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THE fabulously named Fat Hippy Records have a showcase of their artists this week (Saturday) at Bannermans in the Cowgate Edinburgh. In the show will be their Scottish artists Dirty Shoes, Craig John Davidson and trash folk band The Lorelei. Incredibly it is now 26 years since the debut album from the Auchtermuchty twins The Proclaimers and this week ‘The Very Best Of (1987 – 2012)’ (Persevere), has a career busting 30 tracks. The big news this year is the Peter Mullen, Jane Horrocks movie ‘Sunshine On Leith’ with their songs over a story of two soldiers returning from Afghanistan. After the dramatic debut with ‘Letter From America’ (produced on record by Gerry Rafferty) on Friday night TV, they went on to score with ‘Let’s Get Married’, ‘King Of The Road’, ‘I’m On My Way’, ‘Life With You’ and their timeless anthem ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’. Lesser known tracks like ‘On Causewayside’ show the reflective lyricism. Sleeve notes by fan David Tennant and one new track ‘Not Cynical’ will ensure even the diehard will find something here. Also out this week ‘Stepping Down The Glory Road’ (The Chrysalis Years 1987 – 1996) again examines career highs this time for Runrig. This impressive box set has full albums, live tracks and singles over six CDs as they were big before they even signed to a label with three self released albums before ‘The Cutter And The Clan’. The ‘Hearthammer’ EP introduced the masses to their live version of ‘Loch Lomond’. It’s never been bettered and weddings would never be the same. They came close with ‘Rhythm Of My Heart’ but it was Rod Stewart who would have the hit with it and their last for the label ‘The Greatest Flame’ would sweep up new mixes, sessions and live tracks.