Big Country was a rock band from Dunfermline, Scotland, popular in the early to mid 1980s but still are releasing material for a cult following since 2004. The band was notable for music heavily accented with traditional Scottish folk and martial music styles, as well as for playing and engineering their guitar sound to resemble the bagpipes, fiddles and other traditional folk instruments.
Composed of Stuart Adamson (formerly of The Skids, vocals / guitar / keyboards), Bruce Watson (guitar / vocals), Tony Butler (bass guitar / vocals) and Mark Brzezicki (drums / percussion / vocals) though a variety of other drummers have been in the band their long career, including Simon Phillips. Pete Wishart who joined Runrig and became prominent in the SNP, was in an early version of the band -- the same incarnation that supported Alice Cooper and got thrown off the tour for being "too weird". Although the band's music drew from Scottish traditional music, none of its members were born in Scotland...
Track listing: Harvest HomeFields of Fire (400 Miles)In a Big CountryChanceWonderlandWhere the Rose Is SownJust a ShadowLook AwayThe TeacherOne Great ThingKing of EmotionBroken Heart (Thirteen Valleys)Peace in Our TimeSave MeHeart of the WorldRepublican Party ReptileEast of Eden http://www.bigcountry.co.uk/
Track listing: Flame of the WestEast of EdenSteeltownWhere the Rose Is SownCome Back to MeTall Ships GoGirl With Grey EyesRain DanceThe Great DivideJust a ShadowBass DanceBelief in the Small ManPrairie RoseWonderland (12")Winter Sky http://www.bigcountry.co.uk/