And Sharleen, who lost her beloved mother Vilma a week before the country went into the first lockdown, admitted it was nostalgic being back in Glasgow’s East End for her first Scots gig since her death.
Sharleen was performing for Radio 2’s Ken Bruce at St Luke’s near Glasgow’s Barrowlands for the first of the station’s live shows since 2019.
She had told the 30-strong socially-distanced audience about her seamstress mum’s dying wish to donate materials she had saved to those making Personal Protective Equipment for medical staff battling Covid.
And she exclusively told The Daily Record: “My mum used to take us up here to the Barras and we used to get a bag of whelks.
“If you gave me a whelk now I’d probably run for my life. I remember the paper bag with whelks in it and you got a little pin to pull them out.
“There used to be a black bit to stop the whelk in the shell and we’d pull it out and put it on our face and pretend it was a beauty spot.”
Speaking of her mum’s death, Sharleen admitted that the lockdown over Covid gave her a chance to come to terms with the bereavement.
She said: “My mum passed away the week before the first lockdown.
“When that happens to the family it changes a lot of things and you are just getting your head round something that was very sudden and very unexpected so I was coming to terms with that.
“To be honest the lockdown was the best thing that could have happened.
“I think If I would have probably gone into the big old wheel that turns with Texas I may have crashed and burned.”
“I got time to mourn my mother, I got time to be with my dad, and my sister and I got to make a lot of decisions, and make them together, so I feel very fortunate and very lucky for that.”
Sharleen’s gig was her first Texas one since 2019 and those seated, who won their tickets by ballot, were treated to greatest hits from I Don’t Want A Lover and Halo, to Summer Son and Black Eyed Boy.
They also enjoyed an impromptu chat between Sharleen and her special guest Altered Images star Clare Grogan who duetted with the star on Look What You’ve Done Now Baby and a cover of I Could Be Happy.
The singer, who asked everybody their name on the night, admitted she’d love to have reached out and shaken the hands of each one, and got them up to dance, but wasn’t allowed.
She said of the gig: “It felt really comfortable. I don’t know if that sounds weird saying that about a gig.
“It’s been ages since I’ve been on stage. It was definitely different.
“You can’t go and get up and say ‘lets go’. I was really trying to keep the reins on and saying to myself ‘don’t start enticing the audience to go mental’. ‘Keep a lid on it’.
“The audience were that close at tables, you think ‘I can just go down and have a chat’.
“I didn’t go round and shake everyone’s hands because I could have, but we are not allowed to touch anybody or do anything.
“It’s the little thing in the back of your head that goes ‘It’s different times and we need to abide by the rules’.
She laughed: “I’m a stickler for the rules, believe it or not.”
“Some people think ‘Really? because I’m in a band. Especially since I’m so gobby as well, but I’m a bit like, ‘ok, follow the rules’. I don’t just decide to bend rules to suit me.
“My sister still calls me goody two shoes and has done since I was a kid.
“I’m nearly 54 now, she still refers to me as that and says here’s come good two shoes. How sad am I?”
Sharleen’s Texas Radio 2 gig hosted by Ken Bruce is available on the BBC iPlayer.