Deacon Blue: 30 Years Of Raintown
Ian Rankin celebrates the 30th anniversary of Deacon Blue’s debut album Raintown being released on 1 May 1987, with a new documentary Deacon Blue: 30 Years Of Raintown. To be broadcast first on BBC Radio Scotland on 1 May with a revised repeat on Radio 2 on 8 May, Ian Rankin, who is celebrating the 30th anniversary of his character Rebus, discovers the stories behind the songs and how Deacon Blue became one of Scotland’s best-loved bands. The show features new interviews with original members Ricky, Lorraine, Dougie and Jim and from the record’s producer Jon Kelly. Other contributors include musical contemporaries Hue and Cry, Danny Wilson and Hearts and Minds, plus Aled Jones and DJs Mark Goodier and Johnnie Walker.
Ian says: “Thirty years since I wrote my first Inspector Rebus novel and thirty years since Deacon Blue leapt on to the world stage with Raintown. Maybe there was just something in the Scottish water back then. Both have proved their resilience, with Raintown sounding as fresh as the day it was released. It was a joy for me to spend time with the band as they looked back on their achievement. It’s an album that belongs in everyone’s heart and collection.”