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Edwyn Collins speaks about his new album Losing Sleep
By Marc West
BBC Oxford contributor

Edwyn Collins

As Oxford music magazine Nightshift observes: "that this gig is even happening is little short of a miracle."

In February 2005, after complaining of feeling unwell during a 6 Music interview, Edwyn Collins suffered a double brain haemorrhage.

He was hospitalised for six months and couldn't walk, talk, read or write.

His recovery has astonished everyone and he is now back to doing what he does best.

Collins is still in possession of arguably his greatest asset; his trademark baritone vocal which is as strong as ever, if not more so.

Musical legend

He is clearly a performer who likes to give his loyal fans what they want.

Despite it all, he can still be as fey as the Orange Juice frontman on Rip It Up and as sexy as the quiff-sporting smoothie singing his solo masterpiece, A Girl Like You.

Tonight's performance is without doubt an uplifting, joyful and triumphant return from not only a musical legend, but also a true gentleman.

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