the songs but also the company of someone who has honed his skills as a raconteur.

The song-writer/singer maintains a rapport with his audience throughout, whether it be in a theatre such as Gardyne, or on a larger festival stage.

After his Dundee gig, the musician is heading off to Moscow, a city where nothing is labelled small.

The musician’s solo live show takes place on Wednesday, August 24, at 7.30 pm (tickets £20). To book visit www.dundeebox.co.uk or phone (01382) 434940.

Gardyne Theatre has been closed for the past two years while the new Dundee College Gardyne Campus was undergoing a £48 million refurbishment which was completed last month.

On reopening in August however, the 404-seat lyric theatre is set to become a premier venue in the east of Scotland and already has a list of bookings from both professional and amateur companies scheduled until December this year.