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Homecoming Scotland 2009

Homecoming Scotland 2009 celebrated the 250th anniversary of Robert Burns’ birth. We also celebrated some of Scotland’s great contributions to the world: golf, whisky, great minds and innovations and Scotland’s rich ancestry and culture.

Homecoming Scotland’s Final Fling Rocks Glasgow

Scottish music fans converged on the SECC in Glasgow last night for Homecoming Live – the Final Fling, the flagship music event of Scotland's Year of Homecoming.

Listen to extracts from the concert via the BBC i-Player. Click on the i-Player graphic below:

Three halls over a period of six hours saw acts as diverse as Deacon Blue, The Skids, The View and Idlewild.

The biggest concert, held in the 3000-capacity Clyde Auditorium, aka the Armadillo, was headlined by Scottish favourites Deacon Blue and featured a host of successful pop acts from the 80s including Hue and Cry, Lloyd Cole, Midge Ure, The Bluebells, Kevin McDermott and former Love And Money frontman James Grant, as well as punk veterans The Skids.

Over in the main SECC building, Scotland's healthy indie scene was represented in Hall 2 by the likes of Teenage Fanclub, Idlewild, The View, King Creosote, The Dykeenies and the recently reformed Vaselines who became one of Scotland's most influential acts after being cited as Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain's favourite group.

The Red Hot Chilli Pipers provided the opening flourish in the Lomond Suite, heralding a bill of respected stars from the folk and classical worlds, including Eddi Reader, Mike Scott of The Waterboys, Dame Evelyn Glennie, with pianist Philip Smith, and Dougie MacLean, composer of the Homecoming theme song, Caledonia, which was awarded the Homecoming Scotland Tartan Clef Award on Friday night.