Edwyn Collins makes live return at Electric Proms

Singer celebrates comeback after illness

Edwyn Collins made a live return last night (October 28), three years after suffering a life-threatening illness.

The comeback gig at London’s Dingwalls in Camden last night (October 28) nmarked the final day of the BBC Electric Proms.

Gracing the stage at 9pm, the singer received rapturous applause from the sold-out venue, packed with with fans who had waited years to see Collins’ return since he suffered a cerebral haemorrhage in February 2005.

Collins treated fans to a set dominated by songs from his cult post-punk band Orange Juice, as well as some solo selections.

Kicking off with ’Falling And Laughing’ from Orange Juice‘s 1982 album ’You Can’t Hide Your Love Forever’, he continued with the 1983 track ’Rip It Up’, before being joined by a saxophone player on ’What Presence’.

After performing the first two songs, Collins quietly said: “Thank you. It’s good to be back again.”

Joking with his fans, he asked “is everyone ready? I am”, before launching into his 1994 hit ’A Girl Like You’ to the delight of the crowd.

Declaring the gig-goers “wonderful”, he returned to the stage to play an encore of ’Blue Boy’ and new track ’I’m Searching For The Truth’.

Edwyn Collins played:

‘Falling And Laughing’

‘Poor Old Soul’

‘What Presence’

‘Home Again’

‘Make Me Feel Again’

‘One Is A Lonely Number’

‘You’ll Never Know’

‘Hope And Desire’

‘One Track Mind’

‘Rip It Up’

‘Then I Cried’

‘A Girl Like You’

‘Blue Boy’

‘I’m Searching For The Truth’

Earlier support had come from singer-songwriter Sam Isaac.