If you live south of Carlisle it is likely you will never have heard of Sydney Devine. If you live north of the border you will not only have heard of him, it is very likely you will have his albums, will be an avid listenerto his twice weekly radio programmes and you will very probably have seen at least one of his impressive stage performances. For the fact is, Sydney Devine is a Scottish legend. He is that country's No. 1 recording artist having sold more than one million albums in the past three years and 250,000 tapes and his live performances are always complete sell-outs. He recently played to 20,000 people in one week in a Glasgow theatre.
It is really surprising,therefore, that Devine has notbranchedoutbefore now. His music is universally appealing and has little to do with the normal Scottish trappings of heather, haggis and tartan. This album, though, represents a new extension of Devine's career. It is his most importantto date and in his bid to enlarge his following of admirers the 24 tracks find him in the kind of mood which should introduce him to a much wider audience,
Devine's success did not come without a degree of dedication and patience. He was a child star and by the age of 12 had appeared on BBC television. He later toured with the White Heather Club and more recently guested in variety clubs in Scotland and the North of Scotland. The big break came in 1973 when people sat up and noticed this man Devine. That was the opening chapter in the success story.
Devine is now ready for additional chapters. Success and recognition south of the border and farther afield is the theme he is looking for in those chapters and this album could be the story line. KEN BRUCE