The Proclaimers’ Charlie Reid talks acoustic guitars, songwriting and working with James Dean Bradfield on the Scottish rock institution's life-affirming new album

Charlie Reid of The Proclaimers performs on stage at Edinburgh Castle on July 21, 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
(Image credit: Roberto Ricciuti/Redferns)

The new Proclaimers album, Dentures Out, features 13 songs in only 34 minutes with not a single word or guitar chord wasted. It also has a surprise guest in the shape of Manic Street Preachers’ James Dean Bradfield. 

It’s very cathartic to hear really good songwriting addressing the maladies that post-Brexit Britain suffers from at the moment, so we begin our conversation by asking Charlie Reid if it was cathartic for them to write, too?

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David Mead

With over 30 years’ experience writing for guitar magazines, including at one time occupying the role of editor for Guitarist and Guitar Techniques, David is also the best-selling author of a number of guitar books for Sanctuary Publishing, Music Sales, Mel Bay and Hal Leonard. As a player he has performed with blues sax legend Dick Heckstall-Smith, played rock ’n’ roll in Marty Wilde’s band, duetted with Martin Taylor and taken part in charity gigs backing Gary Moore, Bernie Marsden and Robbie McIntosh, among others. An avid composer of acoustic guitar instrumentals, he has released two acclaimed albums, Nocturnal and Arboretum.

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