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Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Will S on May 09, 2017, 11:49:03 AM
Went to see The Rheingans Sisters last night.  I didn't know their music, other than from a few videos, and by reputation (they won a Folk Award last year, and were nominated for another).

They are excellent musicians, playing a mix of tunes and songs from and inspired by England, France and Scandinavia - in all of which places they have spent time.  Somehow it didn't quite 'catch' with me, though.  I left feeling that I had been entertained, and impressed by the musicianship of two such young people, but not that I must see them again.  I certainly wouldn't want to put anyone else off seeing them though.

Some may be interested to hear that they are planning to record a new album this summer, and they played us some of the pieces that will be on it.


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on May 09, 2017, 12:26:43 PM

......  Somehow it didn't quite 'catch' with me, though.  I left feeling that I had been entertained, and impressed by the musicianship of two such young people, but not that I must see them again.  I certainly wouldn't want to put anyone else off seeing them though....

Exactly how I felt when I saw The Unthanks. Their talent was in no doubt, but I have no desire to see them again


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Dan O. on May 09, 2017, 02:21:12 PM

Steve Hackett (again!) last Friday week in Cardiff. Mostly his own stuff and a bit of Genesis with Nad Sylvan. The new album The Night Siren is excellent, if you're a Hackett fan you'll want this.

I took my nephew who thoroughly enjoyed himself. He's 52 by the way, not a little nephew  ;D

Now, when is Steve's next tour!  Need to get my tickets booked  :)

Steve Hackett in Portsmouth last night - a thoroughly excellent gig. On that showing would like to see him again...


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on May 09, 2017, 02:27:30 PM
A few days late posting this but I went to see the incomparable Tankus The Henge at the tiny Hop Yard Brewery in Forest Row (otherwise known as the middle of nowhere) on Friday. They really are a very special band. The sense of warmth and inclusiveness that they give off is infectious and most acts would kill for a front man with a fraction of the charisma of Jaz Delorean. I just wish they would find the time to get round to recording a second album. An utterly life affirming performance.

Also of note, one of the support bands was the Harry Whitty Quartet, a bunch of 16 year olds playing what was essentially modern jazz. Jazz is not necessarily my thing but the level of musical accomplishment that was on display was jaw dropping from such young performers, though they need to develop a little stage craft. Harry has a digital EP available from ITunes (& probably elsewhere) on which he plays all the instruments himself. At 16! Extraordinary. Keep an eye out for them.

The other support band, whose blushes I shall spare, qualified only as 45 minutes of my life that I shall never get back, in the guise of "psychedelic rock". They were a tiresome reminder of why punk had to happen.


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Will S on May 09, 2017, 02:39:56 PM


Steve Hackett (again!) last Friday week in Cardiff. Mostly his own stuff and a bit of Genesis with Nad Sylvan. The new album The Night Siren is excellent, if you're a Hackett fan you'll want this.

I took my nephew who thoroughly enjoyed himself. He's 52 by the way, not a little nephew  ;D

Now, when is Steve's next tour!  Need to get my tickets booked  :)

Steve Hackett in Portsmouth last night - a thoroughly excellent gig. On that showing would like to see him again...


The more of you who post this stuff, the more I am regretting that I had to sell my ticket for the Reading concert on, as I was double-booked!


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: DarrenWilliams on May 09, 2017, 03:28:49 PM

A few days late posting this but I went to see the incomparable Tankus The Henge ....


I am going to search these out just because of the name alone!


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Adam on May 10, 2017, 06:52:59 AM
Skinny Lister, at the (volcanically hot) Talking Heads in Southampton. The band were in great form, with an enthusiastic sell-out crowd.

I was just as impressed by the support, AJJ. I hadn't heard them before, but really strong melodic power popesque stuff from the boys from Arizona. Must investigate further....



Title: Recent gigs
Post by: hendo (Dave) on May 10, 2017, 09:29:19 AM
Just had a weekend at the wonderful Langdale folk Festival.
Can I really recommend Saturday's Headliner.PHANTOM VOICES.
I hate categories, so let's call it FOLK ROCK! but there are numerous influences in there.
Self penned songs , great 3 part harmonies, leccy , gtr, soaring fiddle, what more do you need
I bought the new album, 'Phantom Voices'
This is a band that deserves being heard.
They are playing the lovely Ireby Festival, this month and Costa Del Folk in Sept.
Check them out.


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on May 13, 2017, 12:40:39 PM
Daphne's Flight at The Gulbenkian in Canterbury last night.

Sublime! No other word for it Five hugely talented women at the absolute top of their game. Harmonies to die for. Terrific songs. Wonderful bonhomie. Catch this tour if you can.

Slight disappointment at the size of the audience, though it was by no means embarrassingly small. Loud applause at the announcement that they have decided to make Daphne's Flight a permanent arrangement.

Nice chat with Christine Collister afterwards. Lovely lady.


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on May 14, 2017, 10:31:20 PM
A fabulous Dean Freidman last night at St Donat's Art Centre near Llantwit Major, a favourite venue of ours.

Mike and I are a bit fragile at the moment with the news of his brother, but the concert was just what we needed - we cried and laughed in equal amounts. Mr Freidman is a bit of a raconteur and has been around the world a few times in his career, garnering stories on the way. I have a soft spot for singer-songwriters, and if you add a bit of New York jazz into the mix it's hits the spot. He's an accomplished guitarist and pianist and is still able to let rip on a song, or gently weave his way though an ode to his old guitar, or a song about his mother (and yes, it's called Mother of Mine!).  

It ended with the audience singing the female part to Lucky Stars! and we all knew the words  :D

A brilliant night. I didn't want it to end  :)


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on May 14, 2017, 10:52:05 PM

A fabulous Dean Freidman last night at St Donat's Art Centre near Llantwit Major, a favourite venue of ours.

Mike and I are a bit fragile at the moment with the news of his brother, but the concert was just what we needed - we cried and laughed in equal amounts. Mr Freidman is a bit of a raconteur and has been around the world a few times in his career, garnering stories on the way. I have a soft spot for singer-songwriters, and if you add a bit of New York jazz into the mix it's hits the spot. He's an accomplished guitarist and pianist and is still able to let rip on a song, or gently weave his way though an ode to his old guitar, or a song about his mother (and yes, it's called Mother of Mine!).  

It ended with the audience singing the female part to Lucky Stars! and we all knew the words  :D

A brilliant night. I didn't want it to end  :)


I didn't realise that Dean is over at the moment. He is, as you say, a hugely talented and entertaining live performer. It is kind of a shame that he is primarily known for what is largely regarded as a novelty song because his first two albums are amongst the very best in the singer songwriter genre imho. Songs like The Letter and Don't You Ever Dare never fail to move me.


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Jules Gray on May 14, 2017, 11:00:54 PM

It ended with the audience singing the female part to Lucky Stars! and we all knew the words  :D

A brilliant night. I didn't want it to end  :)


But did you see Lisa?

Jules


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on May 15, 2017, 09:47:11 AM


It ended with the audience singing the female part to Lucky Stars! and we all knew the words  :D

A brilliant night. I didn't want it to end  :)


But did you see Lisa?

Jules
No  :( the night was ruined...

Yes Al, and his new album is amongst his best work IMHO  :) I'd love to see him in New York, with a guest saxophonist


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on May 15, 2017, 11:24:10 AM



It ended with the audience singing the female part to Lucky Stars! and we all knew the words  :D

A brilliant night. I didn't want it to end  :)


But did you see Lisa?

Jules
No  :( the night was ruined...

Yes Al, and his new album is amongst his best work IMHO  :) I'd love to see him in New York, with a guest saxophonist


I must get a copy but he is charging £18 on his website, which is a bit steep!


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on May 15, 2017, 02:39:37 PM




It ended with the audience singing the female part to Lucky Stars! and we all knew the words  :D

A brilliant night. I didn't want it to end  :)


But did you see Lisa?

Jules
No  :( the night was ruined...

Yes Al, and his new album is amongst his best work IMHO  :) I'd love to see him in New York, with a guest saxophonist


I must get a copy but he is charging £18 on his website, which is a bit steep!
£20 at the concert! He doesn't have a record company to share his costs though, he does it all himself, so I didn't mind too much.


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Jules Gray on May 15, 2017, 03:16:34 PM

£20 at the concert! He doesn't have a record company to share his costs though, he does it all himself, so I didn't mind too much.


You're not just being nice?

Jules


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on May 15, 2017, 04:17:04 PM


£20 at the concert! He doesn't have a record company to share his costs though, he does it all himself, so I didn't mind too much.


You're not just being nice?

Jules
No, I'm not just being nice!


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on May 15, 2017, 05:51:29 PM
Brian Wilson, Alan Jardine and Blondie Chaplin performing Pet Sounds' 50th Anniversary, at ACL-Live on Saturday night!

Here is a spot-on review:  http://music.blog.austin360.com/2017/05/14/brian-wilson-and-his-bandmates-do-pet-sounds-proud-at-acl-live/

Also:
(1) Brian's piano is definitely turned on. During the sound check, he noodled some beautiful stuff. Then, after the show started, he promptly realized his piano was turned off and had the technicians correct it immediately.  I was impressed by his ability to respond to adversity (including the upside-down teleprompter referenced in the review) without losing his cool.
(2) He spent the entire evening focused on Mrs. John From Austin, a vision in white, sitting in the front row next to me. She got several smiles and an A-OK at one point.  It was very sweet.


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Jules Gray on May 15, 2017, 07:41:57 PM

He spent the entire evening focused on Mrs. John From Austin, a vision in white, sitting in the front row next to me. She got several smiles and an A-OK at one point.  It was very sweet.


He looks like he might be somewhat smitten in the picture.   ;)

Jules


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Will S on May 16, 2017, 09:09:34 AM
Phil Beer Band were on stonking form last night, including 'special guest' Marion Fleetwood, depping for the usual fiddler, who was unavailable.  I just about made it, having gone down with a rotten sore throat at the weekend (hope my coughing didn't spoil anyone's enjoyment - I tried to keep it under control), but was very glad I did.  Loved the version of Jackson Browne's 'Before the Deluge' at the end, which turned into a twin fiddle and accordion duel (triel?) and morphed into some trad tunes, but really the whole thing was a joy.


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Chris on May 16, 2017, 09:16:06 AM
Olivia Dunn is his usual fiddle player


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: ColinB on May 16, 2017, 10:37:29 AM
An excellent couple of sets from Irish guitarist John Doyle in Lancaster last night. There was a good crowd in at the Storey Institute and John was in fine form laughing his way through one song where he was struggling to remember the words. He told us how he'd asked Tim O'Brien and Joan Baez, when touring with them, how they remember song lyrics and Joan's reply about how she sees a white horse fly through the sky and drop a sheet of lyrics on her head made me wonder if she'd perhaps over-indulged in psychedelic substances back in the day. That was matched by John recounting a dream he'd had about being a selkie and a story about Irish druids making a telescope out of treebark to see into the spirit world after taking mind-expanding herbs.

But the music was very good too. There were songs about rounding the Cape Horn (no, not that one), being transported to Botany Bay and a chap who in 1915 was on a ship bound for America that was torpedoed by a U-Boat. Also a lovely number written for his daughter when she was a toddler called Little Sparrow.

He's off to Brum next, then a gig with Michael McGoldrick in Manchester and a solo gig in London. Well worth going to see.


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Chris on May 16, 2017, 11:23:47 AM
Plenty more dates - see here (https://www.johndoylemusic.com/tour)

Well recommended!


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Will S on May 16, 2017, 01:41:08 PM

An excellent couple of sets from Irish guitarist John Doyle in Lancaster last night. There was a good crowd in at the Storey Institute and John was in fine form laughing his way through one song where he was struggling to remember the words. He told us how he'd asked Tim O'Brien and Joan Baez, when touring with them, how they remember song lyrics and Joan's reply about how she sees a white horse fly through the sky and drop a sheet of lyrics on her head made me wonder if she'd perhaps over-indulged in psychedelic substances back in the day. That was matched by John recounting a dream he'd had about being a selkie and a story about Irish druids making a telescope out of treebark to see into the spirit world after taking mind-expanding herbs.

But the music was very good too. There were songs about rounding the Cape Horn (no, not that one), being transported to Botany Bay and a chap who in 1915 was on a ship bound for America that was torpedoed by a U-Boat. Also a lovely number written for his daughter when she was a toddler called Little Sparrow.

He's off to Brum next, then a gig with Michael McGoldrick in Manchester and a solo gig in London. Well worth going to see.


His Shadow and Light album, which contains most the songs you mention, is highly recommended too.


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: ColinB on May 16, 2017, 02:25:35 PM

Plenty more dates - see here (https://www.johndoylemusic.com/tour)

Well recommended!


Those 3 gigs were the only ones he could remember last night. And it was his first ever gig in Lancaster.

For those musicians among us he has an instrument which is the head and neck of a bouzouki and the body of a guitar. If I remember correctly, his preferred name for it was a bouzar. Sounds pub-related to me!

I see it says the Manchester gig is with the Foghorn Stringband. But googling the venue I see that...

"The Carousel Sessions was set up in September 2014 by Mike McGoldrick, to promote the best in live trad, roots and acoustic music at the Chorlton Irish Club, Manchester."

... so that's the McGoldrick connection.


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Chris on May 16, 2017, 02:29:01 PM
Didn't Maart have one of those?


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: David W on May 16, 2017, 02:50:06 PM

Didn't Maart have one of those?


I believe at one time only three had been made - Maart owned one making him one of the top 3 (but also the worst 3) bouzar players in the world. Details on Maarts "gear" section on the website - his bouzar is a Stefan Sobell.


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Jim on May 16, 2017, 03:48:03 PM


Didn't Maart have one of those?


I believe at one time only three had been made - Maart owned one making him one of the top 3 (but also the worst 3) bouzar players in the world. Details on Maarts "gear" section on the website - his bouzar is a Stefan Sobell.


like this , just copied from Mr Allcock's website



Title: Recent gigs
Post by: dog-nap (Ian) on May 16, 2017, 08:11:56 PM
A full house for Anna and Elizabeth at Kings Place.  I love their cds, but they are such visual performers that it really adds an extra dimension seeing them live.   They brought along their ‘crankies’ – homemade spools of illustrations that are ‘cranked’ round to accompany the songs.  The duo remind me a little bit of Gillian Welch.  Lots of old-timey, Appalachian music, but delivered in a very quirky and imaginative way.  Riveting stuff.


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: StephenGiles on May 17, 2017, 07:50:09 AM

The legendary Robin Trower, yesterday at the sold-out One World Theater in Austin, Texas.  Here's the surreptitious photo my brother took.


No photography I presume? I've heard the Tuscon gig and he was superb!


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Chris on May 17, 2017, 08:13:32 AM
Home Service at the Half Moon.

Under 40 payers, less than 50 in the house. Shame & sad, as the band played a blinder.


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Albie on May 17, 2017, 09:24:02 AM
Hawkwind in B'rum. Great set musically for two hours, plenty of classics (Born To Go, Magnu, Arrival In Utopia, Steppenwolf, You'd Better Believe It and probably others) and the whole band as tight and solid as could be. Several tracks from the last two albums. Great band on top form.
Visually brilliant. Like, wow, man.  
A half hour acoustic instead of a support band, featuring a jovial and talkative Captain. Great to see him so happy, and enjoying playing with the people he has round him.


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: JJ (Joanna) on May 17, 2017, 09:36:26 AM
Daphne's Flight at Maldon. A first for me and wow, it was fantastic. An almost packed Town Hall and the atmosphere was amazing.

  :)



Title: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on May 17, 2017, 01:07:33 PM

Daphne's Flight at Maldon. A first for me and wow, it was fantastic. An almost packed Town Hall and the atmosphere was amazing.

  :)




So glad someone else on TAW has been to see them and has posted a review. They were so great last Friday. I was afraid everyone was going to miss them.


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Adam on May 17, 2017, 03:33:39 PM

Home Service at the Half Moon.

Under 40 payers, less than 50 in the house. Shame & sad, as the band played a blinder.


That's a real shame. Do you think it was down to general lack of interest, poor promotion, ageing fanbase, or all three? By contrast, there must have been 300 or so to see Skinny Lister at a very packed and sweltering venue in Southampton on a Tuesday night. Biased towards young folk, but a fair smattering of oldies as well!


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Chris on May 17, 2017, 03:51:21 PM
Certainly the latter two, promotion in particular. The Half Moon does very little that I see,.


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on May 17, 2017, 07:07:12 PM


The legendary Robin Trower, yesterday at the sold-out One World Theater in Austin, Texas.  Here's the surreptitious photo my brother took.


No photography I presume? I've heard the Tuscon gig and he was superb!


He's still at the top of his game, and he even sings a couple of songs now!

They had a no camera policy, but my brother sneaked that one photo midway through the show.


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: JJ (Joanna) on May 17, 2017, 09:18:01 PM


Daphne's Flight at Maldon. A first for me and wow, it was fantastic. An almost packed Town Hall and the atmosphere was amazing.

  :)




So glad someone else on TAW has been to see them and has posted a review. They were so great last Friday. I was afraid everyone was going to miss them.


Al, isn't it amazing when one discovers a 'new' band and is blown away by the talent and the wonderful atmosphere, what a voice Christine Collister has, together with all the others it was pure magic!


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: bassline (Mike) on May 17, 2017, 11:39:29 PM

A fabulous Dean Freidman last night at St Donat's Art Centre near Llantwit Major, a favourite venue of ours.

Mike and I are a bit fragile at the moment with the news of his brother, but the concert was just what we needed - we cried and laughed in equal amounts. Mr Freidman is a bit of a raconteur and has been around the world a few times in his career, garnering stories on the way. I have a soft spot for singer-songwriters, and if you add a bit of New York jazz into the mix it's hits the spot. He's an accomplished guitarist and pianist and is still able to let rip on a song, or gently weave his way though an ode to his old guitar, or a song about his mother (and yes, it's called Mother of Mine!).  

It ended with the audience singing the female part to Lucky Stars! and we all knew the words  :D

A brilliant night. I didn't want it to end  :)


Just got back from his gig at the Robin. He's coming back next year on the 40th anniversary of the ...Rocking Chair album to play the whole thing. He's just got the rights back to his recorded work, so I promised to upgrade my vinyl copy with a CD next year in return for hearing the Deli Song live....and a signed poster.


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Jules Gray on May 18, 2017, 12:18:34 AM

Just got back from his gig at the Robin. He's coming back next year on the 40th anniversary of the ...Rocking Chair album to play the whole thing. He's just got the rights back to his recorded work, so I promised to upgrade my vinyl copy with a CD next year in return for hearing the Deli Song live....and a signed poster.


What, are you crazy?

Jules


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: bassline (Mike) on May 18, 2017, 01:27:22 AM
I was talking to myself. Shut the door and.....er...I'll leave it there, I think.


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Polly Oxford (Andie) on May 18, 2017, 07:23:34 AM
Must add my 2d worth to Daphnes Flight. Superb understates them. Not only do they have fantastic voices, they seem instinctively to weave together. And there is infectious joy in performing together. I was surprised how many people hadn't heard Chris C before, but her voice was more powerful than ever amongst friends. I hope the rumour is true that the 2 Chris' will be at Crops this year.


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on May 18, 2017, 08:21:23 AM

Must add my 2d worth to Daphnes Flight. Superb understates them. Not only do they have fantastic voices, they seem instinctively to weave together. And there is infectious joy in performing together. I was surprised how many people hadn't heard Chris C before, but her voice was more powerful than ever amongst friends. I hope the rumour is true that the 2 Chris' will be at Crops this year.
Chris While is definitely there (I read this somewhere) not sure about any of the other Daphnes though.



Title: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on May 18, 2017, 08:51:47 AM


Must add my 2d worth to Daphnes Flight. Superb understates them. Not only do they have fantastic voices, they seem instinctively to weave together. And there is infectious joy in performing together. I was surprised how many people hadn't heard Chris C before, but her voice was more powerful than ever amongst friends. I hope the rumour is true that the 2 Chris' will be at Crops this year.
Chris While is definitely there (I read this somewhere) not sure about any of the other Daphnes though.




Chris Collister will be part of RT's band.


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Chris on May 18, 2017, 09:48:43 AM

Chris While is definitely there (I read this somewhere) not sure about any of the other Daphnes though.


On the While & Matthews website datesheet!
I will ask CC about her attendance tonight.....can't get enough of them!


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on May 18, 2017, 09:56:41 AM



Daphne's Flight at Maldon. A first for me and wow, it was fantastic. An almost packed Town Hall and the atmosphere was amazing.

  :)




So glad someone else on TAW has been to see them and has posted a review. They were so great last Friday. I was afraid everyone was going to miss them.


Al, isn't it amazing when one discovers a 'new' band and is blown away by the talent and the wonderful atmosphere, what a voice Christine Collister has, together with all the others it was pure magic!


They weren't entirely new to me as I had their first album 20 years ago and have been a fan of several of them individually for a long time, Christine Collister in particular. But this was my first time seeing them live and it was wonderful.

Chris - she was confirmed as part of Richard Thompson's band for Cropredy some months ago.


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: PaulT on May 21, 2017, 06:50:45 PM
Some classy musicians thoroughly enjoying their work at the Fleece in Bristol last night. Jah Wobble and the Invaders of the Heart. Jazz, rock, jazz/rock, ska, reggae, dub, drum'n'bass, funk... all done with a wink and a nod.
Top geezers.


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: dog-nap (Ian) on May 21, 2017, 08:15:09 PM
A cracking gig from the Phil Beer Band at Stanley Halls.  Quite a few surprises – I certainly had not expected him to open the set with ‘Love the One You’re With’ on a 12-string.  Lovely venue, too (a listed Edwardian theatre, designed by a local inventor).  Reminded me slightly of Nettlebed.  Excellent local beers as well (I can recommend the Chelsea Blonde).  Anyway, it all whetted my appetite for the next Show of Hands concert.



Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Paul on May 21, 2017, 09:43:01 PM
I have seen the Alter Eagles on numerous occasions, but last night gig at Tuppenny Barn was the best ever. The band were on fire, and obviously enjoying themselves. It is also an amazing venue. Friendly staff and good real ale.

Paul


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Will S on May 23, 2017, 09:36:43 AM
Fairport were on good form last night.  The first half was, I thought, a little flat, with a fair bit from the new album, but it definitely improved after the break.  It was nice to see Chris get his fiddle out for a few numbers too - lovely twin fiddle versions of WKWTTG and Fotheringay, and some fiddle duelling on the tunes that go with John Gaudie.

Simon warned us to look out for an upcoming edition of Soul Music on R4 about WKWTTG, for which he has recorded some thoughts.  He doesn't know when it goes out yet, but sometime in the next 6 weeks or so.

BTW, question for others who have seen them lately, has Gerry lost some weight recently?  I always think of him as very round-faced, but his face seemed quite angular last night?  Not in a bad way, I hasten to add.


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: PaulT on May 23, 2017, 03:33:53 PM
Perhaps it's Gerry's shorter hair that makes him appear more slender of face.  Has Chris lopped off his long hair, or was it tied back? Personally, I think he looks better with shorter hair.


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Will S on May 23, 2017, 04:04:43 PM
Chris' hair was tied back, not cut.  Not sure about Gerry's hair changing his look, but maybe you're right?


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Nick Reg on May 24, 2017, 11:17:37 PM
Just back from Daphne's Flight . Wow, and to do Shipbuilding as well.................................


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: David V B on May 25, 2017, 11:10:32 PM
Didcot tonight for Daphne's Flight. And that's another Wow from the Abingdon jury!


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: PaulT on May 26, 2017, 11:57:11 PM
John Cale and guests playing VU... late, under-rehearsed?, **** sound, very disappointed...  :(


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Chris on May 27, 2017, 06:29:18 AM
Daphne's Flight just get better & better! One gig left, then festivals (Cambridge just announced), and a couple of European dates in September, and another tour being set up fir next year, yay!


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Nick Reg on May 27, 2017, 09:34:17 AM
Biddulph Up In Arms YouTube page now includes Daphnes gig from Wednesday Track by track.


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: David V B on May 27, 2017, 09:48:58 AM
Not music but Brian Cox and Robin Ince at Wembley on the history of life, the universe, Big Bang and everything. I have never felt quite so stupid at a gig.


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on May 30, 2017, 05:58:07 PM
U2/Lumineers, Friday, AT&T Stadium (Jerry's World) in Arlington, Texas - Joshua Tree 2017

This tour is heading back to Europe later this summer, and I highly recommend it.

I won't spoil anything (setlists are ubiquitous on the Internet), but suffice it to say it was extremely nostalgic.

Lumineers must be wonderful in a smaller venue; the stadium swallowed them up.

Mrs. J From A took this snap early in the show, and it gives a good idea of the incredible visuals (and yes, that is a Joshua tree):




Title: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on May 31, 2017, 12:44:44 AM
...good review of the U2 concert in Arlington Friday:

https://www.guidelive.com/music/2017/05/27/u2-biggest-concert-world-friday-texas-arlington-att-stadium-dallas-cowboys-joshua-tree


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on June 01, 2017, 04:44:43 PM
Last night, Jethro Tull by Ian Anderson, ACL Live, Austin!

He left behind Ryan O'Donnell this time, although Ryan made a guest appearance via rear screen projection during Aqualung.  Otherwise, Ian mostly tackled the vocals himself.

He is an incredibly entertaining fellow, with tons of energy and a catalog of songs anyone would envy.  It was a real pleasure.

Fun aside - He introduced "Dharma for One" as a tune written to showcase Clive Bunker. He then said something to the effect that:  "We play this in memory of Clive Bunker...  Oh, he's not dead.  In fact, he was in great shape when I last spoke to him."

Here are photos: http://www.austin360.com/entertainment/list-photos-jethro-tull-ian-anderson/FFl6Ie5wKKis7vortGrC4L/


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Adam on June 04, 2017, 08:08:21 AM

Last night, Jethro Tull by Ian Anderson, ACL Live, Austin!

He left behind Ryan O'Donnell this time, although Ryan made a guest appearance via rear screen projection during Aqualung.  Otherwise, Ian mostly tackled the vocals himself.

He is an incredibly entertaining fellow, with tons of energy and a catalog of songs anyone would envy.  It was a real pleasure.

Fun aside - He introduced "Dharma for One" as a tune written to showcase Clive Bunker. He then said something to the effect that:  "We play this in memory of Clive Bunker...  Oh, he's not dead.  In fact, he was in great shape when I last spoke to him."

Here are photos: http://www.austin360.com/entertainment/list-photos-jethro-tull-ian-anderson/FFl6Ie5wKKis7vortGrC4L/


Great photos!


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: David V B on June 05, 2017, 03:13:55 PM
Wychwood Festival with a group from Festival Spirit - five young people with learning disabilities and their careers. Despite the weather they had a ball. Very friendly, small festival with lots of activities especially aimed at children of whom there were many there. Not sure I would go other than with a group like this as the line up didn't have a lot to recommend it though in its favour it did give exposure to a lot of small and local artists. Setting lovely though with camping in the middle of Cheltenham Racecourse.

Main acts I saw were:

Billy Bragg - wanted to see him for years and didn't disappoint with emphasis on his best known songs. Given next Thursday was not surprised at the focus of his set being as political as ever! Think he stuck a chord with most there.
Buzzcocks - had seen them once before and that was quite enough. Never minded about seeing them again!
Aswad - OK, but got a bit samey
Dhol Foundation - great, loved them as did everyone there. Should be a great tour in the autumn with the Afro Celts
OMD - didn't know what to expect. Probably enjoyed them more than their set. Very singles based and did all the ones you would want, but after a while 80s synth does sound the same. Put on a decent show though
Mawkin - good as ever. Had the graveyard slot and deserved better.
Levellers - no better way to end a festival. They get better whenever I see them. They really pulled out all the stops.

Overall then, some musical pluses, but a success mainly because of the group we took. Nice Festival and worth looking at especially if you have young kids.


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Jules Gray on June 05, 2017, 03:39:09 PM

Wychwood Festival with a group from Festival Spirit - five young people with learning disabilities and their careers. Despite the weather they had a ball. Very friendly, small festival with lots of activities especially aimed at children of whom there were many there. Not sure I would go other than with a group like this as the line up didn't have a lot to recommend it though in its favour it did give exposure to a lot of small and local artists. Setting lovely though with camping in the middle of Cheltenham Racecourse.

Main acts I saw were:

Billy Bragg - wanted to see him for years and didn't disappoint with emphasis on his best known songs. Given next Thursday was not surprised at the focus of his set being as political as ever! Think he stuck a chord with most there.
Buzzcocks - had seen them once before and that was quite enough. Never minded about seeing them again!
Aswad - OK, but got a bit samey
Dhol Foundation - great, loved them as did everyone there. Should be a great tour in the autumn with the Afro Celts
OMD - didn't know what to expect. Probably enjoyed them more than their set. Very singles based and did all the ones you would want, but after a while 80s synth does sound the same. Put on a decent show though
Mawkin - good as ever. Had the graveyard slot and deserved better.
Levellers - no better way to end a festival. They get better whenever I see them. They really pulled out all the stops.

Overall then, some musical pluses, but a success mainly because of the group we took. Nice Festival and worth looking at especially if you have young kids.


I didn't go this year because of one thing or another.  I was very sad indeed to have missed Buzzcocks.

Jules


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Kevin M on June 06, 2017, 08:14:06 PM
Agreed, not a fantastic line up, but two interesting discoveries for me; East Pointers traditional Canadian folk tunes, and Beans on Toast, slightly crazy folk singer but great lyrics and real passion.


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: David V B on June 06, 2017, 10:15:11 PM
East Pointers sounded good from what we heard, but they were one of two acts where we arrived at a tent, liked what was being played only to discover it was the last number!


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: moontheloon (Bryan) on June 07, 2017, 09:51:55 PM
Ken Pustelnik's Groundhogs at Sodfest on Saturday,  (missed Stray but a nice chat with Del Bronham). Psychic TV on Sunday. Truly wicked weekend.
 


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on June 08, 2017, 11:05:45 AM

Ken Pustelnik's Groundhogs at Sodfest on Saturday,  (missed Stray but a nice chat with Del Bronham). Psychic TV on Sunday. Truly wicked weekend.
 


I suppose Ken can call his band whatever he wants, but I struggle to imagine a Groundhogs without Tony.  How were PTV?  Do they do any old stuff these days?  Last recording I heard seemed to involve ploddy covers of early Hawkwind tracks which was a little unsettling.


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Chris on June 08, 2017, 11:29:15 AM
This.....

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-40175696

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/07/violin-left-unfinished-ww1-soldier-played-grave-100-years-chance/

The gig in the evening was extremely moving too.


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Tasha on June 08, 2017, 12:19:58 PM

This.....

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-40175696

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/07/violin-left-unfinished-ww1-soldier-played-grave-100-years-chance/

The gig in the evening was extremely moving too.


how beautiful!


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Paul on June 11, 2017, 09:52:45 PM
The Kast Off Kings at The Spring, Havant last night.

This is not a tribute band. Basically, it is The Kinks backline with Dave Clark (no, not that one) on guitar and vocals instead of Ray and Dave.

They are excellent, playing all the hits, in the spirit of the original, with  lots of on stage banter, and a great feel-good atmosphere. The sound was a bit indistinct in the first half, but they obviously tweaked the PA in the interval, and it was much better in the second half.

Paul


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Chris on June 12, 2017, 09:06:51 AM
Oysterband - warming up nicely for the festival season.

Great theatre lighting for taking photos, must remember that - but the in-house PA, certainly at the front, is appalling - I wondered why everyone was sat several rows back up in the rake. So did the band....


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Shankly (Peter) on June 12, 2017, 09:14:59 AM


This.....

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-40175696

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/07/violin-left-unfinished-ww1-soldier-played-grave-100-years-chance/

The gig in the evening was extremely moving too.


how beautiful!


I saw Sam's show a couple of years ago and enjoyed it very much - I'd been to the cemetery (Woods Cemetery) a few months earlier on a tour of the Ypres Salient, but didn't know the story at the time, so never looked for his grave.


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: David V B on June 15, 2017, 10:31:08 PM
Lucy Ward at the Unicorn in Abingdon. As much fun as ever. It's indecent how much personality she has. Lovely version of Levi Stubbs' Tears


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Kevin M on June 19, 2017, 09:26:39 AM
Double Header of Americana at Hare & Hounds in Brum last night. An hour of touching narrative songs from Otis Gibbs, followed by a hour of beautiful, soulful folk / blues from Chastity Brown. Lovely stuff.


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: DarrenWilliams on June 19, 2017, 09:41:37 AM
Africa Oye at Liverpool's Sefton Park yesterday afternoon. Saw some of Diabel Cissokho's set and also Dizzy Mandjeku. Wonderful free, unticketed festival. Very nice atmosphere, drum and dancing workshops, and good selection of food stalls.


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Chris on June 19, 2017, 10:55:37 AM
Secret North - superb new music

Quote
In June 2017, 6 musicians will meet for the first time in a remote studio in the highlands of Scotland. Having never played together before, for five days they will immerse themselves in the creation of new music together, combining their different backgrounds and musical traditions to create something completely unique. Six days later they will emerge and perform 8 concerts in Scotland. Thus, The Secret North will be born.

 

The Secret North brings together 6 world-class musicians from Scotland, Ireland and Scandinavia in a cross-cultural celebration of new music that bridges the divide between folk and classical, the traditional and the avant-garde by combining ancient  instruments with new composition.

 

Featuring

Donald Grant – Fiddle

Ailie Robertson - Harp

Sondre Meisfjord - Double Bass

Karen Tweed - Accordion

Jarlath Henderson - Whistle, Pipes

Marit Fält - Mandola





 

As musical collaborations go, this is an extraordinary musical interchange. Individually, each member has carved out a reputation for not just mastering their chosen fields, but rising above, redefining and renewing the musical world they come from. In The Secret North, they come together to premiere 6 new compositions, written by each musician specifically for the ensemble, resulting in a concert of ear-opening new music, grounded in tradition, but shot through with the adrenaline of contemporary influences. This is music that is both ancient and utterly new.


https://www.thesecretnorth.com/

http://www.folkradio.co.uk/2017/06/the-secret-north/

Well worth it if you're up in Scotland this week. Hopefully, sponsorship from the PRS Foundation will bring the project to London at some stage.


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: JohnP69 on June 19, 2017, 04:44:41 PM
Kraftwerk in 3-D at Nottingham Royal Centre

2 hours all killer,no filler as they used to say

Excellent show,graphics superb!


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on June 20, 2017, 04:48:51 PM
Saturday night, The Doobie Brothers and Chicago at the Austin 360 Amphitheater, on the hottest night of the year (so far).

Here's a solid review from the local rag:  http://www.mystatesman.com/entertainment/music/chicago-and-doobie-brothers-deliver-blast-from-the-past/0TzH7mRtQoO4JPSAuwDShI/



Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on June 20, 2017, 05:31:33 PM

Saturday night, The Doobie Brothers and Chicago at the Austin 360 Amphitheater, on the hottest night of the year (so far).

Here's a solid review from the local rag:  http://www.mystatesman.com/entertainment/music/chicago-and-doobie-brothers-deliver-blast-from-the-past/0TzH7mRtQoO4JPSAuwDShI/


Nice  :D


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Paul on June 25, 2017, 10:09:55 PM
ELO at Wembley Stadium. Although, for copyright reasons can I ammend that to Jeff Lynne's ELO.

It is actually just Jeff Lynne now, plus session musicians, Richard Tandy was unfortunately not well enough to play. They can certainly play their stuff. The concert was amazing. Managed most of the hits, (no Horrace Wimp sadly), and sounded amazing. The soprano singing on Rock Area had an outstanding voice. All the string players were good. Is there only one bass player who plays for every single Prog Rock group?  ;) ;D

I was particularly pleased they played 10538 Overture, as this was a Roy Wood era song, that I was always fond of.

Finished with a cracking Mr Blue Sky, and then encored with the most rocking version of Roll Over Beethoven I have heard. They also expanded the symphonic version, to give the strings more to do.

Paul


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: bassline (Mike) on June 25, 2017, 10:16:53 PM

ELO at Wembley Stadium. Although, for copyright reasons can I ammend that to Jeff Lynne's ELO.

It is actually just Jeff Lynne now, plus session musicians, Richard Tandy was unfortunately not well enough to play. They can certainly play their stuff. The concert was amazing. Managed most of the hits, (no Horrace Wimp sadly), and sounded amazing. The soprano singing on Rock Area had an outstanding voice. All the string players were good. Is there only one bass player who plays for every single Prog Rock group?  ;) ;D

I was particularly pleased they played 10538 Overture, as this was a Roy Wood era song, that I was always fond of.

Finished with a cracking Mr Blue Sky, and then encored with the most rocking version of Roll Over Beethoven I have heard. They also expanded the symphonic version, to give the strings more to do.

Paul



It does seem it's either Lee Pomeroy or Nick Beggs on bass. I don't know why, I mean...I'm available.


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: PaulT on June 26, 2017, 06:57:17 AM
Matt Pegg was on the telly with Procul Harum over the weekend, so Messrs Pomeroy and Beggs haven't quite got the monopoly!

We've been to two very different but both great gigs in the last 72 hours, Friday was Kraftwerk 3D at the Albert Hall, and last night was Tom Jones at Gloucester Rugby.  :) :)


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: JohnP69 on June 26, 2017, 04:15:03 PM

Matt Pegg was on the telly with Procul Harum over the weekend, so Messrs Pomeroy and Beggs haven't quite got the monopoly!

We've been to two very different but both great gigs in the last 72 hours, Friday was Kraftwerk 3D at the Albert Hall, and last night was Tom Jones at Gloucester Rugby.  :) :)


How did you enjoy Kraftwerk Paul?

I thought it was fantastic especially the satellite during "Spacelab"


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on June 26, 2017, 05:54:28 PM
Old Crow Medicine Show doing Blonde on Blonde on Sat night at the Ritz.  The music was brilliant.  As with most gigs these days I find other people and their sh1tty ways spoil my enjoyment.  Can't quite manage to throw in the towel, thank God, but I'm tempted at times.  


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on June 26, 2017, 07:18:00 PM

... As with most gigs these days I find other people and their sh1tty ways spoil my enjoyment.  Can't quite manage to throw in the towel, thank God, but I'm tempted at times.  


Amen


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Glen S on June 26, 2017, 09:18:47 PM


... As with most gigs these days I find other people and their sh1tty ways spoil my enjoyment.  Can't quite manage to throw in the towel, thank God, but I'm tempted at times.  


Amen


Honestly !...I must have stood up & sat down like a flippin' Yoyo at least a dozen times at the Shepherds Bush Empire recently, to let people squeeze past so they could visit the bar/bog/ etc etc... ??? ???...Not great for those sitting in the row behind either !... :-\



 



Title: Recent gigs
Post by: hendo (Dave) on June 27, 2017, 12:22:14 AM
DARLINGSIDE at the Musician, Leicester, mon evening.
We went on the recommendation of friends who saw them Sun Eve, after their Glastonbury gig and raved a bout them.
I knew nothing about them.
Country, indie, folk influences.4 voices round one mic . Stunning harmonies and I do not use the word lightly.
4 piece using electric 12 string, guitars , electric and acoustic, elec bass, kick drum, percussion, fiddle, mandolin , cello. Trust me it really worked.
Lovely banter and improvised state choreography.
I bought the album.
If you get chance go and see them.
Union chapel almost sold out apparently!


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: PaulT on June 27, 2017, 09:14:37 AM


Matt Pegg was on the telly with Procul Harum over the weekend, so Messrs Pomeroy and Beggs haven't quite got the monopoly!

We've been to two very different but both great gigs in the last 72 hours, Friday was Kraftwerk 3D at the Albert Hall, and last night was Tom Jones at Gloucester Rugby.  :) :)


How did you enjoy Kraftwerk Paul?

I thought it was fantastic especially the satellite during "Spacelab"


Superb, JohnP69! I'd seen the 3D show before (in Hamburg 18 months ago), but the setlist, running order and some of the arrangements and graphics were different at RAH, so it was almost a new experience.  The satellite probe seemed to pass right between my wife and I - she is not that much of a Kraftwerk fan, but really enjoyed the gig.  

Davidmjs, John from Austin, Glen - ditto the RAH audience - one couple a few rows in front of us must have gone in and out 3 or 4 times!  And the chap sat to my right pulled out his phone at least 2 or 3 times during each song to take photos/film clips.  Eventually, I and the lady behind me asked him to desist - which he did - at least for a while.  This despite the ticket T&Cs saying strictly no photography... which a good proportion of the audience ignored at some point in the evening - some more than others.  Oh for artists to do a Fripp and politely request audients to refrain from recording and "be present".  

It seems to me that many people these days can't just experience something, they have to record it - last year in Las Vegas, we stopped to watch the "dancing musical fountains" (which weren't all that impressive actually!) and we must have been in the 10% who watched the actual display as it happened - the rest were watching it on the screens of their devices as they filmed it!

Tom Jones's gig was also excellent - the voice is maybe not as powerful as it was, but boy can he sing RnB! The band was very fine - funky bluesy rock. I hear there's a "live in the studio" album in preparation - could be worth a listen?


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Jules Gray on June 27, 2017, 10:33:08 AM

Superb, JohnP69!


Bit of a mouthful that.  I hear that some people call him 'John' for short.   ;)

Jules


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: PaulT on June 27, 2017, 11:11:46 AM
Fnaar fnaar!


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on June 28, 2017, 12:17:04 AM
Just back from the Flaming Lips show at Brighton Dome which confirmed once again that they are the greatest live band I have ever seen, or at least they put on the most compelling and emotional show. They are such an unstoppable freight train of positivity that they should be available on prescription, mixed with the right kind and right amount of surrealist madness. I just love em to bits and had tears in my eyes throughout the show, just from the sheer overwhelming joy of it all and that is without even mentioning the stark beauty of their music.


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: RobertD on June 30, 2017, 04:31:23 PM
Orkesta Mendoza opening, and the amazing Lila Downs as headliner last night at Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park. It was a fabulous night here last evening, not too hot with just a slight breeze. In other words perfect for a concert. Orkesta Mendoza brought a slight psychadelic tinge to their spin on Latin music, while Lila Downs who I have been a fan of for years but yet to see perform was incredible. Her voice dust pours out
'Mexico' in all its shades and styles. I wrote about her on my blog awhile back and the phrase I used was color and passion. She is also an activist and that influences her music as well. A deeply satisfying evening after a very long and aggravating week.


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Shankly (Peter) on July 04, 2017, 08:18:20 AM
Billy Bragg last night in the Music Room at Liverpool Philharmonic, talking about his new book. He really is an engaging speaker - he talked about a subject that I know next to nothing about and had little interest in (skiffle) and people who I've never heard of (with the exception of Lonnie Donegan) yet made it a very entertaining evening. Met him afterwards at a book signing and he was happy to chat and sign anything - I got my copy of the 'Greetings to the new brunette' single cover signed as well as the book.
 He's playing the Phil in November so I got a ticket for that too.


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Will S on July 04, 2017, 10:31:04 AM
Lovely gig last night with Jackie Oates and Jim Causley at Nettlebed.  They did half the evening each, Jackie first, then Jim, with John Spiers joining Jackie for a couple of songs, and then playing a couple of his tunes in the interval, and it ended with all three of them on stage together.

It was my first time to see Jim Causley, and I came away very impressed (as did my wife, who says that she thinks Paul Sartin now has a serious rival for her (musical) affections!).  Great voice, good humour and stage presence and songs.

It may have helped that I won his CD of songs of Jack Clemo poems in the raffle too :)


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: DawnG on July 04, 2017, 10:59:57 AM
It was a brilliant evening we will be seeing Jim at Sidmouth & have also booked to see him at The Anvil in October


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Will S on July 04, 2017, 11:56:48 AM
Oh, thanks for the heads-up about the Anvil date.  I'll have to have a look and see if we can make that one too.


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on July 04, 2017, 01:58:02 PM

Oh, thanks for the heads-up about the Anvil date.


I just read that out of context.



Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Will S on July 04, 2017, 02:25:33 PM


Oh, thanks for the heads-up about the Anvil date.


I just read that out of context.




 ;D


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: RobertD on July 07, 2017, 03:28:29 PM
Los Lobos last night. A free show at Battery Park, framed by harbor views of  the Statue Of Liberty and Ellis Island behind the stage, not to mention all manner of ferries and other small boats going by. The band were on great form. Old favorites with a healthy dose of new material and some serious jams. One of which they were joined by a kid (didn't catch the name) who more than held his own with the guitar trio of Cesar Rosas, David Hidalgo, and Louie Perez of the band. I put some photos up on Facethingy if anyone is curious about that fabulous view!


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Chris on July 07, 2017, 03:31:25 PM
Not free, but just Eur6 a ticket - Julie Fowlis & Band in Seville. Nice break, Easyjet, decent hotel & ticket for well less than £100


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: mickf on July 12, 2017, 11:26:03 PM
Just back from seeing The Spooky Men's Chorale at St David's Hall in Cardiff. Fantastic night's entertainment - both funny and musical. And as a bonus I managed to make it back to my car before the Millennium Stadium emptied - thus missing the stampede of Coldplay fans.


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on July 14, 2017, 03:41:54 PM
Coldplay at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff Tuesday. Torrential rain did not dampen the spirits as Mike and I joined 70,000 happy people to watch, listen and just generally be awed by the sheer spectacle of the band.
I've always been a Coldplay fan but up to now my live viewing has been restricted to Glastonbury highlights on BBC4.
What a concert! Everyone was given wristbands with multi coloured LEDs which flashed and pulsed in time to the music - everyone's was yellow (of course!) for Yellow, but we had at times a stadium filled with green, red, blue, even rainbow colours and flashing disco lights. Stunning!
They played everything I wanted them to including a few off the new album. Despite the number of people there, they were anything but distant, with a long walkway going well over half way down the pitch, and a smaller stage further on from that, that they sprinted to between the crowds to do a few numbers. Someone threw a Welsh flag at Chris early on and he tucked it into his jeans pocket for the rest of the gig. The last time they played Cardiff was 17 years earlier at Clwb Ivor Bach, a tiny but thriving music venue for up-and-coming bands. Times have changed!
 They ended with the Welsh National anthem sung by 2 members of a local choir (on the Wednesday Rob Bryden came on the sing it!). A brilliant night  :D


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: dog-nap (Ian) on July 18, 2017, 06:59:05 AM
A fun day out at Folk by the Oak on Sunday.  The event has just celebrated its 10th anniversary and was a sell-out, so it’s obviously still going from strength to strength.  The stand-out acts for me were This is the Kit (I’d never heard of them before, but they were superb) and Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage.  Show of Hands and Eric Bibb were excellent, as always.  The Cinnamon Travelling Café still does the best festival grub around, even if it operates at the pace of a geriatric snail.  My only gripe is that the volume in the Acorn Tent was too low.  Some of the quieter acts were barely audible above the general chatter in and around the tent.



Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Chris on July 18, 2017, 09:07:48 AM
Wasn't it a great day yet again? And no rain *again* to speak of - that's a decade of dry festivals I think?

Show of Hands were superb, I thought, one of their best gigs I've witnessed, for sure.


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on July 18, 2017, 04:47:57 PM

A fun day out at Folk by the Oak on Sunday.  The event has just celebrated its 10th anniversary and was a sell-out, so it’s obviously still going from strength to strength.  The stand-out acts for me were This is the Kit (I’d never heard of them before, but they were superb) and Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage.  Show of Hands and Eric Bibb were excellent, as always.  The Cinnamon Travelling Café still does the best festival grub around, even if it operates at the pace of a geriatric snail.  My only gripe is that the volume in the Acorn Tent was too low.  Some of the quieter acts were barely audible above the general chatter in and around the tent.




Jump straight in.  I don't reckon Kate has ever written a bad song.  Every album a corker....


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: PaulT on July 20, 2017, 06:14:44 AM
Stanley Clarke Band at the Fleece in Bristol... tremendous solo and ensemble playing, SC on Alembic bass guitar at first for some funky fusion, then on the woodworms' Hilton for a much jazzier section.

Only one gripe - I'm all for equality among band members, but FOUR drum solos? Great technique, but just too much! Even a drummer stood near me agreed...


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Jim on July 20, 2017, 10:55:32 AM

Stanley Clarke Band at the Fleece in Bristol... tremendous solo and ensemble playing, SC on Alembic bass guitar at first for some funky fusion, then on the woodworms' Hilton for a much jazzier section.

Only one gripe - I'm all for equality among band members, but FOUR drum solos? Great technique, but just too much! Even a drummer stood near me agreed...


Cat, its jazz, dig?
be cool


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: PaulT on July 20, 2017, 02:20:05 PM
Mmmmmmm, nice...


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Brendan on July 22, 2017, 09:24:37 AM
To sit in a Village hall in Bardsea and get to watch Shelagh Mcdonald sing and play the guitar with five other people was an sublime experience. The set was mainly Trad Arr Mcdonald, but the vocal is still there and the guitar playing sounds great. She also sang three "Duets" with Nigel H Seymour, one of which I enjoyed, the others were ok. As I didn't really know his stuff and he trod the well worn path to MOR I found his set went on a little too long, but his vocals were very good and he is clearly an accomplished guitarist. If performing with Nigel is what brings Shelagh back from the wastelands, all's good, but at times I felt like I was intruding on a bizarre therapy session. They both are clearly fragile but not getting to see Shelagh the first time round I will definitely look out for her again (and buy the re-released cd's) and will definitely travel further than 10 minutes to see her.


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: JohnP69 on August 03, 2017, 08:24:10 PM

Brian Wilson at Sheffield City Hall last night (Wednesday 2nd)

First half kicked off with "California Girls" and was peppered with a mixture of singles and album tracks.

Second half was "Pet Sounds" in it's entirety and the encore was hits,hits and more hits.

Great show but I can't have been the only one to have been moved at how frail Brian seems now.

I really think this tour could be his last.


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: blagden on August 03, 2017, 08:59:35 PM


Brian Wilson at Sheffield City Hall last night (Wednesday 2nd)

First half kicked off with "California Girls" and was peppered with a mixture of singles and album tracks.

Second half was "Pet Sounds" in it's entirety and the encore was hits,hits and more hits.

Great show but I can't have been the only one to have been moved at how frail Brian seems now.

I really think this tour could be his last.


My friend went and said it was expensive and embarrassing?


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: JohnP69 on August 04, 2017, 06:15:23 AM



Brian Wilson at Sheffield City Hall last night (Wednesday 2nd)

First half kicked off with "California Girls" and was peppered with a mixture of singles and album tracks.

Second half was "Pet Sounds" in it's entirety and the encore was hits,hits and more hits.

Great show but I can't have been the only one to have been moved at how frail Brian seems now.

I really think this tour could be his last.


My friend went and said it was expensive and embarrassing?


Each to his own I suppose.

I enjoyed it


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on August 17, 2017, 10:44:33 PM
The briefest of visits to to Broadstairs' lovely Folk Week on Tuesday afternoon to catch Clive Gregson & Liz Simcock's performance and very good it was too. They are playing some old Gregson & Collister material and I expected it to rekindle memories of the many mesmerising shows I attended by the latter pair 20 and more years ago.

It didn't really but only because Liz is a very different personality with a very different voice to Christine so this show was very much its own thing rather than an attempt to recapture the past so, when they played their own new material it was great. When they played the G&C songs on which Clive sang lead it was great. When they played the G&C material on which Christine sang lead, Liz quite rightly gave them her own inflections and stamped her own personality on them, which was a little jarring when you have been listening to the originals for decades so it took a bit of getting used to but was none the worse for that.

Hopefully the festival will have a stronger overall line up next year as I would like to spend a few days there, though I see that Peggy, PJ & Gerry had a swift turn around from Cropredy as they were there on Monday night with the Dylan Project.


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Chris on August 18, 2017, 09:45:02 AM
The Music of the ISB at Edinburgh Festival - most of the usual suspects, and a very good night it was.

Back for 'Bert Inspired' repeat of London/Celtic Connections on Monday, but Folk East in between.


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on August 18, 2017, 09:47:59 AM

The Music of the ISB at Edinburgh Festival - most of the usual suspects, and a very good night it was.

Back for 'Bert Inspired' repeat of London/Celtic Connections on Monday, but Folk East in between.


And Rose!


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Alan2 on August 18, 2017, 03:30:07 PM

The Music of the ISB at Edinburgh Festival - most of the usual suspects, and a very good night it was.

Back for 'Bert Inspired' repeat of London/Celtic Connections on Monday, but Folk East in between.


Except Robin I expect. He doesn't seem to get involved in these things. I still enjoy his solo gigs, all the same.


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on August 18, 2017, 03:34:58 PM


The Music of the ISB at Edinburgh Festival - most of the usual suspects, and a very good night it was.

Back for 'Bert Inspired' repeat of London/Celtic Connections on Monday, but Folk East in between.


Except Robin I expect. He doesn't seem to get involved in these things. I still enjoy his solo gigs, all the same.


Entirely by his own choice, Alan.


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Alan2 on August 18, 2017, 04:10:46 PM



The Music of the ISB at Edinburgh Festival - most of the usual suspects, and a very good night it was.

Back for 'Bert Inspired' repeat of London/Celtic Connections on Monday, but Folk East in between.


Except Robin I expect. He doesn't seem to get involved in these things. I still enjoy his solo gigs, all the same.


Entirely by his own choice, Alan.


Oh I'm sure.    I wasn't indicating anything else.  8)


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: sirspens (John) on August 18, 2017, 04:12:28 PM
Hi all- I put this short review up on Fairporters on Facebook with a pic and couple of short snippets, but I know lots of people don't like, use, or trust (delete as applicable) FB so I copy the text here:

Dan Ar Braz at Chatellerault 17 August..  I understand Dan was one of the former FC members absent at Cropredy this year due to other commitments. Just after I moved to France he headlined the nearby Festival de Confolens, but I was ill and missed the show.I never got another chance to see him until last night- he was the penultimate act this year in the annual series of free summer outdoor concerts put on by the Departement of the Vienne (86). So off I went to the tiny village of Saint Sauveur (population around 900) near Chattelerault. These concerts can be small, this was big, several thousands in the audience, He's obviously a Big Thing over here. A professional stage, great sound, a light show, usually in the middle of a field, bars and food stalls, free entrance and free parking,what's not to like? So, on he comes with a red guitar and an impeccable six piece band- second guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, uilleann piper/flautist and a Breton bagpiper. He's short, slender, sticky out ears, bald, with glasses, but SO enthusiastic for all stuff Celtic- indeed, the long preamble explaining the legends or genesis of the tunes and songs sometimes went on a bit  BUT, he proved what a great guitar player and band leader  he still is. Much of the repertoire was from his "Heritage des Celtes" album- "King of Laois" was the standout, though there wasn't a single duff performance in the nearly 2 hour nonstop show.Another high point was "Anne de Bretagne", whilst a couple of the performances laden with flute accompaniment would not go amiss in a Tull show circa 1977 "Songs from the Wood". He even got approval from the 99.9% French crowd for 5 songs in English and they even sang the refrain on "Look around you" in a kind of franglais accent.. Bizarrely, they handed out ear plugs at the start of the show, taken up by much of the audience- it could have been even louder for me, and it was real folk/rock/Celtic music at it's best.  .... see him if you can


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: PeterJ on August 18, 2017, 04:41:58 PM

Stanley Clarke Band at the Fleece in Bristol... tremendous solo and ensemble playing, SC on Alembic bass guitar at first for some funky fusion, then on the woodworms' Hilton for a much jazzier section.

Only one gripe - I'm all for equality among band members, but FOUR drum solos? Great technique, but just too much! Even a drummer stood near me agreed...



One drum solo should be followed by one bass solo. That's how it should go, and Stanley should abide by that time-honoured ratio.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Chris on September 15, 2017, 09:16:40 AM
Christy Moore at the RFH in London last night.

Second night of two - 2 hours solid of him randomly playing his music with Declan Sinnott & two others (fiddle/banjo & percussion) in a quartet. Totally sublime. Looking a lot healthier than in past recent outings I thought, and really enjoying himself. That was caught by a boisterous audience who sang along to most choruses. Left the stage to a deserved standing ovation from an almost sold out RFH.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: blagden on September 15, 2017, 10:46:44 AM

Christy Moore at the RFH in London last night.

Second night of two - 2 hours solid of him randomly playing his music with Declan Sinnott & two others (fiddle/banjo & percussion) in a quartet. Totally sublime. Looking a lot healthier than in past recent outings I thought, and really enjoying himself. That was caught by a boisterous audience who sang along to most choruses. Left the stage to a deserved standing ovation from an almost sold out RFH.


This is good to hear, I love Christy and seen him four or five times since the early 80's however the last time I saw him he was a humourless, miserable pain in the arse (chastising the audience more then once) and I vowed then never to put myself through the experience again.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Brendan on September 16, 2017, 08:50:47 PM
Second Shelagh Mcdonald gig attended this year, with an audience of 10 at Threlkeld Village hall, I am warming to Nigel H Seymour the supportive support and like some of his songs, and at least one of his songs he duets with Shelagh as a kind of none encore, encore (sounds like the name of a live reissiue). There is certainly progression since the last gig a larger more varied set (possibly as Nigel was suffering from a chest / throat infection curtailing his slot ;) ) despite the odd lapse of memory Shelagh's finger picking was sublime and vocals crystal clear, great versions of Let no man steal your thyme and Rigs of Rye and the new material such as Lawrence (about lawrence of Arabia) and Parnassus are great songs and show hope for the future, plus talk of recording. There was also talk of moving on to larger venues which may mean better advertising, if you get a chance go and see Shelagh, she is brilliant, not the new Sandy Denny, the re-emerging Shelagh Mcdonald and with so much to offer in her own right, the confidence is growing and I can only see good things for her, I am already contemplating going to see her again.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Polly Oxford (Andie) on September 16, 2017, 10:15:09 PM
 John Tamms and Barry Coope in East Grinstead. Not well attended but a most enjoyable evening none the less. Such a wealth of music and stories to draw from I wish it could have been longer.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Chris on September 17, 2017, 08:56:48 AM
Home Gathering with the Unthanks.

Bloody cold! Set in an old industrial yard being converted to modern day work units, te two warehouses they are using are barns...no heating, cold northerly winds & hesvy showers meant winter clothing needed to stay warm. Travelling with early autumn clothing and a shower jacket, i got quite chilled by teatime.

Daori Farrell & Twelfth Day were excellent, as was Chris Wood on the main stage. Lisa Knapp with a band including Pete Flood on percssion was superb. The Unthanks had given themselves just 75mins. Expected longer being their own festival.

Could have had more punters, but day trippers probably put off by the chilly weather. Either need heating or to take place earlier in the year. The idea is excellent.

Going back soon for a Winterset recreation with Steph Connor on keys instead of Ms O'Hooley. Really looking forward to this!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Glen S on September 17, 2017, 09:18:44 AM
Martin Turner ex Wishbone Ash last night at a pretty much sold out Arlington Arts Centre...A last minute decision due to being familiar with just the one song Blowin Free...Really glad I went along though...

Martin leads a terrific band, with tight twin guitars, great drumming and vocal harmonies...First set consisted of a mix of new and old, followed by Argus played straight through for the second half...I actually discovered that I knew quite a lot of tracks but hadn't realised it... ::)...A very generous encore and a standing ovation... :)

Highly recommended... 8)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: mickf on September 17, 2017, 11:51:43 AM

Second Shelagh Mcdonald gig attended this year, with an audience of 10 at Threlkeld Village hall, I am warming to Nigel H Seymour the supportive support and like some of his songs, and at least one of his songs he duets with Shelagh as a kind of none encore, encore (sounds like the name of a live reissiue). There is certainly progression since the last gig a larger more varied set (possibly as Nigel was suffering from a chest / throat infection curtailing his slot ;) ) despite the odd lapse of memory Shelagh's finger picking was sublime and vocals crystal clear, great versions of Let no man steal your thyme and Rigs of Rye and the new material such as Lawrence (about lawrence of Arabia) and Parnassus are great songs and show hope for the future, plus talk of recording. There was also talk of moving on to larger venues which may mean better advertising, if you get a chance go and see Shelagh, she is brilliant, not the new Sandy Denny, the re-emerging Shelagh Mcdonald and with so much to offer in her own right, the confidence is growing and I can only see good things for her, I am already contemplating going to see her again.

I love her voice (or loved, really, as it's been a year or two since I first heard her) I hope she makes it round my neck of the woods before another 30 years elapse!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Chris on September 17, 2017, 02:28:17 PM
The Winterset set mentioned above was simply stunning! Rachel back on cello z& uke too, old songs sung excellently. Seems as though I might have been the only one to respond to the query of 'who saw us as the Winterset?'....so everyone else was hearing new, and responded as such, raising the roof regularly.

Worth the weekend admission on its own!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Alan2 on September 17, 2017, 03:00:10 PM


Second Shelagh Mcdonald gig attended this year, with an audience of 10 at Threlkeld Village hall, I am warming to Nigel H Seymour the supportive support and like some of his songs, and at least one of his songs he duets with Shelagh as a kind of none encore, encore (sounds like the name of a live reissiue). There is certainly progression since the last gig a larger more varied set (possibly as Nigel was suffering from a chest / throat infection curtailing his slot ;) ) despite the odd lapse of memory Shelagh's finger picking was sublime and vocals crystal clear, great versions of Let no man steal your thyme and Rigs of Rye and the new material such as Lawrence (about lawrence of Arabia) and Parnassus are great songs and show hope for the future, plus talk of recording. There was also talk of moving on to larger venues which may mean better advertising, if you get a chance go and see Shelagh, she is brilliant, not the new Sandy Denny, the re-emerging Shelagh Mcdonald and with so much to offer in her own right, the confidence is growing and I can only see good things for her, I am already contemplating going to see her again.I love her voice (or loved, really, as it's been a year or two since I first heard her) I hope she makes it round my neck of the woods before another 30 years elapse!
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Me too. I enjoy the 2 albums she left us with very much.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Chris on September 17, 2017, 04:52:25 PM
No surprise re audience numbers...no way of easily finding out where/when she's playing. Or how to even book her.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on September 18, 2017, 08:43:09 AM



Could have had more punters, but day trippers probably put off by the chilly weather. Either need heating or to take place earlier in the year. The idea is excellent.




The messages before sounded quite worrying...I hope they don't lose much.  They said quite plainly if enough people didn't turn up it wouldn't happen again...  :'(


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Chris on September 18, 2017, 10:05:09 AM
I would hope enough punters showed up - definitely sold out on the Sunday (where only one stage was in use), but I guess that naturally limits the number of weekend tickets. There were many Saturday only wristbands seen. The fact that the stages are standing venues (concrete floors too, so quite hard on the feet) - plenty of sitting space in one of the warehouses though, but away from the music.

They will have a fight with some people who think, even though *clearly* announced that it was standing only, expected them to cater for "accessible" and provide somewhere for those "with a bad back" for example. benches for about a dozen in the smaller & no more than 6 in there main stage weren't enough, especially as several new-age parents took them up for their children. Quite unbelievable really. I understand their idea about putting it on in somewhere like they sing about in their songs, but I suspect they'll get flack from those for who it wasn't really suitable.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on September 18, 2017, 11:04:37 AM
The Good Life Experience at Hawarden, Flintshire.  Absolutely lovely weekend.  A bit of a mudbath despite being dry for the vast majority of the festival (unfortunately it rained solidly for the 3 days before) but they did a good job with the wood chippings et al.  Some great music: Rozi Plain, dementedly wondrous set from the Pictish Trail, sheer beauty from Mike Head, awesome festival fun from BSP, and something which blew my socks away yesterday... Dr Brian Briggs late of Stornoway in a new collaboration with the poet Paul Henry.  Outstanding.  Throw in lots of great spoken word stuff, poetry, talks about mindfulness and cider making and you have a festival that is about as far away as you can imagine from the Windsor Free Festival but still left me satisfied.  For once in my life I think I may have been in the majority with my double barrels  :)

And being just a 30 minute bus trip away from home, we had the luxury of bed and showers and lazy breakfasts too.  Perfect.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: David V B on September 19, 2017, 10:22:04 PM
Wonderful day at Martyn Joseph's Pipefest. Workshops and sessions with Martyn, Maz O'Connor and the great Tom Robinson. His Q&A session was brilliant- very open, funny and moving. A lovely bloke when I chatted with him afterwards and his evening set was the highlight of the day. All the hits ending up with a thunderous Power in the Darkness supported by Martyn. The Alex Harvey story was very funny and far too rude to be repeated here.

MJ's set finished the day off perfectly with his usual passion and commitment. All in all, a great time and certainly the friendliest festival we have been to.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Poor Will (Bill) on September 23, 2017, 11:04:16 AM
Home Service at Southdowns Folk Festival

This was the first time I have seen them since John Tams left.
They are certainly in safe hands with John Kirkpatrick at the helm. Superb performance!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Chris on September 23, 2017, 11:19:39 AM
Daphne's Flight's penultimate gig of this year. Another superlative night of close harmonies. Can't recommend them enough. Touring again in Sept 2018, don't miss 'em!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on September 24, 2017, 09:51:45 AM
Justin Hayward at the Assembly Hall in Worthing last night.

It was a fairly last minute decision because it was a bit pricey but I am so glad that I went. Accompanied by a keyboard player and virtuoso second guitarist, Hayward seems barely changed from his 70s self and his voice is certainly still all there. The real delight however were the surprise choices in the set list. Starting the show with Out & In was a statement of intent. Shortly thereafter came This Morning from the Blue Jays album. Of course Tuesday Afternoon, Forever Autumn, Nights In White Satin & Question were all included, as they should be but the rest of the set was a deep dive for fans which earned a standing ovation from the sell out crowd. My only criticism would be that maybe Justin should consider adding a percussionist to his band.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Poor Will (Bill) on September 24, 2017, 12:36:24 PM
Skerryvore last night.
First time I have seen them and I was mightily impressed!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on September 24, 2017, 04:12:05 PM
The National in Manchester.  Slightly rubbish seats meant it felt slightly like one was stuck on the outside looking in, but they are still a bloody magnificent live band.  

I grow increasingly tired of the experience of live music in large venues these days though...p1ssed punters, ubiquitous phones and constant chatter.  It just ain't worth it any more, however good the music.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Shane (Skirky) on September 24, 2017, 05:35:35 PM

The National in Manchester.  Slightly rubbish seats meant it felt slightly like one was stuck on the outside looking in, but they are still a bloody magnificent live band.  

I grow increasingly tired of the experience of live music in large venues these days though...p1ssed punters, ubiquitous phones and constant chatter.  It just ain't worth it any more, however good the music.


Where would one start with The National, David?
By the way, I'm calling out next album 'Ubiquitous Phones and Constant Chatter'. :-)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Brendan on September 24, 2017, 09:20:29 PM


The National in Manchester.  Slightly rubbish seats meant it felt slightly like one was stuck on the outside looking in, but they are still a bloody magnificent live band.  

I grow increasingly tired of the experience of live music in large venues these days though...p1ssed punters, ubiquitous phones and constant chatter.  It just ain't worth it any more, however good the music.


Where would one start with The National, David?
By the way, I'm calling out next album 'Ubiquitous Phones and Constant Chatter'. :-)
i would always go Back to Boxer, not a bad track on it, sublime.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on September 25, 2017, 08:06:45 AM



The National in Manchester.  Slightly rubbish seats meant it felt slightly like one was stuck on the outside looking in, but they are still a bloody magnificent live band.  

I grow increasingly tired of the experience of live music in large venues these days though...p1ssed punters, ubiquitous phones and constant chatter.  It just ain't worth it any more, however good the music.


Where would one start with The National, David?
By the way, I'm calling out next album 'Ubiquitous Phones and Constant Chatter'. :-)
i would always go Back to Boxer, not a bad track on it, sublime.


I'll sue, Skirky  ;D

Brendan's right, I think - although to be honest, I don't think they've done a bad album.  I know people that don't like them.  But listening to Boxer should sort out which side of the fence you sit on.  


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Chris on September 25, 2017, 09:14:26 AM
John Jones & his Reluctant Ramblers brought Threlkeld Village Hall to its feet on Saturday - 'nuff said. excellent gig.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Shane (Skirky) on September 25, 2017, 09:49:43 AM

Brendan's right, I think - although to be honest, I don't think they've done a bad album.  I know people that don't like them.  But listening to Boxer should sort out which side of the fence you sit on.  


Thanks chaps. Always nice to have a new journey to look forward to!  :)  


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Poor Will (Bill) on September 25, 2017, 02:49:25 PM
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Firstly I should say that I am not a big fan of large venues and for me the soulless Bournemouth International Centre is one of the worst, but last night Nick Cave really nailed it and brought everyone together as though it was one massive party.
Although I have been a fan for many years this was the first time I have seen him live. I had high expectations and, if anything, they were exceeded.
The two and a half hour show veered from joyous noise-fest to a heartfelt poignancy during which you could hear a pin drop.
Much of the material came from his latest album Skeleton Tree, but there was also a trawl through his extensive back catalogue.
A very memorable evening!



Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on September 28, 2017, 10:17:32 AM
Suzanne Vega at the Brighton Dome last night performing Solitude Standing and 99.9F.

First of all, I would never have booked for this had I known there was a party conference in town. The resulting traffic chaos combined with major road works on seemingly every access route to Brighton and in the centre of the city itself made for nightmare journeys in both directions, taking an hour and a half to cover the 13 miles from my home and causing me to miss the first two songs of the set, those songs being the most famous on the album, Tom's Diner & Luka.

Other than that it was a splendid evening but I realised that it is a long time since I have listened to Solitude Standing from beginning to end. I was transported back 30 years to a time when I first heard this music alongside the likes of REM and The Smithereens. I was trying to remember what the world was like then and what my 23 year old self was like then. It really was a somewhat Proustian and bittersweet experience. 99.9F perhaps has less nostalgic associations. I was knocking 30 by the time it came out, was less of a dreamer and had started down the career path that has continued ever since. Nevertheless, the performance of In Liverpool, possibly my favourite SV song, was majestic and the accompanying anecdote was highly amusing.

Encores of the dance mix of Tom's Diner, Left Of Center and Marlene On the Wall made for a suitably crowd pleasing finish. Sad to see that the venue was only two thirds full though some may have got caught up in the traffic and simply given up. It was however a little pricey which may also explain it. Knock £10 of the price of the tickets and the place would have sold out.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Alan2 on September 28, 2017, 11:17:44 AM

Suzanne Vega at the Brighton Dome last night performing Solitude Standing and 99.9F.

First of all, I would never have booked for this had I known there was a party conference in town. The resulting traffic chaos combined with major road works on seemingly every access route to Brighton and in the centre of the city itself made for nightmare journeys in both directions, taking an hour and a half to cover the 13 miles from my home and causing me to miss the first two songs of the set, those songs being the most famous on the album, Tom's Diner & Luka.

Other than that it was a splendid evening but I realised that it is a long time since I have listened to Solitude Standing from beginning to end. I was transported back 30 years to a time when I first heard this music alongside the likes of REM and The Smithereens. I was trying to remember what the world was like then and what my 23 year old self was like then. It really was a somewhat Proustian and bittersweet experience. 99.9F perhaps has less nostalgic associations. I was knocking 30 by the time it came out, was less of a dreamer and had started down the career path that has continued ever since. Nevertheless, the performance of In Liverpool, possibly my favourite SV song, was majestic and the accompanying anecdote was highly amusing.

Encores of the dance mix of Tom's Diner, Left Of Center and Marlene On the Wall made for a suitably crowd pleasing finish. Sad to see that the venue was only two thirds full though some may have got caught up in the traffic and simply given up. It was however a little pricey which may also explain it. Knock £10 of the price of the tickets and the place would have sold out.


I bought SV's debut when it came out, and I think I was approaching 30. I still hav e it , and I think it was and is a fine album, but I haven't kept up with her career at all. I bought the CD with the green apple on the front at a record fair some years ago, and was mildly disappointed.  8)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on September 28, 2017, 11:41:58 AM


Suzanne Vega at the Brighton Dome last night performing Solitude Standing and 99.9F.

First of all, I would never have booked for this had I known there was a party conference in town. The resulting traffic chaos combined with major road works on seemingly every access route to Brighton and in the centre of the city itself made for nightmare journeys in both directions, taking an hour and a half to cover the 13 miles from my home and causing me to miss the first two songs of the set, those songs being the most famous on the album, Tom's Diner & Luka.

Other than that it was a splendid evening but I realised that it is a long time since I have listened to Solitude Standing from beginning to end. I was transported back 30 years to a time when I first heard this music alongside the likes of REM and The Smithereens. I was trying to remember what the world was like then and what my 23 year old self was like then. It really was a somewhat Proustian and bittersweet experience. 99.9F perhaps has less nostalgic associations. I was knocking 30 by the time it came out, was less of a dreamer and had started down the career path that has continued ever since. Nevertheless, the performance of In Liverpool, possibly my favourite SV song, was majestic and the accompanying anecdote was highly amusing.

Encores of the dance mix of Tom's Diner, Left Of Center and Marlene On the Wall made for a suitably crowd pleasing finish. Sad to see that the venue was only two thirds full though some may have got caught up in the traffic and simply given up. It was however a little pricey which may also explain it. Knock £10 of the price of the tickets and the place would have sold out.


I bought SV's debut when it came out, and I think I was approaching 30. I still hav e it , and I think it was and is a fine album, but I haven't kept up with her career at all. I bought the CD with the green apple on the front at a record fair some years ago, and was mildly disappointed.  8)


That'll be Nine Objects of Desire. Not one of her more memorable albums but it does have the fine Headshots on it.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Will S on September 28, 2017, 11:48:36 AM
Thanks for the review, Al.  It has whetted my appetite for Monday night in Oxford.  Her first two albums came out when I was at University, and I loved them, and saw her on the original tour for Solitude Standing.  I kind of lost touch with her after that for quite a while, so I only know some of the songs from 99.9F, but I am really looking forward to this.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: AnnieD on September 28, 2017, 12:00:07 PM

John Jones & his Reluctant Ramblers brought Threlkeld Village Hall to its feet on Saturday - 'nuff said. excellent gig.


We were there for 3 days for the walking. Excellent way to end the weekend. I admire your dedication, Chris, all that way for one evening.  :)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Chris on September 28, 2017, 12:43:42 PM
Well worth it, it was!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: bassline (Mike) on September 28, 2017, 03:08:03 PM

Thanks for the review, Al.  It has whetted my appetite for Monday night in Oxford.  Her first two albums came out when I was at University, and I loved them, and saw her on the original tour for Solitude Standing.  I kind of lost touch with her after that for quite a while, so I only know some of the songs from 99.9F, but I am really looking forward to this.


I should catch up with Suzanne's back work too.
Those first two albums were heuuge favourites of mine back then, leading the way, along with Michelle Shocked, away from the male dominated poodle rock era of the mid 80's, towards acoustic, mainly female music and on to Fairport. Cracking is just a beautiful thing. I saw the notorious Glasto performance in '89, but like most acts I saw there, I don't remember much. I saw the Days Of Open Hands tour, but haven't followed her development. I'll add her to the list.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Will S on September 28, 2017, 03:33:51 PM


Thanks for the review, Al.  It has whetted my appetite for Monday night in Oxford.  Her first two albums came out when I was at University, and I loved them, and saw her on the original tour for Solitude Standing.  I kind of lost touch with her after that for quite a while, so I only know some of the songs from 99.9F, but I am really looking forward to this.


I should catch up with Suzanne's back work too.
Those first two albums were heuuge favourites of mine back then, leading the way, along with Michelle Shocked, away from the male dominated poodle rock era of the mid 80's, towards acoustic, mainly female music and on to Fairport. Cracking is just a beautiful thing. I saw the notorious Glasto performance in '89, but like most acts I saw there, I don't remember much. I saw the Days Of Open Hands tour, but haven't followed her development. I'll add her to the list.


Apart from the first two albums I'd strongly recommend the recent Tales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles.  I only have the Retrospective best of other than those, though I do also have her four acoustic Close-Up albums, re-recording many of her other songs.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on September 28, 2017, 03:45:49 PM


Apart from the first two albums I'd strongly recommend the recent Tales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles.  


I would echo this. After 9 Objects Of Desire, I too lost touch with SV's career, though she is not prolific and only issued I think two albums of original material between Objects & Pentacles. I re-connected with her when the latter was issued two or three years ago and it is some of her best work. Subsequently I picked up the albums I missed.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: David V B on September 29, 2017, 06:40:11 PM
Not a concert but certainly one of the most musical nights I have enjoyed in a long while. Follies at the National Theatre was absolutely wonderful. A brilliant production of probably Sondheim's finest work.


Title: Ruthin All Styles Music Club
Post by: Field 7 is Heaven (Trev) on September 30, 2017, 11:15:30 AM
I was fortunate to see Anthony John Clarke entertain a full house of 40 people at the Ruthin Allstyles Music Club on thursday night.

As usual he had us all in the palm of his hand from the word go, and it was a brilliant evening. He and Julia were staying in the Hotel he was playing at and he stated "I will just keep playing till the last one of you goes home". No one did and it was midnight when he finished.

What got to me though was that this club was in its twenty first year and I live in a village a couple of miles away and had never heard of it before. Like most of the crowds for our sort of music the clientele were ..."Mature"...but another thing that gave me great pleasure was the standard and enthusiasm of the floor spots. Of the forty present perhaps  a good half played or sang and some of them were just excellent.

It was friendly, the beer was good and the music mostly outstanding.

Next month they are hosting Merry Hell as guests, it will perhaps be the first occasion i have been to when there are more people on the stage than watching.

Big thanks from me to those who made me so welcome, particularly a guy who goes to Cropredy called Robin the busker and the host Chris. I will be back.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Alan2 on September 30, 2017, 12:42:13 PM



Suzanne Vega at the Brighton Dome last night performing Solitude Standing and 99.9F.

First of all, I would never have booked for this had I known there was a party conference in town. The resulting traffic chaos combined with major road works on seemingly every access route to Brighton and in the centre of the city itself made for nightmare journeys in both directions, taking an hour and a half to cover the 13 miles from my home and causing me to miss the first two songs of the set, those songs being the most famous on the album, Tom's Diner & Luka.

Other than that it was a splendid evening but I realised that it is a long time since I have listened to Solitude Standing from beginning to end. I was transported back 30 years to a time when I first heard this music alongside the likes of REM and The Smithereens. I was trying to remember what the world was like then and what my 23 year old self was like then. It really was a somewhat Proustian and bittersweet experience. 99.9F perhaps has less nostalgic associations. I was knocking 30 by the time it came out, was less of a dreamer and had started down the career path that has continued ever since. Nevertheless, the performance of In Liverpool, possibly my favourite SV song, was majestic and the accompanying anecdote was highly amusing.

Encores of the dance mix of Tom's Diner, Left Of Center and Marlene On the Wall made for a suitably crowd pleasing finish. Sad to see that the venue was only two thirds full though some may have got caught up in the traffic and simply given up. It was however a little pricey which may also explain it. Knock £10 of the price of the tickets and the place would have sold out.


I bought SV's debut when it came out, and I think I was approaching 30. I still hav e it , and I think it was and is a fine album, but I haven't kept up with her career at all. I bought the CD with the green apple on the front at a record fair some years ago, and was mildly disappointed.  8)


That'll be Nine Objects of Desire. Not one of her more memorable albums but it does have the fine Headshots on it.


Yes, that's the one. A couple of good tracks, but the album  as a whole didn't grab me


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on October 01, 2017, 10:28:07 AM
Yesterday. This.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0grZUoUhn_k

Stunning!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Chris on October 01, 2017, 10:59:37 AM
Aly & Phil....what raconteurs! Almost a stand-up (stit-down really) routine of 'on the road' stories interrupted by tunes, rather than the other way round. Very entertaining though, had us in stitches (Phil too!) at the end of the first half. So good, one didn't miss the music. Having said that, they got the mix about right, there wasn't a dearth of tunes at all.

Well recommended!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Chris from Fieldtown on October 01, 2017, 03:21:51 PM

Yesterday. This.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0grZUoUhn_k

Stunning!


I agree, not a song I know coming from a period of Dylan I decided I could live without.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on October 01, 2017, 05:35:35 PM


Yesterday. This.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0grZUoUhn_k

Stunning!


I agree, not a song I know coming from a period of Dylan I decided I could live without.


There are no periods of Dylan that can be lived without, only some that should be approached with caution.  ;)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: blagden on October 01, 2017, 06:12:15 PM



Yesterday. This.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0grZUoUhn_k

Stunning!


I agree, not a song I know coming from a period of Dylan I decided I could live without.


There are no periods of Dylan that can be lived without, only some that should be approached with caution.  ;)


With the exception of Modern Times you wouldn't touch anything for the last 15ish years.



Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Shane (Skirky) on October 01, 2017, 08:34:17 PM
Sealionwoman at The Smokehouse in the heart of swinging downtown Ipswich. Absolutely mesmeric. A double bass player with an impressive array of effects pedals and an ethereal singer redolent of Heather Nova or Liz Fraser performing a seamless half hour of hypnotic soundscapes. Quite astonishing.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on October 01, 2017, 10:26:00 PM




Yesterday. This.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0grZUoUhn_k

Stunning!


I agree, not a song I know coming from a period of Dylan I decided I could live without.


There are no periods of Dylan that can be lived without, only some that should be approached with caution.  ;)


With the exception of Modern Times you wouldn't touch anything for the last 15ish years.




I can always find some gold on every album except the Sinatra ones. What came out in the last 15 years other than those? Which album had Workingman's Blues #2 on? That one is great.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: blagden on October 01, 2017, 11:19:09 PM





Yesterday. This.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0grZUoUhn_k

Stunning!


I agree, not a song I know coming from a period of Dylan I decided I could live without.


There are no periods of Dylan that can be lived without, only some that should be approached with caution.  ;)


With the exception of Modern Times you wouldn't touch anything for the last 15ish years.




I can always find some gold on every album except the Sinatra ones. What came out in the last 15 years other than those? Which album had Workingman's Blues #2 on? That one is great.


Modern Times ... not worth the price of admission for me.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jim G on October 02, 2017, 11:16:13 AM
Saw 3 Daft Monkey's at the Marine Theatre at Lyme Regis on Friday night.  They are touring their new album Year of the Clown. Great venue right on the sea front, performance was really good with a nice mix of old songs as well as new.

Apart from it being a seated venue, my only complaint was that age old grumble of people obviously only come out for a social and not interested in the music, holding loud conversations during the performance, a woman sat behind me was literally shouting to her friend very rude in my opinion.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Simon Withers on October 02, 2017, 11:43:19 AM
Over the weekend I saw three wonderful performances of Big Big Train…I saw our very own Jude at the Matinee on Sunday  :)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: jude on October 02, 2017, 02:09:01 PM

Over the weekend I saw three wonderful performances of Big Big Train…I saw our very own Jude at the Matinee on Sunday  :)


They were stunningly good on the Sunday weren't they. I may be slightly biassed of course  ;D


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Will S on October 03, 2017, 10:23:47 AM
Suzanne Vega last night in Oxford.  Al has said most of it already, but must add praise to guitarist Gerry Leonard for all the sounds he coaxed from his guitar, filling out the sound so it was hard to believe there were only four people on stage.  There seemed to be a bit of a problem with Suzanne's mike in the first half, so the sound of her voice wasn't always perfect, but they fixed it in the break.  And being the last night of the tour, they gave us an added bonus with The Queen and the Soldier as an extra encore.

The standing ovation at the end was well deserved.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Shankly (Peter) on October 03, 2017, 11:19:32 AM

Over the weekend I saw three wonderful performances of Big Big Train…I saw our very own Jude at the Matinee on Sunday  :)


I'm so jealous - I wish they'd play somewhere Up North. I'd love to see them live. Can you have a word Jude?


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: jude on October 03, 2017, 11:55:19 AM


Over the weekend I saw three wonderful performances of Big Big Train…I saw our very own Jude at the Matinee on Sunday  :)


I'm so jealous - I wish they'd play somewhere Up North. I'd love to see them live. Can you have a word Jude?


They are hoping to tour in 2019. and possibly do something in 2018   ;D
I think they are all keen to do so, but the logistics of a large band from different countries are really difficult!  :)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Shane (Skirky) on October 03, 2017, 12:09:50 PM

Sealionwoman at The Smokehouse in the heart of swinging downtown Ipswich. Absolutely mesmeric. A double bass player with an impressive array of effects pedals and an ethereal singer redolent of Heather Nova or Liz Fraser performing a seamless half hour of hypnotic soundscapes. Quite astonishing.


Someone who was there (discreetly) took some footage. This might give you a flavour of proceedings, although you might want to wait until it's late at night and you've had some of your favourite pre-bedtime refreshment. https://youtu.be/xNn9TFZYX08


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on October 03, 2017, 01:03:24 PM



Over the weekend I saw three wonderful performances of Big Big Train…I saw our very own Jude at the Matinee on Sunday  :)


I'm so jealous - I wish they'd play somewhere Up North. I'd love to see them live. Can you have a word Jude?


They are hoping to tour in 2019. and possibly do something in 2018   ;D
I think they are all keen to do so, but the logistics of a large band from different countries are really difficult!  :)
Or they could just do Cropredy.....!  :D  :D


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Simon Withers on October 03, 2017, 01:31:28 PM

They were stunningly good on the Sunday weren't they. I may be slightly biassed of course  ;D
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They were indeed Jude…it was a stunning set by a stunning band…they are truly a remarkable band both on CD and live.

Lets hope in 2019 they play across the UK…as you have written Jude it is a large band to take on the road…I hope more people find their way to Big Big Train…i’d love them to play Cropredy too. :)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: jude on October 03, 2017, 02:15:54 PM


They were stunningly good on the Sunday weren't they. I may be slightly biassed of course  ;D


They were indeed Jude…it was a stunning set by a stunning band…they are truly a remarkable band both on CD and live.

Lets hope in 2019 they play across the UK…as you have written Jude it is a large band to take on the road…I hope more people find their way to Big Big Train…i’d love them to play Cropredy too. :)
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So would I.. sadly I have no influence but I have mentioned them  :)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: mickf on October 03, 2017, 03:55:00 PM
Justin Hayward at St David's Hall, Cardiff. This is the third time I've seen Justin solo and he gets better every time I've see him. A nice mixed bag of solo and Moody Blues material, including a surprise opening number ('Out and In') which I've never seen live before, even more of a surprise as it's not one of his own songs - written by Mike Pinder and John Lodge. Superb backing by Mike Dawes and Julie Ragins, a real joy.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Albie on October 05, 2017, 11:57:46 AM
The Band That Should Be Known As Wishbone Ash, featuring Martin Turner, at The Robin. Excellent gig, they played two hours and performed the whole of classic album Argus (named to honour Argos, the Greek God of silly little pens) though not in order.
Decent turn out, about 150, and no annoying solos, unlike some other classic rock bands.
His voice still sounds good, bass lines ditto, second time I've seen them, well worth seeing if you like the old stuff.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Will S on October 05, 2017, 12:01:11 PM

The Band That Should Be Known As Wishbone Ash, featuring Martin Turner, at The Robin. Excellent gig, they played two hours and performed the whole of classic album Argus (named to honour Argos, the Greek God of silly little pens) though not in order.
Decent turn out, about 150, and no annoying solos, unlike some other classic rock bands.
His voice still sounds good, bass lines ditto, second time I've seen them, well worth seeing if you like the old stuff.


I'm sorry I missed them when they played near us the other day.  But it clashed with the date a friend and I were off to the Pink Floyd exhibition.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Albie on October 05, 2017, 12:13:01 PM


The Band That Should Be Known As Wishbone Ash, featuring Martin Turner, at The Robin. Excellent gig, they played two hours and performed the whole of classic album Argus (named to honour Argos, the Greek God of silly little pens) though not in order.
Decent turn out, about 150, and no annoying solos, unlike some other classic rock bands.
His voice still sounds good, bass lines ditto, second time I've seen them, well worth seeing if you like the old stuff.


I'm sorry I missed them when they played near us the other day.  But it clashed with the date a friend and I were off to the Pink Floyd exhibition.


The whole band looked to be enjoying themselves so hopefully there will be other chances to catch them on future tours (touch wood, fingers crossed, and all that).


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: DarrenWilliams on October 05, 2017, 12:53:24 PM



The Band That Should Be Known As Wishbone Ash, featuring Martin Turner, at The Robin. Excellent gig, they played two hours and performed the whole of classic album Argus (named to honour Argos, the Greek God of silly little pens) though not in order.
Decent turn out, about 150, and no annoying solos, unlike some other classic rock bands.
His voice still sounds good, bass lines ditto, second time I've seen them, well worth seeing if you like the old stuff.


I'm sorry I missed them when they played near us the other day.  But it clashed with the date a friend and I were off to the Pink Floyd exhibition.


The whole band looked to be enjoying themselves so hopefully there will be other chances to catch them on future tours (touch wood, fingers crossed, and all that).


They are playing the first album and Theres The Rub on next year's tour.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: ColinB on October 05, 2017, 02:53:01 PM
The Young 'Uns played a brilliant show in Lancaster last night. First time I'd seen them. Superb harmonies, very moving songs such as 'Dark Water' and some hilarious between song banter from the boys including an up to the minute quip about a P45!

Support came from Hull duo The Hut People who were worth getting there early to see. Think they are just appearing on the northern dates of the tour. They're in Sheffield tonight and up to Glasgow tomorrow.

Tour dates - http://www.theyounguns.co.uk/


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Alan2 on October 07, 2017, 12:36:52 PM
Robin Williamson last night.   As fine as ever, if older. I'll continue going to see him till one of us drops.  8)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: David W on October 07, 2017, 01:49:30 PM
John Watterson's "Lost Will and Testament of Jake Thackery" in Soluhull last night - laughed till I cried and vice versa. A great tribute to Jake.

DW


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Brendan on October 07, 2017, 03:57:40 PM
Belinda Carlisle at the Manchester Academy 1 which I only attended really because my friend wanted to attend was brilliant. Despite my worries based on what I had seen on youtube she was pitch perfect, yes it was the 30th Anniversary of the Heaven on Earth album and therefore therefore she played the whole album, but despite thinking there would only be three familiar song I seemed to know about 8 really well and the rest of the set taken from her other albums were not just filler. Belinda had a great band with her, I don't know who was playing with her but they created a great sound and backing for what I know think is a great rock pop vocal. The only negative point was the support who was at best bland. I came away converted and that was following having to seek medical attention at the venue after nearly passing out after finding what I later discovered was a inguinal hernia which was a bit of a shock.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: William on October 07, 2017, 07:40:50 PM

The Young 'Uns played a brilliant show in Lancaster last night. First time I'd seen them. Superb harmonies, very moving songs such as 'Dark Water' and some hilarious between song banter from the boys including an up to the minute quip about a P45!

Support came from Hull duo The Hut People who were worth getting there early to see. Think they are just appearing on the northern dates of the tour. They're in Sheffield tonight and up to Glasgow tomorrow.

Tour dates - http://www.theyounguns.co.uk/

Young'Uns are always good value. The Hut people are supporting as far south as Colchester on Monday night.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bingers (Chris) on October 13, 2017, 01:44:50 PM
Saw Madeleine Bell (of Blue Mink fame if anyone can remember that far back) last week in The Limelight Club on board the P&O ship Britannia. She was fabulous, very witty and still with an amazing voice. I recommend going to see her to everyone (if you remember the Just Juice and Mattesons ads she was also the voice on those).

Also saw Madness and ska tribute act 'Badness' on the same cruise. Despite the naff name and the sheer fact that they were a tribute act, they were actually quite good with an energetic front man


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: ColinB on October 13, 2017, 06:31:11 PM
Edgelarks, the new name Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin are going by, played a very good gig at Garstang last night. Support came from The Little Unsaid which is the band name of the guy they recorded their new album with. I can't really pin him down re style and influences other than say that one song reminded me of Nick Drake but he was worth listening to and he joined Phillip and Hannah on keyboards and vocals for a few songs at the start of their second set.

Having just released a new album P&H's set was largely new material but on first listen I'd say much better than the songs on Watershed which I found a bit disappointing. Having seen them a couple of times since first seeing them support Show of Hands they are certainly sounding very accomplished and are using technology to good effect, an example being a Shruti box which was set to play automatically, presumably triggered by a pedal or whatever.

There was some nice between-song chat including tales from their tour down under last year and they keep themselves busy as they had 3 new cds on sale, the others being one with Gigspanner and the other a band Hannah is in with Nancy Kerr and a few others.



Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Adam on October 13, 2017, 11:10:16 PM
Richard Thompson, Poole Lighthouse. Sublime. Other than Cropredy, it has been a few years since I've seen one of his shows. I've not heard him perform a Sandy Denny song before, and 'Who Knows..' was magical. I was on the 4th row, and was mesmerised by his hands on 'Vincent Black lightning'. I still don't know how one guitar can make such a sound. Peerless. Also nice to have a brief chat with the Wickham lady, who seems to have an amazing line-up of gigs coming up!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on October 14, 2017, 12:16:05 AM
The Young 'Uns at the Ropetackle in Shoreham this evening. Just outstanding in every conceivable way. Breathtaking, beautiful, moving songs and between them banter that had the whole audience in hysterics. David Eagle is just so sharp and witty. My sides hurt but there was plenty of fod for thought too.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Col D on October 14, 2017, 01:09:26 PM


The Icicle Works at The Ruby Lounge, Manchester tomorrow.



I think I'm going to the Liverpool Chrimbo show.  It's a bit weird this tour, isn't it, as it's expressly billed as them also playing solo stuff as well.  Let us know how you find it...


In a word...brilliant - but incredibly loud, my ears are still ringing now. Two and a half hours over two sets. Twenty four songs on the set list - fourteen Icicle Works, ten solo including five from the new(ish) album - although two out of the planned four encores had to be dropped due to the venue curfew. I didn't really have a problem with the mix of Icicle Works and solo material, Ian clearly wants to promote the new album and as all the band play on it anyway it seemed a good fit. Now have to see if we can fit in the Liverpool date in December.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on October 14, 2017, 01:29:41 PM



The Icicle Works at The Ruby Lounge, Manchester tomorrow.



I think I'm going to the Liverpool Chrimbo show.  It's a bit weird this tour, isn't it, as it's expressly billed as them also playing solo stuff as well.  Let us know how you find it...


In a word...brilliant - but incredibly loud, my ears are still ringing now. Two and a half hours over two sets. Twenty four songs on the set list - fourteen Icicle Works, ten solo including five from the new(ish) album - although two out of the planned four encores had to be dropped due to the venue curfew. I didn't really have a problem with the mix of Icicle Works and solo material, Ian clearly wants to promote the new album and as all the band play on it anyway it seemed a good fit. Now have to see if we can fit in the Liverpool date in December.


Excellent.  Is Matthew drumming?


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Col D on October 14, 2017, 06:49:26 PM




The Icicle Works at The Ruby Lounge, Manchester tomorrow.



I think I'm going to the Liverpool Chrimbo show.  It's a bit weird this tour, isn't it, as it's expressly billed as them also playing solo stuff as well.  Let us know how you find it...


In a word...brilliant - but incredibly loud, my ears are still ringing now. Two and a half hours over two sets. Twenty four songs on the set list - fourteen Icicle Works, ten solo including five from the new(ish) album - although two out of the planned four encores had to be dropped due to the venue curfew. I didn't really have a problem with the mix of Icicle Works and solo material, Ian clearly wants to promote the new album and as all the band play on it anyway it seemed a good fit. Now have to see if we can fit in the Liverpool date in December.


Excellent.  Is Matthew drumming?


Yes, Matthew on drums, Richard on keyboards and Roy on bass.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Paul on October 15, 2017, 10:04:03 PM
While and Matthews in top form in Fareham on Friday. A mixture of old and new, but with an emphasis on their more thoughtful and moving songs. Blind Faith, which I love. The one about the Jewish High Jump Girl in Nazi Germany, and many more.

Paul


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Chris on October 17, 2017, 11:52:21 AM
Agree about RT - glad I'm in for multiple shows - seems to be the same set other than varying the FC/Sandy slot(s).

Missed the Young Uns in London owing to a ticket mix up - got there just as they were starting, ticketless gig, name not on list, unable to access email confirmation, sold out gig (they refused to sell me another anyway), refund received the following day!

Jess Morgan produced a superb set of songs on Sunday, but defo not keen on Dan Whitehouse. Seems to want to be a soul singer stuck in folk music?

Jon Boden solo....sorry, I got bored over two sets. And he's using loops now. Just play the song & stop f**t-ar*ing about, man.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Tasha on October 17, 2017, 06:33:26 PM
Wille and the Bandits at the Oslo in Hackney at the weekend. Great gig and good to meet up with family and friends - Cheers Pastie boy and girl!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jules Gray on October 19, 2017, 12:10:43 PM
The Waterboys at Bristol Colston Hall last night.

I could write an essay.  It was interesting.  There were some lovely moments, yet overall it was the least convincing Waterboys performance I've ever seen.  Ralph seemed mostly hampered by playing with a second drummer. This was especially evident on a new arrangement of Fisherman's Blues that really didn't work - the beat weighed the song down with cement shoes.  None of the lead instrumentalists' instruments broke free of a somewhat dull sound mix, so many of the new songs sounded a bit flat.  And they were far too quiet.  Steve was charming and lit up the stage whenever he came on, but spent about half of the show offstage.  Mike sang well and you could tell how committed he was to the new material.  The new guitar player was very good.  Brother Paul seemed reigned in for much of the set.  It never really caught fire despite some very nice performances here and there.

Maybe a lot of this was down to it being the first night of the tour.  Maybe the venue was wrong.  This band really needed a standing venue.  I really wish I was writing a more positive review.

Jules


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on October 19, 2017, 12:49:09 PM

The Waterboys at Bristol Colston Hall last night.

I could write an essay.  It was interesting.  There were some lovely moments, yet overall it was the least convincing Waterboys performance I've ever seen.  Ralph seemed mostly hampered by playing with a second drummer. This was especially evident on a new arrangement of Fisherman's Blues that really didn't work - the beat weighed the song down with cement shoes.  None of the lead instrumentalists' instruments broke free of a somewhat dull sound mix, so many of the new songs sounded a bit flat.  And they were far too quiet.  Steve was charming and lit up the stage whenever he came on, but spent about half of the show offstage.  Mike sang well and you could tell how committed he was to the new material.  The new guitar player was very good.  Brother Paul seemed reigned in for much of the set.  It never really caught fire despite some very nice performances here and there.

Maybe a lot of this was down to it being the first night of the tour.  Maybe the venue was wrong.  This band really needed a standing venue.  I really wish I was writing a more positive review.

Jules


Oh dear. You have timed this review very badly as I have just booked to see them in Guildford in May!  ;)

I have not yet heard the new album. It is on the list.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jules Gray on October 19, 2017, 12:53:06 PM

Oh dear. You have timed this review very badly as I have just booked to see them in Guildford in May!  ;)


Let me be clear - it wasn't a bad concert at all.  I'm an old fan and am probably guilty of being overly nitpicking.  There is no cause for alarm.   ;D

Jules


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on October 19, 2017, 01:08:48 PM

Maybe a lot of this was down to it being the first night of the tour.  Maybe the venue was wrong.


And, just a thought, maybe a lot of it is down to them promoting by far the stodgiest album of their career to date.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Shane (Skirky) on October 19, 2017, 02:22:55 PM

The Waterboys at Bristol Colston Hall last night.

I could write an essay.  It was interesting.  There were some lovely moments, yet overall it was the least convincing Waterboys performance I've ever seen.  Ralph seemed mostly hampered by playing with a second drummer. This was especially evident on a new arrangement of Fisherman's Blues that really didn't work - the beat weighed the song down with cement shoes.  None of the lead instrumentalists' instruments broke free of a somewhat dull sound mix, so many of the new songs sounded a bit flat.  And they were far too quiet.  Steve was charming and lit up the stage whenever he came on, but spent about half of the show offstage.  Mike sang well and you could tell how committed he was to the new material.  The new guitar player was very good.  Brother Paul seemed reigned in for much of the set.  It never really caught fire despite some very nice performances here and there.

Maybe a lot of this was down to it being the first night of the tour.  Maybe the venue was wrong.  This band really needed a standing venue.  I really wish I was writing a more positive review.

Jules


A lot of people on Twitter liked it.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jules Gray on October 19, 2017, 02:39:43 PM

A lot of people on Twitter liked it.


Shrugging aside your comedic prowess momentarily, I say good. I'm glad. I want Mike to be happy and I want him to succeed with his music always.  I genuinely hated having to write both negative and 'damning with faint praise' copy.  I still wonder if I shouldn't have kept quiet.

Jules


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Shane (Skirky) on October 19, 2017, 07:59:16 PM


A lot of people on Twitter liked it.


Shrugging aside your comedic prowess momentarily, I say good. I'm glad. I want Mike to be happy and I want him to succeed with his music always.  I genuinely hated having to write both negative and 'damning with faint praise' copy.  I still wonder if I shouldn't have kept quiet.

Jules


They were absolutely on fire (not literally) at Beautiful Days - not quite a '87/88 vintage performance, but not far off. Then I hear they've added a guitarist, an extra drummer and a couple of backing vocalists. I hate to come over all Mike Love about it, but there's a case to be made there about the formula. I wrote a 'damning with faint praise' review of the album and I seem to recall you weren't too shy about wading in about it at the time. Unfortunately, subjective opinions of music don't always fall into binary right/wrong categories, however much we might like them to. Roll on Saturday...


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jules Gray on October 19, 2017, 08:14:34 PM

I wrote a 'damning with faint praise' review of the album and I seem to recall you weren't too shy about wading in about it at the time.


Wading in?  Well I replied, if that's what you mean.  This is a music forum, last time I checked.  People are supposed to do that.  Why would shyness be encouraged?

Jules


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Shane (Skirky) on October 19, 2017, 08:32:12 PM

And, just a thought, maybe a lot of it is down to them promoting by far the stodgiest album of their career to date.


I don't know, David...have you heard Book of Lightning?  ::)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jules Gray on October 19, 2017, 09:00:45 PM


And, just a thought, maybe a lot of it is down to them promoting by far the stodgiest album of their career to date.


I don't know, David...have you heard Book of Lightning?  ::)


That would get my vote too.  Possibly.

Jules


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on October 20, 2017, 07:44:53 AM


And, just a thought, maybe a lot of it is down to them promoting by far the stodgiest album of their career to date.


I don't know, David...have you heard Book of Lightning?  ::)


It's not a good album by any stretch of the imagination, but I'd take it over the current one any day of the week.  I've tried a good half a dozen times and I just end up shaking my head a lot.  It's awful.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: dog-nap (Ian) on October 20, 2017, 05:40:21 PM
A fascinating evening with Happy Traum at Cecil Sharp House.  The first half was a fine concert of acoustic blues.  Then in the second half, Happy delivered a talk and slide-show about his days in Greenwich Village during the folk revival.  This ranged from his guitar lessons with Brownie McGhee ($5 for 2 hours – he played a snippet from a tape of one of the lessons), his links with Pete Seeger and Gil Turner, his time with the New World Singers (released the first single of Blowin’ in the Wind), and his friendship with Dylan and the Band in Woodstock.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on October 20, 2017, 07:11:54 PM
Robert Fripp and Co. Double Quartet, Bass Concert Hall, Austin, Texas, yesterday.  I am so pleased that I went, and I heartily recommend this to anyone with an opportunity to partake.  The concert hall was packed to the rafters, I am pleased to report.

I have nothing to add to this wonderful review:  https://www.austinchronicle.com/daily/music/2017-10-20/king-crimson-kills/



Edit:  sorted out the link for you  ;D


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: blagden on October 20, 2017, 07:20:38 PM
Wow, almost a greatest hits setlist.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Shane (Skirky) on October 21, 2017, 10:31:53 AM
Justin Currie and his band at The Waterfront, Norwich. Just a perfectly-paced ride through his current and back catalogue. I seriously don't believe there's a better British songwriter working the boards at the moment. Ten o'clock curfew as "There's a disco afterwards. It's not a club - you don't have to be a member, it's a ******g disco...". The misanthrope's misanthrope.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on October 21, 2017, 01:48:12 PM

Justin Currie and his band at The Waterfront, Norwich. Just a perfectly-paced ride through his current and back catalogue. I seriously don't believe there's a better British songwriter working the boards at the moment. Ten o'clock curfew as "There's a disco afterwards. It's not a club - you don't have to be a member, it's a ******g disco...". The misanthrope's misanthrope.


He's playing about 800m away from my front door tomorrow night.  I'm tempted.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Shane (Skirky) on October 21, 2017, 01:56:14 PM


Justin Currie and his band at The Waterfront, Norwich. Just a perfectly-paced ride through his current and back catalogue. I seriously don't believe there's a better British songwriter working the boards at the moment. Ten o'clock curfew as "There's a disco afterwards. It's not a club - you don't have to be a member, it's a ******g disco...". The misanthrope's misanthrope.


He's playing about 800m away from my front door tomorrow night.  I'm tempted.


You must. You absolutely must. Further disclosure here : http://theafterword.co.uk/justin-currie/


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: PaulT on October 21, 2017, 11:44:37 PM
Just back from seeing the Roving Crows at a village hall gig. Absolutely storming. Would go down a storm at Cropredy, imo. I shall mention this to Peggy when I see him at Gloucester cathedral next Wednesday.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Shane (Skirky) on October 22, 2017, 01:38:50 AM
The Waterboys at The London Palladium. Magnificent. Any doubts I had about the new material (which must have comprised about three quarters of the set) or the new line up were conclusively and absolutely blown out of the water on every count. It just goes to show how wrong you can be in trying to second-guess a genius.

https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/the-waterboys/2017/london-palladium-london-england-6be32a12.html


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Brendan on October 22, 2017, 06:51:07 PM
Last night at Theatre 2 Home The kings of the South Seas followed by False Lights. The Kings of the south seas were playing there North West passage theme album the sound was
Muddy, the instruments were battling each other, really bad sound They may have been singing interesting stories but to be honest I could barely hear a word, disappointing does not cover it. Thank god for False Lights as someone I overheard the best folk rock band in the last 50 years. I am already a fan so I was expecting something special but the track of the old album were up a notch and the new track equally splendid particularly fine version of the Nic Jones favourite William Glenn. They are a seriously tight band who don't waste a note and when they let rip, which they did right way through the concert, have so much energy, absolutely brilliant, I want to go again now. A must see a faultless set and a faultless performance. Can't wait for the new album!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: David V B on October 23, 2017, 08:59:36 PM
Richard T at Warwick Arts Centre. Just the usual superb show. Mixture of usual suspects, couple of new ones and a scattering of the "nice to hear that again". God Loves a Drunk was the main one of those for me. Highlight of the evening for me was RT singing WTWTTG, which I don't ever remember hearing him do before.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: dog-nap (Ian) on October 24, 2017, 03:52:15 PM
RT on cracking form at Cadogan Hall last night.  A big thumbs up to the guy in the audience who persuaded him to do ‘Sloth’ as an encore.  Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker in support.  Not usually my cuppa, but they did a nice version of ‘Reynardine’.

Good to see you, Chris.  Thanks for the info!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: PaulT on October 26, 2017, 09:32:11 AM
Fairport in Gloucester Cathedral last night:

Pretty much all seats taken for this performance, which was opened by a clergywoman who welcomed the audience and after a short prayer, introduced the organiser from the Malaika foundation.  He in turn introduced the Malaika choir, which is comprised of members from 2 local choirs and led & conducted by Vicky Field, of whom more later.

After a couple of songs, the choir was joined by Ric and Gerry to add instrumental flourishes to a few songs (Hallelujah, How Can I Keep From Singing), then Simon, Chris & Peggy slipped on for Ralph's Streets Of London. The choir then departed, and it was pretty much the usual FC acoustic set for the rest of the first half.  The acoustics of a mediaeval cathedral not being designed for amplified music meant that Peggy's bass was rather "boomy" and indistinct at first, but the sound man got to grips with it and - particularly after the break - the balance was much better. The sound man was also a Simon - I didn't catch his other name at the end when SN gave him much acclaim for his work.

I was particularly impressed with last night's renditions of John Condon (Simon looking very moved while singing it) at the end of the first half, and just a little earlier Now Be Thankful was just perfect IMO, especially in the context of the cathedral.

After the intermission, the founder & CEO of Malaika gave a short, emotional speech, then it was back to Fairport who performed immaculately - not quite as ebullient as on a "normal secular" gig, but Ric did slip in a joke about Trump. I'd noted there was no banjo in evidence near Chris's chair, and hoped for a return to "mando Matty", but the set finished with John Gaudie.  

Rather than the usual walk off & return for MOTL, Simon introduced Vicky Field to sing WKWTTG - which she did, absolutely beautifully, drawing huge applause from both audience and band - Simon appeared quite emotional, but all five had huge smiles.  Finally, the choir returned to lead the choruses of MOTL, backed - literally, as they stood in front of them - by Fairport. A moving experience, with the majority of the audience honouring this cathedral's tradition of fine singing by joining in with gusto.

Very much a one-off, I'm so glad I didn't miss it.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on October 26, 2017, 10:06:47 AM
Tom Robinson at the legendary 100 Club in London's Oxford Street.

40 years almost to the day since the Tom Robinson Band played the same venue to promote the release of their debut single 2-4-6-8 Motorway.

Last night it was a tight 75 minute set comprising the Power In The Darkness album played in order followed by Martin, Glad To Be Gay, 2-4-6-8 Motorway and a barnstorming Don't Take No For An Answer. No song newer than 1978 was the stated intent.

It was a sold out gig and was filmed so hopefully a DVD release will follow. As so often with gigs by elder statesmen these days, I find it a bittersweet experience. I was a TRB fan from the word go and Power is probably in my top 10 all time favourite albums so to witness this set was to feel the years falling away but also to realise how long ago it all was.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: RobertD on October 26, 2017, 03:32:48 PM

Fairport in Gloucester Cathedral last night:

Pretty much all seats taken for this performance, which was opened by a clergywoman who welcomed the audience and after a short prayer, introduced the organiser from the Malaika foundation.  He in turn introduced the Malaika choir, which is comprised of members from 2 local choirs and led & conducted by Vicky Field, of whom more later.

After a couple of songs, the choir was joined by Ric and Gerry to add instrumental flourishes to a few songs (Hallelujah, How Can I Keep From Singing), then Simon, Chris & Peggy slipped on for Ralph's Streets Of London. The choir then departed, and it was pretty much the usual FC acoustic set for the rest of the first half.  The acoustics of a mediaeval cathedral not being designed for amplified music meant that Peggy's bass was rather "boomy" and indistinct at first, but the sound man got to grips with it and - particularly after the break - the balance was much better. The sound man was also a Simon - I didn't catch his other name at the end when SN gave him much acclaim for his work.

I was particularly impressed with last night's renditions of John Condon (Simon looking very moved while singing it) at the end of the first half, and just a little earlier Now Be Thankful was just perfect IMO, especially in the context of the cathedral.

After the intermission, the founder & CEO of Malaika gave a short, emotional speech, then it was back to Fairport who performed immaculately - not quite as ebullient as on a "normal secular" gig, but Ric did slip in a joke about Trump. I'd noted there was no banjo in evidence near Chris's chair, and hoped for a return to "mando Matty", but the set finished with John Gaudie.  

Rather than the usual walk off & return for MOTL, Simon introduced Vicky Field to sing WKWTTG - which she did, absolutely beautifully, drawing huge applause from both audience and band - Simon appeared quite emotional, but all five had huge smiles.  Finally, the choir returned to lead the choruses of MOTL, backed - literally, as they stood in front of them - by Fairport. A moving experience, with the majority of the audience honouring this cathedral's tradition of fine singing by joining in with gusto.

Very much a one-off, I'm so glad I didn't miss it.



Great report Paul. It does indeed sound like a great and unusual show. As to John Condon, I can see it being an emotional song to sing, and am not surprised that the singer would still 'feel' it even after singing it many times. I know some where surprised by its appearance on 50:50@50 being in the repertoire only from Myths & Heroes, but I got it.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: steve-n on October 28, 2017, 01:50:08 AM

Fairport in Gloucester Cathedral last night:

The sound man was also a Simon - I didn't catch his other name at the end when SN gave him much acclaim for his work.




Simon Yorath was in charge of sound at Gloucester. Had a chat with him after the Stow on the Wold gig....think he found Gloucester Cathedral a challenge to say the least!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: PaulT on October 28, 2017, 05:11:40 PM
Thanks Steve - Simon N namechecked Simon Y but I didn't catch his surname amid the applause.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Shane (Skirky) on October 29, 2017, 12:26:55 AM
Thompy in Norwich. Two hours of absolutely top-notch singing, playing, quips and bantz. All the hits, rarities and more. Supported by the astonishingly good (and razor sharp) Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker. Far too little game time for them, given their talent.

setlist here, for those who like to compare and contrast that sort of thing; https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/richard-thompson/2017/theatre-royal-norwich-england-be379c2.html



Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: blagden on October 29, 2017, 10:19:56 AM
Thompy? Surely Thommo?


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: jude on October 29, 2017, 11:07:38 AM

Thompy? Surely Thommo?


I always called him Thompy in those olden days.. He may have progressed to Thommo later  ;D


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: PeterJ on October 29, 2017, 12:17:09 PM
Steve Harley at Nells in Fulham. To say he was well-received would be putting it mildly. And I met Vince Power, and we're on the guest list for FC tonight! Rock and Roll!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Shane (Skirky) on October 29, 2017, 02:15:35 PM

The Waterboys at The London Palladium. Magnificent. Any doubts I had about the new material (which must have comprised about three quarters of the set) or the new line up were conclusively and absolutely blown out of the water on every count. It just goes to show how wrong you can be in trying to second-guess a genius.

https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/the-waterboys/2017/london-palladium-london-england-6be32a12.html


The down side of seeing such an amazing live show is that now, more than ever, I can't bring myself to listen to the studio versions of the new material.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on October 29, 2017, 02:41:36 PM


The Waterboys at The London Palladium. Magnificent. Any doubts I had about the new material (which must have comprised about three quarters of the set) or the new line up were conclusively and absolutely blown out of the water on every count. It just goes to show how wrong you can be in trying to second-guess a genius.

https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/the-waterboys/2017/london-palladium-london-england-6be32a12.html


The down side of seeing such an amazing live show is that now, more than ever, I can't bring myself to listen to the studio versions of the new material.


And, on the flip side, I better listen to a live show, then...


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on October 30, 2017, 11:57:08 AM
The Doobie Brothers and the Steely Dan Organisation (as Donald Fagen and his band are now badging themselves since the passing of Walter Becker) at the O2 last night.

The day did not start well when the two prolapsed discs in my neck flared up overnight on Saturday and I was in agony all day Sunday with a blistering headache to boot. Consequently I was not really in the mood to go to London but it was somebody's birthday present and I did not want to let them down, the day including a four hour "rock tour" in the afternoon. I felt truly dreadful when I got to London and did not know how I would survive the day but a liberal supply of industrial strength pain killers and four hours on the tour bus got me through and I felt a bit better by the evening.

The gig was a demonstration of two very different approaches to performance. In a 75 minute set, the Doobies gave a crowd pleasing account of themselves, playing pretty much everything you would find on Best of the Doobies Vol 1, whilst still managing enough deep cuts to keep the die hards happy. In Fagen's 95 minute show on the other hand, you would be hard pressed to have found more than 3 tunes that would have made it on to any Best of Steely Dan compilation. The show began with Bodhitsatva and ended with Reelin in the Years but after about half an hour it became clear that apart from late appearances of Kid Charlemaigne & My Old School and a version of Dirty Work sung by the backing singers, Donald was content to loiter around the Aja & Gaucho albums for the whole show. So, no Do It Again. No Rikki Don't Lose That Number. No FM. No Haitian Divorce. One song apiece from Can't Buy A Thrill and The Royal Scam. Nothing at all from Pretzel Logic or Katy Lied. It has to be said that the music was played expertly, including a breathtaking Aja and the crowd seemed to lap it up but it seemed a perverse choice from an infrequent visitor to these shores in a shortened set.

I enjoyed it because I love all aspects of Steely Dan but I did feel that it was a wilfully odd performance and somewhat resented the taking of 10 minutes to introduce the band when there was so little time to play with. The Doobies though were terrific.

Then on the way home, at 1am, I found tht the A24 was shut because a lorry had overturned and had to take an enormous detour to get around it.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Andy on October 30, 2017, 12:01:50 PM
Notwithstanding your comments, I'd love to have seen Mr Fagen live once again.

Alas, my wallet was too thin.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: bassline (Mike) on October 30, 2017, 06:10:50 PM
I've just got back from the smoke after also attending the Doobies/Dan concert.

I was very happy with the setlist - judging by the tour shirt, which is basically the Aja sleeve - this was meant to be an Aja centric show, with most of the album being played (not Deacon Blue though, just a little boo for that), and Donald did point out that they were restricted to 90 minutes, so presumably a couple of hits has to be sliced out, but the songs they did play are usually on best ofs and greatest hits. I was, however, surprised but pleased to see the inclusion of New Frontiers from Donald's solo album. Slick but not soulless - Loved it.  

Tomorrow will be the seventh anniversary of my first Doobies gig, so I didn't get quite the excitement from them as I did last time. I missed the beginning because it took forever to get in, but I saw it from Eyes Of Silver onwards. Great live band - with the addition of Bill Payne, this time, who did a short keyboard with additional drums solo, which boogied along very nicely..  


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on October 30, 2017, 08:04:11 PM


Tomorrow will be the seventh anniversary of my first Doobies gig, so I didn't get quite the excitement from them as I did last time. I missed the beginning because it took forever to get in, but I saw it from Eyes Of Silver onwards. Great live band - with the addition of Bill Payne, this time, who did a short keyboard with additional drums solo, which boogied along very nicely..  


He seems to be a long time cohort of the band as I noticed today that he played keyboards on Tom Johnston's first solo album as far back as 1979.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: bassline (Mike) on October 30, 2017, 09:52:34 PM
Yeah...there's a lot of that going on between the Doobies, Little Feat and The Dan.
Pat Simmons and Michael McDonald sang back up vocals for Little Feat in 77 for example.

I've done a little set list research, and it turns out the o2 show was not that different to Walter's last performance:
01 Bodhisattva
02 Black Friday
03 Hey Nineteen
04 Aja
05 Show Biz Kids
06 Black Cow
07 Daddy Don't Live in That New York City No More
08 Time Out of Mind
09 Dirty Work
10 I Want To (Do Everything for You) - with band intros
11 Josie
12 Peg
13 My Old School
14 Reelin' in the Years
15 Kid Charlemagne

Encore:
16 Pretzel Logic - dedicated to Gregg Allman
17 The Untouchables

They did a series of shows featuring whole albums a few years back, this was the Aja night :
01 Cubano Chant/
**********************
02 Black Cow
03 Aja
04 Deacon Blues
05 Peg
06 Home at Last
07 I Got the News
08 Josie
**********************
09 talking
10 Bodhisattva
11 Hey Nineteen
12 Black Friday
13 Time Out of Mind
14 Show Biz Kids
15 talking
16 Dirty work
17 Babylon Sisters
18 Daddy Don't Live in That New York City No More
19 I Want To (Do Everything for You) with Band Introductions
20 My Old School
21 Reelin' in the Years
(encore - Kid Charlemagne)

It seems Rikki and Do It Again are rarely performed these days  :(


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on October 30, 2017, 10:10:19 PM



It seems Rikki and Do It Again are rarely performed these days  :(



It appears to be bigger than that. It looks like a reluctance to play much of anything pre 1977 beyond three or four specific songs per show. Pity.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: bassline (Mike) on October 30, 2017, 10:32:33 PM
You may be right. It seems that the 'album' shows they did, featured whatever album it was, plus a selection from the same pot of hits.

Interesting that 74 was when they quit playing live until they split and then got back together in 93, but they have played The Royal Scam in it's entirety, and played more 72-76 stuff on the 2011 tour, including quite a chunk of Countdown...


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on October 30, 2017, 10:57:11 PM



Tomorrow will be the seventh anniversary of my first Doobies gig, so I didn't get quite the excitement from them as I did last time. I missed the beginning because it took forever to get in, but I saw it from Eyes Of Silver onwards. Great live band - with the addition of Bill Payne, this time, who did a short keyboard with additional drums solo, which boogied along very nicely..  


He seems to be a long time cohort of the band as I noticed today that he played keyboards on Tom Johnston's first solo album as far back as 1979.


As the resident Doobie expert, I can add that Bill Payne contributed keyboards and piano to virtually every Doobie Brothers album since Toulouse Street in 1972 (that's him tinkling the ivories on "Rockin' Down the Highway" and "China Grove" among many others). I am informed he even joined the touring band briefly circa 1975, during Tom Johnston's first absence, but stepped away quickly and was himself replaced by Michael McDonald.  There's lots of crossover between the Doobies, Steely Dan and Little Feat throughout the 1970s...  I'll save the rest of it for my book.  :)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: David V B on November 02, 2017, 10:43:47 PM
Lovely night at the Unicorn in Abingdon with Edwina Hayes on super form. A delightful set mixing her own songs with some great covers, particularly Feels Like Home and Down Where the Drunkards Roll. About time they had her back at Cropredy


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: mickf on November 02, 2017, 11:53:41 PM

Lovely night at the Unicorn in Abingdon with Edwina Hayes on super form. A delightful set mixing her own songs with some great covers, particularly Feels Like Home and Down Where the Drunkards Roll. About time they had her back at Cropredy

I love Edwina's music - yes, a Cropredy return would be nice


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on November 05, 2017, 04:23:11 PM
Went to a house concert in Chester by Granny's Attic who were Young Folk Award nominees a couple of years ago.  They were bloody marvelous.  Lovely lads, great voices, great playing, fab material (a brilliant Highwayman included).  Nothing whatsoever not to like.  Brilliant.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Shane (Skirky) on November 06, 2017, 11:01:12 AM
Ida Wenhoe and Angel Snow at The Smokehouse in the heart of swinging downtown Ipswich last night. Both very personable solo singer-songwriters able to pull in a respectable crowd on a Sunday night in Suffolk. Angel possibly had the edge overall with her Alison Krauss-covered material a particular highlight.
She's around the UK for the next week or so.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on November 07, 2017, 12:34:38 PM
Not a gig as such, but Ancient Muse and I went to see the touring production of "Beautiful" - the musical about Carole King - last Tuesday. What a fabulous night! Featuring music from Carole and Jerry Goffin, plus from Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann. Lots of Jewish humour (her Mama had us in stitches  ;D) singing, dancing and a surprising amount of snogging  :o with a  triumphant end that had us all on our feet cheering  :D

Excellent cast - go and see it if you get the chance.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on November 07, 2017, 05:16:13 PM
Michael McDonald and Marc Cohn, ACL Live, November 6, 2017! Christopher Cross popped up during the encore to perform "Ride Like The Wind." Michael and Marc duetted on a snippet of "Wildflowers" (Tom Petty) and a fabulous version of "Into the Mystic."  It was a perfect evening.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on November 07, 2017, 05:28:06 PM

Michael McDonald and Marc Cohn, ACL Live, November 6, 2017! Christopher Cross popped up during the encore to perform "Ride Like The Wind." Michael and Marc duetted on a snippet of "Wildflowers" (Tom Petty) and a fabulous version of "Into the Mystic."  It was a perfect evening.


Did you steal his laces?


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on November 09, 2017, 04:42:48 PM
One of my all-time favorite bands, Los Lobos, ACL Live, last night (November 8, 2017)! By my count, this was my 19th Los Lobos show since 1987.

Guest stars Los Texmaniacs and Making Movies joined them for several tunes, including an awesome cover of "She's About A Mover" to close out the show. It's the greatest maracas- and Farfisa organ-based pop song ever written.

David Hidalgo told a story about their first visit to Austin. In 1983, they booked a gig in Laredo, Texas, that fell through. Stuck in Laredo without enough money to get 1,400 miles back to Los Angeles, they called Clifford Antone for help. Steve Berlin knew Clifford because The Blasters had played Antone's a few times. Clifford offered them a week in his club opening for Doug Sahm (Texas Tornadoes, Sir Douglas Quintet). They got paid $100 each. It was a sweet story and so Austin.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: JJ (Joanna) on November 09, 2017, 08:52:20 PM
Last night at Cecil Sharp, Jex Lowe and Steve Tilston, it was a good night. Next week at CS Sir Ralph with Wizz.  ;)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Chris on November 09, 2017, 09:29:32 PM
Oysterband last night. Stonkingly good as usual!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Andy Tuck on November 09, 2017, 11:57:27 PM
Great gig in Leicester tonight with The Whiskey Rebellion, The brandy Thieves and Ferocious Dog.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: David V B on November 10, 2017, 07:47:39 AM
Jon Boden on fine form (solo) at the Cornerstone in Didcot. Bit disappointed at first it wasn't with the Remnant Kings but once I'd got over that, really enjoyed it, especially strong new material from his new album. Surprising number of songs from his  Bellowhead days but not complaining. Really is a very talented guy. Very friendly too, seemed a little more relaxed flying alone


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Nick on November 10, 2017, 11:59:43 AM

Jon Boden on fine form (solo) at the Cornerstone in Didcot. Bit disappointed at first it wasn't with the Remnant Kings but once I'd got over that, really enjoyed it, especially strong new material from his new album. Surprising number of songs from his  Bellowhead days but not complaining. Really is a very talented guy. Very friendly too, seemed a little more relaxed flying alone


It was a lovely show wasn't it?

We saw Jon solo about a year ago at the RSC so kind of knew what to expect - the new songs come across very well in the solo setting.

I guess there are echoes of Richard Thompson there. Not in terms of the sound, but the idea of being able to tour two very different shows from the same back catalogue, solo and band based. The, ahem, 'cover' reminded me of RT doing Brittany too.

I shall try and get tickets to the Scala gig which will be with the Remnant Kings, so I can compare and contrast.

Cheers

Nick


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on November 12, 2017, 06:30:19 AM
Last night (Friday), Chris Hillman, Herb Pederson and John Jorgenson at the Texas Union Theatre in Austin, Texas, U.S.A.

This was an absolutely lovely experience. Three incredible and incredibly tasteful musicians, playing and singing in perfect harmony. Chris put out a new album a couple of months ago ("Bidin' My Time"), produced by none other than Tom Petty.  I bought the album after the show, BTW, and got a hurried autograph from the man himself.  He played most of the new album, which is fabulous, and sprinkled in a couple of "hits" from the Desert Rose Band and Flying Burrito Brothers.  As one might guess, we were also treated to Turn Turn Turn, Eight Miles High, and a handful of other carefully curated Byrds tunes.

I cannot recommend this highly enough.  If he decides to tour the UK, you have to go see him!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jules Gray on November 12, 2017, 11:09:52 AM

Last night (Friday), Chris Hillman, Herb Pederson and John Jorgenson at the Texas Union Theatre in Austin, Texas, U.S.A.

This was an absolutely lovely experience. Three incredible and incredibly tasteful musicians, playing and singing in perfect harmony. Chris put out a new album a couple of months ago ("Bidin' My Time"), produced by none other than Tom Petty.  I bought the album after the show, BTW, and got a hurried autograph from the man himself.  He played most of the new album, which is fabulous, and sprinkled in a couple of "hits" from the Desert Rose Band and Flying Burrito Brothers.  As one might guess, we were also treated to Turn Turn Turn, Eight Miles High, and a handful of other carefully curated Byrds tunes.

I cannot recommend this highly enough.  If he decides to tour the UK, you have to go see him!


Ace!  I've played quite a bit of Chris's new album over on YouTube and can only echo John here - it's a terrific record.  McGuinn and Crosby guest on it.  It was only possible because of Tom Petty's belief in Chris.  That man will be missed.

Jules


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on November 12, 2017, 01:16:43 PM
Given the fact that he had effectively retired (only getting talked out of it by Tom), I find it highly unlikely he will tour this side of the pond, but I sincerely hope he does.  Short of Gene C (who I had tickets for the Cambridge Folk Festival he was billed on, before, with very bad timing, dying) I think Chris is the only major Byrds member (who survived into the 80's at least) I haven't seen. Had a chance with the Desert Rose Band and turned my nose up at the opportunity.  Always regretted that.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Paul on November 12, 2017, 10:32:24 PM
Gigspanner on excellent form at the Tuppenny Barn yesterday. Not only are they excellent musicians, but such nice blokes as well.

Paul


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: bassline (Mike) on November 15, 2017, 12:50:31 AM
Alice Cooper. The usual classy entertainment, plus five classic tunes at the end featuring the surviving members of the original Alice Cooper band, with the entire ensemble rounding things off with School's Out/Another Brick In The Wall part two at the whatever it's called this week arena in Brum.
Possibly the last arena gig I ever go to, it was a good way to end things.  :)  ???  :'(


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Shankly (Peter) on November 15, 2017, 07:42:00 AM
Biily Bragg last night at Liverpool Phil. Great show - Billy's really on form at the moment. I suppose there's a lot for him to go on about these days. He did a particularly well received version of 'Never buy the sun'.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: dog-nap (Ian) on November 16, 2017, 05:21:55 PM
Very laid-back album launch by Wizz and Ralph at Cecil Sharp House last night.  The chaps were on splendid form.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: JJ (Joanna) on November 16, 2017, 09:04:07 PM

Very laid-back album launch by Wizz and Ralph at Cecil Sharp House last night.  The chaps were on splendid form.

What a great night, so relaxing, good humour, great music.  ;)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: mickf on November 17, 2017, 09:55:24 AM
Oysterband in Cardiff last night. Brilliant.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Chris on November 17, 2017, 01:25:29 PM
Elaine Morgan's new band Dewdropper before the Oysters last night - excellent night all round!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: ColinB on November 19, 2017, 03:40:34 PM
John Tams and Barry Coope played at Halton Mill near Lancaster last night. First time I'd seen them and as MrsB remarked, John seemed to spend as much time telling stories and making awful puns (are there any other sort?) as he did singing songs. But it was all very entertaining with John recounting the time he met a rather grumpy Laurie Lee in a London pub and Barry asked him to tell us about his encounter with Max Wall at a theatre production he was involved with. There were plenty of songs to sing along to and there seemed to be quite a few about The Great War.

It was a sell-out crowd at the Mill last night so hopefully they can build on that success and put on some more gigs in the new year. I spotted the guy who used to compere the Fylde Folk Festival in the audience though if you know who I mean, you'll know he's hard to miss! And they were selling pork pies in the interval which I don't think I've ever seen at a gig before.

Barry is coming back up this way next month when he, Lester Simpson, Jo Freya and Fi Fraser bring their Christmas show to Staveley in the Lake District.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Paul on November 19, 2017, 10:20:27 PM
Afro Celt Sound System, supported by Dhol Foundation, at the Wedgewood Rooms. The tickets were a birthday present from my son, so he came with us and made me drink too much.  ;D

Both bands were excellent, with a lot of crossover between them. Jonny Kelsi must have been knackered by the end of it, being on stage full time with both bands whilst carrying a bloody grrat drum.  ;D

Having only seen both bands at festivals, where they tend to play full on dance numbers, it was nice to see them do a full set with a lot of variety.

Thoroughly enjoyable evening.

Paul


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: David V B on November 20, 2017, 07:47:30 AM

Afro Celt Sound System, supported by Dhol Foundation, at the Wedgewood Rooms. The tickets were a birthday present from my son, so he came with us and made me drink too much.  ;D

Both bands were excellent, with a lot of crossover between them. Jonny Kelsi must have been knackered by the end of it, being on stage full time with both bands whilst carrying a bloody grrat drum.  ;D

Having only seen both bands at festivals, where they tend to play full on dance numbers, it was nice to see them do a full set with a lot of variety.

Thoroughly enjoyable evening.


Paul



Totally agree. Saw them at Reading on Saturday and they were brilliant. Long time since I have seen a support band get a crowd moving like that


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: DarrenWilliams on November 24, 2017, 12:31:01 PM
Soft Machine at a sold out Band On The Wall in Manchester last night. Some astonishing playing. John Marshall is about 75, and looked slightly frail as he walked on stage, but is still an absolute powerhouse on the drums. Their set mostly comprised material from their later 70s albums Softs and Bundles, but also delved as far back as Outbloodyrageous from Third.

Also had a brief chat with Gavin from Edward II who I think is CEO at the venue (Tee Carthy was working in the ticket office). Sounds like EII have some interesting gigs and projects coming up.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Alan2 on November 25, 2017, 10:57:55 AM

Soft Machine at a sold out Band On The Wall in Manchester last night. Some astonishing playing. John Marshall is about 75, and looked slightly frail as he walked on stage, but is still an absolute powerhouse on the drums. Their set mostly comprised material from their later 70s albums Softs and Bundles, but also delved as far back as Outbloodyrageous from Third.

Also had a brief chat with Gavin from Edward II who I think is CEO at the venue (Tee Carthy was working in the ticket office). Sounds like EII have some interesting gigs and projects coming up.


I would have enjoyed this.  I especially like the Bundles era stuff.

I didn't know there was a band actually  touring as Soft Machine-  -thought it would be  the 'Legacy' band.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on November 25, 2017, 12:11:42 PM

I didn't know there was a band actually  touring as Soft Machine-  -thought it would be  the 'Legacy' band.


Same band.  They just dropped the Legacy (as had been the case in Europe already).


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on November 25, 2017, 02:56:02 PM
And so to The Globe in Cardiff, to see the Remnant Kings, Jon Boden’s occasional group. Having seen the 5-piece twice before, I was really looking forward to it. But, soft, what is this? Sam Sweeney and Paul Sartin were expected, but a squeezebox player, a girl on cello, a brass section, a guy on guitar?? Had I inadvertently time-travelled to a Bellowhead gig?
No I hadn’t. For reasons best known to Mr Boden, he has decided to recreate the sound of his solo albums in an 11-piece folk rock big band. And very good they sounded too, but not like Bellowhead. He played his new album Afterglow in its entirety, it’s good and if you like his music you’ll like it. He did photos & autographs half time, but the rest of the band were nowhere to be seen!
I once said I’d never forgive Jon Boden for breaking up Spiers & Boden, and then Bellowhead, but life is too short for bitterness so I’ll let him off. They were very good and I hope the tour is successful, but my God does he need to come off his pedestal and deflate his ego. IMHO of course  :)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on November 25, 2017, 04:11:16 PM

Soft Machine at a sold out Band On The Wall in Manchester last night. Some astonishing playing. John Marshall is about 75, and looked slightly frail as he walked on stage, but is still an absolute powerhouse on the drums. Their set mostly comprised material from their later 70s albums Softs and Bundles, but also delved as far back as Outbloodyrageous from Third.

Also had a brief chat with Gavin from Edward II who I think is CEO at the venue (Tee Carthy was working in the ticket office). Sounds like EII have some interesting gigs and projects coming up.


There's a review here https://canterburyscenecom.wordpress.com/2017/11/24/soft-machine-band-on-the-wall-manchester-23-november-2017/


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Penny on November 25, 2017, 09:01:58 PM
Colin Blunstone at Boom Boom Club, Sutton last night.  He still has the same voice, albeit in much older packaging.  They played all the hits as well as some newer songs.  Many highlights including 'Old and Wise' and 'She's not there'.  Great night.  Packed.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Andy on November 26, 2017, 01:22:37 AM
Not musical as such, although he did play a couple of songs, we went to see Phill Jupitus at Pontardawe tonight.

We had good memories of him from Spamalot and he mostly lived up to our expectations, with a first half reprising his "Porky the Poet" act of many years ago and a second half taken up by tales of his getting an honorary Doctorate; the love he has for the Chips with Cheese and Curry sauce from the Cafe Picante in Edinburgh where he now resides and a routine about being father to two daughters and the trials of both of them and his wife being "in step" via their body clocks.

However, he was quite fragile in some respects and ended both halves prematurely after getting comments shouted out from the audience. They weren't heckles as such and that's why I don't describe them as such.  Describing one audience member as a "bell-end" for his comment and really having a go at a bloke making comment - including asking him to look on the ticket and see if the audience member's name was on it or his.

Having crashed and burned in this manner at the end of the second half, he then read a poem by Sean Hughes out loud, visibly fighting off tears after the recent death of his friend. That was the end of the evening.

I should add that he showered the audience with Tunnock's Tea Cakes and Caramel bars during the interval and allowed many selfies with the fans, plus he autographed just about anything for people.

A conundrum and I suspect a very tired man, almost at the end of his tour.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Will S on November 27, 2017, 11:10:34 AM
Went to see The Foxglove Trio on Friday at Oxford Folk Club (which for all the name, is about 30 people in the upstairs room of a pub).  The band were late on, as the singer got caught up in the travel chaos getting out of London.

I hadn't come across them before until friends invited us to the concert, but they are three young musicians, playing mainly melodeon, cello and voice, but with a bit of swapping around of instruments, so there was also another cello, a guitar and a whistle which came out for a few songs.  Two of the group are Welsh, so we got a number of songs sung in the language of heaven, as well as others in English.  There was no PA, but they managed to balance the sounds very well, so there were only a couple of occasions where the instruments overcame the voices.

Well recommended.  I particularly enjoyed their rewrite of The January Man as The January Girl, but that was only one amongst a number of highlights.  I bought the new album but haven't listened yet, but will do this week.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Alan2 on November 27, 2017, 01:53:28 PM


I didn't know there was a band actually  touring as Soft Machine-  -thought it would be  the 'Legacy' band.


Same band.  They just dropped the Legacy (as had been the case in Europe already).


Ah I see.  8)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: DarrenWilliams on November 27, 2017, 03:16:18 PM



I didn't know there was a band actually  touring as Soft Machine-  -thought it would be  the 'Legacy' band.


Same band.  They just dropped the Legacy (as had been the case in Europe already).


Ah I see.  8)


I think legally they could have done this some time ago. What prompted them to do it was to avoid sounding like a tribute band (which some uncharitable folks might claim they are anyway cf. a load of other 60s/70s bands with hardly any original members).

Whatever they're called, they put on a great show and were worth more than the admission price.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Tony Pim on November 28, 2017, 11:50:38 AM
Robert Plant and Sensational Space Shifters / Seth Lakeman Liverpool Olympia 25th November.

Outstanding,  short set from Seth to begin with some old favourites,  then Mr Plant & Co.  I've seen him with this band maybe 3 times and always forget how they rock it up compared to the more chilled feel on their albums.  Some tremendous versions of Zeppelin tracks as well.  I thought I'd been to very venue in Liverpool yet had never even heard of this one.  Fantastic venue,  freaking freezing queuing to get in and once in , at least until Seth came on - £4.50 for a can of Tetleys but I guess that's about the norm these days.   On the bus route too !


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Alan2 on November 28, 2017, 12:43:55 PM




I didn't know there was a band actually  touring as Soft Machine-  -thought it would be  the 'Legacy' band.


Same band.  They just dropped the Legacy (as had been the case in Europe already).


Ah I see.  8)


The Legacy CDs I have, one of which is live, are very good.  8)

I think legally they could have done this some time ago. What prompted them to do it was to avoid sounding like a tribute band (which some uncharitable folks might claim they are anyway cf. a load of other 60s/70s bands with hardly any original members).

Whatever they're called, they put on a great show and were worth more than the admission price.



Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: mickf on November 28, 2017, 11:55:19 PM
Just back from seeing Steeleye Span in Abergavenny. With the trend for performing entire albums as part of a tour I suppose it was inevitable that Steeleye would eventually do it. They did (almost) all of 'Hark, The Village Wait' in the first half and jolly good it was too. The second half also offered up some classic oldies that haven't seen the light of day in a while - including a couple that I've never seen performed live before.  The new 7 piece line up seems to have gelled pretty well, with everyone seeming comfortable on stage. Plenty of humour and as always, great musicianship. A great concert, well worth the 90 mile round trip.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: mikec on November 29, 2017, 08:38:53 AM

Robert Plant and Sensational Space Shifters / Seth Lakeman Liverpool Olympia 25th November.

Outstanding,  short set from Seth to begin with some old favourites,  then Mr Plant & Co.  I've seen him with this band maybe 3 times and always forget how they rock it up compared to the more chilled feel on their albums.  Some tremendous versions of Zeppelin tracks as well.  I thought I'd been to very venue in Liverpool yet had never even heard of this one.  Fantastic venue,  freaking freezing queuing to get in and once in , at least until Seth came on - £4.50 for a can of Tetleys but I guess that's about the norm these days.   On the bus route too !


Same gig, similar comments. I thought Planty was outstanding and as you say Tony he and the Space Shifters certainly rocked it up!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Andy on November 29, 2017, 08:42:47 AM
Is Seth part of his band now?


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on November 29, 2017, 08:44:07 AM

Is Seth part of his band now?


He's certainly playing with him - there's some good photos of the 2 of them around.  Is he on for the whole set?


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: mikec on November 29, 2017, 08:53:47 AM
Seth was billed as the support act and played solo for about 30 mins. He went off and Planty and band then appeared shortly afterwards.

Seth did play on a number of songs during RP set and from memory I would say he played on roughly a third of the numbers. (could have been more-I wasn't counting).

My thinking on the way home was that he had been picked as a support act who would complement and add something to some of the numbers in the RP set rather than a full band member. (he didn't play on everything)

Seth playing violin on Whole Lotta Love is something I will remember for a long time (in a very good way I hasten to add!)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Will S on November 29, 2017, 09:17:20 AM

Just back from seeing Steeleye Span in Abergavenny. With the trend for performing entire albums as part of a tour I suppose it was inevitable that Steeleye would eventually do it. They did (almost) all of 'Hark, The Village Wait' in the first half and jolly good it was too. The second half also offered up some classic oldies that haven't seen the light of day in a while - including a couple that I've never seen performed live before.  The new 7 piece line up seems to have gelled pretty well, with everyone seeming comfortable on stage. Plenty of humour and as always, great musicianship. A great concert, well worth the 90 mile round trip.


Pedant alert: Steeleye have done it before, and released a live version of Now We Are Six a few years back.  Wonder if there will be a live recording of Hark... from this tour?

Was Maddy better?  There have been some comments about her struggling with a cold recently.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: mickf on December 01, 2017, 07:13:39 PM


Just back from seeing Steeleye Span in Abergavenny. With the trend for performing entire albums as part of a tour I suppose it was inevitable that Steeleye would eventually do it. They did (almost) all of 'Hark, The Village Wait' in the first half and jolly good it was too. The second half also offered up some classic oldies that haven't seen the light of day in a while - including a couple that I've never seen performed live before.  The new 7 piece line up seems to have gelled pretty well, with everyone seeming comfortable on stage. Plenty of humour and as always, great musicianship. A great concert, well worth the 90 mile round trip.


Pedant alert: Steeleye have done it before, and released a live version of Now We Are Six a few years back.  Wonder if there will be a live recording of Hark... from this tour?

Was Maddy better?  There have been some comments about her struggling with a cold recently.


Of course, I should have remembered, as I've got the 'Now we Are Six Again' live album!  ::) I suppose it was because it came hot on the heels of seeing Oysterband perform the whole of 'Holy Bandits' a fortnight ago.

Maddy was croaky (as were one or two of the others on stage) but it didn't detract from an overall brilliant night.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Will S on December 03, 2017, 02:56:57 PM
Moulettes at Arlington Arts on Friday night were in good form at the beginning of their tour.  They played the whole of the Preternatural album and a couple of other songs, but to me the atmosphere felt a little flat - not the band's fault, I think the fact that the seating is tiered, kind of like a lecture theatre, didn't help.  So it didn't grab me the way that hearing them at Cropredy a few years back did.  But, to be honest, I think I prefer their songs from back then too.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Chris on December 03, 2017, 02:59:49 PM
Didn't they have a different line-up at Cropredy?


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Alan2 on December 06, 2017, 03:10:02 PM
Pentangle/Strawbs/Steeleye last night.

I enjoyed all 3 of the acts, bur Steeleye especially, who seem at the top of their game, as it is now. Electric and electrifying folk. I was left feeling I should catch up-  Haven't really paid a lot of attention to them since around the time of Below the Salt.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Adam on December 06, 2017, 03:27:44 PM

Pentangle/Strawbs/Steeleye last night.

I enjoyed all 3 of the acts, bur Steeleye especially, who seem at the top of their game, as it is now. Electric and electrifying folk. I was left feeling I should catch up-  Haven't really paid a lot of attention to them since around the time of Below the Salt.


That’s a fair bit of Steeleye to catch up on, Alan! Some really good stuff out there.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Will S on December 06, 2017, 04:11:33 PM

Didn't they have a different line-up at Cropredy?


Yes, their line-up has changed quite a bit since then - only the singer/cellist and drummer are the same.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Alan2 on December 07, 2017, 10:59:11 AM


Pentangle/Strawbs/Steeleye last night.

I enjoyed all 3 of the acts, bur Steeleye especially, who seem at the top of their game, as it is now. Electric and electrifying folk. I was left feeling I should catch up-  Haven't really paid a lot of attention to them since around the time of Below the Salt.


That’s a fair bit of Steeleye to catch up on, Alan! Some really good stuff out there.


Indeed yes. Actually, I have heard some more recent stuff, , since I have some off-air tapes somewhere from the 80s. Steeleye in my record  collection ends with Parcel Of Rogues.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Brendan on December 09, 2017, 06:50:59 PM
Last night the late show at Stoller Hall the Unthanks. Firstly what a great venue really friendly and relaxed and the concert hall itself nicely set out comfortable and the sound was fantastic. I have seen the Unthanks two or three times always special concerts and real events, this time for me more than anything the event was the music, a varied set from their expansive back catalogue really showcasing their undoubted talent. The balance between the band and the orchestra was perfect, this was a truly great collaboration. This young orchestra and conductor with energy and subtle arrangement were the ideal foil to the Unthanks who vocally were pitch perfect and really performed the songs never being swamped. I got home about two in the morning and got up to work at five but I am still on a high having had such a great experience. Brilliant night catch them if you can!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bingers (Chris) on December 10, 2017, 09:23:09 AM
I know The Blockheads at Cropredy weren’t everybody’s cup of tea but last night at the Colchester Arts Centre they were on stonking form as they played the latest gig in their 40th anniversary tour.They played all of their hits together with tracks from their new album. A good time was had by all  :D


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Andy on December 10, 2017, 11:21:18 AM
I thought they were great at Cropredy and would enjoy a return visit.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: StephenB on December 10, 2017, 11:47:51 AM
Quite agree.  Full of energy and tight as a duck's bottom


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bingers (Chris) on December 10, 2017, 11:48:29 AM
Norman Watt Roy is probably the best bass player around and, apart from a couple of members, the Blockheads still have all the originals (including Chaz Jankel) whilst Derek the Draw is superb taking the lead vocals


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jim on December 10, 2017, 02:37:10 PM
Blockheads were tremendous at Cropredy and it wasn't even the first team, no Norman Watt Roy or Micky Gallagher. Still Guy Pratt wasn't a bad stand in on bass.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: bassline (Mike) on December 10, 2017, 07:52:31 PM

Blockheads were tremendous at Cropredy and it wasn't even the first team, no Norman Watt Roy or Micky Gallagher. Still Guy Pratt wasn't a bad stand in on bass.


Agreed.
I still haven't seen Norm do his stuff live, and hope to get the chance.
With Peggy and John Paul Jones appearing that year, it was a treat and a half for us thick stringers.  
 


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Paul on December 10, 2017, 10:08:56 PM
Seen them with Norman several times. He is a superb bassist, and the whole group are really tight.

Derek is a brilliant frontman. He doesn't try and copy Ian, which I think is a good thing, just brings his own style to Ian's songs.

Paul


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bingers (Chris) on December 10, 2017, 10:13:59 PM

Seen them with Norman several times. He is a superb bassist, and the whole group are really tight.

Derek is a brilliant frontman. He doesn't try and copy Ian, which I think is a good thing, just brings his own style to Ian's songs.

Paul



Absolutely and Mr Hussey was on form again last night  ;D


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Brendan on December 11, 2017, 08:48:22 AM

Last night the late show at Stoller Hall the Unthanks. Firstly what a great venue really friendly and relaxed and the concert hall itself nicely set out comfortable and the sound was fantastic. I have seen the Unthanks two or three times always special concerts and real events, this time for me more than anything the event was the music, a varied set from their expansive back catalogue really showcasing their undoubted talent. The balance between the band and the orchestra was perfect, this was a truly great collaboration. This young orchestra and conductor with energy and subtle arrangement were the ideal foil to the Unthanks who vocally were pitch perfect and really performed the songs never being swamped. I got home about two in the morning and got up to work at five but I am still on a high having had such a great experience. Brilliant night catch them if you can!
Wednesday night on Radio 2 from seven o'clock if they are on this kind of form it will be great


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Chris on December 11, 2017, 10:23:20 AM
They were at the recording on Saturday night at the Sage in Gateshead, I'm looking forward to hearing it again.

The whole show was nearly two hours long, so it'll be edited for sure. A standing ovation had Rachel in tears at the end. Well deserved though.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Dan O. on December 12, 2017, 08:55:59 AM
Robert Plant in Portsmouth last night - most excellent : a well-balanced blend of 21st Century material with some carefully chosen Zep favourites. Having such a stellar band certainly helps...


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Brendan on December 14, 2017, 08:25:36 AM
Put to one side the falsetto vocal, the regular use of profanity (particularity the word piss) the provocative nature of the majority of the songs and the face paint what The Tiger Lillies gave us at the Howard Assembly Rooms was a trio of musicians performing to the highest standards, telling stories with humour, pathos and sadness through a performance which was subtle, beautiful and above all joyfully entertaining. I may come across in my reviews as easily pleased but this year regarding the gigs I have attended my cup runneth over....even without blanking out The Kings of the South Seas, I have to say I feel blessed, which may not be appropriate following a Tiger Lillies concert (poor Jesus got a serious pasting).


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bingers (Chris) on December 16, 2017, 12:19:20 AM
Just finished front of house duties for The Blues Band in Witham, Essex. Another excellent gig and got the band to sign a CD. Paul Jones is a really nice bloke as are Dave Kelly, Gary Fletcher, Tom McGuinness and Rob Townsend  :)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: garrypbrooks on December 16, 2017, 08:13:08 AM

Just finished front of house duties for The Blues Band in Witham, Essex. Another excellent gig and got the band to sign a CD. Paul Jones is a really nice bloke as are Dave Kelly, Gary Fletcher, Tom McGuinness and Rob Townsend  :)

A rock concert in Witham? I lived there in the 80s and it was dead as a doornail. How things change.
I saw the Blues Band at Epsom a few weeks ago. An absolute pleasure, the way these guys keep their enthusiasm up both on & off the stage after so many years is amazing - a bit like Fairport, really.  :)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bingers (Chris) on December 16, 2017, 08:39:58 AM


Just finished front of house duties for The Blues Band in Witham, Essex. Another excellent gig and got the band to sign a CD. Paul Jones is a really nice bloke as are Dave Kelly, Gary Fletcher, Tom McGuinness and Rob Townsend  :)

A rock concert in Witham? I lived there in the 80s and it was dead as a doornail. How things change.
I saw the Blues Band at Epsom a few weeks ago. An absolute pleasure, the way these guys keep their enthusiasm up both on & off the stage after so many years is amazing - a bit like Fairport, really.  :)


Yes and we have Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band (yes the Geno!) next month and the Kast Off Kinks in March. The KOK are not really as a tribute band as they consist of all former members of The Kinks including Mick Avory


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: garrypbrooks on December 16, 2017, 09:05:53 AM



Just finished front of house duties for The Blues Band in Witham, Essex. Another excellent gig and got the band to sign a CD. Paul Jones is a really nice bloke as are Dave Kelly, Gary Fletcher, Tom McGuinness and Rob Townsend  :)

A rock concert in Witham? I lived there in the 80s and it was dead as a doornail. How things change.
I saw the Blues Band at Epsom a few weeks ago. An absolute pleasure, the way these guys keep their enthusiasm up both on & off the stage after so many years is amazing - a bit like Fairport, really.  :)


Yes and we have Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band (yes the Geno!) next month and the Kast Off Kinks in March. The KOK are not really as a tribute band as they consist of all former members of The Kinks including Mick Avory


Rock on Witham! Back in the 80s we'd have killed for a Karoke night!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jim on December 16, 2017, 01:31:04 PM



Just finished front of house duties for The Blues Band in Witham, Essex. Another excellent gig and got the band to sign a CD. Paul Jones is a really nice bloke as are Dave Kelly, Gary Fletcher, Tom McGuinness and Rob Townsend  :)

A rock concert in Witham? I lived there in the 80s and it was dead as a doornail. How things change.
I saw the Blues Band at Epsom a few weeks ago. An absolute pleasure, the way these guys keep their enthusiasm up both on & off the stage after so many years is amazing - a bit like Fairport, really.  :)

Yes and we have Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band (yes the Geno!) next month and the Kast Off Kinks in March. The KOK are not really as a tribute band as they consist of all former members of The Kinks including Mick Avory


Do Ray and Dave not qualify as ex-Kinks? ::)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bingers (Chris) on December 16, 2017, 01:52:57 PM




Just finished front of house duties for The Blues Band in Witham, Essex. Another excellent gig and got the band to sign a CD. Paul Jones is a really nice bloke as are Dave Kelly, Gary Fletcher, Tom McGuinness and Rob Townsend  :)

A rock concert in Witham? I lived there in the 80s and it was dead as a doornail. How things change.
I saw the Blues Band at Epsom a few weeks ago. An absolute pleasure, the way these guys keep their enthusiasm up both on & off the stage after so many years is amazing - a bit like Fairport, really.  :)

Yes and we have Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band (yes the Geno!) next month and the Kast Off Kinks in March. The KOK are not really as a tribute band as they consist of all former members of The Kinks including Mick Avory


Do Ray and Dave not qualify as ex-Kinks? ::)


Of course but they’re not part of the Kast Off Kinks although Ray has sung with them on occasion


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jules Gray on December 16, 2017, 02:02:34 PM





Just finished front of house duties for The Blues Band in Witham, Essex. Another excellent gig and got the band to sign a CD. Paul Jones is a really nice bloke as are Dave Kelly, Gary Fletcher, Tom McGuinness and Rob Townsend  :)

A rock concert in Witham? I lived there in the 80s and it was dead as a doornail. How things change.
I saw the Blues Band at Epsom a few weeks ago. An absolute pleasure, the way these guys keep their enthusiasm up both on & off the stage after so many years is amazing - a bit like Fairport, really.  :)

Yes and we have Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band (yes the Geno!) next month and the Kast Off Kinks in March. The KOK are not really as a tribute band as they consist of all former members of The Kinks including Mick Avory

HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM!
Do Ray and Dave not qualify as ex-Kinks? ::)


Of course but they’re not part of the Kast Off Kinks although Ray has sung with them on occasion


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Adam on December 17, 2017, 01:35:24 PM
Queen + Adam Lambert, Birmingham. Fantastic!
I’m fed up of people banging on that it’s not Queen without Freddie, etc. Adam Lambert addressed that early on in the show, saying that of course he wasn’t trying to be a Freddie, but wanted to honour and remember him by doing the best he can. He is a fantastic, charismatic singer in his own right, and I think his voice fits the songs well. Particular highlights:
1. Brian May tearing into the guitar solos. He was my first guitar hero, and seeing him live for the first time was magical.
2. Not just the hits! Never thought I’d hear Stone Cold Crazy or Get Down Make Love!
3. Just how good Roger Taylor was at taking lead vocal on Under Pressure.
4. A visibly emotional Brian May. He came to the front of the stage with an acoustic guitar; unfortunately he told us he had a virus and had lost his voice. He played love of my life, whilst the crowd sang it to him. He was filling up by the end.
5. Awesome stage show; lots of Frank the robot from News of the World, both holographically and as a physical prop.

All in all, an amazing night that I won’t forget in a hurry


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Shankly (Peter) on December 17, 2017, 04:57:17 PM
Albion Christmas Band last night in Southport - very much getting us into a festive mood, even if it meant missing the Strictly Final!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Paul on December 17, 2017, 10:20:34 PM
Belshazzar's Feast at the tuppeny barn. Not sure whether to describe this as comedy, Christmas or folk, as it is all three. Great fun, full of excellent musicianship, and very silly gags. Arguing whether a pieces was in D or A was hilarious, especially when it was played.

Paul


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: ColinB on December 18, 2017, 11:12:56 AM
Coope Simpson Fraser Freya last night at Staveley village hall. Some fine harmony singing including three versions of While Shepherds... plus a Tom Lehrer number and Alan Bennett's 12 Days of Xmas being among other highlights.

They're playing in Blackburn tonight.

https://www.ents24.com/blackburn-events/mellor-brook-community-centre/coope-simpson-fraser-freya/5167793


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Field 7 is Heaven (Trev) on December 18, 2017, 04:29:17 PM
The argument about tribute Bands does p*** me off a bit.

Fairports have one original member but when they play Liege and Lief stuff they are Fairport playing fairport music.

I love Pink Floyd ,but Aussie Floyd played it better.

No one in the Berlin Philharmonic toured with Beethoven , but it's relevant and authentic when they play it.

For me its about the sincerity and quality. When we see the band set up to recreate Paul Simon's Graceland at the Beardy festival it will probably be good because they are doing it because they love it.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on December 19, 2017, 10:14:09 AM
Daniel Kitson at Theatr Clwyd in Mold.  His Christmas 'play' (well, sort of).

Genuinely the funniest man I know of.  And by far the best swearer on the planet.

I love how he doesn't play the game...£12 a ticket?  Never on tv?  Good man.  Love him to bits.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bingers (Chris) on January 07, 2018, 01:56:15 PM
Saw the legendary Geno Washington at Witham Public Hall in Essex last night. He was with a band called YoYo Blues which was essentially the old Ram Jam Band but without the sax players. The set was more blues based than soul based but the guitarist and especially the bass player, Steve Bingham (same surname as me but no relation unfortunately) were superb. Geno was also on fine form for a 74 year old although I could have done without some of the ramblings between songs


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Chris on January 08, 2018, 04:10:42 PM

The argument about tribute Bands does p*** me off a bit.

Fairports have one original member but when they play Liege and Lief stuff they are Fairport playing fairport music.

I love Pink Floyd ,but Aussie Floyd played it better.


The only tributes I have an issue with are those who take to the ultimate, like the Bootleg Beatles, for example. You *don't* need to look like the originals, nor dress like the originals, to *sound* like the originals. I mean, wtf?.....~I don't get it, sorry.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bingers (Chris) on January 08, 2018, 04:28:38 PM


The argument about tribute Bands does p*** me off a bit.

Fairports have one original member but when they play Liege and Lief stuff they are Fairport playing fairport music.

I love Pink Floyd ,but Aussie Floyd played it better.


The only tributes I have an issue with are those who take to the ultimate, like the Bootleg Beatles, for example. You *don't* need to look like the originals, nor dress like the originals, to *sound* like the originals. I mean, wtf?.....~I don't get it, sorry.


Why is under the ‘recent gigs’ thread?


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Chris on January 08, 2018, 04:31:48 PM
Good question - for the original poster I quoted. I did wonder where/why that post appeared where it did :-)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: garrypbrooks on January 09, 2018, 09:10:19 AM
Paul Jones and Friends at G Live in Guildford: Charity event to raise money for Prostate Cancel unit (and also a little for Cranleigh Arts Centre, of which PJ is honorary patron)

What a line up - PJ, Eric Clapton, tom JOnes, Van Morrison and a terrific backing 10/11 piece band led by Paddy Milner on the old Joanna - and all playing for free. Not bad for £50, and all for a worthy cause

PJ really is a National Treasure. (I hope that's not an insult)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: ColinB on January 19, 2018, 12:01:42 PM
Steve Knightley last night in Lancaster on his Songs and Stories tour. As the name suggests there is quite alot of chat between and even during songs so if you're looking for an evening of music only, then probably best to wait for the SoH tour this April/May. I see Geoff Lakeman is special guest on that tour and they're coming to Morecambe on May 11th.

I thoroughly enjoyed the evening with some interesting stories from his teenage and pre-SoH days. Turns out he applied to study at Lancaster but was turned down and went to Coventry instead. Quite a few covers ranging from Dylan to Prince and even a bit of Radiohead. He does do quite a few bits of songs which can be a tad frustrating if you want to hear the whole song but all in all it was a fun evening... apart from the uncomfortable seats in the Chaplaincy Centre.



Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Brendan on January 20, 2018, 12:49:45 AM
It suits him well - a tribute to Swarb had great contributions from John Kirkpatrick, Martin Carthy, Simon Swarbrick and the percussionist who also sang should receive a special mention. I will not comment on the rest and don't want to cover the set as it might spoil the surprises. Would be interested to see what other people thought?


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on January 20, 2018, 08:11:24 AM

It suits him well - a tribute to Swarb had great contributions from John Kirkpatrick, Martin Carthy, Simon Swarbrick and the percussionist who also sang should receive a special mention. I will not comment on the rest and don't want to cover the set as it might spoil the surprises. Would be interested to see what other people thought?


Reasonable crowd?


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Brendan on January 20, 2018, 09:18:32 AM


It suits him well - a tribute to Swarb had great contributions from John Kirkpatrick, Martin Carthy, Simon Swarbrick and the percussionist who also sang should receive a special mention. I will not comment on the rest and don't want to cover the set as it might spoil the surprises. Would be interested to see what other people thought?

First time they got a full house in fifteen years !

Reasonable crowd?


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Andy on January 20, 2018, 09:48:04 AM
FYI Brendan, you can put remarks behind a spoiler tag by clicking on the radioactive icon when writing a Reply (not a Quick Reply).


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Alan2 on January 20, 2018, 11:05:17 AM
An excellent performance by Roger Chapman and co., billed as 'Family and Friends'.   Only one ex family member apart from RC -- 'Poli'  Palmer, but they played well. A goodly number of classic Family songs, including 'Weaver's Answer'.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on January 20, 2018, 02:06:01 PM



It suits him well - a tribute to Swarb had great contributions from John Kirkpatrick, Martin Carthy, Simon Swarbrick and the percussionist who also sang should receive a special mention. I will not comment on the rest and don't want to cover the set as it might spoil the surprises. Would be interested to see what other people thought?

First time they got a full house in fifteen years !

Reasonable crowd?



That surprises me.  The publicity for this tour seems (I thought, anyway) to have been a bit shoddy.  I'm glad I'm wrong on that.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Shane (Skirky) on January 20, 2018, 07:15:27 PM
Dame Judy Dyble and Andy Lewis and their band at The Union Chapel. Part of the pay-what-you-will lunchtime sessions season. Jude in great voice with a terrific group of musicians including the much under-appropriated niche autoharp/samples crossover artiste stage left. Surprisingly upbeat set, with exemplary harmonies and violin, guitar and keyboards, drums, and acoustic guitar tastefully filling out the sound, and including their great cover of ‘Northern Sky’. Andy looking sharp as a pin in all-black, mod era turtleneck and shiny cuban heels. I left with a copy of the album on the vinly which, due to my filing system is now snuggled, appropriately, between Joni Mitchell and Kirsty MacColl.  [;-)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on January 22, 2018, 05:32:48 PM
Moody Blues - Days of Future Passed 50th Anniversary Tour, last night, Cedar Park Center, Cedar Park, Texas!

Great show.  I checked my archive, and this was my first Moodies concert since 1986(!).  Everyone was on great form, and they played the entirety of DOFP, complete with pre-recorded orchestral flourishes, sandwiched between the greatest hits of John Lodge and Justin Hayward.  Virtual Jeremy Irons subbed for Mike Pinder on the spoken passages.

Highly recommend if you get a chance.

Also, a moving video tribute to Ray Thomas opened the show.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: hendo (Dave) on January 22, 2018, 07:53:54 PM


It suits him well - a tribute to Swarb had great contributions from John Kirkpatrick, Martin Carthy, Simon Swarbrick and the percussionist who also sang should receive a special mention. I will not comment on the rest and don't want to cover the set as it might spoil the surprises. Would be interested to see what other people thought?


Reasonable crowd?

Sold Out.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: David V B on January 22, 2018, 10:02:07 PM
A new monthly folk night started at the Holywell in Oxford on Saturday with a great set by Teddy Thompson. If they keep this standard up, it's going to be a regular night out for me


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Will S on January 23, 2018, 12:37:51 PM



It suits him well - a tribute to Swarb had great contributions from John Kirkpatrick, Martin Carthy, Simon Swarbrick and the percussionist who also sang should receive a special mention. I will not comment on the rest and don't want to cover the set as it might spoil the surprises. Would be interested to see what other people thought?


Reasonable crowd?

Sold Out.


Looking forward to seeing this next week


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: hendo (Dave) on January 24, 2018, 01:20:47 PM
The wonderful TRIALS OF CATO , at the Wurzlebush Folk Club in Brinklow.
A male trio, Bozouki, Banjo, Bodhran, Stomp Box / Mandolin / Guitar, shared lead vocals and v good harmonies. Some trad songs and tunes but a lot of their own songs and tunes, a couple in Welsh ( in a folk style , whatever that is)  to be found on their album , out in the Spring
I bought their taster 4 track Cd. Always a good sign.
If they don't become a serious big festival band I will be very surprised.
Mister Keith at New Forest Fest, have a look at these , they would fit you perfectly!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: David V B on January 26, 2018, 06:58:15 PM
Luke Jackson at Faringdon Corn Exchange. He just keeps getting better and better. As Amy Wadge had to pull out of the tour through illness, Luke is doing the full evening with an interesting range of covers and some new material.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: DarrenWilliams on January 28, 2018, 06:34:58 PM
Wolf People at the Deaf Institute in Manchester last night. Nice venue for a great band. Looked and sounded like an early 70s band. Bits of folk rock, dual guitars reminiscent of early Wishbone Ash, and crunching Sabbath style riffs. Loud!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Will S on January 30, 2018, 09:58:08 AM
SWARB - It Suits Him Well last night at Nettlebed.  I'll put my comments behind a spoiler thing in case anyone hasn't seen it yet.



Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Brendan on January 30, 2018, 06:27:31 PM

SWARB - It Suits Him Well last night at Nettlebed.  I'll put my comments behind a spoiler thing in case anyone hasn't seen it yet.


good review exactly my take on the event but expressed far better than I could apart from the presence of invisible reggae


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Will S on January 31, 2018, 09:48:56 AM


SWARB - It Suits Him Well last night at Nettlebed.  I'll put my comments behind a spoiler thing in case anyone hasn't seen it yet.


good review exactly my take on the event but expressed far better than I could apart from the presence of invisible reggae


Thanks.  Yes, the supposed reggae influence evaded me.  And the mash-up of 'My Luve is Like A Red Red Rose' and 'No Woman No Cry' was not a success IMHO.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: mickf on January 31, 2018, 11:49:37 AM



SWARB - It Suits Him Well last night at Nettlebed.  I'll put my comments behind a spoiler thing in case anyone hasn't seen it yet.


good review exactly my take on the event but expressed far better than I could apart from the presence of invisible reggae


Thanks.  Yes, the supposed reggae influence evaded me.  And the mash-up of 'My Luve is Like A Red Red Rose' and 'No Woman No Cry' was not a success IMHO.

 ;D ;D ;D ;D


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Col D on February 02, 2018, 11:30:47 AM
John Smith at The Sugarmill in Hanley last night. Without doubt the coldest gig I've ever been to, indoor or out, it was freezing. John was blowing into cupped hands between each song in a vain attempt to warm his hands and made several requests from the stage for someone to turn on the heating, but for whatever reason nothing was done. The audience were a pretty bizarre sight in coats, scarves, hats, gloves etc, exactly what they'd arrived in.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: ColinB on February 02, 2018, 11:58:36 AM

John Smith at The Sugarmill in Hanley last night. Without doubt the coldest gig I've ever been to, indoor or out, it was freezing. John was blowing into cupped hands between each song in a vain attempt to warm his hands and made several requests from the stage for someone to turn on the heating, but for whatever reason nothing was done. The audience were a pretty bizarre sight in coats, scarves, hats, gloves etc, exactly what they'd arrived in.


Puts me in mind of the time I saw RT play at St Mary's cathedral in Edinburgh in late December. The audience was all wrapped up in their coats, hats and gloves but himself played the gig in his usual black t-shirt. Maybe there was a heater on full blast where he was standing.

I'm probably going to see John Smith in Morecambe tomorrow. Hopefully the heating will be functioning at the Hothouse.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Brendan on February 02, 2018, 12:09:53 PM


John Smith at The Sugarmill in Hanley last night. Without doubt the coldest gig I've ever been to, indoor or out, it was freezing. John was blowing into cupped hands between each song in a vain attempt to warm his hands and made several requests from the stage for someone to turn on the heating, but for whatever reason nothing was done. The audience were a pretty bizarre sight in coats, scarves, hats, gloves etc, exactly what they'd arrived in.


Puts me in mind of the time I saw RT play at St Mary's cathedral in Edinburgh in late December. The audience was all wrapped up in their coats, hats and gloves but himself played the gig in his usual black t-shirt. Maybe there was a heater on full blast where he was standing.

I'm probably going to see John Smith in Morecambe tomorrow. Hopefully the heating will be functioning at the Hothouse.

Really like the hothouse great little venue certainly get some interesting acts on.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on February 02, 2018, 12:18:49 PM
Just for the record, the coldest gig ever was - without question - the Owl Service's final ever gig.  This one.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8MimCZU-1s&list=PLgkLMlL-VFXtRTs4pBvgPWP0p3llMmI1M

Literally, unbearably cold.  Great, mind (although sadly, I couldn't stay for Plinth I was so freezing).  The Laphroaig I had on the way home is one of the nicest things ever to pass my lips  ;D


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Col D on February 02, 2018, 03:09:11 PM


I'm probably going to see John Smith in Morecambe tomorrow. Hopefully the heating will be functioning at the Hothouse.



We had that pencilled in as our son is at Lancaster Uni and a bit of a John Smith fan himself, but sadly circumstances have derailed that idea.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bingers (Chris) on February 03, 2018, 10:47:44 AM



SWARB - It Suits Him Well last night at Nettlebed.  I'll put my comments behind a spoiler thing in case anyone hasn't seen it yet.


good review exactly my take on the event but expressed far better than I could apart from the presence of invisible reggae


Thanks.  Yes, the supposed reggae influence evaded me.  And the mash-up of 'My Luve is Like A Red Red Rose' and 'No Woman No Cry' was not a success IMHO.


Saw this at Maldon Essex last night. Thought it was an interesting evening and largely agree with all the above although I did enjoy the No Woman/my love is like a red red rose mash up but the mauling of Matty Groves with the reggae thing was fairly woeful. We were also left pondering just how long the wonderful Martin Carthy can keep going?


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Chris on February 03, 2018, 02:03:55 PM
Seeing this tonight....


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: dog-nap (Ian) on February 04, 2018, 04:31:56 PM
A great evening with Pete Atkin at the Pheasantry (a branch of Pizza Express).  This is one of his favourite venues and it is easy to see why.  The place has the atmosphere of a cocktail lounge, but with a quiet, appreciative audience and an efficient but silent staff.  As usual these days, Pete was accompanied by a pianist (the excellent Simon Wallace) while he played the guitar or just sang.  He seems to have recovered very well from his accident (he was knocked over by a bus a few years ago) and he performed a nice mix of material, both old and more recent.  There were plenty of jokes and reminiscences.  He is another artiste enjoying a golden anniversary – 50 years since he started his collaboration with Clive James  Rather like Fairport, some of the songs which they wrote when they were young men seem even more appropriate, now that they have reached old age.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Polly Oxford (Andie) on February 04, 2018, 07:07:38 PM
Pete Atkin. A great favourite of ours. Are there any other dates or does he just do places he enjoys these days?


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: dog-nap (Ian) on February 05, 2018, 02:58:29 AM
One or two of these may be closer to you, Andie, but as you can see from the list he does not perform very often and, yes, he prefers playing in venues that he knows and likes.  I think this was the fourth time he had played at the Pheasantry in recent months and he made it very plain that he was hoping to be asked back again!
http://www.peteatkin.com/pa.htm
 


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Chris on February 05, 2018, 09:52:44 AM
The Swarb tribute in Hailsham on Saturday - agree with the comments above about the reggae-tinged tracks - ??? ok, Swarb might have played on several of Jason's numbers over the last couple of years of his life, but suely this was meant to be a whole-life tribute? Just too many.....

But otherwise, I thought it wa a good night....PeeWee Ellis has taken a tumble apparently & damaged his right arm along with obtaining a split ip or two, and so a sub was playing in his place - from Jason's website, it was his usual sax player - who was extremely good. But sax on Swarb numbers got me floored - since when?

Overall I'm glad I went - Jill S was in tears at the end, but seemed in good spirits earlier when I had a long chat with her. I'm not inclined to see Jason's band again though.

Martin C was on good form - third time in a month I've been at a gig that has involved him - NormaFest, Bright Phoebus and this Swarb tribute. And again in three weeks when he's out & about with Eliza.

Lots of good music in Januuary - The Transports again were superb in London, Bright Phoebus, and Teada & Blazin Fiddles 20th anniversary party and Duncan Chisolm's new work at Celtic Connections, Andy Irvine & Donul Lunny at Tradfest in Dublin along with Alan Stivell and a Julie Fowlis gig added up to busy month.....

Fairport tonight at a fundraiser for Cropredy school!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Alan2 on February 05, 2018, 03:05:53 PM

Pete Atkin. A great favourite of ours. Are there any other dates or does he just do places he enjoys these days?


I've been a PA fan for almost as long as I've liked music, but never seen him live. I'd like there to be a new album, but am not  holding my breath.  8)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Simon Withers on February 06, 2018, 08:58:59 AM
i went to Rock City on Sunday evening (Nottingham) to see The Damned…excellent music and an excellent band.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: William on February 06, 2018, 11:08:27 AM
Really great night in Colchester last night. Sunjay supported by The Hardy Perennials.

HP are a four piece outfit from Chelmsford. Fiddle, Base, Recorder backing Guitar Vocalist. An excellent warm up for the main event.

Sunjay's set consisted of mainly Blues clasics with a few of his own songs. He is the most amazing young guitarist, performing seated with just one accustic instrument. He  somehow manages to fit references to Hermans Hermits and the Walker Brothers into an exciting performance. As an encore he put together an eleven minute Rock & Roll medley that sent all the Grey Head Baby Boomers home happy.

The down side was the poor turn out. probably due to the fact that he was unknown here and the reluctance of the potential audience to come out on a cold winters night. However Sunjay remained professional and gave the few of us who attended a musical treat. The up side is that I'll be able to say that I was one of the few that saw him the first time he came to Colchester. I'll make a point of looking out for him in the future.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bingers (Chris) on February 06, 2018, 11:19:31 AM

Really great night in Colchester last night. Sunjay supported by The Hardy Perennials.

HP are a four piece outfit from Chelmsford. Fiddle, Base, Recorder backing Guitar Vocalist. An excellent warm up for the main event.

Sunjay's set consisted of mainly Blues clasics with a few of his own songs. He is the most amazing young guitarist, performing seated with just one accustic instrument. He  somehow manages to fit references to Hermans Hermits and the Walker Brothers into an exciting performance. As an encore he put together an eleven minute Rock & Roll medley that sent all the Grey Head Baby Boomers home happy.

The down side was the poor turn out. probably due to the fact that he was unknown here and the reluctance of the potential audience to come out on a cold winters night. However Sunjay remained professional and gave the few of us who attended a musical treat. The up side is that I'll be able to say that I was one of the few that saw him the first time he came to Colchester. I'll make a point of looking out for him in the future.


Sorry I missed this as I try to get to the Colchester Folk Club as often as I can but transport from Great Totham is a bit difficult as I’m not allowed to drive for medical reasons


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Chris on February 06, 2018, 11:34:30 AM
Good to see Sunjay starting to headline arts centres - it's been a long time coming for him. He is an excellent musician who deserves this break in his career.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: dog-nap (Ian) on February 08, 2018, 01:01:09 AM
The Transatlantic Sessions at the Festival Hall.  Well up to the usual standard.  Julie Fowlis, Daoiri Farrell, Suzy Bogguss, and the Secret Sisters were the principal guests.  All of them impressive, but particularly the latter, who will be coming back to do a UK tour in the Spring.



Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Chris on February 13, 2018, 11:14:18 AM
Jerry Douglas solo.....a superb night from the master of the Dobro guitar! Ran through the history of the instrument from it's design in the 1920s by Czech immigrants to the current day. Tom Waits & Hendrix (Hey Joe) got the dobro treatment and was excellently played.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: garrypbrooks on February 17, 2018, 06:05:11 PM
Terrific show by Ray Cooper (AKA Chopper, ex-bassist with the Oyster Band) at Kemsing Village hall. He played five different instruments (cello, guitar, harmonica, mandolin and piano) while delivering a great bunch of mostly self-penned songs - nothing at all like the Oysters stuff. He sings pretty well too.

Great support from Terry Hiscox, who will be back at Kemsing with Hunter Muskett in November# :) :) :) :)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: ColinB on February 24, 2018, 10:54:00 AM
Phil Beer on his solo tour at Ellel Village Hall last night. First time I'd seen him on his own and he played a good mix of folk and other stuff. He and Steve Knightley seem to be in reflective moods just now as both their solo shows have included quite a bit of reminiscing about their early days. Phil was talking about how Davey Graham influenced him (and everyone else back in those days) and we were treated to a cover of I Can't Keep From Crying. Just the one fiddle tune and one song on the mandolin (a Little Feat song) and near the end, after an RT anecdote, I thought from the intro he was going to play Wall of Death but we got Keep Your Distance instead.

Support was from Kirsty Merryn who I wasn't sure about at first but she's got a nice voice and played some good songs.

Next gig there is Edgelarks in a couple of week's time.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Ancient Muse (Andy) on February 24, 2018, 11:28:10 AM

Good to see Sunjay starting to headline arts centres - it's been a long time coming for him. He is an excellent musician who deserves this break in his career.


Sunjay will be supporting Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman in Barry Island Sports and Social Club at the end of April. Really looking forward to this one as I missed him last time he was in town.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: mickf on February 24, 2018, 05:08:04 PM


Good to see Sunjay starting to headline arts centres - it's been a long time coming for him. He is an excellent musician who deserves this break in his career.


Sunjay will be supporting Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman in Barry Island Sports and Social Club at the end of April. Really looking forward to this one as I missed him last time he was in town.

I'll be there too. See you there.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on February 25, 2018, 04:40:15 PM


Good to see Sunjay starting to headline arts centres - it's been a long time coming for him. He is an excellent musician who deserves this break in his career.


Sunjay will be supporting Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman in Barry Island Sports and Social Club at the end of April. Really looking forward to this one as I missed him last time he was in town.
I quite like Sunjay but not KR & SL (sorry!) so we're not going to that one. Shame, as I'm keen to support live music especially at local venues, but no point if they're not my bag!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Chris on February 25, 2018, 05:03:38 PM
Martin & Eliza C last night - excellent night - quite a history lesson as they gave us insight behind each song & the history surrounding each one. Filmed for a future DVD release.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on February 26, 2018, 05:55:01 PM
Dave Mason, One World Theater, Saturday night! He was absolutely fabulous, and I wish he had a larger audience. Highly recommended.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: blagden on February 26, 2018, 08:54:48 PM

Dave Mason, One World Theater, Saturday night! He was absolutely fabulous, and I wish he had a larger audience. Highly recommended.


If the American shows were priced similar to the UK ones it might explain the size of the audience.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Andy Tuck on February 26, 2018, 10:28:43 PM
Excellent new band for me last night, The Orange Circus Band. A mixture of bluegrass, appalacian and old timey. Great stage presence and wonderful musicians that know how to have a good time.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on March 05, 2018, 06:47:41 PM
A weekend two-fer:

Judy Collins, One World Theater, Saturday, March 5 - I went to the second of her two shows that evening, and her operatic voice was none the worse for wear. She's been on my bucket list for a long time, so I'm so pleased to have seen her at last.  She drops more names than Donovan and Petula Clark combined.  She introduced "Send in the Clowns" as "That Song."

J[ohn] D[avid] Souther, One World Theater, Sunday, March 6 - I finally got to see one of the great American songwriters, J. D. Souther! He sang a lot of wonderful new material, as well as his greatest hits performed by other artists (New Kid In Town, Heartache Tonight, Best of My Love, Faithless Love, Heart of the Matter).  I would have loved to have heard "Her Town Too," but you can't have everything.  He told a lot of very long and funny stories, including not wanting to split the "Heartache" royalties with Bob Seger, who wrote the chorus, because four songwriters "slice that dollar pretty thin."

He has an incredible voice, somewhere between Don Henley and Glenn Frey, as well as tremendous skill on the guitar.  He would have been a natural choice to augment the Eagles after Glenn's passing, but for whatever reason...


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on March 06, 2018, 12:28:58 PM

A weekend two-fer:

Judy Collins, One World Theater, Saturday, March 5 - I went to the second of her two shows that evening, and her operatic voice was none the worse for wear. She's been on my bucket list for a long time, so I'm so pleased to have seen her at last.  She drops more names than Donovan and Petula Clark combined.  She introduced "Send in the Clowns" as "That Song."

J[ohn] D[avid] Souther, One World Theater, Sunday, March 6 - I finally got to see one of the great American songwriters, J. D. Souther! He sang a lot of wonderful new material, as well as his greatest hits performed by other artists (New Kid In Town, Heartache Tonight, Best of My Love, Faithless Love, Heart of the Matter).  I would have loved to have heard "Her Town Too," but you can't have everything.  He told a lot of very long and funny stories, including not wanting to split the "Heartache" royalties with Bob Seger, who wrote the chorus, because four songwriters "slice that dollar pretty thin."

He has an incredible voice, somewhere between Don Henley and Glenn Frey, as well as tremendous skill on the guitar.  He would have been a natural choice to augment the Eagles after Glenn's passing, but for whatever reason...
Would have enjoyed both of those!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: blagden on March 06, 2018, 01:00:36 PM
Would recommend all of the JD Souther back catalogue.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Shane (Skirky) on March 08, 2018, 09:45:18 AM
I went to see David Hepworth do, essentially, a lecture-cum-synopsis of his two recent books. He’s a man who knows his own opinions and isn’t afraid to express them in no uncertain terms, but charming nontheless. One thing he mentioned that struck our party was that the History of Rock is increasingly, like that of the Second World War, being written by those who weren’t there.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on March 08, 2018, 09:50:08 AM

I went to see David Hepworth do, essentially, a lecture-cum-synopsis of his two recent books. He’s a man who knows his own opinions and isn’t afraid to express them in no uncertain terms, but charming nontheless. One thing he mentioned that struck our party was that the History of Rock is increasingly, like that of the Second World War, being written by those who weren’t there.


Was this just an observation (clearly correct) or did it carry some value judgement with it as well?


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Shane (Skirky) on March 08, 2018, 10:09:14 AM


I went to see David Hepworth do, essentially, a lecture-cum-synopsis of his two recent books. He’s a man who knows his own opinions and isn’t afraid to express them in no uncertain terms, but charming nontheless. One thing he mentioned that struck our party was that the History of Rock is increasingly, like that of the Second World War, being written by those who weren’t there.


Was this just an observation (clearly correct) or did it carry some value judgement with it as well?


It was part of his introduction, wherein he explained that he had won the rock lottery of life by being born in 1950, thereby being of a perfect age to observe everything since (“I was even still mobile, and able to feed myself, in 1976”) first hand. He had the air of a chap not being particularly impressed by - if you will - rockumentaries produced by “...young men who spend Friday nights in, watching BBC4”.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on March 08, 2018, 10:41:01 AM
As an historian (in background at least) this is certainly interesting.  A first hand account of something can be absolutely fascinating.  However, "Histories" written by those who were there often aren't actually histories though, however much they think they are.  One generally needs distance.... "How can somebody tell me what happened, when they weren't there and I was?" is an interesting one - historiographically, and philosophically!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Tasha on March 08, 2018, 10:45:16 AM
Phil Beer solo on Tuesday night. What a great musician and raconteur. I really enjoyed the mix of music too. Trad folk alongside covers of the Band, little feat and Steve Earle!   ;D ;D


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Shane (Skirky) on March 08, 2018, 11:20:33 AM

As an historian (in background at least) this is certainly interesting.  A first hand account of something can be absolutely fascinating.  However, "Histories" written by those who were there often aren't actually histories though, however much they think they are.  One generally needs distance.... "How can somebody tell me what happened, when they weren't there and I was?" is an interesting one - historiographically, and philosophically!


One only needs to look back at the ‘Fairport on Fairport’ wars to know the truth of that...  ;)
Counter-intuitively, he described the explosion that kick-started ‘rock’ in great detail. One didn’t like to point out that, by his own admission, when Little Richard was recording ‘Tutti Frutti’ in New Orleans, he (Hepworth) was five years old and living in Yorkshire.
Equally though, take a straw poll on what Bob Geldof actually said when he swore live in front of the biggest television audience ever assembled. Then ask the guy he swore at.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on March 08, 2018, 11:23:32 AM

Equally though, take a straw poll on what Bob Geldof actually said when he swore live in front of the biggest television audience ever assembled. Then ask the guy he swore at.



 ;D


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: steve-n on March 09, 2018, 01:03:06 AM
Peter Knight and John Spiers at Worcester. Truly awesome musicianship. If you can't catch them on the March tour, then treat yourself to the CD.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Tim Fletcher on March 09, 2018, 10:50:40 AM
Leveret and Spiro “Eccentric Orbits” at Cecil Sharp House yesterday. A really excellent evening with sets from both bands (Leveret then Spiro)  culminating in a joint encore. They were then dragged back for an unrehearsed encore and a standing ovation from a more or less full Kennedy Hall crowd. First time I have seen Spiro and definitely now on my “they would be good at Cropredy” list.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Phil Perry on March 09, 2018, 05:49:03 PM
KT Bush Band at the Hertford Corn Exchange , including the guitarist & drummer from Kate's original band. Fantastic gig ... don't be put off by them being a "cover band". If you get the chance to see them ... just go !  ;)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: MarkV on March 09, 2018, 06:38:34 PM

KT Bush Band at the Hertford Corn Exchange , including the guitarist & drummer from Kate's original band. Fantastic gig ... don't be put off by them being a "cover band". If you get the chance to see them ... just go !  ;)

They were very good a year or so ago at Farncombe Church.  I would certainly go see them play again.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Will S on March 10, 2018, 12:20:18 PM
Faustus and The Foxglove Trio last night at Ace Space, Newbury.

The Foxgloves started off with half an hour of their beautiful songs, and I'd have been happy with more of that, and then Faustus came on and gave us a bunch of their high energy songs and humour - Benji Kirkpatrick seemed to be totally hyper.  Saul Rose explained that they had three gigs cancelled last week because of the weather and so had a lot of pent-up energy!  We even had a world première of a new song, from a project they are working on, setting poems from the Lancashire Cotton famine to music.

An excellent evening, in a venue that's new to me, in a long hall in a back street, but thankfully I managed to find it OK, despite the rain and my unfamiliarity with Newbury.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on March 16, 2018, 10:11:08 PM
Los Lobos / Los Super Seven (stylized as LS7) last night, Auditorium Shores, Austin, Texas.

LS7 has a revolving membership of mainly Latino artists from California, Texas and elsewhere. Last night's incarnation was half of Los Lobos and half of Los Texmaniacs augmented by country star Rick Trevino and accordian legend Flaco Jiminez.  Terrific show, with a great mix of traditional tunes and some brand new material, including some very timely political stuff.

Los Lobos were a man short.  David Hidalgo did not make the trip to Austin, so it sort of turned into a Cesar Rosas solo show.  Not that I'm complaining, but DH's absence limited the set list to Cesar's songs and a few choice covers (She's About a Mover by the Sir Douglas Quintet, Oye Como Va by Tito Puente, done Santana style, Good Lovin' by the Rascals, and, of course, La Bamba).  Without DH, Los Lobos is strictly an electric band.  No fiddle, no acoustic numbers.  I loved it, but I really missed the variety and texture he brings to the show.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bingers (Chris) on March 17, 2018, 07:15:27 AM
Kast Off Kinks last night in Witham Essex. Brilliant night with all the Kinks hits played full on. Band really rocked on All Day and All of the  Ishtar and You Really Got Me. Mick Avory took lead vocals of Dedicated Follower of Fashion. Basically it was the Kinks but with Dave Clark subbing for Ray Davies. Well worth it if you get the chance


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on March 19, 2018, 12:11:46 AM
Larkin Poe (Cropredy 2012) at the legendary Antone's, Austin, March 17, 2018! This was an electric show, without the acoustic guitars and mandolins that they play so well. During their SXSW residency this week, I reckon they've been promoting their hard rocking side. It was too brief, but wonderful.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bingers (Chris) on March 19, 2018, 06:59:07 AM

Kast Off Kinks last night in Witham Essex. Brilliant night with all the Kinks hits played full on. Band really rocked on All Day and All of the Night
and You Really Got Me. Mick Avory took lead vocals of Dedicated Follower of Fashion. Basically it was the Kinks but with Dave Clark subbing for Ray Davies. Well worth it if you get the chance


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: garrypbrooks on March 19, 2018, 08:37:48 AM

Kast Off Kinks last night in Witham Essex. Brilliant night with all the Kinks hits played full on. Band really rocked on All Day and All of the  Ishtar and You Really Got Me. Mick Avory took lead vocals of Dedicated Follower of Fashion. Basically it was the Kinks but with Dave Clark subbing for Ray Davies. Well worth it if you get the chance

Witham Rocks ! :)

I will try to catch KOK when they are down my way in May


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: garrypbrooks on March 19, 2018, 08:40:56 AM
A coupe of excellent gigs in Surrey/Kent:

last night Caravan closed the Claygate Festival. Great to see them on stage again, even if multi-instrumentalist extrodinaire Geoffrey Richardson couldn't make it - they had John Etheridge instead, not a bad sub!

Last week Steamchicken at Pizza Express Maidstone - can this lot swing and rock. Not a lot to do with folk, but easy to see why they get quite a few folk fest gigs. Catch them if you can


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bingers (Chris) on March 19, 2018, 09:19:01 AM


Kast Off Kinks last night in Witham Essex. Brilliant night with all the Kinks hits played full on. Band really rocked on All Day and All of the  Ishtar and You Really Got Me. Mick Avory took lead vocals of Dedicated Follower of Fashion. Basically it was the Kinks but with Dave Clark subbing for Ray Davies. Well worth it if you get the chance

Witham Rocks ! :)

I will try to catch KOK when they are down my way in May


Absolutely! I help with front of house duties at Witham Public Hall and lined up for this year so far we have Marty Wilde, The Swinging Blue Jeans, Lil’ Jimmy Reed, Andy Fairweather Low and possibly Acoustic Strawbs. There is also a number of tribute acts covering the Blues Brothers, George Michael, Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison  :)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jules Gray on March 19, 2018, 09:19:11 AM

I will try to catch KOK


 :o

Jules


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Will S on March 20, 2018, 02:56:01 PM
Excellent gig last night at Nettlebed with Peter Knight and John Spiers.  Definitely recommend catching them if they are playing near you on this tour.  They were obviously enjoying playing with each other.  One or two more songs might have been nice, as it was almost entirely instrumental, but really can't complain at such virtuosity!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on March 21, 2018, 07:41:32 PM
Wonderful intimate gig at ACL Live with Pat Benatar and her life/musical partner Neil Giraldo, last night!

She was on my bucket list, and I am so glad I got to see her at last.  Her incredible voice has lost none of its power and range, to my ears, even more so because she and Neil left the band at home and stuck to acoustic guitar, piano, and occasional samples.  They also told great stories between songs, and were incredibly fun and engaging.

I don't know if she works in the UK often, but I do encourage you to have a look even if you are only aware of "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" or "Love Is A Battlefield," and/or the cheesy 1980s videos.  She's got a lot going on.  :)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Dan O. on March 22, 2018, 01:41:14 PM
Yes at The Brighton Centre last night, a celebration of 50 years. A most excellent display despite (as I said in my report from their 2016 tour) the ethics of "who's in the band and is it really Yes without so-and-so" ?

The current Steve Howe-led ensemble (singer Jon Davison, bassist Billy Sherwood, keyboardist Geoff Downes, guitar maestro Steve Howe and drummer Jay Schellen deputising for an ailing Alan White) took the audience through selections from the first 10 years out of 50, culminating in a sizeable chunk of Tales From Topographic Oceans. Alan White, recovering after back surgery, came out and gamely drummed for the last part of "Ritual : Nous Sommes Du Soleil" and the inevitable encores of "Roundabout" and "Starship Trooper". It wasn't great to see one of my favourite drummers as a shadow of his former self - however, deputy Jay Schellen did a marvellous job behind the traps for the majority of the concert.

My main observation is that this version of the band have really started to impose their own personalities on the fabulous and complex Yes catalogue, going way beyond being a "cd-quality" tribute band just going through the motions.

The future ? I'll await and observe with interest - the legend of Yes is far from over yet...

Great set list, though :

Set 1 :

The Firebird Suite
(Igor Stravinsky)

Yours Is No Disgrace
I've Seen All Good People
Sweet Dreams
South Side of the Sky
Onward
Clap
Wonderous Stories
Parallels
And You and I

Set 2 :

The Revealing Science of God (Dance of the Dawn)
Leaves of Green
Ritual (Nous sommes du soleil)

Encore:

Roundabout
Starship Trooper


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on March 22, 2018, 04:30:09 PM

Yes at The Brighton Centre last night, a celebration of 50 years. A most excellent display despite (as I said in my report from their 2016 tour) the ethics of "who's in the band and is it really Yes without so-and-so" ?catalogue, going way beyond being a "cd-quality" tribute band just going through the motions.


I'm comfortable buying tickets to both current versions of Yes, and enjoying them equally.  :)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Dan O. on March 22, 2018, 04:41:29 PM


Yes at The Brighton Centre last night, a celebration of 50 years. A most excellent display despite (as I said in my report from their 2016 tour) the ethics of "who's in the band and is it really Yes without so-and-so" ?catalogue, going way beyond being a "cd-quality" tribute band just going through the motions.


I'm comfortable buying tickets to both current versions of Yes, and enjoying them equally.  :)

Completely agree. I've seen both Yes and ARW - if you're a fan of the music it's a double treat to have two excellent bands out there playing that stuff.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on March 22, 2018, 05:16:09 PM



Yes at The Brighton Centre last night, a celebration of 50 years. A most excellent display despite (as I said in my report from their 2016 tour) the ethics of "who's in the band and is it really Yes without so-and-so" ?catalogue, going way beyond being a "cd-quality" tribute band just going through the motions.


I'm comfortable buying tickets to both current versions of Yes, and enjoying them equally.  :)

Completely agree. I've seen both Yes and ARW - if you're a fan of the music it's a double treat to have two excellent bands out there playing that stuff.


I wonder how many lawyer hours are currently being spent discussing Union 2 contracts and performances?   ;) :)

Genuine question (with no axe to grind): which is better?


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Dan O. on March 22, 2018, 05:52:37 PM




Yes at The Brighton Centre last night, a celebration of 50 years. A most excellent display despite (as I said in my report from their 2016 tour) the ethics of "who's in the band and is it really Yes without so-and-so" ?catalogue, going way beyond being a "cd-quality" tribute band just going through the motions.


I'm comfortable buying tickets to both current versions of Yes, and enjoying them equally.  :)

Completely agree. I've seen both Yes and ARW - if you're a fan of the music it's a double treat to have two excellent bands out there playing that stuff.


I wonder how many lawyer hours are currently being spent discussing Union 2 contracts and performances?   ;) :)

Genuine question (with no axe to grind): which is better?

ARW have the slight edge featuring as they do the "proper" lead singer and Wakeman the Caped Crusader of the keys, but on last night's showing it's a close thing. For many "old school" fans, Yes (official) will always be a tribute band with a surrogate lead singer, and there's not much that can be done to change their minds.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on March 22, 2018, 06:11:40 PM

For many "old school" fans, Yes (official) will always be a tribute band with a surrogate lead singer, and there's not much that can be done to change their minds.


I've got a couple of friends who fit that description but they like Davison whilst they never got on with David.  One of my mates goes religiously to see all versions as often as possible and loves them both equally.  If ever a band needed whatever the musical equivalent is of 'family therapy' it's this one...  ;) :)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bingers (Chris) on March 23, 2018, 10:44:03 PM
The Young ‘Uns performing The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff at Maldon Town Hall, Essex. An absolutely outstanding performance. Anyone with the slightest interest in history (most notably 1930’s Britain and the often forgotten Spanish Civil War in this case) should go and experience this amazing trio bring the story of Johnny Longstaff to life. It also features actual recordings and pictures of Johnny Longstaff himself.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: JJ (Joanna) on March 24, 2018, 03:42:36 PM

The Young ‘Uns performing The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff at Maldon Town Hall, Essex. An absolutely outstanding performance. Anyone with the slightest interest in history (most notably 1930’s Britain and the often forgotten Spanish Civil War in this case) should go and experience this amazing trio bring the story of Johnny Longstaff to life. It also features actual recordings and pictures of Johnny Longstaff himself.


I was there too! A fantastic evening!  ;)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Chris from Fieldtown on March 25, 2018, 01:57:48 PM
Mike Silver Ascott U Wychwood. What a lovely evening of music, really interesting songs and fabulous guitar playing. One of those gigs where the warmth and enthusiasm of the crowd built up and in made for a really rewarding evening for both artist and audience.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Will S on March 26, 2018, 09:32:57 AM
Another lovely evening with Ange Hardy, this time at Readifolk.  Really can't recommend her highly enough to any who haven't seen her yet.  This was the first time I have seen her solo, and she was just as good.  Was close enough (front row in a smallish room) to see all she was doing with her feet and her loop pedals.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Chris on March 28, 2018, 11:52:25 AM

The Young ‘Uns performing The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff at Maldon Town Hall, Essex. An absolutely outstanding performance. Anyone with the slightest interest in history (most notably 1930’s Britain and the often forgotten Spanish Civil War in this case) should go and experience this amazing trio bring the story of Johnny Longstaff to life. It also features actual recordings and pictures of Johnny Longstaff himself.


Saw this in Birmingham last night - what an absolutely superb evening. Well research social history, using recordings on Johnny Longstaff telling his own story, interspersed with well written songs & great harmonies. My gig of the year so far,and by quite a big margin too. GO SEE.

CD/LP due in the autumn with hopefully a launch tour too.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Dan O. on April 03, 2018, 05:11:58 PM
Toto at the Royal Albert Hall, Sunday evening...I'm short of superlatives*...no band should be allowed to be that good !

And what a setlist, delving into most of their 40-year career :

Alone
Hold the Line
Lovers in the Night
Spanish Sea
I Will Remember
English Eyes
Jake to the Bone
Lea
Rosanna

Acoustic Storytellers section :

Miss Sun
Georgy Porgy
Human Nature
Holyanna
No Love
Mushanga
Stop Loving You

Girl Goodbye
Angela
Lion
Dune (Desert Theme)
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Make Believe
Africa

Encore
The Road Goes On

* an exaggeration, but only slight  ;)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Hurricane (Dan) on April 04, 2018, 08:59:38 AM
Jethro Tull 50th Anniversary Tour last night at Manchester Apollo.

Interestingly, there were on-stage video contributions from Mick Abrahams and Tony Iommi as Ian Anderson talked warmly about both their time in the band. Martin Barre didn't even get a mention.

Good set list that spanned the years, except there was nothing post Crest of a Knave.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Andy on April 04, 2018, 10:37:46 AM

Jethro Tull 50th Anniversary Tour last night at Manchester Apollo.
Martin Barre didn't even get a mention.

Well that's just sad.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on April 04, 2018, 01:43:36 PM


Jethro Tull 50th Anniversary Tour last night at Manchester Apollo.
Martin Barre didn't even get a mention.

Well that's just sad.


Report from my friend, who last saw them in 1973, said he enjoyed it, but Ian's voice was such a travesty that artistically it was hard to make a very strong case for it being top notch.  Decent song selection though.

I think it's really sad too.  Barre was an integral member of the band, and all the evidence I've seen suggests that the two of them had an agreement not to go out as Tull without the other.  That agreement has been clearly breached now.  Then again, it is hard to suggest the band is anything but Ian's.  I dunno.  He's always sounded ruthless and a bit of a (insert favourite swear word of choice)...I've felt this ever since I saw him on tv talking about his fish farming in the late 70's.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: PaulT on April 05, 2018, 06:06:53 PM
Sun Ra Arkestra at Brum Town Hall last night; fairly sparsely attended. Amazing energy from the band, particularly Marshall Allen, whose onstage demeanour reminded of his namesake Daevid.  Indeed, there were a few musical passages that were rather Gong-ish! Some "straight" big band jazz, some purposefully dissonant sections, and a great 12-bar blues to showcase each member in turn. Pleased I'd had the experience, not sure I'd rush to see them again, though.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Gouty (Gary) on April 07, 2018, 03:00:16 PM



Jethro Tull 50th Anniversary Tour last night at Manchester Apollo.
Martin Barre didn't even get a mention.

Well that's just sad.


Report from my friend, who last saw them in 1973, said he enjoyed it, but Ian's voice was such a travesty that artistically it was hard to make a very strong case for it being top notch.  Decent song selection though.

I think it's really sad too.  Barre was an integral member of the band, and all the evidence I've seen suggests that the two of them had an agreement not to go out as Tull without the other.  That agreement has been clearly breached now.  Then again, it is hard to suggest the band is anything but Ian's.  I dunno.  He's always sounded ruthless and a bit of a (insert favourite swear word of choice)...I've felt this ever since I saw him on tv talking about his fish farming in the late 70's.



I went recently to ‘An Evening With Ian Anderson’. It was the recording of a Word podcast at a pub in London, hosted by Ellen and Hepworth. The start time was advertised as 7.15. I got there early, at 6.55, to find it well under way. They were going through things chronologically and had just reached the early days of Tull when Hepworth or Ellen said ‘well, we’d better move on’, scrolled through a load of accompanying slides, and went straight from Stand Up to fish farming with no mention of anything in between – other than to ask Anderson what he thought was Tull’s worst album. Then it was all over, before 8.00, and I was out on the street. Why? Well, Anderson was kind enough to thank us all for coming and hoped we didn’t mind the truncated evening but he wanted to catch an early train home as he doesn’t like late nights, being more of a morning person. So, yeah, I can think of a few choice swear words...


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Brendan on April 07, 2018, 11:02:56 PM
A recommendation for anyone who can catch the rest of the tour, the Rachel Newton band were brilliant at the coronation hall ulverston. Yes she has a pure faultless vocal, she is a brilliant harpist and there are Gaelic songs, but anyone expecting a Scottish easy listening clannad would be in for a pleasant surprise. A really great range of songs and instrumentals which were all great arrangements and the sound was great. Great percussion, harp, keyboard a brilliant Lauren MacColl on fiddle and a brilliant brass player who had trombone, flugelhorn and sousaphone. I think the talent in the furrow collective are some of the most innovative and interesting musicians in folk at the moment each doing surprising things. If anyone can get to Rachel's bands gig at London go you won't be disappointed great band


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: quodlibet (Ian) on April 08, 2018, 12:45:49 AM
"Break For The Border" with home crowds for Oysterband at the "Titley O2" in deepest Herefordshire. A brace of excellent shows, each night of two sets in front of enthusiastic, partisan audiences in an intimate village hall. Great sound, varied sets & everyone having a jolly good time. Beautiful unplugged promenade singalong encores (both nights) made them a perfect birthday treat for this happy camper.  :)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: AnnieD on April 08, 2018, 04:33:21 PM

"Break For The Border" with home crowds for Oysterband at the "Titley O2" in deepest Herefordshire. A brace of excellent shows, each night of two sets in front of enthusiastic, partisan audiences in an intimate village hall. Great sound, varied sets & everyone having a jolly good time. Beautiful unplugged promenade singalong encores (both nights) made them a perfect birthday treat for this happy camper.  :)


We were there for both nights, they were such great shows, only 4 songs repeated. They really rocked. So good to be surrounded by friends and other enthusiastic fans.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Polly Oxford (Andie) on April 09, 2018, 06:49:29 PM
Really looking forward to The Oysters in August,  never less than brilliant.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Alan2 on April 10, 2018, 11:00:39 AM
Norma Winstone singing with the excellent guitar playing of Ralph Towner, the other night.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: vince42 on April 12, 2018, 10:07:14 PM
Martin Barre Band at the ABC in Glasgow,

Cracking gig a little marred by a disappointing turnout but it was my birthday so wasn't caring much.  He's still up there in my list of fave guitarists and has some great musicians backing him as well.  It's been about 30 years since I saw him with Tull on the Crest of a Knave tour - annoyingly missing Fairport who were supporting them on the other gigs but didnt do the Edinburgh one.

Re other recent comments  - seen various Ian Anderson vehicles doing various Tullish things and he is musically interesting but just doesn't rock without Martin.



Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: quodlibet (Ian) on April 12, 2018, 11:11:53 PM
Splendid, if woefully poorly attended gig with Keith Christmas tonight (not untypical for Hereford), in the company of a couple of Sproatlys & a dormant Talkawhiler. KC as entertaining as always, great material & excellent playing, especially on slide. Sobering to think it's almost 50 years since I first saw him at my school folk club.  :)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Chris on April 13, 2018, 09:52:58 AM
Talisk the other night - boy, you can see why Mohsin Amini won Musician of the Year! Cracking gig, although a tad short 30mins! in the first set. I suspect his fingers were seizing up, the speed he covers those buttons.

Gig ran 2 hours with an extended break (caught the bar unawares at the end of the first set, so interval drinks hadn't been started), but recommended. regardless.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on April 13, 2018, 10:51:38 AM

Splendid, if woefully poorly attended gig with Keith Christmas tonight (not untypical for Hereford), in the company of a couple of Sproatlys & a dormant Talkawhiler. KC as entertaining as always, great material & excellent playing, especially on slide. Sobering to think it's almost 50 years since I first saw him at my school folk club.  :)


Did you get to see any of the gigs last week - Trappist Afterland, Sproatlies et al?

I shudder to think what "woefully poorly attended" actually means in the flesh...  :(


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: ColinB on April 13, 2018, 12:33:15 PM
Kris Drever last night on the opening night of his tour in Kendal. Good-sized crowd with just the back 2 or 3 rows empty. Unfortunately there were some problems with the sound, namely a loud buzzing coming from the PA. The sound tech tried to sort it but it turned out to be Mr D's fault. He was trying out a new way of mic-ing up his guitar and realised mid-way through the gig that he still needed to plug the guitar in as well as having his external mic. He laughed it off and I guess it was just one of those opening night gaffs but it did spoil the night somewhat.

On the plus side I thought his playing and singing were better than ever. I suppose I'm used to seeing him with other musicians but seeing him solo you realise what a good guitarist and singer he is. Highlights included the title track from his last album, If Wishes Were Horses along with Capernaum from that cd plus old favourites like Harvest Gypsies. Lots of chat between songs and he is sporting a bit of a hipster look these days with the haircut and trimmed beard.

Support was from Hannah Read who was worth getting there early to see. She plays electric guitar and sings and played a couple of fiddle tunes as well.

They're at Leeds tonight, then Bury and Sheffield.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: quodlibet (Ian) on April 13, 2018, 07:52:18 PM





Did you get to see any of the gigs last week - Trappist Afterland, Sproatlies et al?

I shudder to think what "woefully poorly attended" actually means in the flesh...  :(



Sadly, nasty cold & work prevented getting to any of the Weirdshire events. Quality shows by all accounts.  :(


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Chris from Fieldtown on April 13, 2018, 07:57:47 PM

Martin Barre Band at the ABC in Glasgow,

Cracking gig a little marred by a disappointing turnout but it was my birthday so wasn't caring much.  He's still up there in my list of fave guitarists and has some great musicians backing him as well.  It's been about 30 years since I saw him with Tull on the Crest of a Knave tour - annoyingly missing Fairport who were supporting them on the other gigs but didnt do the Edinburgh one.

Re other recent comments  - seen various Ian Anderson vehicles doing various Tullish things and he is musically interesting but just doesn't rock without Martin.




Did he do any Tull material? I would guess as it's Anderson's songs he would avoid. Great player but if it is all instrumental I would tire quickly unless it was special


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: vince42 on April 13, 2018, 08:04:09 PM
Mainly Tull material - Dan Crisp was on vocals and guitar and did a good job.  A few tweaks to the arrangements, harmony guitars instead of guitar / flute that sort of thing.

You're absolutely right - all instrumental and I'd be having flashbacks to Ginger Baker solo tours...

  A good night out IMHO.



Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Chris on April 13, 2018, 10:25:30 PM
House Concert @ the Copper Family's abode with them & Shirley Collins - a benefit for the relaunchrd FRoots mag. Many great & good present - Linda Thompson, looking extremely well & 8"in excellent form & Joe Boyd included. The most expensive folk club I've ever attended - but definitely in a good cause.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: blagden on April 13, 2018, 11:38:13 PM
Spill the beans how much?


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Chris on April 15, 2018, 09:02:00 AM
Minimum of £50/a head.....actually was worth the money too.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Shane (Skirky) on April 15, 2018, 11:28:56 PM
The Cavern Beatles. Absolutely splendid, and felt like a real band playing together rather than a touring franchise. One surprise in the set - Oh Darling - but otherwise good, solid Fabness throughout, and all four of them looked and, more importantly, sounded the part. Excellent onstage intros with just the right amount of nods and winks (and rattling of jewellery) to the originals. One of the most interesting bits was watching an excellent, faithful reproduction of just how good a drummer Ringo was. Also, at least two of them are genuine Scousers, which helped with the accents.  :)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bingers (Chris) on April 16, 2018, 08:00:47 AM

The Cavern Beatles. Absolutely splendid, and felt like a real band playing together rather than a touring franchise. One surprise in the set - Oh Darling - but otherwise good, solid Fabness throughout, and all four of them looked and, more importantly, sounded the part. Excellent onstage intros with just the right amount of nods and winks (and rattling of jewellery) to the originals. One of the most interesting bits was watching an excellent, faithful reproduction of just how good a drummer Ringo was. Also, at least two of them are genuine Scousers, which helped with the accents.  :)



Has to have been better than The Bootleg Beatles which were one of the worst headline acts I’ve ever seen at  IMHO


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Tasha on April 16, 2018, 09:38:16 AM


The Cavern Beatles. Absolutely splendid, and felt like a real band playing together rather than a touring franchise. One surprise in the set - Oh Darling - but otherwise good, solid Fabness throughout, and all four of them looked and, more importantly, sounded the part. Excellent onstage intros with just the right amount of nods and winks (and rattling of jewellery) to the originals. One of the most interesting bits was watching an excellent, faithful reproduction of just how good a drummer Ringo was. Also, at least two of them are genuine Scousers, which helped with the accents.  :)



Has to have been better than The Bootleg Beatles which were one of the worst headline acts I’ve ever seen at  IMHO



Indeed! They used to be good when they first started :-\


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on April 16, 2018, 09:42:18 AM



The Cavern Beatles. Absolutely splendid, and felt like a real band playing together rather than a touring franchise. One surprise in the set - Oh Darling - but otherwise good, solid Fabness throughout, and all four of them looked and, more importantly, sounded the part. Excellent onstage intros with just the right amount of nods and winks (and rattling of jewellery) to the originals. One of the most interesting bits was watching an excellent, faithful reproduction of just how good a drummer Ringo was. Also, at least two of them are genuine Scousers, which helped with the accents.  :)



Has to have been better than The Bootleg Beatles which were one of the worst headline acts I’ve ever seen at  IMHO



Indeed! They used to be good when they first started :-\


They've headlined twice haven't they?  1990...and a couple of years ago?  Is this the last one people are complaining about?  I seem to remember they got pretty great feedback from the 1990 one (it was the only festival I missed 1987-2000).


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bingers (Chris) on April 16, 2018, 10:15:28 AM




The Cavern Beatles. Absolutely splendid, and felt like a real band playing together rather than a touring franchise. One surprise in the set - Oh Darling - but otherwise good, solid Fabness throughout, and all four of them looked and, more importantly, sounded the part. Excellent onstage intros with just the right amount of nods and winks (and rattling of jewellery) to the originals. One of the most interesting bits was watching an excellent, faithful reproduction of just how good a drummer Ringo was. Also, at least two of them are genuine Scousers, which helped with the accents.  :)



Has to have been better than The Bootleg Beatles which were one of the worst headline acts I’ve ever seen at  IMHO



Indeed! They used to be good when they first started :-\


They've headlined twice haven't they?  1990...and a couple of years ago?  Is this the last one people are complaining about?  I seem to remember they got pretty great feedback from the 1990 one (it was the only festival I missed 1987-2000).


Yeah I’m talking about the last one. After the joy of Steeleye Span, The Bootlegs were just dire and we left early...just my opinion of course. I know some people loved them


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on April 16, 2018, 10:22:01 AM





The Cavern Beatles. Absolutely splendid, and felt like a real band playing together rather than a touring franchise. One surprise in the set - Oh Darling - but otherwise good, solid Fabness throughout, and all four of them looked and, more importantly, sounded the part. Excellent onstage intros with just the right amount of nods and winks (and rattling of jewellery) to the originals. One of the most interesting bits was watching an excellent, faithful reproduction of just how good a drummer Ringo was. Also, at least two of them are genuine Scousers, which helped with the accents.  :)



Has to have been better than The Bootleg Beatles which were one of the worst headline acts I’ve ever seen at  IMHO



Indeed! They used to be good when they first started :-\


They've headlined twice haven't they?  1990...and a couple of years ago?  Is this the last one people are complaining about?  I seem to remember they got pretty great feedback from the 1990 one (it was the only festival I missed 1987-2000).


Yeah I’m talking about the last one. After the joy of Steeleye Span, The Bootlegs were just dire and we left early...just my opinion of course. I know some people loved them
I thought they were a poor cabaret band :(  


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Andy on April 16, 2018, 10:25:44 AM
None of the current BB have been members before 2011. The band that performed in 1990 no longer exists.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bingers (Chris) on April 16, 2018, 10:34:14 AM

None of the current BB have been members before 2011. The band that performed in 1990 no longer exists.


Explains a lot


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on April 16, 2018, 10:50:34 AM


None of the current BB have been members before 2011. The band that performed in 1990 no longer exists.


Explains a lot


See: Floyd, Australian Pink

It's all bollox.  These aren't bands, they are brands.  Just say no.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Andy on April 16, 2018, 11:03:56 AM



None of the current BB have been members before 2011. The band that performed in 1990 no longer exists.


Explains a lot


See: Floyd, Australian Pink

It's all bollox.  These aren't bands, they are brands.  Just say no.
Slightly different. TAPFS have two members from 1988, one, 1993 and one, 1998. They do have members that joined later, too.

BB are different in that there are no "original" members left and haven't been for some time.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Tasha on April 16, 2018, 01:33:44 PM
And AussiePF are very good (IMHO) :) :)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on April 16, 2018, 05:05:13 PM
Andy Powell's Wishbone Ash, last night, One World Theater, Austin!

Wonderful mix of new stuff and classics - I missed "Time Was," but the other key stuff from Argus was in there.

Shout out to new guitarist Mark Abrahams - he was remarkable.  I had a front row seat, so I got to see him play those songs like he's been playing them his whole life.  His style actually reminded me somewhat of Eric Johnson.

They came out to sign autographs afterward, and I got Andy to sign my Argus Deluxe CD booklet!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: William on April 17, 2018, 10:22:04 AM

Talisk the other night - boy, you can see why Mohsin Amini won Musician of the Year! Cracking gig, although a tad short 30mins! in the first set. I suspect his fingers were seizing up, the speed he covers those buttons.

Gig ran 2 hours with an extended break (caught the bar unawares at the end of the first set, so interval drinks hadn't been started), but recommended. regardless.


I saw them in Colchester last night. All played at incredible speed. Must be physically exhausting. Little wonder that Moshin Amini appeared to be doing stretching exercises between numbers. They could not have given more.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Will S on April 17, 2018, 10:32:36 AM
I enjoyed Kris Drever last night at Nettlebed, although not being that familiar with his repertoire it was a little frustrating when he didn't introduce many of the songs.  In fact, he was one of the quieter artists I have seen, in terms of talking between numbers, engaging with the audience.  But sitting in the second row, I had a very good view of all he was doing with his guitar, which was amazing to me, as a non-player!  Rounded off with an encore of Ghosts, which is a song that seems to have an extra level of relevance with the current news about the way the 'Windrush generation' have been treated:
I'm not an incomer.
My parents were ghosts.
Sir I was born here.
So where would I go?


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: garrypbrooks on April 19, 2018, 11:44:34 AM
Saw the Kast Off Links at East Grimstead last week. Bloody magic!!!☺️☺️☺️

Started 7:30 ended 9:40. Not sure whether this was out of consideration for thehe audience or the band


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bingers (Chris) on April 19, 2018, 01:32:15 PM

Saw the Kast Off Links at East Grimstead last week. Bloody magic!!!☺️☺️☺️

Started 7:30 ended 9:40. Not sure whether this was out of consideration for thehe audience or the band


Think you mean Kast Off Kinks otherwise someone throwing away their shirt cuff fasteners doesn’t sound that enthralling  ;D. But agree - saw them in March and they still rock!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: RobertD on April 19, 2018, 02:58:03 PM
Guitar slinger Jackie Venson last night at Rockwood Music Hall. I came across Jackie in the fall of last year and quickly became a fan. Finally last night I was able to see her. She is a soulful singer with tasty grooves, and killer guitar shredding. I was so looking forward to hearing her 'sound' come out of that Fender. From the first note she played I was in heaven. She's also a very down to earth person thankful and appreciative of her fans. She has a special FB page called the JV Squad with a custom t-shirt design. When she saw me come in wearing it she was really happy and gave me a big hug. Honestly, it is interactions like that which make me think other than festivals, I don't know if I ever want to go to large arena gig ever again. Moments like that prove it to me.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on April 19, 2018, 04:25:41 PM

Guitar slinger Jackie Venson last night at Rockwood Music Hall. I came across Jackie in the fall of last year and quickly became a fan. Finally last night I was able to see her. She is a soulful singer with tasty grooves, and killer guitar shredding. I was so looking forward to hearing her 'sound' come out of that Fender. From the first note she played I was in heaven. She's also a very down to earth person thankful and appreciative of her fans. She has a special FB page called the JV Squad with a custom t-shirt design. When she saw me come in wearing it she was really happy and gave me a big hug. Honestly, it is interactions like that which make me think other than festivals, I don't know if I ever want to go to large arena gig ever again. Moments like that prove it to me.


Very cool! I got to see her in 2016 at the ATX Benefit concert at ACL Live, headlined by the Doobie Brothers, but featuring numerous Austin-based artists including Jackie.  She's an incredible talent and it's nice to hear she's also a nice person!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: RobertD on April 19, 2018, 04:57:11 PM
Definitely an up and coming talent. Every week seems to bring more recognition and honors. She's a contender for NPR's Tiny Desk concert and just announced a headline spot at Gruene Hall this summer. Totally cool person  :)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: ColinB on April 20, 2018, 10:57:57 AM
Michael Chapman last night on the opening night of his current tour at the Platform in Morecambe. There was a reasonable number of people there and he played two sets with no support act. I've got Caddo Lake going round my head this morning and he played a good mix of old and new songs and instrumentals. Shuffleboat River Farewell sounded particularly good.

We had a chat with him before the start and I asked if the cello player who accompanied him on his Radio 2 session was with him but no, it's just himself with a couple of guitars. He seemed a bit unimpressed with his experience at the BBC studios in Salford commenting on how there seemed to be lots of people there who didn't seem to be doing very much. Personally I found Mark Radcliffe's interview a bit strained somehow - he was laughing rather too enthusiastically at everything Michael said though the story about the bear getting drunk was quite amusing.

But back to the tour, he has some vinyl copies of his latest release with him if you fancy buying an LP and he said that tonight's gig is sold out. 75 and still going strong.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: mickf on April 20, 2018, 12:21:00 PM

Michael Chapman last night on the opening night of his current tour at the Platform in Morecambe. There was a reasonable number of people there and he played two sets with no support act. I've got Caddo Lake going round my head this morning and he played a good mix of old and new songs and instrumentals. Shuffleboat River Farewell sounded particularly good.

We had a chat with him before the start and I asked if the cello player who accompanied him on his Radio 2 session was with him but no, it's just himself with a couple of guitars. He seemed a bit unimpressed with his experience at the BBC studios in Salford commenting on how there seemed to be lots of people there who didn't seem to be doing very much. Personally I found Mark Radcliffe's interview a bit strained somehow - he was laughing rather too enthusiastically at everything Michael said though the story about the bear getting drunk was quite amusing.

But back to the tour, he has some vinyl copies of his latest release with him if you fancy buying an LP and he said that tonight's gig is sold out. 75 and still going strong.


I heard the Radio 2 session. I thought the music was wonderful and I'd love to see him if he's ever round my way


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on April 20, 2018, 05:12:26 PM
Comedian Tig Notaro with Andy Kindler, last night, Paramount Theater, as part of the Moontower Comedy Festival!

I don't know how well known she is outside the U.S., but she is very funny and has a distinct point of view. Extra points for a story about getting up on stage at a charity function, right after Pink, and "singing" an Adele song with Adele in the audience.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Col D on April 23, 2018, 05:38:09 PM
Michael Chapman at The Deaf Institute, Manchester last night. A very disappointing crowd of just under fifty, a fraction of the number that turned out for his last Manchester gig at the Band on the Wall around a year ago. It also didn't help that the majority headed for the seating at the back of the room, leaving the floor area a big empty space with just a handful of us standing at the front. Good gig all the same, no great surprises, more or less the same set he's been doing over the past few years but always a joy to watch.  


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Chris on April 24, 2018, 04:15:12 PM
I wish promoters would realise that the audience for someone of Michael's age aren't likely to include many young of age, thus will likely want to sit down.....total fault of the promoter if they book acts into predominately standing spaces!

Feast of Fiddles last night. Need to think about that new format where the solo spots have all turned into ensemble pieces. I for one used to enjoy the contrast which is now missed by me, and thus I don't think I enjoyed in nearly as much as previously. Was worth going though, and Peter Knight fully deserved the loudest/longest applause of the night for his solo (ensembled) piece.

Now onto Catrin Finch & Seckou on Friday and Mr Knight again with his Big Band on Sunday.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on April 25, 2018, 08:48:02 AM

Michael Chapman at The Deaf Institute, Manchester last night. A very disappointing crowd of just under fifty, a fraction of the number that turned out for his last Manchester gig at the Band on the Wall around a year ago. It also didn't help that the majority headed for the seating at the back of the room, leaving the floor area a big empty space with just a handful of us standing at the front. Good gig all the same, no great surprises, more or less the same set he's been doing over the past few years but always a joy to watch.  


A year ago he was in all the music monthlies with the promotion of his anniversary album.... Whenever I've seen MC in the last few years its generally been to a small but enthusiastic audience in a small venue.  


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Gouty (Gary) on April 25, 2018, 09:07:25 AM
Visited an unassuming little pub called the Hare & Hounds in Worthing on Saturday and was surprised to learn that Dave Mattacks had played there as part of a jazz trio on 3rd April.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Chris on April 25, 2018, 09:18:44 AM
Just before the Feast of Fiddles tour started....

On his website too....not just any old trio either.

w' John Donaldson [pno] , Andy Cleyndert [bass] , Andy Panayi [sax]


When
Tue 3 Apr 2018 20:00 – 23:00 Eastern Time

Where
"The Hare & Hounds", Portland Road, Worthing, UK  (map)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Andy on April 25, 2018, 09:19:15 PM
John "Fake Thackray" Watterson at Glais Folk Club last Friday.

Enjoyable and amusing, his interpretation of Jake Thackray's songs had everyone falling about. His guitar work is extraordinary.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on April 26, 2018, 08:21:49 AM

John "Fake Thackray" Watterson at Glais Folk Club last Friday.

Enjoyable and amusing, his interpretation of Jake Thackray's songs had everyone falling about. His guitar work is extraordinary.
Yeah but he does go on again, on again, on again, on again.....


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Paul on April 26, 2018, 10:29:03 PM
Very pleasant evening with Maddy Prior, Giles Levin and Hannah James tonight. Learnt lots of natural history as well. Hares don't live in burrows like bunnies, they lie on the ground looking like a cow pat. They will get up and run away if you tread on them though.

Paul


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: RobertD on April 27, 2018, 05:09:42 AM
Twin folk guitarist bill tonight at 2nd Presbyterian Church in Manhattan with John Doyle and Martin Carthy. I have seen John Doyle before, and Martin several times in various incarnations. Doyle is a fabulous player, full of rhythmic hooks with subtle fills. He's also a decent singer too. The two are out for a series of dates together and Doyle is clearly pleased to be there. He made a joke about listening to Martin since a child while other kids were listening to Led Zeppelin. I can relate because Martin was wonderful. Yes, he is older, and there were some flubs, but the music was so honest and true. He played a number of songs I have never heard performed before which was a treat.  At the end John Doyle joined Martin for a few songs which was a real treat. A great evening.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: hendo (Dave) on April 27, 2018, 11:10:54 PM
A wonderful intimate gig by Ange Hardy at the atmospheric Leicester Guildhall . She just pulls you in to her songs.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on April 28, 2018, 10:41:51 PM
An evening with Marrakesh Express singing the songs of CSN&Y and their associated acts. Three very talented musicians singing beautiful harmonies in the stunning setting of St Donat’s Arts Centre Tythe Barn.
A very pleasant and relaxing evening, now if only the two woman behind me and the two woman next to me would SHUT UP when the act is on!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Tony Pim on April 29, 2018, 10:24:12 AM
Merry Hell at the Old Courts in Wigan last night,  excellent and a new venue for us.  Really good, very small venue,  be interesting to see Fairport there in a couple of weeks time.  

What I really want to say though is how good the support was,  especially The Trials of Cato.  if you enjoyed the Pierce Brothers , check these boys out.  Wish they'd played longer.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: mickf on April 29, 2018, 11:15:13 PM
Just got back from seeing Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman at Barry Island Social Club. The support act, Sunjay, was just a lad and a guitar, some lovely songs and some silly jokes. Well worth watching.  Sean and Kathryn were once again at their immaculate best. Kathryn really does have an amazing voice. We were even treated to a lovely version of Sandy Denny's 'Solo', which they have recorded for their latest CD. A great night, spent in the company of Andy (Ancient Muse) and husband Phil.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: William on April 30, 2018, 10:48:11 AM
Brooks Williams at The Blue Boar Maldon last night. Got off to a very promising start - The beer was called "Born to be Mild", very nice pint. Up the winding wooden staircase to the venue. Old wooden beams, lovely friendly atmosphere, full house of about 80 seated. I've seen BW  elsewhere before, and although he is always good, this was the best that I have seen him. The beer and the intimate surroundings probably helped but this was my best night out for quite a while.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on May 01, 2018, 05:24:14 PM
Denny Laine, Poor David's Pub, Dallas, Texas, Saturday, April 28, 2018! Denny performed a mix of Moody Blues tunes, more recent originals, and a healthy dose of Wings to fire up the place. He was ably supported by The Cryers, featuring Wings drummer Steve Holley, who is clearly the secret weapon in the mix.  Good-sized crowd, although there were too many empty seats in the back row.  I know he's not a household name, but he deserves to be.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on May 01, 2018, 05:36:31 PM
Did he play "Say you don't mind"?


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on May 01, 2018, 05:55:13 PM

Did he play "Say you don't mind"?


Indeed he did: https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/denny-laine/2018/poor-davids-pub-dallas-tx-73ec0ad9.html

The biggest surprise was "Richard Cory," which he said he learned from Paul Simon, personally.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Shane (Skirky) on May 01, 2018, 08:23:22 PM
Marty O’Reilly and The Old Soul Orchestra at The Lexington in the heart of London’s swinging Islington N1. Absolutely extraordinary fusion of progressive folk, blues and jazz. Marvellous venue, great sound and a rare treat to hear Michele Stodart out of The Magic Numbers do a fantastic set of torch country, grinning like a mad fool at having a listening audience as a ‘support’ slot - “...are we actually in London?”.
Good ale, handy transport, coat check, seats. All that an ageing gig-goer could ask for.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Will S on May 03, 2018, 03:29:46 PM
Jackie Oates' new album launch at Nettlebed on Monday night was pretty good.  Featuring her band, which now includes Jack Rutter, and also some special guests including John Spiers, and Matt Allwright on pedal steel.  The only downside was that the albums hadn't actually arrived yet!

Got to chat to Chris Bates of this parish too.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Chris from Fieldtown on May 04, 2018, 07:56:58 PM
Gilmore and Roberts at the Unicorn Abingdon. These guys are reaching a new level now, I've seen them a few times and they have always been great but tonight was up a gear. Together they were relaxed, funny and just delivered the most captivating set of songs with breath-taking musicianship. This is the start of a tour so I would urge to check if they are coming near you, I want to go again!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: mickf on May 06, 2018, 06:01:10 PM
Peter Knight's Gigspanner at Acapella Studio, Pentyrch, near Cardiff. Excellent gig, with great musicianship, as always. The venue can be described as 'quirky' in that it's a converted church that still looks like a church, with pews etc. Small, but very nice - Fairport are playing there in a couple of weeks, so that should be interesting! Nice to meet up with Ancient Muse (Andy) and her husband, Phil, again - we really can't keep meeting like this!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Penny on May 07, 2018, 01:16:59 AM
Judy Carmichael at Ronnie Scott's today (Sat 6th May).  Plays 'stride piano' and engages really well with the audience, amusing anecdotes and a great singing voice. Accompanied by a guitarist and double bass.  I was taken along by a friend, and absolutely loved it.  Can easily recommend to anyone.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bingers (Chris) on May 07, 2018, 08:42:38 AM
Great day yesterday (6 May) at the Blues at the Barns festival in Creeksea, Essex. Wide range of bands offering blues, folk and Americana. Names probably not known to many on here but included Dale Storr, a superb pianist playing New Orleans style much like Dr John; The Vagaband in a similar vein to The Travelling Band; Marcus Bonfanti; LaVendore Rogue; Maharajah Blues, a curious mix of blues and traditional Indian music (from Wales); Ben Tyzack & Guy Tortorro; Dan Wilde; The Forest Gators; and The Ben & Steve Somers Country Band to name some of the acts. Music, sun, beer - great fun  ;D


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Ancient Muse (Andy) on May 08, 2018, 02:40:08 AM

Peter Knight's Gigspanner at Acapella Studio, Pentyrch, near Cardiff. Excellent gig, with great musicianship, as always. The venue can be described as 'quirky' in that it's a converted church that still looks like a church, with pews etc. Small, but very nice - Fairport are playing there in a couple of weeks, so that should be interesting! Nice to meet up with Ancient Muse (Andy) and her husband, Phil, again - we really can't keep meeting like this!


Good lord, MickF - whyever not?  :D

I'm glad to say our friends really enjoyed Peter Knight and Gigspanner's music, even buying a CD and getting it signed!
I hope we'll be able to ask them along to other folky gigs in the future because they're nice company.  
I too bought a CD - Well Met by Knight and Spiers,  which is very nice, if a little short on songs... :-\


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: dog-nap (Ian) on May 09, 2018, 06:26:57 PM
Show of Hands were on fine form at the Cutty Sark last weekend.  They are back as a duo for their current tour, promoting their latest album (‘Where We’re Bound’).  It is certainly an unusual venue, sited underneath the hull of a large ship, but the acoustics were superb, giving a rich, resonant sound to their instruments.  The set-list included several numbers from the guys’ early days as floor-spot singers and, not surprisingly, several with a nautical flavour.  The only negative was that the seats were pinioned together – Why?  There was plenty of room – so you had to choose your neighbours carefully!



Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Col D on May 10, 2018, 11:13:19 AM
The Waterboys at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on Tuesday. We didn't exactly have high hopes for this after the letdown of the Manchester gig on the first leg of the tour back in October - if we'd been able to find any takers for the tickets we'd have gladly given this a miss rather than sit through a repeat of that. However, in the intervening six months something has clearly caused Mike to stir things up for the second leg and it's obvious from the start that things have changed for the better. Guitarist Bart Walker and second drummer Jon Green, who both felt largely superfluous to me, have departed and the trimmed down line-up seems to have gelled as more of a band than on the first leg. New songs from the rather lacklustre last album don't dominate the set anymore, cut down from twelve on the first leg to just five and Steve and Brother Paul are firing on all cylinders again, whereas they seemed curiously reined in last time around. They've even dropped the plodding new version of Fisherman's Blues, which sucked all the swing out of the song, and gone back to the original arrangement. A great night against all expectations, they're back on track.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jules Gray on May 10, 2018, 05:12:06 PM

The Waterboys at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on Tuesday. We didn't exactly have high hopes for this after the letdown of the Manchester gig on the first leg of the tour back in October - if we'd been able to find any takers for the tickets we'd have gladly given this a miss rather than sit through a repeat of that. However, in the intervening six months something has clearly caused Mike to stir things up for the second leg and it's obvious from the start that things have changed for the better. Guitarist Bart Walker and second drummer Jon Green, who both felt largely superfluous to me, have departed and the trimmed down line-up seems to have gelled as more of a band than on the first leg. New songs from the rather lacklustre last album don't dominate the set anymore, cut down from twelve on the first leg to just five and Steve and Brother Paul are firing on all cylinders again, whereas they seemed curiously reined in last time around. They've even dropped the plodding new version of Fisherman's Blues, which sucked all the swing out of the song, and gone back to the original arrangement. A great night against all expectations, they're back on track.


Maybe they were reading our reviews.   ;)

Jules


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Shane (Skirky) on May 11, 2018, 11:46:25 AM
Danny Baker - Good Time Charlie’s Back. Like an extended evening in the pub with your hyperactive mate who has just got to tell you one more funny thing that happened on the way to the theatre...
Three hours’ worth of the sort of shaggy dog stories that you’d struggle to make up (“I was in Led Zeppelin for thirty-five minutes...”, “So I said to Sting ‘Didn’t you used to work for me..?’”, “There are still quotes attributed to Paul Weller that I made up, hungover, in my Mum’s kitchen”, “Well, there it is...”) but are, nontheless, all true. Remarkable.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Andy on May 11, 2018, 04:04:01 PM

Danny Baker - Good Time Charlie’s Back. Like an extended evening in the pub with your hyperactive mate who has just got to tell you one more funny thing that happened on the way to the theatre...
Three hours’ worth of the sort of shaggy dog stories that you’d struggle to make up (“I was in Led Zeppelin for thirty-five minutes...”, “So I said to Sting ‘Didn’t you used to work for me..?’”, “There are still quotes attributed to Paul Weller that I made up, hungover, in my Mum’s kitchen”, “Well, there it is...”) but are, nontheless, all true. Remarkable.
'ee's a Nashnul Trevor, 'ee is.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: blagden on May 11, 2018, 04:23:45 PM

Danny Baker - Good Time Charlie’s Back. Like an extended evening in the pub with your hyperactive mate who has just got to tell you one more funny thing that happened on the way to the theatre...
Three hours’ worth of the sort of shaggy dog stories that you’d struggle to make up (“I was in Led Zeppelin for thirty-five minutes...”, “So I said to Sting ‘Didn’t you used to work for me..?’”, “There are still quotes attributed to Paul Weller that I made up, hungover, in my Mum’s kitchen”, “Well, there it is...”) but are, nontheless, all true. Remarkable.


Recommend both the autobiographies as well.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Will S on May 14, 2018, 11:24:54 AM
Excellent gig with Jez Lowe at Readifolk last night.  He's another of those songwriters (Clive Gregson is another) who just seem to have the gift of churning out singable melodies, along with a clever way with words.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bingers (Chris) on May 16, 2018, 08:33:52 AM
Mary Chapin Carpenter last night at The Barbican London was absolutely superb despite an idiot yelling out demanding to know if she was ‘pro-Trump’ which she elegantly sidestepped. The concert was nicely balanced with 17 songs over 90 minutes sung in her wonderful smoky voice. A must see!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on May 16, 2018, 10:12:43 AM

Mary Chapin Carpenter last night at The Barbican London was absolutely superb despite an idiot yelling out demanding to know if she was ‘pro-Trump’ which she elegantly sidestepped. The concert was nicely balanced with 17 songs over 90 minutes sung in her wonderful smoky voice. A must see!


Stepping back in to these murky waters briefly to address this. She was wonderful in Worthing on Saturday too and I have been listening to little else since her show. Ethan Johns (son of Glyn) was also very good in support.

Re the Trump taunt. To quote an interview with MCC in the Independent last year,

"He’s mentally unbalanced, a sexual predator, racist, misogynist, a narcissist, a demagogue, he’s a frightening person,” asserts Mary Chapin Carpenter about America’s new “freak show” President, Donald Trump. And the musician is firmly of the belief that the fight back, particularly among the artistic community, starts here: “What I believe in my heart of hearts is that Trump has underestimated people’s ability to overcome this ugliness and behaviour. People will overcome that."

So no need to side step. A simple "No" would probably have sufficed and the interrogator is indeed an idiot.  ;D


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jules Gray on May 16, 2018, 11:10:45 AM
So good to see you, Gub.   :)

Jules


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Will S on May 16, 2018, 11:43:37 AM
Indeed. Good to see you back, Gub.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bingers (Chris) on May 16, 2018, 01:04:34 PM


Mary Chapin Carpenter last night at The Barbican London was absolutely superb despite an idiot yelling out demanding to know if she was ‘pro-Trump’ which she elegantly sidestepped. The concert was nicely balanced with 17 songs over 90 minutes sung in her wonderful smoky voice. A must see!


Stepping back in to these murky waters briefly to address this. She was wonderful in Worthing on Saturday too and I have been listening to little else since her show. Ethan Johns (son of Glyn) was also very good in support.

Re the Trump taunt. To quote an interview with MCC in the Independent last year,

"He’s mentally unbalanced, a sexual predator, racist, misogynist, a narcissist, a demagogue, he’s a frightening person,” asserts Mary Chapin Carpenter about America’s new “freak show” President, Donald Trump. And the musician is firmly of the belief that the fight back, particularly among the artistic community, starts here: “What I believe in my heart of hearts is that Trump has underestimated people’s ability to overcome this ugliness and behaviour. People will overcome that."

So no need to side step. A simple "No" would probably have sufficed and the interrogator is indeed an idiot.  ;D


To explain, when I said “sidestepped”, she said that she was wearing ear monitors and together with the acoustics in the hall, claimed that by the time the shout reached her ears she could only hear a garbled noise. I thought she handled it well. Unfortunately the loud mouth then attempted to ask the question again and was shouted down by the people seated near him. I thought it was totally unnecessary and obtrusive and it temporarily upset the ambience of the concert. Needless to say MCC was very quickly back on track and continued to delight us devotees.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Dan O. on May 17, 2018, 10:04:44 AM
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) at The 1865 in Southampton last night, an Italian progressive rock band dating from the '70s. Didn't listen to any of their music beforehand, so went in with no pre-conceptions. Absolutely mind-blowing in a prog-tastic way - elements of Yes, ELP, King Crimson, Genesis, etc. (insert favourite prog band here) with lyrics in both English and Italian. Am now going to catch up and listen to their back catalogue.

It was definitely a case of : go and see that band you've never heard of, take a chance, they might be brilliant...


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: StephenB on May 17, 2018, 10:16:45 AM
I used to half-love them back in those, as you say, progtastic days - totally weird accents let the vocals down a bit and they occasionally got carried away up their own bottoms (but didn't all the prog bands in those days?), but some stand-out stuff. Might go and look for those vinyls and have a wallow...


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Shane (Skirky) on May 17, 2018, 10:58:17 AM

It was definitely a case of : go and see that band you've never heard of, take a chance, they might be brilliant...


Splendid! I was reading a good piece on them in this month’s Classic Rock magazine only this week.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on May 17, 2018, 12:26:28 PM

I used to half-love them back in those, as you say, progtastic days - totally weird accents let the vocals down a bit and they occasionally got carried away up their own bottoms (but didn't all the prog bands in those days?), but some stand-out stuff. Might go and look for those vinyls and have a wallow...
Just checked them out on YouTube. I'm struggling with the accents, but some of the music is right up my street! È Festa is joyful  :D I could easily imagine a bill with these and Hocus Pocus....  8) Grazia!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: ColinB on May 19, 2018, 11:10:52 PM
Just back from seeing Eddi Reader at the Lancaster Grand on the final night of her current tour. It was the first time I'd seen her apart from an appearance at the Brampton Festival quite a few years ago. She played the hits including 'Perfect' and 'Patience of Angels' along with a few Burns' songs and some numbers from her forthcoming album. Quite a few empty seats in the theatre but her gig was rather overshadowed by a festival elsewhere in the town, though that was aimed at a younger\different crowd.

Her backing band included Boo Hewerdine who I think has been with her for a while now and the guitarist from support singer Siobhan Miller's group did a double shift playing with Eddi too. Well worth going to see. She's a hellava good singer is Ms Reader and lots of entertaining chat between songs. She said she'll be touring again in the autumn.



Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Gouty (Gary) on May 20, 2018, 03:17:26 PM
The Rutles in Godalming last night.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: mickf on May 20, 2018, 04:29:33 PM

The Rutles in Godalming last night.

Who is currently in the band?


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Dan O. on May 20, 2018, 07:20:14 PM


The Rutles in Godalming last night.

Who is currently in the band?

Neil Innes - Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards, John Halsey - Vocals & Drums, "Rutling" Ken Thornton - Vocals & lead guitar, Phil Jackson - Vocals & Keyboards, Jay Goodrich - Vocals & Bass


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: mickf on May 21, 2018, 07:02:08 PM



The Rutles in Godalming last night.

Who is currently in the band?

Neil Innes - Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards, John Halsey - Vocals & Drums, "Rutling" Ken Thornton - Vocals & lead guitar, Phil Jackson - Vocals & Keyboards, Jay Goodrich - Vocals & Bass


Thanks


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Gouty (Gary) on May 21, 2018, 07:50:06 PM




The Rutles in Godalming last night.

Who is currently in the band?

Neil Innes - Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards, John Halsey - Vocals & Drums, "Rutling" Ken Thornton - Vocals & lead guitar, Phil Jackson - Vocals & Keyboards, Jay Goodrich - Vocals & Bass


Thanks


They were excellent. All the best bits from the first album plus later stuff from Archaeology. Also, they did a lovely version of George Harrison's All Things Must Pass and played a note perfect The End (from Ringo's drum solo on) at the end of Get Up and Go.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on May 23, 2018, 04:45:22 PM
David Crosby, last night, at the 100+ year-old historic Paramount Theater.  Here's the set list:

https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/david-crosby/2018/paramount-theatre-austin-tx-4bedc7b2.html

Note the duet with Shawn Colvin on Joni Mitchell's "Amelia," which was wonderful.

Shawn also popped up to sing with Emmylou Sunday night at the same venue.  My wife suggested that Shawn never left the theater.  I think she may live under the stage.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Ian_ on May 23, 2018, 09:53:48 PM

 Anyone get to see the Nick Mason Saucerful of Secrets shows at Dingwalls? I found this setlist posted elsewhere:

 Interstellar Overdrive
Astronomy Domine
Lucifer Sam
Fearless
Obscured by Clouds
When You're In
Arnold Layne
The Nile Song
Green Is the Colour
Let There Be More Light
Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun
See Emily Play
Bike
One of These Days
A Saucerful of Secrets
Point Me at the Sky
 


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on May 23, 2018, 09:55:35 PM


 Anyone get to see the Nick Mason Saucerful of Secrets shows at Dingwalls? I found this setlist posted elsewhere:

 Interstellar Overdrive
Astronomy Domine
Lucifer Sam
Fearless
Obscured by Clouds
When You're In
Arnold Layne
The Nile Song
Green Is the Colour
Let There Be More Light
Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun
See Emily Play
Bike
One of These Days
A Saucerful of Secrets
Point Me at the Sky
 


I glanced at some Youtube video, and I was very pleased to see NM playing the drums, by himself. My Pink Floyd experience dates to 1987 and thereafter, when he always had a second drummer in tow.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: bassline (Mike) on May 25, 2018, 05:07:16 AM
I just got back...literally fifteen minutes ago....from the gig on the 23rd...two days ago!...same set list....a couple of minor cock ups...but not bad, not bad at all.  

There was a guy in the audience who shouted out, 'Nick Mason - Legend ! I've got a Pink Floyd room ! I wish my dad was 'ere !'
The last part of which inspired Guy Pratt to reply, ' Roger ? Is that you ?.'
Much guffawing ensued.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Ian_ on May 25, 2018, 07:44:41 AM

 Cheers Mike! Glad you enjoyed it. Did you walk home?  :o :)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Poor Will (Bill) on May 25, 2018, 09:34:34 AM
Not a gig as such, but a stage production of Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations” at the Theatre Royal in Portsmouth.
The reason I am posting here is because the music for the production was composed and performed by Ollie King of this parish.
Ollie was on stage throughout playing a variety of squeeze boxes, fiddles and whistles.
All in all an excellent production which successfully managed to translate an extremely long novel into a two and a half hour play with just 9 performers.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: mickf on May 25, 2018, 10:16:25 AM
Fairport at the Acapella Studio, Pentyrch, near Cardiff. Great night, the band were on good form and it was nice to hear a few numbers not heard in a while. Unfortunately both 'S***mer by the Ch****ll' and the Bus song were included, but that was a minor gripe. Instead of going off stage at the end, they 'hid' behind their instruments after 'Matty Groves' and waited a minute or so before doing 'Ledge'. Well, I thought it was funny! I bought the 'What We Did on Our Saturday' CD and it's every bit as good as people have been saying.


This was the second time I've been to this quirky little venue - the first time I managed to get a decent seat downstairs, but this time I was upstairs - good view of the stage, but as a converted chapel it still has hard wooden pews for seats - note to self 'next time bring a cushion!'


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bingers (Chris) on May 25, 2018, 10:25:07 AM

Fairport at the Acapella Studio, Pentyrch, near Cardiff.

This was the second time I've been to this quirky little venue - the first time I managed to get a decent seat downstairs, but this time I was upstairs - good view of the stage, but as a converted chapel it still has hard wooden pews for seats - note to self 'next time bring a cushion!'



Similar to the Union Chapel in Islington. Seen Fairport there several times - lovely venue with great acoustics but the pews are very hard and I always forget to bring any padding!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Will S on May 25, 2018, 10:26:26 AM

I just got back...literally fifteen minutes ago....from the gig on the 23rd...two days ago!...same set list....a couple of minor cock ups...but not bad, not bad at all.  

There was a guy in the audience who shouted out, 'Nick Mason - Legend ! I've got a Pink Floyd room ! I wish my dad was 'ere !'
The last part of which inspired Guy Pratt to reply, ' Roger ? Is that you ?.'
Much guffawing ensued.



 ;D ;D ;D


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: bassline (Mike) on May 25, 2018, 11:44:30 AM


 Cheers Mike! Glad you enjoyed it. Did you walk home?  :o :)


 :) No, mate...but it felt like it.

A combination of factors..mainly the DVT in my leg and the financial side of things...lead to me opting for making it a coach/budget guest house affair.
I've had to keep the leg elevated as much as possible for nearly six months...even at work I'm on sit down duties, and I'm not match fit at all. The dates were announced an hour before the tickets went on sale, and I'd not budgeted for it...so I went for the cheapest coach tickets - £14 there and back, and the cheapest accommodation, which worked out at less than half the price of the train ticket, and gave me the chance to rest up. And I needed it too..I was on my feet walking between tube/hotel/tube/venue/gig/tube/hotel, for longer than I've been for six months and I slept  for eleven hours straight, waking up fifteen minutes before checkout. Then I had twelve hours to kill and no money to do anything till the return journey which was at 11.30pm, last night...half an hour before my wages went into the bank..so I had money to get a taxi home the other end.
When I got home, I was pleased to find that the Essex Boy was at the gig, and he recorded the show - so I'm going to grab some breakfast and listen back to it in just a mo.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on May 25, 2018, 11:55:25 AM



 Cheers Mike! Glad you enjoyed it. Did you walk home?  :o :)


 :) No, mate...but it felt like it.

A combination of factors..mainly the DVT in my leg and the financial side of things...lead to me opting for making it a coach/budget guest house affair.
I've had to keep the leg elevated as much as possible for nearly six months...even at work I'm on sit down duties, and I'm not match fit at all. The dates were announced an hour before the tickets went on sale, and I'd not budgeted for it...so I went for the cheapest coach tickets - £14 there and back, and the cheapest accommodation, which worked out at less than half the price of the train ticket, and gave me the chance to rest up. And I needed it too..I was on my feet walking between tube/hotel/tube/venue/gig/tube/hotel, for longer than I've been for six months and I slept  for eleven hours straight, waking up fifteen minutes before checkout. Then I had twelve hours to kill and no money to do anything till the return journey which was at 11.30pm, last night...half an hour before my wages went into the bank..so I had money to get a taxi home the other end.
When I got home, I was pleased to find that the Essex Boy was at the gig, and he recorded the show - so I'm going to grab some breakfast and listen back to it in just a mo.



Cripes...that sounds an adventure!  Fun times though... glad you enjoyed (and glad that some decent recordings of all the gigs are out there).


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: bassline (Mike) on May 25, 2018, 05:07:25 PM
It was....something...sleeping for eleven hours, and reading for twelve does not a great adventure make, but the first bit was..busy, certainly.

Lee Harris, btw, has confirmed on the Floyd equivalent of this forum, that there will be a more substantial light show and some new numbers.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Ian_ on May 25, 2018, 05:43:27 PM

 Sorry about the flippant comment Mike - I'd forgotten about your health issues  :-\

 I'm very tempted by the Birmingham SoS show, but £60 including travel costs is too rich for me these days.... ::)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: bassline (Mike) on May 25, 2018, 06:28:38 PM


 Sorry about the flippant comment Mike - I'd forgotten about your health issues  :-\

 I'm very tempted by the Birmingham SoS show, but £60 including travel costs is too rich for me these days.... ::)


No worries, dude, it made me laugh..and it probably did me good to get about a bit. There's only a couple of weeks left on the meds. I won't be 100% again, but 95 % is pretty good for a veteran rocker that needs a reminder he's a middle aged teenager now, not a whippersnapper.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: garrypbrooks on May 27, 2018, 07:09:39 AM
Terrific concert by folk-rockers "The Noble Jacks" at Cranleigh Arts Centre (near Guildford) last night, really got the audience going.

They do a lot of festivals and I can certainly see why, maybe a band for Cropredy one year?


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: StephenB on May 27, 2018, 02:11:14 PM
Saw Don McLean in Derry last night. OK his voice is struggling a bit (in a 70+-year-old-ish way) when he does insist on going for the high notes, but all in all a rocking show with a 5-piece band who were tight as a duck's bum. It was obviously going to be the highlight, but a full and extended, and truly rocking, version of American Pie brought the house down - truly memorable. For an encore he came on alone for an acoustic Vincent. Nice one.

As an aside, I Googled away last night and came across this very detailed (albeit one person's speculative) account of the meaning of that song...
http://www.whrc-wi.org/americanpie.htm


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Tom52 on May 27, 2018, 03:27:16 PM

As an aside, I Googled away last night and came across this very detailed (albeit one person's speculative) account of the meaning of that song...
http://www.whrc-wi.org/americanpie.htm


I read somewhere he once said when asked what that song means. "It means I never have to work again".


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on May 28, 2018, 05:14:05 PM
Doobie Brothers / Steely Dan, Austin360 Amphitheater, May 27, 2018!  Pat Simmons, John From Austin, Tommy Johnston and John McFee backstage before the show.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on May 29, 2018, 12:05:30 PM

Doobie Brothers / Steely Dan, Austin360 Amphitheater, May 27, 2018!  Pat Simmons, John From Austin, Tommy Johnston and John McFee backstage before the show.
Wow!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Paul on May 29, 2018, 11:02:43 PM

Not a gig as such, but a stage production of Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations” at the Theatre Royal in Portsmouth.
The reason I am posting here is because the music for the production was composed and performed by Ollie King of this parish.
Ollie was on stage throughout playing a variety of squeeze boxes, fiddles and whistles.
All in all an excellent production which successfully managed to translate an extremely long novel into a two and a half hour play with just 9 performers.


I will fully endorse what the learned gentleman said.

Really enjoyed the show. Went on the first night, and it was criminal how many empty seats there was in the auditorium. The cast, in particular Ollie, worked their socks off.

Only disappointment was Ollie not getting a proper bow with the rest of the cast. They just waved to him on the top of the gantry.

Paul


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: abby (tank girl) on May 30, 2018, 03:08:15 PM
Robert Plant at bearded theory......got to be the best I've seen Plant, ever and I've seen a few. Totally blew everything else away, loads of Zep in there.  Worth the ticket for him alone.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bingers (Chris) on May 31, 2018, 05:48:49 PM
I know he’s not everyone’s “cup of tea” on this forum but Bryan Adams last night at Wembley Arena was superb playing 27 songs. His guitarist, Keith Scott, was a bit special too


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Dan O. on June 03, 2018, 09:48:09 AM
The Zombies in a school gymnasium last night...one of my gigs of the year so far, and that's up against some stiff competition !

Playing prime extracts from "Odessey & Oracle", a couple of hits, a couple of choice covers culminating in a rousing version of Argent's "God Gave Rock & Roll To You", Colin Blunstone, Rod Argent and the guys * played with the energy and enthusiasm of men far younger than their (Rod & Colin's) 72 years apiece would suggest. Would definitely like to see them again...

*guitarist Tom Toomey, drummer Steve Rodford and new bassist Soren Koch


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Ancient Muse (Andy) on June 03, 2018, 08:18:44 PM
Last weekend we went to the fabulous Fishguard Folk Festival where nearly everything is free. For four days many of the local pubs, cafés and other venues (including the library and a brewery just outside town) are full of music, dancing,  singarounds, workshops and lots of lovely noise!

And do you know what?  We didn't go to any of the free stuff! (Yes we did feel that we missed out, but there was only so much we could do and I'd paid the £80 for four concerts at Theatr Gwaun.)

So, it being our 37th anniversary on the Saturday, we treated ourselves to Ange Hardy, who can do no wrong in my opinion, and Granny's Attic, who all seemed about 15 but had been playing together for several years. What accomplished musicians and they really could sing - especially Cohen the concertina player. I want to see them again!

Saturday evening's concert was Welsh folk group Allan yn y Fan, an 8-piece ensemble of multi-instrumentalists who are palways good value, followed by the calming influence of Devon's Jim Causley. I say calm, but that's more a reference to his west country accent, which is like a cuddle. He told stories, sang songs based on the poems of his relative Charles Causley and we came away having been thoroughly well entertained!

On Sunday the midday theatre performance was really interesting - Louise Jordan presented her project "No Petticoats Here", stories of feisty, heroic women who took on responsible roles in WW1, as nurses, despatch riders and in traditional roles as soldiers and drivers etc, which ultimately influenced the campaign for women's suffrage and some women being able to vote from 1918. She used framed photographs of the women, audio presentations from their diaries and other writings, and her own songs, playing guitar and piano. If you get a chance to see it I really do recommend it.

Sunday afternoon we went back to our campsite and lazed around in the sun, playing with the dog, so we missed loads of pub sessions and a guided walk, but back at the theatre in the evening we were treated to the energetic bouzouki, mandolin and guitar playing of The Trials of Cato. I'd never heard of these guys before, but they were my second "discovery" of the festival and I'll definitely seek them out in the future! They were followed by the ever-reliable Nancy Kerr and James Fagan, so that was a particularly enjoyable evening.

At midday on Monday we trooped to the theatre for the last of the paid concerts. I'd never heard of either band before, so approached it with my usual open-minded interest. As it happened, I would have happily paid double and wished both bands could have played double the length of set!

Rumblestrutters on first were described in the programme as a jug band, playing authentic 1920s blues. Featuring mandolin, guitar, mouth organ to rival Paul Jones at his best, and the "jug bass". It was bouncy, familiar with lots of audience participation, and fabulously tight musicianship. There's quite a bit of them on YouTube and I can really recommend them for a fun festival session. I don't know how well the three South Wales lads would go down at Cropredy, but they hadthe audience in the small theatre in tge palm of their hands.

They were followed by a band who could definitely rival Bellowhead for sheer energy and theatricality, if not numbers - Pilgrim's Way. Their latest album, Stand and Deliver, features songs of highwaymen and their women, and they dressed the part as well. Featuring heavy percussion, oboe and unusual wind instruments and a throbbing bass, they sang traditional and modern songs, including their own arrangements of Adam Ant's song and Birdhouse In Your Soul.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Paul on June 03, 2018, 10:29:50 PM
Last night I saw the All Things Must Pass Orchestra at The Spring. Absolutely astounding.

I always admired George Harrison, but only really knew his Beatles stuff and the solo singles. I hadn't heard a lot of his album stuff. It was really group, and there was such musicianship in the band.

Paul


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on June 04, 2018, 11:35:35 AM

Last night I saw the All Things Must Pass Orchestra at The Spring. Absolutely astounding.

I always admired George Harrison, but only really knew his Beatles stuff and the solo singles. I hadn't heard a lot of his album stuff. It was really group, and there was such musicianship in the band.

Paul



They are great aren't they. They come from my neck of the woods more or less so have played around here a few times. I love that they are not a tribute act in the usual sense of the word. They just focus on the music and play it their own way. Highly recommended.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on June 05, 2018, 04:27:24 PM
Paul Simon, final(?) show in Austin, Texas, at the Frank Erwin Center last night!

Great review and setlist here: http://music.blog.austin360.com/2018/06/05/farewell-paul-simon-parting-is-such-sweet-sorrow-at-the-erwin-center/

I hope he comes back, but I doubt he will.  He's 76 years old, for heaven's sake.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Paul on June 05, 2018, 10:04:51 PM


Last night I saw the All Things Must Pass Orchestra at The Spring. Absolutely astounding.

I always admired George Harrison, but only really knew his Beatles stuff and the solo singles. I hadn't heard a lot of his album stuff. It was really group, and there was such musicianship in the band.

Paul



They are great aren't they. They come from my neck of the woods more or less so have played around here a few times. I love that they are not a tribute act in the usual sense of the word. They just focus on the music and play it their own way. Highly recommended.


Yes excellent. Two came from Austria, and I chatted to them about the Austrian exchange lads we have staying with us at the moment.

They can't be a tribute band. One of them played on the original album.  ;) ;D ;D

Paul


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jim on June 06, 2018, 06:24:35 PM

Paul Simon, final(?) show in Austin, Texas, at the Frank Erwin Center last night!

Great review and setlist here: http://music.blog.austin360.com/2018/06/05/farewell-paul-simon-parting-is-such-sweet-sorrow-at-the-erwin-center/

I hope he comes back, but I doubt he will.  He's 76 years old, for heaven's sake.

It never stopped Frank


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bingers (Chris) on June 07, 2018, 02:58:23 PM
Some sublime 12-bar blues last night from the 78 year old Lil’ Jimmy Reed (aka Leon Atkins) at the Witham Public Hall in Essex


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on June 08, 2018, 01:24:47 AM
Well, that was interesting. I'll try and be quick as this will be anaethema to many here.

Electric Summer - Kent Cricket Ground Canterbury.

Tom Bailey of the Thompson Twins has written some songs I like and this would have been a crowd pleasing set were it not for the fact that he sang woefully out of tune throughout. I never saw him in his heyday so have no idea to what extent his vocals have ever been augmented by technology but this was painful. Backed by two keyboard players and a drummer (possibly synth drums, I wasn't paying close enough attention), the sound was thin and shrill and I suspect the headliners had slipped the soundman a tenner because by contrast:

OMD were terrific. Great sound. Synth based again, from the same era as Tom Bailey but the presence of acoustic drums and (often) bass guitar makes such a difference to the dynamics of the sound. I have only recently warmed to OMD after 35 years of only really listening to one of their songs (Messages). This was a 70 minute greatest hits set starting with Enola Gay with a funny and self effacing turn from Andy McCluskey upfront. They had the audience eating out of the palm of their hand.

a-ha: Pal Waaktaar's other band, Savoy, where his heart really lies, are a faintly industrial, New York based indie rock outfit where he is allowed free rein to indulge his aspirations to be Reeves Gabrels or Henry Kaiser. Having endured an acoustic tour to support a-ha's MTV Unplugged album during 2017, this tour is clearly Waaktaar's revenge. Several of the songs were filtered through a Trent Reznor sensibility and rendered if not unrecognisable, then certainly a tad indigestible at times. It was clearly not what this crowd was expecting, particularly after such a tight greatest hits set from OMD. You could feel some impatience creeping in as Waaktaar characteristically ignored the audience, changed guitars every other song and fiddled with his effects pedals. The equally taciturn Morten Harket made frequent trips to the side of the stage to debate issues with someone in the wings, leaving it to the more gregarious keyboard player, Magne Furuholmen to do most of the heavy lifting in terms of engaging with the audience. Fortunately at the point where "shall we leave now?" glances were being exchanged between audience members, the band pulled it back together with a solid volley of hits, played straighter, for the last 40 minutes of the set.

It was a beautiful evening and a lot of fun. I'm never sure what I think when a band choose to confront their audience rather than pander to it but this was clearly the price of Waaktaar's involvement at this point and it was fascinating to watch.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bingers (Chris) on June 09, 2018, 09:09:48 AM
Whilst not (quite) in the same league as some of the other recent gigs posted here, we hosted a Pink Floyd tribute act at Witham Public Hall last night called Mimik Floyd (rubbish name I have to admit). Now I’ve never been a fan of tribute acts but Mimik Floyd were superb. A very authentic sound with excellent guitar, bass and saxophone playing and including a laser show. They played the entire Dark Side of the Moon album (celebrating its 45th anniversary) together with the usual choice cuts from Wish You Were Here (opening the set with an excellent version of Shine On You Crazy Diamond), The Wall and Animals. In the absence of the “real” Pink Floyd, they are well worth seeing and up there with The Australian Pink Floyd on a much more limited budget.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on June 09, 2018, 03:45:38 PM

Well, that was interesting. I'll try and be quick as this will be anaethema to many here.

Electric Summer - Kent Cricket Ground Canterbury.

Tom Bailey of the Thompson Twins has written some songs I like and this would have been a crowd pleasing set were it not for the fact that he sang woefully out of tune throughout. I never saw him in his heyday so have no idea to what extent his vocals have ever been augmented by technology but this was painful. Backed by two keyboard players and a drummer (possibly synth drums, I wasn't paying close enough attention), the sound was thin and shrill and I suspect the headliners had slipped the soundman a tenner because by contrast:

OMD were terrific. Great sound. Synth based again, from the same era as Tom Bailey but the presence of acoustic drums and (often) bass guitar makes such a difference to the dynamics of the sound. I have only recently warmed to OMD after 35 years of only really listening to one of their songs (Messages). This was a 70 minute greatest hits set starting with Enola Gay with a funny and self effacing turn from Andy McCluskey upfront. They had the audience eating out of the palm of their hand.

a-ha: Pal Waaktaar's other band, Savoy, where his heart really lies, are a faintly industrial, New York based indie rock outfit where he is allowed free rein to indulge his aspirations to be Reeves Gabrels or Henry Kaiser. Having endured an acoustic tour to support a-ha's MTV Unplugged album during 2017, this tour is clearly Waaktaar's revenge. Several of the songs were filtered through a Trent Reznor sensibility and rendered if not unrecognisable, then certainly a tad indigestible at times. It was clearly not what this crowd was expecting, particularly after such a tight greatest hits set from OMD. You could feel some impatience creeping in as Waaktaar characteristically ignored the audience, changed guitars every other song and fiddled with his effects pedals. The equally taciturn Morten Harket made frequent trips to the side of the stage to debate issues with someone in the wings, leaving it to the more gregarious keyboard player, Magne Furuholmen to do most of the heavy lifting in terms of engaging with the audience. Fortunately at the point where "shall we leave now?" glances were being exchanged between audience members, the band pulled it back together with a solid volley of hits, played straighter, for the last 40 minutes of the set.

It was a beautiful evening and a lot of fun. I'm never sure what I think when a band choose to confront their audience rather than pander to it but this was clearly the price of Waaktaar's involvement at this point and it was fascinating to watch.
We’ve just arrived in Yeovil for tonight’s offering which sadly does not include OMD. Still, it’s an outdoor event, the weather is fabulous and we’ll enjoy ourselves come what may .  :)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Shane (Skirky) on June 10, 2018, 01:24:47 AM
Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbot at Thetford Forest. All the hits and more, great band, massive horns, and Heaton in splendid between-song form.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on June 10, 2018, 03:38:39 PM

The band, sadly, had as much personality as a day-old blancmange. Morten just stands and sings. No movement, no gestures.
It’s their farewell tour. Just as well.




It was ever thus. The fact of the matter is that they can barely stand to be in the same room as each other, let alone on the same stage. And Morten has always been a reluctant frontman and eschewed any responsibility for engaging the audience. Sometimes they overcome it and they can be electric live. I saw a great show at the O2 several years ago. It was clear when I saw them on Thursday though that all is not well on this tour. And that was just the first show.

I don't think it is their farewell tour though. In fact they had their farewell tour about 5 years ago and released a very good valedictory live album to celebrate it. Then they reformed to play a benefit show for the victims of the Utoya island shootings and have continued ever since. I think the official line is that they are a part time band, only existing for a few months a year around their other various individual interests.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jules Gray on June 10, 2018, 04:23:15 PM

massive horns


 :o

Jules


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Dad Volt on June 10, 2018, 04:33:41 PM

Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbot at Thetford Forest. All the hits and more, great band, massive horns, and Heaton in splendid between-song form.

We are going to Cannock Chase at the end of the month to see them,with the Bard of Barking ascacniceclittle bonus I believe.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Shane (Skirky) on June 10, 2018, 07:26:36 PM


Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbot at Thetford Forest. All the hits and more, great band, massive horns, and Heaton in splendid between-song form.

We are going to Cannock Chase at the end of the month to see them,with the Bard of Barking ascacniceclittle bonus I believe.


Sir Billy of Bragg was also on good form. He’s not one to leave his politics at the gate, mind...  ;D


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Paul on June 10, 2018, 10:21:46 PM
Sensation, the music of The Who.

Not really a tribute band (if they were that was the worst John Entwistle impression I have ever seen, she could play the bass well though  ;) ;D). It was more a stage show based around their work. Some of the singers came from the stage shows. They did all the old hits, followed by most of Tommy, followed by most of Quadrophenia, followed by all the new hits. Guitarist played all the Townshend stuff admirably, and the female keyboard player belted out Acid Queen better than Tina Turner.

Paul


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: mickf on June 10, 2018, 10:51:57 PM




We are going to Cannock Chase at the end of the month to see them,with the Bard of Barking ascacniceclittle bonus I believe.


Congratulations on creating a new word! ;D


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on June 11, 2018, 08:03:46 AM
I drag Mike along to a lot of prog, so we decided it was time to see something more his bag (he is 80's man).

And so to Huish Park, the home of Yeovil football team to see A-ha supported by Tom Bailey (Thompson Twins) and China Crisis. The original blurb said OMD we’re supporting which was why we booked but this changed last minute. Never mind, we thought. It’ll still be a good show, we thought... :-\

China Crisis were excellent. They sang all their hits plus 2 new songs, both with an 80’s vibe so fitted in very well. The between-songs banter was cheeky scouse and they really warmed the crowd up. I’d happily see them again.

Then Tom Bailey. The best thing I can say about him is he has a cute all-girl band. Not impressed. Everyone else seemed to enjoy him tho, so maybe they don’t mind out of tune singing and wrong notes...Huh

And then A-ha. Great backing band, the sound was good. The band, sadly, had as much personality as a day-old blancmange. Morten just stands and sings. No movement, no gestures. We left when they came back on for an encore thus missing the queues and were back at the caravan an hour later, having cleansed my palate with some Steven Wilson  Angry
It’s their farewell tour. Just as well.

Massive thumbs up to the organisers who were cheerful, helpful and kept the place spotless. Next time I go will be for football tho.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on June 11, 2018, 10:19:19 AM

I drag Mike along to a lot of prog, so we decided it was time to see something more his bag (he is 80's man).

And so to Huish Park, the home of Yeovil football team to see A-ha supported by Tom Bailey (Thompson Twins) and China Crisis. The original blurb said OMD we’re supporting which was why we booked but this changed last minute. Never mind, we thought. It’ll still be a good show, we thought... :-\

China Crisis were excellent. They sang all their hits plus 2 new songs, both with an 80’s vibe so fitted in very well. The between-songs banter was cheeky scouse and they really warmed the crowd up. I’d happily see them again.

Then Tom Bailey. The best thing I can say about him is he has a cute all-girl band. Not impressed. Everyone else seemed to enjoy him tho, so maybe they don’t mind out of tune singing and wrong notes...Huh

And then A-ha. Great backing band, the sound was good. The band, sadly, had as much personality as a day-old blancmange. Morten just stands and sings. No movement, no gestures. We left when they came back on for an encore thus missing the queues and were back at the caravan an hour later, having cleansed my palate with some Steven Wilson  Angry
It’s their farewell tour. Just as well.

Massive thumbs up to the organisers who were cheerful, helpful and kept the place spotless. Next time I go will be for football tho.



Just re-posting my original reply for the sake of chronology.

It was ever thus. The fact of the matter is that they can barely stand to be in the same room as each other, let alone on the same stage. And Morten has always been a reluctant frontman and eschewed any responsibility for engaging the audience. Sometimes they overcome it and they can be electric live. I saw a great show at the O2 several years ago. It was clear when I saw them on Thursday though that all is not well on this tour. And that was just the first show.

I don't think it is their farewell tour though. In fact they had their farewell tour about 5 years ago and released a very good valedictory live album to celebrate it. Then they reformed to play a benefit show for the victims of the Utoya island shootings and have continued ever since. I think the official line is that they are a part time band, only existing for a few months a year around their other various individual interests.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bingers (Chris) on June 11, 2018, 10:28:20 AM


I drag Mike along to a lot of prog, so we decided it was time to see something more his bag (he is 80's man).

And so to Huish Park, the home of Yeovil football team to see A-ha supported by Tom Bailey (Thompson Twins) and China Crisis. The original blurb said OMD we’re supporting which was why we booked but this changed last minute. Never mind, we thought. It’ll still be a good show, we thought... :-\

China Crisis were excellent. They sang all their hits plus 2 new songs, both with an 80’s vibe so fitted in very well. The between-songs banter was cheeky scouse and they really warmed the crowd up. I’d happily see them again.

Then Tom Bailey. The best thing I can say about him is he has a cute all-girl band. Not impressed. Everyone else seemed to enjoy him tho, so maybe they don’t mind out of tune singing and wrong notes...Huh

And then A-ha. Great backing band, the sound was good. The band, sadly, had as much personality as a day-old blancmange. Morten just stands and sings. No movement, no gestures. We left when they came back on for an encore thus missing the queues and were back at the caravan an hour later, having cleansed my palate with some Steven Wilson  Angry
It’s their farewell tour. Just as well.

Massive thumbs up to the organisers who were cheerful, helpful and kept the place spotless. Next time I go will be for football tho.



Just re-posting my original reply for the sake of chronology.

It was ever thus. The fact of the matter is that they can barely stand to be in the same room as each other, let alone on the same stage. And Morten has always been a reluctant frontman and eschewed any responsibility for engaging the audience. Sometimes they overcome it and they can be electric live. I saw a great show at the O2 several years ago. It was clear when I saw them on Thursday though that all is not well on this tour. And that was just the first show.

I don't think it is their farewell tour though. In fact they had their farewell tour about 5 years ago and released a very good valedictory live album to celebrate it. Then they reformed to play a benefit show for the victims of the Utoya island shootings and have continued ever since. I think the official line is that they are a part time band, only existing for a few months a year around their other various individual interests.


Don’t think I’ll bother seeking out A-ha given the reviews on here. Always thought Take On Me was a decent track but most of their other stuff left me a bit nonplussed. Thompson Twins similarly left me cold. China Crisis though were one of my favourite 1980’s synth bands and OMD were and are in different league. Just my opinion for what it’s worth


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: abby (tank girl) on June 14, 2018, 07:35:29 AM
I feel I should give a mention to Download, not necessarily for all the usual suspects and headliners but for a band who were  on the Zippo stage at 12:45, the brilliant Greta Van Fleet, my new Favourite Thing, check them out if you event already.  

(For the record, Axl Rose was awful, Ozzy was fab)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on June 16, 2018, 11:30:40 AM
The Rolling Stones last night at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. I won the tickets in work so was more than happy to delay the first day of my holidays to see them!

First up was Elbow "we're Elbow from Manchester and we're opening for the Stones!".  I don't know much about their music but I can listen to One Day Like This over and over. Loved them.

And on to the main act. What can I say? They're all over 70 yet they put people half their age to shame. Mick had done his homework and spoke about local places like Chippy Lane and even spoke some Welsh which always goes down well  :D

They sang a load of their hits which was great as it meant everyone could sing along, and some great blues. I even enjoyed Keith's slot, although I'm not convinced he knew exactly where he was! Similarly Ronnie Wood who I'm afraid lacks stage presence somewhat. Keef managed to mess up the start to Jumping Jack Flash but other than that the music was amazing. I've no idea how Charlie Watts does it, but he produces exactly he right sound with what looks like minimal effort. A bit like DM IMHO.

A great night thoroughly enjoyed by the capacity audience. I know Andy L and Mick F were there and I'm sure they are better at articulating a constructive critique than I am!!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: mickf on June 16, 2018, 11:38:03 AM

The Rolling Stones last night at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. I won the tickets in work so was more than happy to delay the first day of my holidays to see them!

First up was Elbow "we're Elbow from Manchester and we're opening for the Stones!".  I don't know much about their music but I can listen to One Day Like This over and over. Loved them.

And on to the main act. What can I say? They're all over 70 yet they put people half their age to shame. Mick had done his homework and spoke about local places like Chippy Lane and even spoke some Welsh which always goes down well  :D

They sang a load of their hits which was great as it meant everyone could sing along, and some great blues. I even enjoyed Keith's slot, although I'm not convinced he knew exactly where he was! Similarly Ronnie Wood who I'm afraid lacks stage presence somewhat. Keef managed to mess up the start to Jumping Jack Flash but other than that the music was amazing. I've no idea how Charlie Watts does it, but he produces exactly he right sound with what looks like minimal effort. A bit like DM IMHO.

A great night thoroughly enjoyed by the capacity audience. I know Andy L and Mick F were there and I'm sure they are better at articulating a constructive critique than I am!!



All I can say is 'Bloody Brilliant!'


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Andy on June 16, 2018, 01:27:58 PM
Elbow's sound was so muffled and muddy that we could barely make out the lyrics - the standout feature of most Elbow songs. They arrived 10 minutes late but left on time, so their setlist was truncated:

Magnificent (She Says)
Leaders Of The Free World
Lippy Kids
The Bones of You
Little Fictions
One Day Like This*
Grounds for Divorce

*Considering their best known song (to me) is now 10 years old at least, you'd think it might be better than the rest, on the night. It was, barely. Guy Garvey kept on about opening for the Stones, he seemed happy, you could say Stoned...

The Stones setlist was

Street Fighting Man
It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It)
Tumbling Dice
Paint It Black
Get Off of My Cloud
Like a Rolling Stone
You Can't Always Get What You Want
You Got the Silver
Before They Make Me Run
Sympathy for the Devil
Miss You
Midnight Rambler
Start Me Up
Honky Tonk Women
Jumpin' Jack Flash
Brown Sugar

Encores:
Gimme Shelter*
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction

*Sasha Allen sang Merry Clayton's part for this but as her mike kept cutting out, it was a disappointing version of a great song.

We last saw them 15 years ago at Twickenham and yes, age has started to weary them considerably. Wood and Richards looked like they'd been inefficiently embalmed but Watts (just had his 77th birthday) was bloody great. Jagger's vocals and physical eccentricities were up to standard, though. Darryl Jones on bass guitar was pretty anonymous and his solo was weak, I'm afraid.

Pretty good though it was, we won't be paying £220+ for 2 seats high in the stands to see these particular geriatric millionaires again.

(Phone pictures)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on June 16, 2018, 02:52:13 PM
Your photo of Keith Richards sums him up perfectly Andy. I really do think it's time to pension him off. Mr Jagger on the other hand carries it all along from the front, with Charlie Watts holding court at the rear. I last saw them 30 years ago - I was going to the gig that was cancelled, referred to by Mick, and went to the replacement.

I'm glad I went but I wouldn't have paid £200+ to see them.

Poor sound for support acts seems to be the norm these days  :( and   >:(


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on June 16, 2018, 04:02:33 PM


Poor sound for support acts seems to be the norm these days  :( and   >:(


It always was. Many and various are the tales of support acts having their sound nobbled by the headliners over the years.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Paul on June 16, 2018, 10:13:10 PM
Saw Flo and Joan at The Spring, Havant last night. They are the girls from the Nationwide ad, and went to the school where my wife taught.

The show was a tryout for the Edinburgh fringe. They are hilarious, and very very clever. I reckon I can sign a patter song pretty damn fast, but they can do their own stuff even faster, in two part harmony, and with lyrics that must be impossible to learn.

I really recommend that you go and see them if you get the chance.

Paul


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Andy on June 17, 2018, 12:56:45 AM


I'm glad I went but I wouldn't have paid £200+ to see them.

To clarify, we paid £111 each, £20 of which was a mandatory booking fee.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: bassline (Mike) on June 17, 2018, 02:07:29 AM
Just got back from the Hollywood Vampires at the Genting Arena/NEC.....whatever it is this month.

£60 for The Damned/The Darkness and the Vamps was great value.

It's the first time I've seen the Damned while seated, and it seemed a little wrong. I couldn't help but jiggle about for the mighty New Rose though, apologies to the three guys on right who were typing posts on Facebook while I did so. We also got Neat Neat Neat, Smash It Up and Eloise - marred a bit by there being no keyboards in the mix whatsoever, so the string part was inaudible. New song Standing On The Edge Of Tomorrow was very good.

The Darkness - take a lump of early Queen mix in some AC/DC, add a dash of Zep, and the result is a nice little set of old skool rock. Good fun. Justin may court all the attention, but it's his brother who supplies all the good guitary bits. Frankie is still lanky bass dude, in dashing pink.

The Vampires were fabulous. Alice, one of his guitarists - Tommy - and drummer Glen - keys, bass, plus Aerosmith's Joe Perry - cool as ever, and Johnny Depp. Although the theatricals of Alice's usual set was absent, it wasn't all that noticable, as the band ran through a bunch of covers of various artists no longer with us - a la Cropredy, and a handful of original tunes from the album - co written by Depp -, none of which I'd heard before, but I shall be getting a copy soonest. The first couple of covers were I Got A Line On You and Seven And Seven Is (last time I heard that live it was played by the Bangles, gulp, thirty odd years ago!), which was a good start, followed by The Jack and Ace Of Spades. We got Alice's I'm Eighteen and Aerosmith's Sweet Emotion, then we got Depp singing Heroes very nicely, then the Bowie theme was continued with a surprise guest slot from none other than Ian Hunter for All The Young Dudes. This was very appropriate, as earlier that day, my copy of Ian's The Journey 3CD set came through the post. See you in a fortnight, Ian. Train Kept A Rollin' ended the set, then good old School's Out to end things.

Super.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: hendo (Dave) on June 17, 2018, 08:59:22 AM
Played a festival yesterday when the final 2 acts on were Goldwater and King King.
Goldwater, cracking theatrical rock , really excellent charismatic lead singer ,and three girl backing singers
King King , were just a very , very good , old school , rock band doing their own stuff. Great sound and you could hear a thousand influences in there from rock to blues to soul. Some lovely Hammond and classic guitar lead lines .
We always say it but they would be a great Cropredy band.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bingers (Chris) on June 17, 2018, 10:34:13 AM

Saw Flo and Joan at The Spring, Havant last night. They are the girls from the Nationwide ad, and went to the school where my wife taught.

The show was a tryout for the Edinburgh fringe. They are hilarious, and very very clever. I reckon I can sign a patter song pretty damn fast, but they can do their own stuff even faster, in two part harmony, and with lyrics that must be impossible to learn.

I really recommend that you go and see them if you get the chance.

Paul



Was contemplating going to see them in Colchester but the gig is sold out!  :( oh well next time maybe...


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: David V B on June 17, 2018, 11:00:29 AM
Saturday night at Blenheim for a superb line up - Elvis Costello, Waterboys and Nick Lowe. All on great form. Some great songwriters there and so it was pleasing (and a bit surprising) that the sound was good with vocals clear for all three. Good mixture of hits, oldies and new material .

And Blenheim seem to have got their act together with the organisation. No more getting stuck in a field for ages afterwards!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on June 17, 2018, 01:44:33 PM
Psychedelic Furs last night in Liverpool.  Didn't expect a lot, but they were really great.  With the core group still onboard and giving it plenty, and a phenomenal set list.  One of the great band of their era imho.  BUT, they were still overshadowed by the support:The Phenomenal Rise of Richard Strange...who were (was?) outstanding.  Do go and see if you get a chance.  A great band including the phenomenal Terry Edwards and Steve Bolton (who once graced the touring lineup of the Who amongst others).  And Strange was just brilliant.  Selling loads of merch too including some tasty reissues of the Doctors of Madness albums...  


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: David V B on June 20, 2018, 07:48:05 AM
The Stones at Twickenham for a special birthday treat. And what a treat. Had expected to enjoy them but didn’t expect them to be that good, even in my wildest dreams. Last night of UK tour and they were really up for it. Roughly same list as Cardiff other than no Rolling Stone/ Cloud replaced by Bitch, blues of last album to mark their early days in Richmond, and Beast of Burden (with James Bay sharing vocals).

If anyone says they just rest on past glories, are past it etc, ignore them. One of the best concerts I have ever seen. I haven’t stopped smiling yet.

Managed to miss the transport mayhem by hiring a parking space in opposite direction. Announced at the end that Twickenham station closed. Utter bedlam.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Andy on June 20, 2018, 10:01:40 AM
Some pictures and videos from the Cardiff gig can be found here (https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10212299191060470.1073741923.1399632124&type=1&l=f971d4119c).


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: blagden on June 21, 2018, 04:58:08 PM
David Rovics at Rotherham Trades Club this Tuesday.

Great venue but woefully attended.

He was extraordinary, his politics were a little extreme for me (as they would probably be for Corbyn) but very inspiring ... recommended.

Here'e a concert recorded on this tour in Berlin - https://youtu.be/UM0uJedM_zY



Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Shane (Skirky) on June 22, 2018, 06:05:39 PM
Travis and Turin Brakes. Both bands in tremendous form and thoroughly enjoyable. TB plugging a new album, Travis playing the hits.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on June 24, 2018, 09:51:51 AM

Travis and Turin Brakes. Both bands in tremendous form and thoroughly enjoyable. TB plugging a new album, Travis playing the hits.
Love TB - seem them loads of times and always a cracking set.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on July 01, 2018, 05:41:00 PM
John Prine/Amanda Shires, last night, Bass Concert Hall, Austin, Texas.

Incredible show - every song is a gem, and his between-song stories are amazing. I don't have much to add to this review from the Austin American-Statesman: https://www.austin360.com/news/john-prine-caps-austin-filled-month-with-amanda-shires-bass-concert-hall/RG4R2HTgg7W9epHTC2KatK/

One introduction they omit from the review - introducing "Caravan of Fools," he said "This song has more verses than there are original members left in Trump's cabinet."

John Prine's UK/Europe tour starts in August, and I can't emphasize enough how good he is.  It's well worth everyone's time and treasure!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: bassline (Mike) on July 02, 2018, 06:05:38 PM
Ramblin' Man Festival...
Saturday consisted of Main/Country/Up and Coming Stages.
 I spent most of this day hanging around the Country stage - oddly, as country isn't really my thing - in anticipation of Steve Earle's set, which was set to include all of Copperhead Road, which is one of my all time favourite albums. As the weather was glorious and the vibe mellow, this was no hardship. One band, featuring an ex member of the modern Lynyrd Skynyrd actually 'did Freebird' which was nice. Myles Kennedy of Alterbridge/Slash, and almost Led Zeppelin, did a decent acoustic set, then on came Steve to do his thing. There is a song on Copperhead Road that means a lot to me personally. That song is not Snake Oil, yet it was at this point, that I got all misty eyed and emotional. Odd. When the actual song in question,'Even When I'm Blue' had it's turn, I was a blubbering mess...good job it was sunglasses weather. As the last song from Copperhead faded away, so did I..off to the main stage for Mott The Hoople. It was strange that only Ian Hunter was the only member from the last set of gigs to grace the stage - of course two of them are no longer with us - R.I.P Buffin and Overend - and the other two had left and been replaced by Ariel Bender and Morgan Fisher, and for this later line up reunion, they were present and correct. Morgan didn't look like Morgan..he did at the time of the Hammersmith shows, but not anymore. No 'tache - it's not natural. Ariel was inaudible for most of it..at least down the front..I could see what he was playing, but I couldn't hear a thing. Didn't matter though..there were enough guitarists on stage to make up for it. 'Unta was magnificent..fine voice, great playing and total dudeishness. The set was mainly from the Dudes album onwards, with some choice oldies like Rock 'n Roll Queen and Walkin' With A Mountain, which meant I got to hear some different songs like Alice. All good stuff.

Friday was Main/Blues and Prog Stages.

I got to the arena field in time for breakfast and coffee, before seeing new Psych/Prog Goldray. I'd not heard a thing by them, but I fancied the look of...them, so I checked them out. They do this sort of thing : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eblJG-nPmN0 and I like it.
A bit more wandering about and chilling, and it was back to the Prog stage for Mostly Autumn. They were very much Mostly Autumn and that's a good thing on the whole. I always enjoy them live, but I still don't feel the need to buy any albums.
There was a bit of bovva at this point....the stage crew appeared to have made a mess of the mic set up for MA, so they went on late but did a full set. Next on was Fish, but it wasn't until his set was underway, that the stage manager passed him a note, saying that he still had to be off stage at the original time, because the main stage headliners didn't want the sound bleeding over while they played. Fish was miffed, but professional. He cut out the none Clutching At Straws songs to give us as much of that album as possible, only losing one. I did get to hear Sugar Mice at last...and the blubbering started again...same reason as the Steve Earle song...but I sang along, noting that Mike Portnoy, ex of Dream Theater and playing the festival with  Sons of Apollo, was at the side of the stage doing the same. Incommunicado ended the set to a rousing finish, Fish making the band draw out the trash can ending to make sure that they finished Exactly On Time ! As Fish had time to spare the last time he played Cropredy, maybe this year we will get the whole shebang along with his solo tracks...the two we did get are really good. The Cult ended the weekend. They were OK. I had to wait the entire set to hear ...Sanctuary, but hear it I did, so that's good then.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Nick Reg on July 02, 2018, 11:03:14 PM

Ramblin' Man Festival...
 It was strange that only Ian Hunter was the only member from the last set of gigs to grace the stage - of course two of them are no longer with us - R.I.P Buffin and Overend - and the other two had left



Ralpher has suffered a stroke and would have been unable to play. Would still have liked to have seen it though.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on July 03, 2018, 06:41:55 AM


Ramblin' Man Festival...
 It was strange that only Ian Hunter was the only member from the last set of gigs to grace the stage - of course two of them are no longer with us - R.I.P Buffin and Overend - and the other two had left



Ralpher has suffered a stroke and would have been unable to play. Would still have liked to have seen it though.


Apparently, it was "with his blessing" though.  Not sure how much that cost.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Shane (Skirky) on July 09, 2018, 12:07:34 AM
Among many others I caught Danny and The Champions of the World at the Maverick Festival this weekend. Barnstorming performance. Like Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes would look if they were fronted by Ray Winstone. But what a voice!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on July 09, 2018, 11:18:04 AM
The Cure at Hyde Park on Saturday.

29 songs in a blistering set, in blistering heat. What a day! I'm in awe - still.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jim G on July 09, 2018, 04:13:47 PM

The Cure at Hyde Park on Saturday.

29 songs in a blistering set, in blistering heat. What a day! I'm in awe - still.



I was at Hyde Park the day before (Friday) to see Roger Waters (plus Squeeze and Seasick Steve). Music was good but prices a bit steep at £6.50 pint of IPA or Cider - no grub for less than £8.00 and T shirts £30 each!  

Waters put on a fantastic quadraphonic show at one point morphing the main stage into Battersea power station, complete with smoking chimneys and flying pigs.  Did most of Dark Side of the Moon, some stuff from Wish you were here,  Animals and the Wall plus a couple from his latest solo album Is This the Life We Really Want?

I have no idea how they would have cleaned up the site in time for another performance the next day.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Dan O. on July 09, 2018, 05:10:41 PM
Ok, Bridge and Jim - those two gigs must've been excellent, can I just ask you what the sound was like at Hyde Park ?

The reason I'm asking is because I went there to watch Bruce Springsteen in 2012, the night they were jamming "Twist & Shout/La Bamba" with Macca and broke the curfew, causing the PA to be faded out before the musicians on stage had finished playing.

The sound that day was so quiet, it was no louder than a hi-fi at a "ooh, the parents have gone out, shall we be naughty and crank the stereo up a bit ?" level. People next to each other were holding normal level conversations. Now I don't go to live gigs to be deafened, but I certainly like to be overwhelmed by what I've paid to see. The E-Street Band were terrific that day - just shy of 20 musicians on that stage giving their all - but they were simply not loud enough.

Pricing and crowd aside (those are separate issues), along with the hassle of travelling to London from the provinces to get there, I vowed never to go to Hyde Park for a gig again, so underwhelmed I was by the experience. I've missed various gigs there over the last 6 years, simply from digging my heels in and saying "I'd go but not if it's at Hyde Park." These range from Paul Simon, Carole King, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and the aforementioned Roger Waters and The Cure, etc...

So, please let me know - have things improved since 2012 ? Is it worth giving Hyde Park another go ? I'm more than happy to be proved wrong on this matter, as I don't wish to miss out on more big occasions due to my opinion and experience of the venue being based on the way things were 6 years ago...


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: hendo (Dave) on July 09, 2018, 05:48:34 PM

Ok, Bridge and Jim - those two gigs must've been excellent, can I just ask you what the sound was like at Hyde Park ?

The reason I'm asking is because I went there to watch Bruce Springsteen in 2012, the night they were jamming "Twist & Shout/La Bamba" with Macca and broke the curfew, causing the PA to be faded out before the musicians on stage had finished playing.

The sound that day was so quiet, it was no louder than a hi-fi at a "ooh, the parents have gone out, shall we be naughty and crank the stereo up a bit ?" level. People next to each other were holding normal level conversations. Now I don't go to live gigs to be deafened, but I certainly like to be overwhelmed by what I've paid to see. The E-Street Band were terrific that day - just shy of 20 musicians on that stage giving their all - but they were simply not loud enough.

Pricing and crowd aside (those are separate issues), along with the hassle of travelling to London from the provinces to get there, I vowed never to go to Hyde Park for a gig again, so underwhelmed I was by the experience. I've missed various gigs there over the last 6 years, simply from digging my heels in and saying "I'd go but not if it's at Hyde Park." These range from Paul Simon, Carole King, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and the aforementioned Roger Waters and The Cure, etc...

So, please let me know - have things improved since 2012 ? Is it worth giving Hyde Park another go ? I'm more than happy to be proved wrong on this matter, as I don't wish to miss out on more big occasions due to my opinion and experience of the venue being based on the way things were 6 years ago...

Dan, my mate Bob, who I play in a band with , is not given to hyperbole. He was at the gig and since, he has just raved about it. Probably best gig he has been to........and he has been to many......and the sound was, apparently , stunning.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jim G on July 09, 2018, 09:15:28 PM
The sound was incredible on the main stage. Never experienced such amazing sound.  My lad and I were stunned by it..


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on July 10, 2018, 07:16:50 AM
The sound was incredible, maybe the bass was cranked up a little too high but it is a huge part of Cure songs so it didn’t distract. The entire concert is on YouTube (for once I am grateful to the person who must have held up their phone for 2 hours!!)
With regards the cost of food & beer, we knew that would happen and budgeted accordingly. It was my husband's Xmas pressie & part of a package with a hotel, so we didn’t want to scrimp on the sundries. We just went for it and started the day with 2 glasses of veuve clicquot at £16 each. Sometimes you have to.

Would have loved to have seen Roger Waters too, and indeed Paul Simon next weekend.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Col D on July 10, 2018, 06:35:29 PM
Trembling Bells at The White Hotel in Salford. A new venue for us, a ramshackle single-storey building that was probably a garage workshop or similar in a previous life, stuck out in the middle of a scuzzy and rubbish-strewn industrial estate near to Strangeways Prison. So not a hotel although probably white at some point in its past but it was difficult to tell underneath all the dirt.  Fine set by the Bells but a pretty low turn-out of around fifty - they've been buiding a decent following in Manchester over the last few years, but this was like going back to their early gigs here ten or so years back, maybe the locals already knew the venue and decided to steer clear, can't say I blame them.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on July 10, 2018, 06:40:26 PM

Trembling Bells at The White Hotel in Salford. A new venue for us, a ramshackle single-storey building that was probably a garage workshop or similar in a previous life, stuck out in the middle of a scuzzy and rubbish-strewn industrial estate near to Strangeways Prison. So not a hotel although probably white at some point in its past but it was difficult to tell underneath all the dirt.  Fine set by the Bells but a pretty low turn-out of around fifty - they've been buiding a decent following in Manchester over the last few years, but this was like going back to their early gigs here ten or so years back, maybe the locals already knew the venue and decided to steer clear.


Aren't they playing Tod as well?  If so, that's probably about another 10-20 that would otherwise have travelled to Manchester...


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Col D on July 10, 2018, 06:51:43 PM

Aren't they playing Tod as well?  If so, that's probably about another 10-20 that would otherwise have travelled to Manchester...


Not this time, they played the Golden Lion on the last tour in April, but there are no more North West gigs until Liverpool in September


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on July 10, 2018, 07:19:26 PM


Aren't they playing Tod as well?  If so, that's probably about another 10-20 that would otherwise have travelled to Manchester...


Not this time, they played the Golden Lion on the last tour in April, but there are no more North West gigs until Liverpool in September


That's weird then...very odd.  I keep thinking they are getting momentum, but it never seems to quite happen...they can't keep playing to 50 people for ever, can they?!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Col D on July 11, 2018, 10:11:30 AM

That's weird then...very odd.  I keep thinking they are getting momentum, but it never seems to quite happen...they can't keep playing to 50 people for ever, can they?!


I thought they were building some momentum too, their last Manchester gig at The Deaf Institute was very encouraging, certainly the biggest crowd I've seen them play to as a headliner, so the audience is there but for whatever reason didn't seem very keen on turning out for Monday's gig. Maybe this was just a blip due to an unsuitable venue, which I could understand would put a few people off.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Albie on July 11, 2018, 10:46:08 PM


That's weird then...very odd.  I keep thinking they are getting momentum, but it never seems to quite happen...they can't keep playing to 50 people for ever, can they?!


I thought they were building some momentum too, their last Manchester gig at The Deaf Institute was very encouraging, certainly the biggest crowd I've seen them play to as a headliner, so the audience is there but for whatever reason didn't seem very keen on turning out for Monday's gig. Maybe this was just a blip due to an unsuitable venue, which I could understand would put a few people off.


The heat must have put a few people off I would think. If you haven't committed by buying a ticket then it's easy to just not bother, which is what I've done a couple times in the last fortnight.
Would like to see Trembling Bells next week, but have to fit it round work.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Simon Withers on July 12, 2018, 10:39:48 AM
…I attended a rather wonderful gig in Basingstoke last night…Big Big Train.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Shankly (Peter) on July 12, 2018, 10:58:57 AM

…I attended a rather wonderful gig in Basingstoke last night…Big Big Train.


Lucky you - I'd love to see them live. So far they haven't ventured this far north! I blame Northern Rail.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Simon Withers on July 12, 2018, 11:58:14 AM


…I attended a rather wonderful gig in Basingstoke last night…Big Big Train.


Lucky you - I'd love to see them live. So far they haven't ventured this far north! I blame Northern Rail.


I believe 9from what I heard last night) that in 2019 BBT will venture North... :)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on July 12, 2018, 12:21:51 PM

…I attended a rather wonderful gig in Basingstoke last night…Big Big Train.
Well jel  8) determined to see them soon


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Dan O. on July 12, 2018, 02:20:57 PM
Big Big Train were rather fabulous last night, exemplary prog rock. The crowd at Night Of The Prog in Loreley are in for a treat !
On last night's showing would like to see them again...


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on July 12, 2018, 06:32:41 PM

Big Big Train were rather fabulous last night, exemplary prog rock. The crowd at Night Of The Prog in Loreley are in for a treat !
On last night's showing would like to see them again...


Is Mr Gregory still with 'em?


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: jude on July 12, 2018, 07:59:22 PM


Big Big Train were rather fabulous last night, exemplary prog rock. The crowd at Night Of The Prog in Loreley are in for a treat !
On last night's showing would like to see them again...


Is Mr Gregory still with 'em?

he is indeed.. such a lovely man  :)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: RobertD on July 13, 2018, 02:39:51 PM
As part 2 of my 50th Birthday celebrations the phenomenal afrobeat of Antibalas in Prospect Park Brooklyn, part of their free summer concert series. I'm so glad I crossed them off my list. Because they are Brooklyn based with a revolving cast of musicians last night was a full scale party and the stage was crowded with about 74 horn players, 20 percussionists, 37 guitarists, and 1 million dancers  :D Seriously, they were just so tight sounding and really had the crowd going. It was a beautiful night and with my dear friend with me, a night I won't forget.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Paul on July 15, 2018, 10:13:17 PM
Not really a gig, but I saw Muse, Drones, World Tour at the cinema last week. Very good, but I was surprised how little new material there was, considering that I last saw them about twelve years ago.

Paul


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bingers (Chris) on July 15, 2018, 10:41:45 PM
Does this count as a gig? Went to the Battle Proms event at Hatfield House yesterday. It included a cavalry display, the Red Devil’s Parachute Team, a Spitfire display and some wonderful classical music and fireworks with real cannons for the 1812 Overture....all in aid of the Armed Forces charity. A bit different for me but worth it


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jim G on July 16, 2018, 01:01:14 AM
The wonderful Jurrasic Fields festival in Bridport. Not just because it is within staggering distance of home, but because once again the volunteers organising it put on a stunning  event.  

Highlights for me and "my lot" were the incredible 3 Daft Monkeys  who bizarrely played one of the smaller stages while some unoriginal covers band  "thrilled" the audience on the main stage.

 The truly  beautiful and energy driven Leylines from Weston -Superrmare overlapped and we had a Sophia's choice moment, but as we will be catching up with 3DM at Beautiful Days next month we moved to the even smaller 'Tiny Top' venue to watch their set. They stormed it, despite the competition the audience engaged with energy and real passion and a fabulous hour of songs from their first album and some new from their yet to be released album followed. The "Tiny Top" was rammed, whilst some mediocre outfit  knocked out their version of "Valerie" on the main stage.

A quick rush back to the other stage  at the end of the Leylines set meant that we were treated to nearly 90 minutes of stunning showmanship and musical finnese from the amazing happening that is Tankus the Henge.  Female companions were weak at the knees, whilst the chaps just stood in stunned admiration at the musical dexterity and  atmosphere as Jaz Delorean took us through an energetic and musically accomplished set with smoking pianos, death defying acrobatics all delivered with a cross between Tom Waits and a circus extravaganza.

Ironically we left for the second night running into the main arena to hear the "headliner" delivering their version  of the Specials "Monkey Man" (Dub Pistols then The Duelers)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jim on July 16, 2018, 09:01:37 AM



Ironically we left for the second night running into the main arena to hear the "headliner" delivering their version  of the Specials "Monkey Man" (Dub Pistols then The Duelers)



It's a Toots and the Maytals song.
The Specials did a cover version.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jim G on July 16, 2018, 09:08:40 AM
Thanks Jim I stand corrected!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: RobertD on July 16, 2018, 06:49:17 PM
Saw a great newish band the other night at a little venue in Queens. I've seen this name listed around town before but you know its hard to keep up. In any case, totally blown away by Jules & The Jinks. This woman has one of the rawest and strongest voices I have ever heard. The venue was sadly not as crowded as it could have been, but no matter. Seeing them do Zep's Ramble On with that voice....wowza!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_9L7TUz8lI


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: JohnP69 on July 23, 2018, 06:25:30 AM

Danny Baker at Leeds Grand Theatre

Resuming where he left off last years tour, we hear about his years at the NME and his first forays into tv.

Started at 7.30 and came off stage at 11.35! (15 minute interval)

Absoluetly brilliant show!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on July 23, 2018, 07:23:44 AM


Danny Baker at Leeds Grand Theatre

Resuming where he left off last years tour, we hear about his years at the NME and his first forays into tv.

Started at 7.30 and came off stage at 11.35! (15 minute interval)

Absoluetly brilliant show!


He's turned into Ken Dodd  ;D


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on July 23, 2018, 10:00:05 AM


Danny Baker at Leeds Grand Theatre

Resuming where he left off last years tour, we hear about his years at the NME and his first forays into tv.

Started at 7.30 and came off stage at 11.35! (15 minute interval)

Absoluetly brilliant show!


Ditto his show in Crawley on Friday night where he was joking about having to do his Saturday morning radio show from the stage of the theatre.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: blagden on July 23, 2018, 12:24:05 PM
Underneath The Stars this weekend, well organised friendly festival in it's new setting which worked admirably. Wide range of available foods including Leons.

I believe it's now in it's fourth and as it's only a 20 minute drive away I don't really why this was my first?

There's two stages the larger one seated with the other standing or sitting on the floor, bands play alternately between the two which means decanting yourselves between the two.

Because of the locality I didn't really go for the line-up and to be frank there was only Mr Earle, LAU, Kate, Uke Orchestre, Andy Kershaw and Martha Tilston that I'd heard of.

From what I saw (which admittedly wasn't that much because of the endurance of the single stage set-up);

The Excellent - Steve Earle and Kate Rusby (the best I've ever seen both ... and I've seen them frequently) a touching performance from Kate (Jason Manford joined her on stage) and Steve actually seemed to be enjoying himself but a bit bemused that people were dancing.

The Good - Grace Petrie (who I met later in the day and was extraordinarily nice), the Ukulele Orchestra of GB who seemed to have had some personnel changes since I last saw them but still very entertaining, I See River who seem to be a First Aid Kit tribute band although I don't know came along first, Andy Kershaw who tried frantically to fit his two hour show into one and Jack Rutter.

The Pleasant - Honeyfeet, Melrose Quartet (I would have preferred Kerr & Fagan solo), L - R, Howlin' Ric & The Rocketeers (who included someone who I used to work with in Leeds I think), Stables, Laura Cortese and the bloke from La Bottine Souriante.

The Ugly - Martha Tilston and John Metcalfe - the former was trippy dreamy idealistic (for which there is a place in the world) but dull, the later programmed at the wrong time (Saturday night at 8pm) but probably more pertinently at the wrong festival the music just didn't fit even Rosie Doonan looked to be embarrassed to part of it.

I heard good things of Amythyst Kiah but missed her as she was on at 10.50 on Sunday morning.

All my own views of course (just with a lot of brackets) and if you were there you may have seen it all very differently!




Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: David V B on July 23, 2018, 01:32:25 PM
Saturday night at Lytham festival. A great evening - Soul II Soul were good, only a couple of songs really but they are absolute belters. Bananarama did their hits for half an hour. I had forgotten that it was their amateurish style that made them endearing. They still have it. Like three friends grabbing the karaoke at a wedding - they were hav)no fun and so did we.

Top of the bill were Nile Rodgers & Chic. Mrs DVB said it was the best evening she had had in years and she wasn’t wrong. Probably the best party band I have ever seen. 100 minutes of pure joy. It is easy to forget just how many hits he has been involved in and we got loads of them. Great musicians and a great show. One of the coolest people in showbiz.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: DarrenWilliams on July 23, 2018, 01:44:22 PM
A local Stones Roses tribute band (The Clone Roses) celebrated their 20 years of existence with a one day festival in St Helens, with various other Manchester indie tribute bands eg Happy Mondaze, The Smith Ltd, The Verve Experience, Oasish, True Order etc, with Clint Boon DJing inbetween sets. Good fun.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: MarkV on July 23, 2018, 01:45:45 PM
Saturday night at Aldershot's West End Centre's Westival.  Inside the centre, turfed floors, pyramid stage plus second stage (accoustic).  Most of the artist were good, the ones I really liked were Thom Ashworth playing acoustic bass and singing trad and selfpenned (Tradish) songs.  Cohen Braithwaite Kilcoyne, more trad this time but also expert(to my ears) squeezebox(3 different sizes).  Peaness - an all girl three piece band, guitar, bass and drum, 80's indy to my ears, though what do i know about 80's indy.  Finally False Lights who were loud, and a great finish to the evening.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on July 23, 2018, 04:54:31 PM

Saturday night at Aldershot's West End Centre's Westival.  Inside the centre, turfed floors, pyramid stage plus second stage (accoustic).  Most of the artist were good, the ones I really liked were Thom Ashworth playing acoustic bass and singing trad and selfpenned (Tradish) songs.  Cohen Braithwaite Kilcoyne, more trad this time but also expert(to my ears) squeezebox(3 different sizes).  Peaness - an all girl three piece band, guitar, bass and drum, 80's indy to my ears, though what do i know about 80's indy.  Finally False Lights who were loud, and a great finish to the evening.


He's a force of nature, isn't he?  I've got the solo album which is fab, but haven't actually seen him solo...'only' with Granny's Attic.  Must rectify that sometime...


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Ancient Muse (Andy) on July 24, 2018, 01:57:35 AM


Saturday night at Aldershot's West End Centre's Westival.  Inside the centre, turfed floors, pyramid stage plus second stage (accoustic).  Most of the artist were good, the ones I really liked were Thom Ashworth playing acoustic bass and singing trad and selfpenned (Tradish) songs.  Cohen Braithwaite Kilcoyne, more trad this time but also expert(to my ears) squeezebox(3 different sizes).  Peaness - an all girl three piece band, guitar, bass and drum, 80's indy to my ears, though what do i know about 80's indy.  Finally False Lights who were loud, and a great finish to the evening.


He's a force of nature, isn't he?  I've got the solo album which is fab, but haven't actually seen him solo...'only' with Granny's Attic.  Must rectify that sometime...


We saw Cohen at Fishguard in May with Granny's Attic and I was amazed at the big voice coming out of quite slight young man. I definitely want to see more of him!  :P  I've got his album too. I wonder if he gives squeezebox lessons... ::)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: MarkV on July 24, 2018, 06:30:49 AM



Saturday night at Aldershot's West End Centre's Westival.  Inside the centre, turfed floors, pyramid stage plus second stage (accoustic).  Most of the artist were good, the ones I really liked were Thom Ashworth playing acoustic bass and singing trad and selfpenned (Tradish) songs.  Cohen Braithwaite Kilcoyne, more trad this time but also expert(to my ears) squeezebox(3 different sizes).  Peaness - an all girl three piece band, guitar, bass and drum, 80's indy to my ears, though what do i know about 80's indy.  Finally False Lights who were loud, and a great finish to the evening.


He's a force of nature, isn't he?  I've got the solo album which is fab, but haven't actually seen him solo...'only' with Granny's Attic.  Must rectify that sometime...

we came away with the solo album and a Granny's attic one. I also bought downloads of the two Thom Ashworth ep's.  

We saw Cohen at Fishguard in May with Granny's Attic and I was amazed at the big voice coming out of quite slight young man. I definitely want to see more of him!  :P  I've got his album too. I wonder if he gives squeezebox lessons... ::)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on July 25, 2018, 09:28:11 PM
Paul Rodgers/Jeff Beck/Ann Wilson/Deborah Bonham "Stars Align 2018" at the Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land, Texas, last night.

Here's a very brief review and photos from the Houston Chronicle:  https://www.chron.com/entertainment/music/article/Ann-Wilson-Jeff-Beck-and-Paul-Rodgers-rock-out-13103846.php  There's not much meat there, but the staff photographer picked me up in the background of Image 24 in the slideshow, with a mouthful of hamburger.  Nice.

Debbie Bonham was a surprise - I didn't know anything about her, or that she would be opening the show.  She was fantastic, but only sang about 5 songs.

Ann Wilson opened with "The Real Me," closed with "Won't Get Fooled Again," and played a choice set of covers in between with only one Heart song, the obligatory "Barracuda."  She's a force of nature.

Jeff Beck was his usual self, which I happen to like.  His secret weapons were his cellist, Vanessa Freebairn-Smith, and his vocalist, Jimmy Hall.  Terrific stuff.

Finally, Paul Rodgers played half Bad Company and half Free songs.  As I mentioned here previously, I feared the audience wouldn't know the Free material.  I was right.  Except for the two gray-haired gents in front of me, who sang along with every word, the audience seemed mystified by the Free songs.  Paul commented on this more than once, and finally announced he was dropping a Free song so they could go straight to "Shooting Star" and get everyone back on their feet.  He's such a great singer and performer, and I would pay money to hear him sing the phone book.  


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on July 26, 2018, 09:48:34 AM

Paul Rodgers/Jeff Beck/Ann Wilson/Deborah Bonham "Stars Align 2018" at the Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land, Texas, last night.

Here's a very brief review and photos from the Houston Chronicle:  https://www.chron.com/entertainment/music/article/Ann-Wilson-Jeff-Beck-and-Paul-Rodgers-rock-out-13103846.php  There's not much meat there, but the staff photographer picked me up in the background of Image 24 in the slideshow, with a mouthful of hamburger.  Nice.

Debbie Bonham was a surprise - I didn't know anything about her, or that she would be opening the show.  She was fantastic, but only sang about 5 songs.

Ann Wilson opened with "The Real Me," closed with "Won't Get Fooled Again," and played a choice set of covers in between with only one Heart song, the obligatory "Barracuda."  She's a force of nature.

Jeff Beck was his usual self, which I happen to like.  His secret weapons were his cellist, Vanessa Freebairn-Smith, and his vocalist, Jimmy Hall.  Terrific stuff.

Finally, Paul Rodgers played half Bad Company and half Free songs.  As I mentioned here previously, I feared the audience wouldn't know the Free material.  I was right.  Except for the two gray-haired gents in front of me, who sang along with every word, the audience seemed mystified by the Free songs.  Paul commented on this more than once, and finally announced he was dropping a Free song so they could go straight to "Shooting Star" and get everyone back on their feet.  He's such a great singer and performer, and I would pay money to hear him sing the phone book.  
I would have loved this show! I wonder if they'll bring it to the UK...


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Tasha on July 26, 2018, 11:00:04 AM


Paul Rodgers/Jeff Beck/Ann Wilson/Deborah Bonham "Stars Align 2018" at the Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land, Texas, last night.

Here's a very brief review and photos from the Houston Chronicle:  https://www.chron.com/entertainment/music/article/Ann-Wilson-Jeff-Beck-and-Paul-Rodgers-rock-out-13103846.php  There's not much meat there, but the staff photographer picked me up in the background of Image 24 in the slideshow, with a mouthful of hamburger.  Nice.

Debbie Bonham was a surprise - I didn't know anything about her, or that she would be opening the show.  She was fantastic, but only sang about 5 songs.

Ann Wilson opened with "The Real Me," closed with "Won't Get Fooled Again," and played a choice set of covers in between with only one Heart song, the obligatory "Barracuda."  She's a force of nature.

Jeff Beck was his usual self, which I happen to like.  His secret weapons were his cellist, Vanessa Freebairn-Smith, and his vocalist, Jimmy Hall.  Terrific stuff.

Finally, Paul Rodgers played half Bad Company and half Free songs.  As I mentioned here previously, I feared the audience wouldn't know the Free material.  I was right.  Except for the two gray-haired gents in front of me, who sang along with every word, the audience seemed mystified by the Free songs.  Paul commented on this more than once, and finally announced he was dropping a Free song so they could go straight to "Shooting Star" and get everyone back on their feet.  He's such a great singer and performer, and I would pay money to hear him sing the phone book.  
I would have loved this show! I wonder if they'll bring it to the UK...


I was thinking exactly the same!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: jude on July 26, 2018, 11:08:07 AM



Paul Rodgers/Jeff Beck/Ann Wilson/Deborah Bonham "Stars Align 2018" at the Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land, Texas, last night.

Here's a very brief review and photos from the Houston Chronicle:  https://www.chron.com/entertainment/music/article/Ann-Wilson-Jeff-Beck-and-Paul-Rodgers-rock-out-13103846.php  There's not much meat there, but the staff photographer picked me up in the background of Image 24 in the slideshow, with a mouthful of hamburger.  Nice.

Debbie Bonham was a surprise - I didn't know anything about her, or that she would be opening the show.  She was fantastic, but only sang about 5 songs.

Ann Wilson opened with "The Real Me," closed with "Won't Get Fooled Again," and played a choice set of covers in between with only one Heart song, the obligatory "Barracuda."  She's a force of nature.

Jeff Beck was his usual self, which I happen to like.  His secret weapons were his cellist, Vanessa Freebairn-Smith, and his vocalist, Jimmy Hall.  Terrific stuff.

Finally, Paul Rodgers played half Bad Company and half Free songs.  As I mentioned here previously, I feared the audience wouldn't know the Free material.  I was right.  Except for the two gray-haired gents in front of me, who sang along with every word, the audience seemed mystified by the Free songs.  Paul commented on this more than once, and finally announced he was dropping a Free song so they could go straight to "Shooting Star" and get everyone back on their feet.  He's such a great singer and performer, and I would pay money to hear him sing the phone book.  
I would have loved this show! I wonder if they'll bring it to the UK...


I was thinking exactly the same!



I'll ask the PR man  :)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: jude on July 26, 2018, 12:04:52 PM




Paul Rodgers/Jeff Beck/Ann Wilson/Deborah Bonham "Stars Align 2018" at the Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land, Texas, last night.

Here's a very brief review and photos from the Houston Chronicle:  https://www.chron.com/entertainment/music/article/Ann-Wilson-Jeff-Beck-and-Paul-Rodgers-rock-out-13103846.php  There's not much meat there, but the staff photographer picked me up in the background of Image 24 in the slideshow, with a mouthful of hamburger.  Nice.

Debbie Bonham was a surprise - I didn't know anything about her, or that she would be opening the show.  She was fantastic, but only sang about 5 songs.

Ann Wilson opened with "The Real Me," closed with "Won't Get Fooled Again," and played a choice set of covers in between with only one Heart song, the obligatory "Barracuda."  She's a force of nature.

Jeff Beck was his usual self, which I happen to like.  His secret weapons were his cellist, Vanessa Freebairn-Smith, and his vocalist, Jimmy Hall.  Terrific stuff.

Finally, Paul Rodgers played half Bad Company and half Free songs.  As I mentioned here previously, I feared the audience wouldn't know the Free material.  I was right.  Except for the two gray-haired gents in front of me, who sang along with every word, the audience seemed mystified by the Free songs.  Paul commented on this more than once, and finally announced he was dropping a Free song so they could go straight to "Shooting Star" and get everyone back on their feet.  He's such a great singer and performer, and I would pay money to hear him sing the phone book.  
I would have loved this show! I wonder if they'll bring it to the UK...


I was thinking exactly the same!



I'll ask the PR man  :)


Tenacity PR tell me that Paul Rodgers tour played the UK last April with Deborah Bonham as support, and he has no knowledge of their future plans...  :)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on July 26, 2018, 12:44:16 PM




Paul Rodgers/Jeff Beck/Ann Wilson/Deborah Bonham "Stars Align 2018" at the Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land, Texas, last night.

Here's a very brief review and photos from the Houston Chronicle:  https://www.chron.com/entertainment/music/article/Ann-Wilson-Jeff-Beck-and-Paul-Rodgers-rock-out-13103846.php  There's not much meat there, but the staff photographer picked me up in the background of Image 24 in the slideshow, with a mouthful of hamburger.  Nice.

Debbie Bonham was a surprise - I didn't know anything about her, or that she would be opening the show.  She was fantastic, but only sang about 5 songs.

Ann Wilson opened with "The Real Me," closed with "Won't Get Fooled Again," and played a choice set of covers in between with only one Heart song, the obligatory "Barracuda."  She's a force of nature.

Jeff Beck was his usual self, which I happen to like.  His secret weapons were his cellist, Vanessa Freebairn-Smith, and his vocalist, Jimmy Hall.  Terrific stuff.

Finally, Paul Rodgers played half Bad Company and half Free songs.  As I mentioned here previously, I feared the audience wouldn't know the Free material.  I was right.  Except for the two gray-haired gents in front of me, who sang along with every word, the audience seemed mystified by the Free songs.  Paul commented on this more than once, and finally announced he was dropping a Free song so they could go straight to "Shooting Star" and get everyone back on their feet.  He's such a great singer and performer, and I would pay money to hear him sing the phone book.  
I would have loved this show! I wonder if they'll bring it to the UK...


I was thinking exactly the same!



I'll ask the PR man  :)
The "Paul Rogers" man ???? Wow   :o

I should follow more people on FB/Twitter.... it's the best way to find out about proposed tours IMHO


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: jude on July 26, 2018, 12:51:39 PM
yes I should have checked my spelling on 'Rogers'! :-[


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on July 26, 2018, 03:57:12 PM

yes I should have checked my spelling on 'Rogers'! :-[
No it's mine that's wrong :(


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Lubiloo (Lorna) on July 26, 2018, 05:18:14 PM
Did anyone go to Paul McCartney’s surprise, free gig at The Cavern Club today?

I heard it announced at 9.30ish, tickets could only be collected in person with photos ID, one per person and the concert queueing was allowed to start at 12 noon.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on July 26, 2018, 08:42:17 PM

Did anyone go to Paul McCartney’s surprise, free gig at The Cavern Club today?

I heard it announced at 9.30ish, tickets could only be collected in person with photos ID, one per person and the concert queueing was allowed to start at 12 noon.


That's the second little gig he's done in Liverpool in about 3 or 4 weeks!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Penny on July 27, 2018, 08:29:01 PM
Do watch the car pool karaoke thing he did with James someone. Is on YouTube and is surprisingly moving.  We tried to get tickets for McCartney's London O2 gig but they sold out in seconds . . Sigh. >:(


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Lubiloo (Lorna) on July 27, 2018, 08:39:41 PM


Did anyone go to Paul McCartney’s surprise, free gig at The Cavern Club today?

I heard it announced at 9.30ish, tickets could only be collected in person with photos ID, one per person and the concert queueing was allowed to start at 12 noon.


That's the second little gig he's done in Liverpool in about 3 or 4 weeks!


Nice idea.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: DarrenWilliams on July 27, 2018, 09:51:21 PM


Did anyone go to Paul McCartney’s surprise, free gig at The Cavern Club today?

I heard it announced at 9.30ish, tickets could only be collected in person with photos ID, one per person and the concert queueing was allowed to start at 12 noon.


That's the second little gig he's done in Liverpool in about 3 or 4 weeks!


Bizarre that he'd want to play Liverpool. I mean, the place is full of scousers!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: PaulT on July 27, 2018, 11:46:56 PM
Yeah, but a goodly proportion of the lucky ticket holders interviewed on the telly weren't even English, let alone scousers!

Just got in after seeing the latest incarnation of Gong. Pretty good, though the more recent material isn't as good as their peak.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on July 28, 2018, 08:12:35 AM

Yeah, but a goodly proportion of the lucky ticket holders interviewed on the telly weren't even English, let alone scousers!



I hate to break it to you people, but Liverpool (like much of the rest of the UK) is really rather multi-cultural.  Something to do with it being a University town, a tourist centre, and just how it is!  Ticket holders had to be in Liverpool at about 9am when it was announced on the local radio, and then get to the Echo where tickets were given out at 10am.  Personally, I'm rather pleased there wasn't a Scouseness test involved  ;)

As for Gong....I simply don't get this latest lineup however good they are.  Where's the connection?  Quite bizarre (to me) but I know a lot of people who like them....


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: quodlibet (Ian) on July 28, 2018, 09:48:35 AM

July July Band's "Who Knows Where The Time Goes" album launch party at West Malvern Social Club. Very small intimate venue with only about 40 people through the door. Nice mix of material delivered by Fotheringay  like instrumentation, plus a section with just fiddle & electric piano, supporting Julie's excellent voice made for a splendid evening's entertainment. Not generally being a fan of Sandy's material performed by others, my expectations were not high & I had to talk myself into going. However, I would not hesitate recommending them to anyone. They'll be playing a free gig at The Brasenose next Saturday (4th August).  :)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: PaulT on July 28, 2018, 12:13:16 PM


Yeah, but a goodly proportion of the lucky ticket holders interviewed on the telly weren't even English, let alone scousers!



I hate to break it to you people, but Liverpool (like much of the rest of the UK) is really rather multi-cultural.  Something to do with it being a University town, a tourist centre, and just how it is!  Ticket holders had to be in Liverpool at about 9am when it was announced on the local radio, and then get to the Echo where tickets were given out at 10am.  Personally, I'm rather pleased there wasn't a Scouseness test involved  ;)

As for Gong....I simply don't get this latest lineup however good they are.  Where's the connection?  Quite bizarre (to me) but I know a lot of people who like them....

I know how Liverpool/Merseyside has blossomed, Dave, I was pointing out that the editors of the TV piece had (presumably) chosen which interviews to use to show just that.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jim on July 29, 2018, 12:36:26 AM
One of the lucky punters at the fake Cavern was irish tv's late late show presenter Ryan Tubridy. He was one of the smiling recipients on the local news up here.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Brendan on July 29, 2018, 06:50:17 PM
Third time I have seen Shelagh McDonald this time at the lovely Kirkgate centre, over thirty in the audience this time a the venue had great sound and gave Shelagh the opportunity to air some new material which is sounding great. Guitar playing was great and the vocal is still beautiful.  Amongst the new tracks were a lovely rigs of rye and let no man steal your thyme plus the usual quartet of songs with Nigel H Seymour who I a starting to warm too. A great gig and hopefully a step towards larger gigs Shelagh really needs a bigger audience she is something special and I would not like her to go away again.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Nick Reg on July 30, 2018, 11:22:21 AM

Third time I have seen Shelagh McDonald this time at the lovely Kirkgate centre, over thirty in the audience this time a the venue had great sound and gave Shelagh the opportunity to air some new material which is sounding great. Guitar playing was great and the vocal is still beautiful.  Amongst the new tracks were a lovely rigs of rye and let no man steal your thyme plus the usual quartet of songs with Nigel H Seymour who I a starting to warm too. A great gig and hopefully a step towards larger gigs Shelagh really needs a bigger audience she is something special and I would not like her to go away again.



Just had a run of three gigs without a drumkit or bass guitar in sight!!


Ian McNabb

Natalie Merchant

and Graham Nash

nearly 7 hours of wonderful songs.

I've now seen 2 members of CSNY do A Day in the Life. Croz and Stephen get a move on.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on July 30, 2018, 12:08:39 PM


Third time I have seen Shelagh McDonald this time at the lovely Kirkgate centre, over thirty in the audience this time a the venue had great sound and gave Shelagh the opportunity to air some new material which is sounding great. Guitar playing was great and the vocal is still beautiful.  Amongst the new tracks were a lovely rigs of rye and let no man steal your thyme plus the usual quartet of songs with Nigel H Seymour who I a starting to warm too. A great gig and hopefully a step towards larger gigs Shelagh really needs a bigger audience she is something special and I would not like her to go away again.



Just had a run of three gigs without a drumkit or bass guitar in sight!!


Ian McNabb

Natalie Merchant

and Graham Nash

nearly 7 hours of wonderful songs.

I've now seen 2 members of CSNY do A Day in the Life. Croz and Stephen get a move on.


How about together?  Just a thought...  ;D  I always thought I would get to see CSNY, especially when they were doing those big tours in the US.  Looks exceedingly unlikely now, of course.  In an alternative reality (one where I wasn't 10 years older now) Wembley '74 is definitely one I'd have liked to have got to...


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bingers (Chris) on July 30, 2018, 12:21:43 PM
Saw CSN at the Royal Albert Hall 3 or 4 years ago. They did the entire first album in order in the second half of the show. Absolutely brilliant and ranks as one of the best gigs I’ve ever been to


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jules Gray on July 30, 2018, 05:12:54 PM

I always thought I would get to see CSNY, especially when they were doing those big tours in the US.  


Same.  I should have gone in 2002.  I had friends who were ready to put me up.  I just blanched at the cost of it all.  I'm stupid in so many ways.

Jules


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on July 30, 2018, 06:57:48 PM


I always thought I would get to see CSNY, especially when they were doing those big tours in the US.  


Same.  I should have gone in 2002.  I had friends who were ready to put me up.  I just blanched at the cost of it all.  I'm stupid in so many ways.

Jules


By coincidence, the song "I Used To Be A King" popped up on the iPod this morning, recorded live at the Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas on April 10, 2002. It's an atrocious recording but a powerful performance.  That turned out to be my one and only CSNY show.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on July 30, 2018, 07:05:45 PM
This.

One of the best musical evenings I've had in aeons.  Every single act was a treasure...some of them revelatory, and Andrew Hockey blew my tiny little mind into pieces.  If anybody has one of his decade old 10-inchers lying around unloved please sell it to me.  Please.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jules Gray on July 30, 2018, 08:02:33 PM

This.

One of the best musical evenings I've had in aeons.  Every single act was a treasure...


How were Starry Eyed And Laughing?

Jules


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on July 30, 2018, 08:51:53 PM


This.

One of the best musical evenings I've had in aeons.  Every single act was a treasure...


How were Starry Eyed And Laughing?

Jules


Really great.  A little low key...'just' a duo now...and they only did about half an hour.  TP said they are back to working on an album though, so that's great.  It's clear that, for now, his main creative outlet is Bennett Wilson Poole.  And that's probably right...


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Albie on July 30, 2018, 09:16:47 PM
Lunar Festival at Tanworth-in-Arden, where Mali ruled the roost, with a stunning set from Amadou and Mariam as Friday headliners, and a set nearly as good Sunday evening from Songhoy Blues. Lots of other good non-Mali bands too such as Blackash, Plastic Mermaids, Goldfrapp, The Go Team, and Galleon Blast to not name them all. I thought the Stranglers were boring, I've never been very fond of them, although the first album is good.

Shame about the weather, how come British summers are always rubbish, we never have any sun!  >:(


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jules Gray on July 30, 2018, 09:17:20 PM

A little low key...'just' a duo now...and they only did about half an hour.  


Ah, shame.  So no Rickenbacker?

Jules


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on July 31, 2018, 06:45:28 AM


A little low key...'just' a duo now...and they only did about half an hour.  


Ah, shame.  So no Rickenbacker?

Jules


Oh God, it was all Rickenbacker.  He has that around his neck whenever's he's onstage, doesn't he?  He is a genius on that monster...


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jules Gray on July 31, 2018, 09:13:25 AM

Oh God, it was all Rickenbacker.  He has that around his neck whenever's he's onstage, doesn't he?  He is a genius on that monster...


Ah thank heavens for that then.

Jules


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Nick Reg on July 31, 2018, 12:01:41 PM



A little low key...'just' a duo now...and they only did about half an hour.  


Ah, shame.  So no Rickenbacker?

Jules


Oh God, it was all Rickenbacker.  He has that around his neck whenever's he's onstage, doesn't he?  He is a genius on that monster...


Like  ;D


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Col D on July 31, 2018, 02:38:45 PM

Really great.  A little low key...'just' a duo now...and they only did about half an hour.  TP said they are back to working on an album though, so that's great.  It's clear that, for now, his main creative outlet is Bennett Wilson Poole.  And that's probably right...


There's just Tony Poole and Iain Whitmore left from the original band, drummer Michael Wackford died a couple of years ago and I don't think Ross McGeeney has been involved since leaving the band in the 70s. Good to hear there's a new album in the pipeline though, saw them at our local college a couple of times in '74 and '75 - according to their website they were supporting Kevin Coyne the second time, although I'm fairly sure he didn't show and they played the headline slot. Have just got the two collections of demos, outtakes and radio sessions To Try For the Sun and Forever Young, both excellent. Would love to catch one of their gigs but there's seems to be next to nothing about their current activities on the net, even on their own website.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jules Gray on July 31, 2018, 02:42:39 PM

There's just Tony Poole and Iain Whitmore left from the original band, drummer Michael Wackford died a couple of years ago and I don't think Ross McGeeney has been involved since leaving the band in the 70s. Good to hear there's a new album in the pipeline though, saw them at our local college a couple of times in '74 and '75 - according to their website they were supporting Kevin Coyne the second time, although I'm fairly sure he didn't show and they played the headline slot. Have just got the two collections of demos, outtakes and radio sessions To Try For the Sun and Forever Young, both excellent.


I hadn't ever come across them until last year when I was looking for Gene Clark songs on YouTube.  I'd have already splashed some cash for their music if the song that pulled me in (Echoes) wasn't notable by its absence on any of their CDs.

Jules


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Col D on July 31, 2018, 03:17:24 PM

I hadn't ever come across them until last year when I was looking for Gene Clark songs on YouTube.  I'd have already splashed some cash for their music if the song that pulled me in (Echoes) wasn't notable by its absence on any of their CDs.

Jules


Echoes is on the To Try for the Sun CD.

http://www.starryeyedandlaughing.com/Starry_Rec_ToTryForTheSun.htm

Both their 70s albums have been recently reissued by Sony in Japan and are quite reasonable on eBay atm (well, reasonable when considering the usual prices when buying from Japan)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jules Gray on July 31, 2018, 03:24:37 PM

Echoes is on the To Try for the Sun CD.

http://www.starryeyedandlaughing.com/Starry_Rec_ToTryForTheSun.htm

Both their 70s albums have been recently reissued by Sony in Japan and are quite reasonable on eBay atm (well, reasonable when considering the usual prices when buying from Japan)


Jeez - I must have overlooked that.  Thanks, Col!

Jules


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on July 31, 2018, 04:57:58 PM
Steve Miller Band / Peter Frampton, ACL Live last night!

Peter played for about 1:15, and told great stories in between songs.  It was a real guitar clinic.

Steve Miller played everything of course, but the middle part of his set was deep blues, featuring special guest Jimmy Vaughan and, on two songs, Peter Frampton!  It was very special seeing all three of these great guitarists on stage at the same time.

As promised:


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jules Gray on July 31, 2018, 05:31:44 PM

Peter played for about 1:15


Blimey, just over a minute? The man doesn't mess about.

 ;D

Jules


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on July 31, 2018, 05:35:38 PM


Peter played for about 1:15


Blimey, just over a minute? The man doesn't mess about.

 ;D

Jules


Barely enough time to plug in the talk box!

1H:15M?  I'm experimenting with shorthand.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jules Gray on July 31, 2018, 06:47:51 PM

1H:15M?  I'm experimenting with shorthand.


Don't mind me, John, I was experimenting with pedantry for comic effect.

Jules


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bingers (Chris) on August 04, 2018, 09:04:05 AM
Was doing front of house duties at Witham Public Hall last night where we hosted The Animals & Friends. They were excellent with the band containing founder Animals member John Steel on drums and Micky Gallagher (who replaced Alan Price in the band at very short notice in 1965) on keyboards. Danny Handley was on lead guitar and vocals and his guitar work was superb. A very clear and pristine sound and whilst his vocals did not contain the menace of Eric Burdon, he was nonetheless very good. Well worth seeing if you get the chance  :)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on August 11, 2018, 11:36:29 PM
Jeff Lynne's ELO/Dawes last night, Toyota Center, in simmering and wet Houston, Texas!

Dawes are fantastic - highly recommend.  They were promoting a new album and only had 45 minutes onstage, so no screwing around.  I may circle back for one of their headline shows later this year.

Jeff Lynne is a miracle.  There's no one from the old ELO with him (Richard Tandy was not in da hizzouse), but he's got a cracking band and his voice is virtually unchanged since the '70s.  A little disco, a few ballads, and otherwise he bounced from hit to hit.

SPOILER ALERTS:  He played "Handle With Care" from the Traveling Wilburys as well.  Awesome!!!!!!  Also "Turn To Stone," "Telephone Line," "Strange Magic," "Don't Bring Me Down," "Mr. Blue Sky," etc. etc. etc.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on August 12, 2018, 08:38:54 AM

Jeff Lynne's ELO/Dawes last night, Toyota Center, in simmering and wet Houston, Texas!

Dawes are fantastic - highly recommend.  They were promoting a new album and only had 45 minutes onstage, so no screwing around.  I may circle back for one of their headline shows later this year.

Jeff Lynne is a miracle.  There's no one from the old ELO with him (Richard Tandy was not in da hizzouse), but he's got a cracking band and his voice is virtually unchanged since the '70s.  A little disco, a few ballads, and otherwise he bounced from hit to hit.

SPOILER ALERTS:  He played "Handle With Care" from the Traveling Wilburys as well.  Awesome!!!!!!  Also "Turn To Stone," "Telephone Line," "Strange Magic," "Don't Bring Me Down," "Mr. Blue Sky," etc. etc. etc.
Currently no 1 on my bucket list of bands I want to see!!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on August 13, 2018, 06:03:47 AM


Jeff Lynne's ELO/Dawes last night, Toyota Center, in simmering and wet Houston, Texas!

Dawes are fantastic - highly recommend.  They were promoting a new album and only had 45 minutes onstage, so no screwing around.  I may circle back for one of their headline shows later this year.

Jeff Lynne is a miracle.  There's no one from the old ELO with him (Richard Tandy was not in da hizzouse), but he's got a cracking band and his voice is virtually unchanged since the '70s.  A little disco, a few ballads, and otherwise he bounced from hit to hit.

SPOILER ALERTS:  He played "Handle With Care" from the Traveling Wilburys as well.  Awesome!!!!!!  Also "Turn To Stone," "Telephone Line," "Strange Magic," "Don't Bring Me Down," "Mr. Blue Sky," etc. etc. etc.
Currently no 1 on my bucket list of bands I want to see!!


You won't be disappointed Bridg!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Will S on August 13, 2018, 01:07:44 PM
I'd love to see that combination (Dawes/ELO) over here, but Dawes don't seem to get out of the US  :(


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Col D on August 13, 2018, 08:54:18 PM

I'd love to see that combination (Dawes/ELO) over here, but Dawes don't seem to get out of the US  :(


I think they first came over here in 2011 (although they also backed Jonathan Wilson on his first visit over here, which may have preceded that) and have been back every year since with the exception of 2017, although not usually more than three or four dates each time.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Big Ade on August 19, 2018, 10:53:36 AM
Was at Runrig's last ever gig last night at Stirling and WOW!!  A real celebration of the back catalogue. Support from Donnie Munro and Julie Fowlis who both performed Runrig sons in their sets and joined the band later.

Runrig were unbelievably good. There's utube videos of various parts of the show and a DVD in the pipeline which will be worth checking out.

An amazing and fitting end to a 45 year career.  The songs and music will undoubtedly live on, I include a number of their songs in my sets and 'Loch Lomond' is and will remain the 'traditional' end to most weddings and parties in Scotland.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Dan O. on August 19, 2018, 12:07:41 PM
Suzanne Vega in Guildford last night...sublime.
Always nice when a concert totally exceeds your expectations.

Playing both her Solitude Standing and the rockier, more challenging 99.9F° albums in full backed by a cracking band (guitarist Gerry Leonard, bassist Mike Visceglia and drummer Doug Yowell), the sold-out crowd wouldn't let her go until she'd delivered a brace of classic encores followed by a DNA Remix-style version of Tom's Diner. Will definitely go and see her next time she comes to a venue near me !

Set 1 - Solitude Standing :

Tom's Diner
Luka
Ironbound/Fancy Poultry
In The Eye
Night Vision
Solitude Standing
Calypso
Language
Gypsy
Wooden Horse

Interval

Set 2 - 99.9F° :

Rock In This Pocket
Blood Makes Noise
In Liverpool
99.9F°
Blood Sings
Fat Man and Dancing Girl
(If You Were) In My Movie
As A Child
Bad Wisdom
When Heroes Go Down
As Girls Go
Song Of Sand

Encore :

The Queen & The Soldier
Marlene On The Wall
Left Of Center
Tom's Diner (DNA Remix style)

PS Somebody generously filmed the encore of Tom's Diner :
www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZHYlqTUBC0


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on August 19, 2018, 03:35:47 PM

Suzanne Vega in Guildford last night...sublime.
Always nice when a concert totally exceeds your expectations.

Playing both her Solitude Standing and the rockier, more challenging 99.9F° albums in full backed by a cracking band (guitarist Gerry Leonard, bassist Mike Visceglia and drummer Doug Yowell), the sold-out crowd wouldn't let her go until she'd delivered a brace of classic encores followed by a DNA Remix-style version of Tom's Diner. Will definitely go and see her next time she comes to a venue near me !

Set 1 - Solitude Standing :

Tom's Diner
Luka
Ironbound/Fancy Poultry
In The Eye
Night Vision
Solitude Standing
Calypso
Language
Gypsy
Wooden Horse

Interval

Set 2 - 99.9F° :

Rock In This Pocket
Blood Makes Noise
In Liverpool
99.9F°
Blood Sings
Fat Man and Dancing Girl
(If You Were) In My Movie
As A Child
Bad Wisdom
When Heroes Go Down
As Girls Go
Song Of Sand

Encore :

The Queen & The Soldier
Marlene On The Wall
Left Of Center
Tom's Diner (DNA Remix style)

PS Somebody generously filmed the encore of Tom's Diner :
www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZHYlqTUBC0


She was great in Brighton last year doing the same set. She refused to do The Queen and the Soldier though and was quite disparaging about it. I don't think she likes it very much. Clearly audience opinion has prevailed.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: ColinB on August 19, 2018, 05:48:27 PM
Ken Nicol and Becky Mills played at the Kenlis Arms just north of Ken's hometown of Preston. They said it was the first gig they'd played together in a while apart from a couple of gigs in Scotland. One of those was in Inverness where they played to not very many people in a large venue - I'm guessing that was the Eden Court theatre.

Last night was the first time I'd seen either of them and I came away wondering how I hadn't seen Ken before as he's such a good guitarist. Becky did songs from her new album which has been inspired by different generations of her family and Ken played a mix of things including a couple of tracks from his collaboration with Ashley Hutchings. Highlights included Gypsy Hill about his days living in a house there with Pete Zorn and 10 Pound Poms about the Brits who went to live Down Under on the £10 boat tickets.

Ken is appearing at The Cumbria Guitar Show in Penrith next Sunday and Becky is playing in Southport with Ashley on the 20th Sept.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jim G on August 20, 2018, 12:40:30 PM
(Sir) Richard Thompson at Beautiful Days last night. Brilliant set including stuff from his forthcoming album also the inclusion of Meet on the Ledge in the middle of the set which went down very well and was nice to hear without the prospect of having to leave the auditorium after!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Andy on August 20, 2018, 01:24:04 PM

(Sir) Richard Thompson at Beautiful Days last night. Brilliant set including stuff from his forthcoming album also the inclusion of Meet on the Ledge in the middle of the set which went down very well and was nice to hear without the prospect of having to leave the auditorium after!
He sang that at Wickham, too, at 90 miles an hour.  Not my favourite rendition.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: RobertD on August 20, 2018, 10:53:03 PM

Was at Runrig's last ever gig last night at Stirling and WOW!!  A real celebration of the back catalogue. Support from Donnie Munro and Julie Fowlis who both performed Runrig sons in their sets and joined the band later.

Runrig were unbelievably good. There's utube videos of various parts of the show and a DVD in the pipeline which will be worth checking out.

An amazing and fitting end to a 45 year career.  The songs and music will undoubtedly live on, I include a number of their songs in my sets and 'Loch Lomond' is and will remain the 'traditional' end to most weddings and parties in Scotland.


Thanks for the report on this. I have watched a few bits on Youtube, especially the last words and Hearts Of Olden Glory. Seeing Malcolm Jones' face made the lump in my throat even bigger. I genuinely had tears streaming down my face. But the music lives on and as I've said on here before, Runrig were truly unique. I was playing some old stuff for a friend lately and he remarked they had a sort of U2 sound. To which I said fair enough, in Runrig's peak of commercial success they got hit with the 'Scottish U2' tag. Which singularly missed the point. First Runrig has a lot more years under their belts, and 2, U2 never promoted Irish culture and language the way Runrig did. That's not a diss, its just a truth. I will really miss these guys.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on August 21, 2018, 06:34:32 AM


(Sir) Richard Thompson at Beautiful Days last night. Brilliant set including stuff from his forthcoming album also the inclusion of Meet on the Ledge in the middle of the set which went down very well and was nice to hear without the prospect of having to leave the auditorium after!
He sang that at Wickham, too, at 90 miles an hour.  Not my favourite rendition.


Not heard these versions, but as a general rule, I love Richard's solo renditions of MotL.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Albie on August 21, 2018, 10:15:38 AM
Reverend Paytons Big Damn Band last night. Brilliant, loads better then the dull over-hyped Seasick Steve. There's a lot of noise for only three of them as well.

Playing a few places (Nottingham, Brizzle, Newbury are three I remember them mentioning) before moving on. Well worth seeing, only my second time, but superb again.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on August 21, 2018, 10:17:37 AM



(Sir) Richard Thompson at Beautiful Days last night. Brilliant set including stuff from his forthcoming album also the inclusion of Meet on the Ledge in the middle of the set which went down very well and was nice to hear without the prospect of having to leave the auditorium after!
He sang that at Wickham, too, at 90 miles an hour.  Not my favourite rendition.


Not heard these versions, but as a general rule, I love Richard's solo renditions of MotL.


I read that as "I love Richard's solo renditions of Mott". Now that I would like to see.  ;)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jim G on August 21, 2018, 11:33:30 AM


(Sir) Richard Thompson at Beautiful Days last night. Brilliant set including stuff from his forthcoming album also the inclusion of Meet on the Ledge in the middle of the set which went down very well and was nice to hear without the prospect of having to leave the auditorium after!
He sang that at Wickham, too, at 90 miles an hour.  Not my favourite rendition.


I am not a fan of Meet on the Ledge as normally sang by our Fairport chums, with the risk of alienating the majority of rest of the board, I always find it a bit dreary and delivered in a over-sentimentalised manner (however that doesn't stop me singing along) but I must say that I really enjoyed Richard's faster version.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on August 21, 2018, 07:22:51 PM



(Sir) Richard Thompson at Beautiful Days last night. Brilliant set including stuff from his forthcoming album also the inclusion of Meet on the Ledge in the middle of the set which went down very well and was nice to hear without the prospect of having to leave the auditorium after!
He sang that at Wickham, too, at 90 miles an hour.  Not my favourite rendition.


I am not a fan of Meet on the Ledge as normally sang by our Fairport chums, with the risk of alienating the majority of rest of the board, I always find it a bit dreary and delivered in a over-sentimentalised manner (however that doesn't stop me singing along) but I must say that I really enjoyed Richard's faster version.


The only bit I really loathe is that delayed drum beat that they introduced in the '87 version...and have never been able to shake off since.  It's been annoying me for 3 decades  ;) ;D


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Shane (Skirky) on August 29, 2018, 11:41:09 AM
Gretchen Peters and her exemplary and complementary band (no drummer) at Snape Maltings. Two sets, lovely sound, lots of new material and a smidgin of politics. As my companion noted - “She does kill a lot of people in her songs, doesn’t she?”. No room for Independence Day, sadly. One thing I hadn’t realised is that the central floor space is unseated, but they do issue a type of those low floor-level chairs you sometimes see at festivals. Given the average age of the audience I wouldn’t be surprised if there are still a few folk trying to rise to their feet this morning.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Nick Reg on August 29, 2018, 01:24:41 PM

Gretchen Peters and her exemplary and complementary band (no drummer) at Snape Maltings. Two sets, lovely sound, lots of new material and a smidgin of politics. As my companion noted - “She does kill a lot of people in her songs, doesn’t she?”. No room for Independence Day, sadly. One thing I hadn’t realised is that the central floor space is unseated, but they do issue a type of those low floor-level chairs you sometimes see at festivals. Given the average age of the audience I wouldn’t be surprised if there are still a few folk trying to rise to their feet this morning.



Very dark and very wonderful. Her set at Shrewsbury was my "Rosanne Cash" moment.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Alan2 on September 08, 2018, 12:39:53 PM
Bridget St. John last night.  A lovely set, met her and bought a CD too. The only thing wrong was the person I went with, without whose driving I wouldn't have made it, was bored to tears. It didn't cost her to be bored, just 2 hours out of her life.  (I got the tickets).  ::)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on September 08, 2018, 02:22:22 PM

Bridget St. John last night.  A lovely set, met her and bought a CD too. The only thing wrong was the person I went with, without whose driving I wouldn't have made it, was bored to tears. It didn't cost her to be bored, just 2 hours out of her life.  (I got the tickets).  ::)


I hate it when that happens.  I went with a girlfriend to see Robin Williamson and John Renbourn in Mold about 8 years ago, and she was so not getting it (and making it very clear).  We split up soon afterwards... Glad you enjoyed Bridget...I'm not going to be able to see her this time I don't think...Exeter was on a school night, and I can't make any of the others...  :(


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Alan2 on September 09, 2018, 03:09:37 PM


Bridget St. John last night.  A lovely set, met her and bought a CD too. The only thing wrong was the person I went with, without whose driving I wouldn't have made it, was bored to tears. It didn't cost her to be bored, just 2 hours out of her life.  (I got the tickets).  ::)


I hate it when that happens.  I went with a girlfriend to see Robin Williamson and John Renbourn in Mold about 8 years ago, and she was so not getting it (and making it very clear).  We split up soon afterwards... Glad you enjoyed Bridget...I'm not going to be able to see her this time I don't think...Exeter was on a school night, and I can't make any of the others...  :(


For the record, my companion was courteous and patient all through, even applauded, and we're still friends.  And afterward said she was glad I'd enjoyed it.  I had expected her to at least half- like Bridget St John, given that she's of an age with me, and used to sing and play guitar herself, but there you go, no accounting for taste.  8)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on September 09, 2018, 05:28:43 PM
Michael Nesmith and the First National Band, last night, Paramount Theater, Austin!

It was a fantastic, and very emotional show.  He played only one Monkees song:  Papa Gene's Blues.  He started crying when he explained that he wrote it for his first wife, who passed away a few years ago.  :(

In the end about 500 people turned out, and he showed no signs of disappointment.  (I did hear the bartenders complaining.)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: ColinB on September 09, 2018, 06:15:35 PM
Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar played a blinder last night here in Lancaster. The only awkward moment was near the start when Greg admitted that he'd been offered a place at the Uni but turned it down - one of those jokes that unfortunately fell flat. But Ciaran had a nice line in taking the audience's side and there was some great banter between songs.

Musically they were excellent, especially Ciaran's fiddle playing. Greg's voice has quite a rough edge to it (if that's the right description) and takes a bit of getting used to but his guitar playing fits in perfectly with C's fiddle. Ciaran took lead vocals on "We Are Leaving" which is quite an emotional number, I'm guessing, written about migrant workers who are now heading home as the UK is a less attractive place to live and work.

We had a George Benson song from the Folk Fever album which they contributed to. They were heading off south straight after the gig as they were performing at Hyde Park this afternoon.

Upcoming tour dates - http://www.russellalgar.co.uk/gigs.php


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on September 09, 2018, 07:18:06 PM

The only awkward moment was near the start when Greg admitted that he'd been offered a place at the Uni but turned it down - one of those jokes that unfortunately fell flat.


It might be argued that's a little but precious of the locals?!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: ColinB on September 09, 2018, 09:48:45 PM


The only awkward moment was near the start when Greg admitted that he'd been offered a place at the Uni but turned it down - one of those jokes that unfortunately fell flat.


It might be argued that's a little but precious of the locals?!


Well it's risky making a joke about the place you're playing. If the gig had been in Morecambe it would have gone down better as there's some local rivalry there but not only were they in Lancaster but were also on the university campus.

He came back to the subject later saying that he was from the posh part of Liverpool - Chester, which got a laugh and explained that a friend of his had told him that Lancaster was too near his home and that he should study further away so he ended up in Exeter.

He made a better joke when he told us which guitar tunings he was using. He then said he'd rather get it out of the way and tell all of us than just one person at the end of the gig.  :)



Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Will S on September 11, 2018, 10:38:36 AM
Stunning concert by Camel last night at Aylesbury Waterside (promoted by the Aylesbury Friars bunch, apparently - they had stuff up all around).  First half they gave us the whole of Moonmadness, which was good, but lacked any interaction with the crowd - literally nothing at all until the end when Andy Latimer declared 'That was Moonmadness, now we're off for a short break'.  But the second half was a belter - a number of tracks from more recent albums, which I'm not so familiar with (not that any of their albums are that recent now), but it didn't matter.  They were just brilliant, a lot more interaction, stunning musicality (and excellent sound, even for those of us stuck in the back row of the gods) and a joyful experience, ending with a wonderful encore of Lady Fantasy.  A strong contender for gig of the year!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Alan2 on September 11, 2018, 11:46:12 AM

Stunning concert by Camel last night at Aylesbury Waterside (promoted by the Aylesbury Friars bunch, apparently - they had stuff up all around).  First half they gave us the whole of Moonmadness, which was good, but lacked any interaction with the crowd - literally nothing at all until the end when Andy Latimer declared 'That was Moonmadness, now we're off for a short break'.  But the second half was a belter - a number of tracks from more recent albums, which I'm not so familiar with (not that any of their albums are that recent now), but it didn't matter.  They were just brilliant, a lot more interaction, stunning musicality (and excellent sound, even for those of us stuck in the back row of the gods) and a joyful experience, ending with a wonderful encore of Lady Fantasy.  A strong contender for gig of the year!


I like Camel a lot, but I skipped the concert on this tour and bought the limited vinyl reissue of Moonmadness instead.  Classic Camel, and second only to Mirage, IMO.  8)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Will S on September 11, 2018, 11:47:56 AM


Stunning concert by Camel last night at Aylesbury Waterside (promoted by the Aylesbury Friars bunch, apparently - they had stuff up all around).  First half they gave us the whole of Moonmadness, which was good, but lacked any interaction with the crowd - literally nothing at all until the end when Andy Latimer declared 'That was Moonmadness, now we're off for a short break'.  But the second half was a belter - a number of tracks from more recent albums, which I'm not so familiar with (not that any of their albums are that recent now), but it didn't matter.  They were just brilliant, a lot more interaction, stunning musicality (and excellent sound, even for those of us stuck in the back row of the gods) and a joyful experience, ending with a wonderful encore of Lady Fantasy.  A strong contender for gig of the year!


I like Camel a lot, but I skipped the concert on this tour and bought the limited vinyl reissue of Moonmadness instead.  Classic Camel, and second only to Mirage, IMO.  8)



I've never seen them before, and missed the Snow Goose concerts a few years ago, so couldn't not go this time.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Polly Oxford (Andie) on September 11, 2018, 03:02:32 PM
Daphne's Flight! Really excited, one of the most exhilarating sets of voices I've ever heard. Pure joy.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Alan2 on September 12, 2018, 12:15:26 PM



Stunning concert by Camel last night at Aylesbury Waterside (promoted by the Aylesbury Friars bunch, apparently - they had stuff up all around).  First half they gave us the whole of Moonmadness, which was good, but lacked any interaction with the crowd - literally nothing at all until the end when Andy Latimer declared 'That was Moonmadness, now we're off for a short break'.  But the second half was a belter - a number of tracks from more recent albums, which I'm not so familiar with (not that any of their albums are that recent now), but it didn't matter.  They were just brilliant, a lot more interaction, stunning musicality (and excellent sound, even for those of us stuck in the back row of the gods) and a joyful experience, ending with a wonderful encore of Lady Fantasy.  A strong contender for gig of the year!


I like Camel a lot, but I skipped the concert on this tour and bought the limited vinyl reissue of Moonmadness instead.  Classic Camel, and second only to Mirage, IMO.  8)





I've never seen them before, and missed the Snow Goose concerts a few years ago, so couldn't not go this time.


I saw Camel on the original Snow Goose tour, which makes me feel rather old. 8)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Andy on September 12, 2018, 05:19:52 PM


I saw Camel on the original Snow Goose tour, which makes me feel rather old. 8)
Me too. Woking, god alone knows when.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jules Gray on September 12, 2018, 09:59:39 PM


I saw Camel on the original Snow Goose tour, which makes me feel rather old. 8)
Me too. Woking, god alone knows when.


Presumably it was 1975.

Jules


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Andy on September 12, 2018, 10:12:12 PM
Correction, July 28, 1974 at the Winning Post, Twickenham - the Mirage Tour. (Thanks, Setlist.fm)

Just call me Mr Memory. :o :P


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jules Gray on September 12, 2018, 10:27:37 PM

Correction, July 28, 1974 at the Winning Post, Twickenham - the Mirage Tour. (Thanks, Setlist.fm)

Just call me Mr Memory. :o :P


No, I'll call you Mr Googled Setlist.fm.

 ;D

Jules


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Lubiloo (Lorna) on September 13, 2018, 09:25:55 PM


Correction, July 28, 1974 at the Winning Post, Twickenham - the Mirage Tour. (Thanks, Setlist.fm)

Just call me Mr Memory. :o :P


No, I'll call you Mr Googled Setlist.fm.

 ;D

Jules



 ;D   :-X


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: ColinB on September 16, 2018, 04:27:57 PM
Cara Dillon played a very enjoyable gig in Morecambe last night. As I might have commented on before, The Platform isn't the best venue for acoustic gigs but the sound was ok - maybe a bit echoey at the start of each set but better as things went on. She's touring with hubby Sam on piano and guitar and his guitar playing has improved since I last saw him. Previously his playing seemed to be mainly influenced by his brother Sean who has quite an aggressive style but Sam has been working on his finger-picking so there is more variation, which is never a bad thing.

We got most of the songs from her latest Wanderer album plus a selection of older material including There Were Roses, She's Like The Swallow and Hill of Thieves. Plenty of chat from both of them between songs with Cara being very modest about her whistle playing which sounded pretty darned good to me.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: jude on September 16, 2018, 06:24:21 PM
The Gryphon gig was excellent playing to very excited audience quite a few of whom had travelled long distances to get there.The music was, as always, bonkers but the musicianship was superb and the band are very tight..
Brian G was happily playing his wonderful array of musical instruments and the new member, Andy *Findhorn played many a fine duet with various other wind instruments.. Crumhorns and sackbuts were in evidence naturally.

It was great and I thoroughly enjoyed it all ;D



Edit:  *that should be Andy Findon !!  ;D


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Nick on September 16, 2018, 09:02:52 PM

new member, Andy Findhorn


What a splendid bit of nominative determinism …  ;D


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: jude on September 16, 2018, 09:41:23 PM


new member, Andy Findhorn


What a splendid bit of nominative determinism …  ;D

Where's a good sub-editor when you need one?  ::)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on September 17, 2018, 10:25:18 AM
Just back from The Good Life Experience 2018.  

Main find was The Fernweh who turned into my new favourite band almost instantly.  Loved: Audiobooks, Gwenno (although she's gone really odd on stage), Seamonsters, Seezoo, Erland Cooper, Bill Ryder-Jones, Darren Hayman, Ferris & Sylvester.  Stick in the Wheel were a weird one for me...massively impressive but entirely emotionally unengaging, I felt, sadly.  Biggest disappointment - the Go! Team.  Loads of fab lectures and talks...Viv Albertine...Chris Watson, Tim Dee etc etc

And much drier weather than was originally forecast.  For a local (to my Cheshire base), smallish bash, TGLE punches well above its weight I think.

Sadly, I'm now of an age where the only sartorial garment I came away with was a Harris Tweed baseball cap.  I've only got a very weak defence...


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: hendo (Dave) on September 17, 2018, 02:34:19 PM

Just back from The Good Life Experience 2018.  

Main find was The Fernweh who turned into my new favourite band almost instantly.  Loved: Audiobooks, Gwenno (although she's gone really odd on stage), Seamonsters, Seezoo, Erland Cooper, Bill Ryder-Jones, Darren Hayman, Ferris & Sylvester.  Stick in the Wheel were a weird one for me...massively impressive but entirely emotionally unengaging, I felt, sadly.  Biggest disappointment - the Go! Team.  Loads of fab lectures and talks...Viv Albertine...Chris Watson, Tim Dee etc etc

And much drier weather than was originally forecast.  For a local (to my Cheshire base), smallish bash, TGLE punches well above its weight I think.

Sadly, I'm now of an age where the only sartorial garment I came away with was a Harris Tweed baseball cap.  I've only got a very weak defence...

David, I love a list of bands, most of whom I have never heard of whom I must now go and research.
......and I covet the Harris Tweed Baseball cap!!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on September 17, 2018, 03:17:37 PM


Just back from The Good Life Experience 2018.  

Main find was The Fernweh who turned into my new favourite band almost instantly.  Loved: Audiobooks, Gwenno (although she's gone really odd on stage), Seamonsters, Seezoo, Erland Cooper, Bill Ryder-Jones, Darren Hayman, Ferris & Sylvester.  Stick in the Wheel were a weird one for me...massively impressive but entirely emotionally unengaging, I felt, sadly.  Biggest disappointment - the Go! Team.  Loads of fab lectures and talks...Viv Albertine...Chris Watson, Tim Dee etc etc

And much drier weather than was originally forecast.  For a local (to my Cheshire base), smallish bash, TGLE punches well above its weight I think.

Sadly, I'm now of an age where the only sartorial garment I came away with was a Harris Tweed baseball cap.  I've only got a very weak defence...

David, I love a list of bands, most of whom I have never heard of whom I must now go and research.
......and I covet the Harris Tweed Baseball cap!!


Lol.  I actually forgot one of the best...a 3 piece Derry old school '77 sounding punk band called Touts.  they're going to be huge.  First album is being produced by Weller.  They just about manage to sound original whilst still sticking to the tried and tested 4 decade old formula.  Bloody exhausting to watch, mind...  ;) ;D


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on September 17, 2018, 07:18:43 PM
Daphne's Flight were delightful in Canterbury on Saturday.

The gig was part of a celebration weekend for various members of my family. On Sunday, during the party, we heard the sad news about Maart and I thought of the Daphnes who must have felt the loss keenly, two of them having shared the stage with Maart in Blue Tapestry. The second of their bandmates lost.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Will S on September 18, 2018, 09:41:09 AM
I saw Daphne's Flight yesterday at Nettlebed, and they mentioned Maart's death, and asked us to give him a round of applause.  It obviously is something that has touched them.  But despite that, they gave us a great show - five voices working together beautifully.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Chris on September 18, 2018, 10:52:12 AM
Weren't they good - those voices together.....can't get enough.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on September 20, 2018, 04:44:30 PM
Graham Nash, last night, Paramount Theater, Austin.

He was in excellent voice, and his set was heavily weighted toward older material.  This contrasts with his previous show at this venue, where he debuted a lot of new material.  He had to contend with a drunk and noisy fellow in the second row (who apparently thought he was there for a two-hour conversation with Graham Nash), but Graham handled it with aplomb.

Surprises in the set included "4 and 20" by Steve Stills and "A Day In The Life."  Nice!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jules Gray on September 20, 2018, 05:06:42 PM

Graham Nash, last night, Paramount Theater, Austin.

He was in excellent voice, and his set was heavily weighted toward older material.  This contrasts with his previous show at this venue, where he debuted a lot of new material.  He had to contend with a drunk and noisy fellow in the second row (who apparently thought he was there for a two-hour conversation with Graham Nash), but Graham handled it with aplomb.

Surprises in the set included "4 and 20" by Steve Stills and "A Day In The Life."  Nice!


Very remarkable for Nash to cover Stills.  Maybe they've grown closer because of The Crosby Wars.

Jules


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on September 20, 2018, 07:14:00 PM


Graham Nash, last night, Paramount Theater, Austin.

He was in excellent voice, and his set was heavily weighted toward older material.  This contrasts with his previous show at this venue, where he debuted a lot of new material.  He had to contend with a drunk and noisy fellow in the second row (who apparently thought he was there for a two-hour conversation with Graham Nash), but Graham handled it with aplomb.

Surprises in the set included "4 and 20" by Steve Stills and "A Day In The Life."  Nice!


Very remarkable for Nash to cover Stills.  Maybe they've grown closer because of The Crosby Wars.

Jules


He mentioned Croz several times, never disparagingly.  Hope springs eternal.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on September 20, 2018, 07:17:43 PM


Graham Nash, last night, Paramount Theater, Austin.

He was in excellent voice, and his set was heavily weighted toward older material.  This contrasts with his previous show at this venue, where he debuted a lot of new material.  He had to contend with a drunk and noisy fellow in the second row (who apparently thought he was there for a two-hour conversation with Graham Nash), but Graham handled it with aplomb.

Surprises in the set included "4 and 20" by Steve Stills and "A Day In The Life."  Nice!


Very remarkable for Nash to cover Stills.  Maybe they've grown closer because of The Crosby Wars.

Jules


Remember, there was (briefly) a Stills-Nash Band.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jules Gray on September 20, 2018, 08:03:38 PM

Remember, there was (briefly) a Stills-Nash Band.


Long time ago.  And, if you recall, Crosby was similarly out of favour then as well.  Stills is like Nash's rebound lover.   ;D

Jules


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Shankly (Peter) on September 21, 2018, 06:36:33 AM
Ashley Hutchings and Becky Mills in Southport last night performing 'The beginnings of Fairport Convention' - It was Ashley talking about the 60s in general and FC in particular, interspersed with appropriate songs. A pleasant, amusing evening with excellent musicianship.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on September 21, 2018, 06:47:00 AM


Remember, there was (briefly) a Stills-Nash Band.


Long time ago.  And, if you recall, Crosby was similarly out of favour then as well.  Stills is like Nash's rebound lover.   ;D

Jules


"Out of favour" roughly translates as "utterly sh*tfaced", I'm guessing?  Nash has always been protective of Stills' talent, if not always his personality.  The last time I saw CSN (2009, I think), seeing Graham cueing and assisting Stills as his deafness became quite a barrier to live performance was really rather lovely...


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jules Gray on September 21, 2018, 08:35:00 AM

Nash has always been protective of Stills' talent, if not always his personality.  The last time I saw CSN (2009, I think), seeing Graham cueing and assisting Stills as his deafness became quite a barrier to live performance was really rather lovely...


Good man Nasher.

Jules


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: mikec on September 21, 2018, 11:50:56 AM

Ashley Hutchings and Becky Mills in Southport last night...........

A pleasant, amusing evening with excellent musicianship.


Perfect description Peter. I really enjoyed it. Some stories I knew, some I didn't and the tunes were marvelous.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on September 21, 2018, 04:48:34 PM


Ashley Hutchings and Becky Mills in Southport last night...........

A pleasant, amusing evening with excellent musicianship.


Perfect description Peter. I really enjoyed it. Some stories I knew, some I didn't and the tunes were marvelous.


We saw that show at Cropredy Town Hall in 2017 (and missed Peter Knight on the field, unfortunately) - it was so much fun.  Highly recommend to all.  Ashley also personally sold me a lightly used, peach-colored Albion Band jersey for about 15 pounds.  He said he was emptying his closet.   :)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on September 21, 2018, 04:50:11 PM


Nash has always been protective of Stills' talent, if not always his personality.  The last time I saw CSN (2009, I think), seeing Graham cueing and assisting Stills as his deafness became quite a barrier to live performance was really rather lovely...


Good man Nasher.

Jules


I was unaware of this issue. It helps explain why Stills' guitar was largely inaudible at The Rides show I saw a couple years ago...


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jules Gray on September 21, 2018, 05:25:13 PM

I was unaware of this issue. It helps explain why Stills' guitar was largely inaudible at The Rides show I saw a couple years ago...


It's also one of the main reasons that Stills's singing voice has deteriorated so badly.  That and extensive dentistry.  And drug abuse (probably).

Jules


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Nick Reg on September 21, 2018, 06:56:17 PM
In the last couple of decades, whenever I've seen them , CSN, C & N, and N have never been short of wonderful, with Nash always seemingly in control (and very capably). Y hasn't been too shabby either.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: David V B on September 22, 2018, 10:58:35 AM
Last Saturday spent at Martyn Joseph’s  Pipefest at Lancaster University. A wonderful day’s music with some supremely talented musicians. Hadn’t heard Jake Morley before - very fine guitarist and interesting songwriter. Sam Kelly with Jamie (?) from the Lost Boys on banjo - as engaging and enjoyable as ever. It was fascinating listening to him in conversation with MJ about their recent trip to Palestine.

It is a few years since I saw Edgelarks on their own and they get better and better. Phillip Henry is a very talented musician (his 21 string Indian slide guitar has to be seen to be believed) and Hannah Martin has to be one of the best singers around. Originally I found them perhaps a little technical/cold, but not now.

Star of the show was of course Martyn J either on his own or with the other performers. He is starting to promote his new album which sounds like one of his strongest for years. The finale with all six playing together was sensational. A great end to what with only 120 there was a lovely, intimate day.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Col D on September 22, 2018, 01:41:07 PM
Trembling Bells at The Music Room in Liverpool last night. An emotional night as they played the first of three weekend gigs that will signal the end of the band, having taken the decision not to continue following Vinnie's departure announced earlier this week. Ironically this was by far the biggest crowd I've ever seen them play to, after countless sparsely attended gigs down the years it seemed fitting they signed off with a packed house. Would love to have been able to make the final two in Leeds and Leicester but previous commitments have dictated otherwise. What an amazing and totally unique band they were and at least they bowed out at the very top of their game rather than on the downward slide, but all the same I'm reallly going to miss them.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on September 22, 2018, 04:22:59 PM

Trembling Bells at The Music Room in Liverpool last night. An emotional night as they played the first of three weekend gigs that will signal the end of the band, having taken the decision not to continue following Vinnie's departure announced earlier this week. Ironically this was by far the biggest crowd I've ever seen them play to, after countless sparsely attended gigs down the years it seemed fitting they signed off with a packed house. Would love to have been able to make the final two in Leeds and Leicester but previous commitments have dictated otherwise. What an amazing and totally unique band they were and at least they bowed out at the very top of their game rather than on the downward slide, but all the same I'm reallly going to miss them.


Sh1t.  I wasn't expecting that.  I assumed they'd continue in some form or other after Vinnie's announcement.  Heaven alone knows how they've kept going so long though...they are one of the best but most wretchedly supported bands I've ever known.  Only seen them about 4 times (plus twice with Mike H) and every one a stone cold classic.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Alan2 on September 23, 2018, 02:52:20 PM


Trembling Bells at The Music Room in Liverpool last night. An emotional night as they played the first of three weekend gigs that will signal the end of the band, having taken the decision not to continue following Vinnie's departure announced earlier this week. Ironically this was by far the biggest crowd I've ever seen them play to, after countless sparsely attended gigs down the years it seemed fitting they signed off with a packed house. Would love to have been able to make the final two in Leeds and Leicester but previous commitments have dictated otherwise. What an amazing and totally unique band they were and at least they bowed out at the very top of their game rather than on the downward slide, but all the same I'm reallly going to miss them.


Sh1t.  I wasn't expecting that.  I assumed they'd continue in some form or other after Vinnie's announcement.  Heaven alone knows how they've kept going so long though...they are one of the best but most wretchedly supported bands I've ever known.  Only seen them about 4 times (plus twice with Mike H) and every one a stone cold classic.


I'm a little sad that the nearest thing to a Increible String Band tribute act is to be no more.  I saw them only once and they were wonderful.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on September 24, 2018, 07:05:31 AM
I've still not actually seen anywhere online that they are splitting...do we know this for a fact?


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Dan O. on September 24, 2018, 08:47:37 AM
Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets at Portsmouth Guildhall...I never thought I'd see a band play pre-Dark Side Of The Moon era Pink Floyd with such enthusiasm, passion and love as I did last night. An outstanding gig with some real surprises.



Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: RobertD on September 24, 2018, 04:14:19 PM
Jules & The Jinks Saturday night at Rockwood Music Hall in Manhattan. I'm very high on this band right now. Lead singer Julissa Lopez has a voice for the ages and the band is sharp and focused. But its really all about Julissa's voice and she is equally adept at belting out a bluesy number or an upbeat one. She has a lot of stage presence with her provocative moves and outfits. But I'll also add she is a lovely person. I wrote about them on the blog and she was blown away by my idea and we have chatted here and there on social media. She gifted me a t-shirt as a thank you. Its the little gestures I tell ya!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: blagden on September 24, 2018, 05:31:54 PM

Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets at Portsmouth Guildhall...I never thought I'd see a band play pre-Dark Side Of The Moon era Pink Floyd with such enthusiasm, passion and love as I did last night. An outstanding gig with some real surprises.




Well jeal, did Nick have a kit twice as big as the stage?


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Col D on September 24, 2018, 06:03:13 PM

I've still not actually seen anywhere online that they are splitting...do we know this for a fact?


I spoke to Vinnie, Mike and Simon and they all confirmed it and during the set Alex announced it as their 'farewell tour'. I got the impression, particularly from Mike, they weren't totally ruling out that they may do something again in some form in the future, but for the time being that's it.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Dan O. on September 24, 2018, 06:46:18 PM


Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets at Portsmouth Guildhall...I never thought I'd see a band play pre-Dark Side Of The Moon era Pink Floyd with such enthusiasm, passion and love as I did last night. An outstanding gig with some real surprises.




Well jeal, did Nick have a kit twice as big as the stage?

Not quite, but he did have a massive symphonic gong behind his drums, about which he quipped "Roger and David would never let me play the gong, so this my revenge !"


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: PaulT on September 24, 2018, 07:03:37 PM
An evening of vocal music at Tewkesbury Abbey last Saturday; my interest was aroused as it included the premiere of a vocal arrangement (by Andrew Keeling) of Robert Fripp's "Pie Jesu" soundscape.  (Messrs Keeling and Fripp (and of course Toyah) were in attendance in the audience).

After a brief Prelude, the original Pie Jesu recording was played over the PA, sounding superb in the Abbey's acoustic.  The remainder of the evening comprised a selection of ancient and modern pieces, including a quite magnificent arrangement of Fripp & Eno's "Evening Star" - piano, cello and gongs (bowed and struck) at the east end of the nave, with the vocal group singing just inside the west door. The high point of the concert for me.

The actual Pie Jesu (vocal version) didn't work in my opinion... I wasn't convinced by the use of the piano as accompaniment, I'd have liked to have heard it sung a capella, or maybe with mellotron/string synth - I found the piano (being of a percussive nature) a wee bit obtrusive at times


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: bassline (Mike) on September 26, 2018, 01:18:21 PM
Nick Mason's SOS at Birmingham Symphony Hall.
Fabulous. Less intimate than the Half Moon, but I was five rows back so it didn't make that much difference. An extended set list that contained songs I never dreamed I'd see performed live and much tighter playing made it worth a second ticket purchase.
One particular non musical highlight was Nick telling the audience that he was actually born in Birmingham. If you've ever heard Nick speak, he has very precise Queen's English diction, but half way through telling us this story, he adopted a pretty good Brummie accent, that was such a strange thing to hear coming out of his mouth, I didn't quite catch the first part, but it was something like,' Oooh, I always though yow woz the drummer in The Moowuv.'


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Chris on September 26, 2018, 03:54:34 PM
More of the same next year, it seems - Nick's announced gigs in Cardiff, Cambridge & 2 in London's Roundhouse.

On sale Friday - here (https://www.gigantic.com/nick-masons-saucerful-of-secrets-tickets?utm_source=weekly_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=26-09-2018)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Will S on September 26, 2018, 04:08:13 PM
Quote
More of the same next year, it seems - Nick's announced gigs in Cardiff, Cambridge & 2 in London's Roundhouse.

On sale Friday - here


And one in Aylesbury too.  Looking out to see what that will cost.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Chris on September 26, 2018, 05:04:27 PM
oooh, do you have a web link/date for that?


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: bassline (Mike) on September 26, 2018, 05:08:57 PM

Quote
More of the same next year, it seems - Nick's announced gigs in Cardiff, Cambridge & 2 in London's Roundhouse.

On sale Friday - here


And one in Aylesbury too.  Looking out to see what that will cost.


Brum was £45, if that helps.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Brendan on September 27, 2018, 07:32:05 PM
I saw 80s pop princess last night along with a small crowd at Preston Guild Hall and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised, I was not sure this went for the majority of the crowd who were visibly shocked by the blistering guitars and rasping rock vocals. Her latest unreleased (now delayed) new album is produced by a member of "punk" band Killing Floor who was in the band at the gig and they certainly didn't hold back. There was a brief moment it the middle with just keyboard where Tiffany appeased the pop fans but even on those two track she really showed she had a fine vocal. I approached this gig with serious trepidation and left admiring a fine group of musicians and a great vocalist, I may even be tempted to go again when she returns to the uk. Unfortunately the usual phone videos were out so there is evidence on YouTube but only the hits although a better version of I think we're alone now. And the t shirt I bought has a rude word on it maybe another hint at the harder edge she is going for. I returned home thoroughly entertained but slightly disappointed as Steve Ashley has cancelled his gig at keighley due to a cold!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Tim Fletcher on September 28, 2018, 10:11:22 AM

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More of the same next year, it seems - Nick's announced gigs in Cardiff, Cambridge & 2 in London's Roundhouse.

On sale Friday - here


And one in Aylesbury too.  Looking out to see what that will cost.

Roundhouse is £50. Booking has just opened and I've got tickets so many thanks to whoever it was that started this discussion.
(Sorry - no recent gigs to mention)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Chris on September 28, 2018, 10:19:52 AM
Yes, me too.....got a seat as well.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: JohnP69 on September 28, 2018, 05:19:20 PM

Nick Mason's SOS at Birmingham Symphony Hall.
Fabulous. Less intimate than the Half Moon, but I was five rows back so it didn't make that much difference. An extended set list that contained songs I never dreamed I'd see performed live and much tighter playing made it worth a second ticket purchase.
One particular non musical highlight was Nick telling the audience that he was actually born in Birmingham. If you've ever heard Nick speak, he has very precise Queen's English diction, but half way through telling us this story, he adopted a pretty good Brummie accent, that was such a strange thing to hear coming out of his mouth, I didn't quite catch the first part, but it was something like,' Oooh, I always though yow woz the drummer in The Moowuv.'


Going to Nottingham tomorrow night,well excited!!!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Chris from Fieldtown on September 28, 2018, 10:52:58 PM


Nick Mason's SOS at Birmingham Symphony Hall.
Fabulous. Less intimate than the Half Moon, but I was five rows back so it didn't make that much difference. An extended set list that contained songs I never dreamed I'd see performed live and much tighter playing made it worth a second ticket purchase.
One particular non musical highlight was Nick telling the audience that he was actually born in Birmingham. If you've ever heard Nick speak, he has very precise Queen's English diction, but half way through telling us this story, he adopted a pretty good Brummie accent, that was such a strange thing to hear coming out of his mouth, I didn't quite catch the first part, but it was something like,' Oooh, I always though yow woz the drummer in The Moowuv.'


Going to Nottingham tomorrow night,well excited!!!



Cropredy headliner as a massive TAW pleaser? I'm in as I'm sure many others would be.

Chris


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on September 29, 2018, 06:20:53 AM



Nick Mason's SOS at Birmingham Symphony Hall.
Fabulous. Less intimate than the Half Moon, but I was five rows back so it didn't make that much difference. An extended set list that contained songs I never dreamed I'd see performed live and much tighter playing made it worth a second ticket purchase.
One particular non musical highlight was Nick telling the audience that he was actually born in Birmingham. If you've ever heard Nick speak, he has very precise Queen's English diction, but half way through telling us this story, he adopted a pretty good Brummie accent, that was such a strange thing to hear coming out of his mouth, I didn't quite catch the first part, but it was something like,' Oooh, I always though yow woz the drummer in The Moowuv.'


Going to Nottingham tomorrow night,well excited!!!



Cropredy headliner as a massive TAW pleaser? I'm in as I'm sure many others would be.

Chris


And doable too.  It's a thought.

I do wonder though, if this is a little like Percy's Priory of Brion project which starts off in the clubs and is a lot of fun and then becomes too big.....


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Tim Fletcher on September 29, 2018, 07:33:07 PM

Yes, me too.....got a seat as well.

Standing for us. I am assuming that sitting/lying on the floor staring at the groovy psychedelic light show is no longer a thing.  :)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Albie on October 01, 2018, 08:13:31 PM
Martin Simpson, in Salop. As good as ever. £15, good value in anybodys money.
Played a few minutes over two hours, which I reckon is about right if there is no support act. A few other artistes could take note.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Adam on October 02, 2018, 05:34:22 AM
A great night out in Southampton, in the company of Miles Hunt (of Wonderstuff fame), on the first night of his custodian tour. It was a very relaxed and fun evening, as he took us on a chronological history of his career in music, starting with the first song he wrote when he was 13. He was very engaging, with lots of anecdotes (finding Wizzard kipping on his living room floor when he was 7!), and providing the context of the songs he played. As it was the first night, he was still working out what to play and whether we thought they worked. They did. £13 for a good solid 90 mins. Great night, great songs - what more could you want.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on October 02, 2018, 06:39:26 AM

A great night out in Southampton, in the company of Miles Hunt (of Wonderstuff fame), on the first night of his custodian tour. It was a very relaxed and fun evening, as he took us on a chronological history of his career in music, starting with the first song he wrote when he was 13. He was very engaging, with lots of anecdotes (finding Wizzard kipping on his living room floor when he was 7!), and providing the context of the songs he played. As it was the first night, he was still working out what to play and whether we thought they worked. They did. £13 for a good solid 90 mins. Great night, great songs - what more could you want.


Entirely solo?


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Adam on October 02, 2018, 07:31:14 AM


A great night out in Southampton, in the company of Miles Hunt (of Wonderstuff fame), on the first night of his custodian tour. It was a very relaxed and fun evening, as he took us on a chronological history of his career in music, starting with the first song he wrote when he was 13. He was very engaging, with lots of anecdotes (finding Wizzard kipping on his living room floor when he was 7!), and providing the context of the songs he played. As it was the first night, he was still working out what to play and whether we thought they worked. They did. £13 for a good solid 90 mins. Great night, great songs - what more could you want.


Entirely solo?


Yup! The songs worked really well, and Miles was in great voice.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on October 02, 2018, 12:17:26 PM

A great night out in Southampton, in the company of Miles Hunt (of Wonderstuff fame), on the first night of his custodian tour. It was a very relaxed and fun evening, as he took us on a chronological history of his career in music, starting with the first song he wrote when he was 13. He was very engaging, with lots of anecdotes (finding Wizzard kipping on his living room floor when he was 7!), and providing the context of the songs he played. As it was the first night, he was still working out what to play and whether we thought they worked. They did. £13 for a good solid 90 mins. Great night, great songs - what more could you want.


Sounds great. Think I might do the Brighton show based on your review.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: David W on October 02, 2018, 04:05:19 PM
On Saturday night a house concert by Kirsty Merryn - an excellent young song writer mentored by Steve Knightley (see link below). Keep an eye out as she is currently touring.

DW

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-VD-JyRT54


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Shane (Skirky) on October 04, 2018, 10:43:34 AM
Well, kind of. Rock n Roll Book Club in the heart of London’s swinging downtown Camden. Last night, Dave Philpott (and friends) from ‘Dear Mr. Popstar’ and Bruce Thomas from The Attractions, who gave a splendid guide to how to create an iconic bass part (“...so I took that bit from John Entwhistle...”) which can transform a standard run-of-the-mill Kinks-lite dirge into “I Don’t Want to Go to Chelsea”. I strongly ge tthe feeling that there will be no Costello-centric rapprochement any time soon.
Dave Philpott’s guests included an entirely game Owen Paul, a suitably twinkly Will Birch, the legendary Rupert Hine (yes, he can still faultlessly pronounce Taumatawhakatangihangakoayauo-Tamateaturipukakapikimaungahoro-Nukypokaiwhenuakitanatahu) and the guitarist from The Ruts, whose reply regarding the wisdom or not of staring at the rude boys was beautifully and bathetically undermined by his concluding confession that he wasn’t actually on the record or in the band at the time of its release.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on October 04, 2018, 05:47:01 PM
Kofi Baker's Cream Experience, Higher Ground, South Burlington, Vermont, Tuesday night!

This is Kofi (son of Ginger) on drums and occasional vocals, Malcolm Bruce (son of Jack) on bass and vocals, and Will Johns (son of Andy, nephew of Glyn, nephew of Eric Clapton) on guitar and vocals.

They perform a full set of Cream tunes, with lots of space for improvisation interspersed among the faithful covers.  All three are extremely accomplished players, and they did the tunes proud.  Kofi played half the show with his left hand, only, as he apparently had a tantrum at his hotel that afternoon due to a noise complaint.  He apologized several times for not "playing up to his standards."  I must say, I bought an instant live CD of the show and have been listening to it today in the car - he is the most skilled one-handed drummer I've ever heard.  There were about 150 people in a big warehouse-style venue, which was a respectable turnout on a miserably rainy night in the tiny state of Vermont.

The trio are coming to play a few shows in the UK later this fall.  I highly recommend this to everyone.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on October 04, 2018, 07:49:10 PM

Kofi Baker's Cream Experience, Higher Ground, South Burlington, Vermont, Tuesday night!

This is Kofi (son of Ginger) on drums and occasional vocals, Malcolm Bruce (son of Jack) on bass and vocals, and Will Johns (son of Andy, nephew of Glyn, nephew of Eric Clapton) on guitar and vocals.

They perform a full set of Cream tunes, with lots of space for improvisation interspersed among the faithful covers.  All three are extremely accomplished players, and they did the tunes proud.  Kofi played half the show with his left hand, only, as he apparently had a tantrum at his hotel that afternoon due to a noise complaint.  He apologized several times for not "playing up to his standards."  I must say, I bought an instant live CD of the show and have been listening to it today in the car - he is the most skilled one-handed drummer I've ever heard.  There were about 150 people in a big warehouse-style venue, which was a respectable turnout on a miserably rainy night in the tiny state of Vermont.

The trio are coming to play a few shows in the UK later this fall.  I highly recommend this to everyone.


The name of the band did make me laugh.  Like father, like son, I guess....(in so many ways by the sounds of it)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Nick Reg on October 05, 2018, 12:30:58 PM
Bennett Wilson Poole and Alpha 9 last night. Still buzzing , ruddy marvellous. Danny has always been a hero but this was something else. Not only great music but they seemed to be having a whale of a time themselves. Where has TP been hiding since Starry Eyed and Laughing? The name suggests three individuals plus rhythm section but they are a band, writing together singing together etc. Just fabulous and in a craft beer venue what more could you ask? The only thing they got wrong all night was, having spotted the coroners court across the road, saying they were on the lively side of the street. Obviously hadn't noticed the mortuary a few doors down.
Only time I've been spoken to by both acts mid set too. Phil of Alpha 9 spotted us and referred to when we took him to his first gig (Fairport of course) 29 years ago. Robin and Dan clearly liked my Grand Drive shirt!
During their song about Jo Cox (Hate Wont Win) , I thought that this is the British "Ohio" and even though they were playing the album through, they went into Find The Cost of Freedom at the end.
See them if you can , Best tenner I've ever spent.
Nice to meet Col D too for the first time.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: quodlibet (Ian) on October 05, 2018, 04:14:17 PM
Cracking evening at De Koffie Pot, Hereford, in the company of Keith Christmas. Disappointingly, I made up 20% of the "crowd", but it did allow for some entertaining conversations with us individually throughout the evening. Early set was mostly from his last album "Crazy Dancing Days", followed by some excellent material playing slide on the old Fender he used on Bowie's first LP.  The last section comprised new songs & snippets of work in progress, showing the quality of his current creative patch continues to improve. His next album should be terrific.

Despite the lack of bodies, Keith seemed to really enjoy the occasion & the 5 of us had the privilege of an intimate gig with a exemplary musician on top form. Sadly, I had to forego the post gig party in the downstairs bar with the raucous girls' office outing, but after a bit of light roadie-ing, still went home happy.   :)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on October 05, 2018, 06:59:22 PM

Bennett Wilson Poole and Alpha 9 last night. Still buzzing , ruddy marvellous. Danny has always been a hero but this was something else. Not only great music but they seemed to be having a whale of a time themselves. Where has TP been hiding since Starry Eyed and Laughing? The name suggests three individuals plus rhythm section but they are a band, writing together singing together etc. Just fabulous and in a craft beer venue what more could you ask? The only thing they got wrong all night was, having spotted the coroners court across the road, saying they were on the lively side of the street. Obviously hadn't noticed the mortuary a few doors down.
Only time I've been spoken to by both acts mid set too. Phil of Alpha 9 spotted us and referred to when we took him to his first gig (Fairport of course) 29 years ago. Robin and Dan clearly liked my Grand Drive shirt!
During their song about Jo Cox (Hate Wont Win) , I thought that this is the British "Ohio" and even though they were playing the album through, they went into Find The Cost of Freedom at the end.
See them if you can , Best tenner I've ever spent.
Nice to meet Col D too for the first time.


Fantastic!  I felt exactly the same about so much of what you write...Ohio/FtCoF etc etc etc.  The band 'new' (which I know is ridiculous in some ways) British band on the circuit...by a country mile. Gutted I can't see them on this tour.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on October 05, 2018, 07:00:24 PM

Cracking evening at De Koffie Pot, Hereford, in the company of Keith Christmas. Disappointingly, I made up 20% of the "crowd", but it did allow for some entertaining conversations with us individually throughout the evening. Early set was mostly from his last album "Crazy Dancing Days", followed by some excellent material playing slide on the old Fender he used on Bowie's first LP.  The last section comprised new songs & snippets of work in progress, showing the quality of his current creative patch continues to improve. His next album should be terrific.

Despite the lack of bodies, Keith seemed to really enjoy the occasion & the 5 of us had the privilege of an intimate gig with a exemplary musician on top form. Sadly, I had to forego the post gig party in the downstairs bar with the raucous girls' office outing, but after a bit of light roadie-ing, still went home happy.   :)


That really is a tragedy.  Respect to the man for getting on with it.  Was this organised by Sproatly?


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: quodlibet (Ian) on October 05, 2018, 10:37:21 PM


Cracking evening at De Koffie Pot, Hereford, in the company of Keith Christmas. Disappointingly, I made up 20% of the "crowd", but it did allow for some entertaining conversations with us individually throughout the evening. Early set was mostly from his last album "Crazy Dancing Days", followed by some excellent material playing slide on the old Fender he used on Bowie's first LP.  The last section comprised new songs & snippets of work in progress, showing the quality of his current creative patch continues to improve. His next album should be terrific.

Despite the lack of bodies, Keith seemed to really enjoy the occasion & the 5 of us had the privilege of an intimate gig with a exemplary musician on top form. Sadly, I had to forego the post gig party in the downstairs bar with the raucous girls' office outing, but after a bit of light roadie-ing, still went home happy.   :)


That really is a tragedy.  Respect to the man for getting on with it.  Was this organised by Sproatly?


Hmm, not sure. There's certainly some friction between Ian & the venue, but there's no excuse for the woeful lack of promotion. At least Keith sold a CD, had a beer & a whip round ensured his petrol & caravan fees were covered.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: mickf on October 06, 2018, 10:32:02 AM
I recall seeing Rod Clements do a solo gig in a club in Cardiff a few years ago, with about 10 people in the audience. He was brilliant. First time I saw Keith Christmas was back in the early 70s when he opened for Ten Years After at Birmingham Town Hall (sell out crowd!)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Nick Reg on October 06, 2018, 11:18:00 AM

I recall seeing Rod Clements do a solo gig in a club in Cardiff a few years ago, with about 10 people in the audience. He was brilliant. First time I saw Keith Christmas was back in the early 70s when he opened for Ten Years After at Birmingham Town Hall (sell out crowd!)


We saw The Atlantic Wave Band 2 days after they played Cropredy (in the early nineties) and were the only ones there !! They played their hearts out bless 'em.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Will S on October 06, 2018, 02:38:51 PM
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More of the same next year, it seems - Nick's announced gigs in Cardiff, Cambridge & 2 in London's Roundhouse.

On sale Friday - here


And one in Aylesbury too.  Looking out to see what that will cost.

Roundhouse is £50. Booking has just opened and I've got tickets so many thanks to whoever it was that started this discussion.
(Sorry - no recent gigs to mention)


£50 at Aylesbury.  Over my limit, I'm afraid, so I'll just have to hope for Cropredy!

Now feeling tempted by Steve Hackett doing Selling England... but those tickets are over £40 too.  :(



Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: dog-nap (Ian) on October 06, 2018, 04:04:33 PM
An intimate little gig with Pete Atkin at the Poetry Café.  The place is tiny (holds about 50 people), but that did mean you could hear every word of Clive James’ very witty lyrics.  Pete was as chatty as ever, giving some fascinating details about the background to the songs.  The event had the friendly feel of a house concert.  Pete has some very loyal fans – I recognised several people from the Pheasantry gig last winter.  It’s a little bit like TAW, but on a very much smaller scale of course.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Alan2 on October 07, 2018, 03:28:19 PM

An intimate little gig with Pete Atkin at the Poetry Café.  The place is tiny (holds about 50 people), but that did mean you could hear every word of Clive James’ very witty lyrics.  Pete was as chatty as ever, giving some fascinating details about the background to the songs.  The event had the friendly feel of a house concert.  Pete has some very loyal fans – I recognised several people from the Pheasantry gig last winter.  It’s a little bit like TAW, but on a very much smaller scale of course.

I'm a fan of Pete, and used to participate in the online forum Midnight Voices.  I've yet to see him live, and would love to. His emails and chat show him to be a true gent and witty chap.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on October 08, 2018, 08:40:49 PM
David Byrne, Verizon Theater in Grand Prairie, Texas, Saturday, October 6, 2018!

I cannot recommend this show enough.  It is an aural and visual feast, from start to finish.  He plays all or most of his new album, mixed with some of his best-known Talking Heads songs and some unexpected surprises.

He's returning to the UK/Europe at the end of October, and I have to say this should not be missed.  We are going to see him again this Friday afternoon, a few hours before Sir Paul McCartney takes the stage at the ACL Festival.  I'm thrilled to get to see him again!!!!!!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on October 09, 2018, 09:09:06 AM

David Byrne, Verizon Theater in Grand Prairie, Texas, Saturday, October 6, 2018!

I cannot recommend this show enough.  It is an aural and visual feast, from start to finish.  He plays all or most of his new album, mixed with some of his best-known Talking Heads songs and some unexpected surprises.

He's returning to the UK/Europe at the end of October, and I have to say this should not be missed.  We are going to see him again this Friday afternoon, a few hours before Sir Paul McCartney takes the stage at the ACL Festival.  I'm thrilled to get to see him again!!!!!!


I am already booked for his Brighton show on 30 October.  :)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Will S on October 09, 2018, 09:28:51 AM
Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman (not Lakeland, as in my post yesterday - darned autocorrect!) gave us an excellent evening last night at Nettlebed.  Kathryn was apparently suffering with a nasty cold, but it didn't show in her voice (we got a wonderful rendition of Solo), and they delivered an excellent set, with most of the new album plus a good selection from older ones (and including a hilarious song about the 'Cows of Mystery' who live near them on Dartmoor).  They said it is their last gig of the year, and they seemed to be in a happy 'end of term' mood.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Shankly (Peter) on October 11, 2018, 11:17:20 PM
RT tonight at Liverpool Phil - brilliant as always. Fabulous guitar playing and what a great drummer Michael Jerome is. The new songs sound really good live and he did a wonderfully angry version of 'Put it there, Pal'.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Will S on October 12, 2018, 10:25:18 AM
Thanks to the generosity of a fellow Talkawhiler who couldn't make the gig and passed his ticket on, I got to see Steve Hackett and band, with an orchestra, doing their Genesis Revisited thing at the London Palladium last night.  Wow!  What a night.  Fantastic gig - the last night of a short tour with the orchestra.  They played a number of old Genesis numbers, including one I never thought I'd hear played live - Blood on the Rooftops - ending with Supper's Ready, and an encore of The Musical Box, and aloso included some of Steve's solo work, including an extended Shadow of the Hierophant, and his Serpentine Song, dedicated to his dad, and with his brother guesting.  As his Mum and other family were present, I imagine that was quite an emotional thing for him.

It's running Camel's recent concert close as my gig of the year so far.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: StephenB on October 12, 2018, 09:25:16 PM
Fairport  numbers excluded for obvious reasons, I rate Hackett's "Forth of Fifth" as my number one musical moment from the last 9 years at Cropredy. Bring him back...


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on October 13, 2018, 01:33:23 AM

Thanks to the generosity of a fellow Talkawhiler who couldn't make the gig and passed his ticket on, I got to see Steve Hackett and band, with an orchestra, doing their Genesis Revisited thing at the London Palladium last night.  Wow!  What a night.  Fantastic gig - the last night of a short tour with the orchestra.  They played a number of old Genesis numbers, including one I never thought I'd hear played live - Blood on the Rooftops - ending with Supper's Ready, and an encore of The Musical Box, and aloso included some of Steve's solo work, including an extended Shadow of the Hierophant, and his Serpentine Song, dedicated to his dad, and with his brother guesting.  As his Mum and other family were present, I imagine that was quite an emotional thing for him.

It's running Camel's recent concert close as my gig of the year so far.
Very disappointed I can't get to one of these gigs  :'(  I'm glad you enjoyed it though!


Fairport  numbers excluded for obvious reasons, I rate Hackett's "Forth of Fifth" as my number one musical moment from the last 9 years at Cropredy. Bring him back...
It's also my fave all-time Cropredy moment. Yes - bring him back!!!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Ian_ on October 13, 2018, 11:17:57 AM

Thanks to the generosity of a fellow Talkawhiler who couldn't make the gig and passed his ticket on, I got to see Steve Hackett and band, with an orchestra, doing their Genesis Revisited thing at the London Palladium last night.  Wow!  What a night.  Fantastic gig - the last night of a short tour with the orchestra.  They played a number of old Genesis numbers, including one I never thought I'd hear played live - Blood on the Rooftops - ending with Supper's Ready, and an encore of The Musical Box, and aloso included some of Steve's solo work, including an extended Shadow of the Hierophant, and his Serpentine Song, dedicated to his dad, and with his brother guesting.  As his Mum and other family were present, I imagine that was quite an emotional thing for him.

It's running Camel's recent concert close as my gig of the year so far.


Green with envy here Will.....planning to see his SEBTP etc. show at Birmingham next Autumn. I'm another one who counts his bands' performance as my Cropredy highlight of the last decade.... [;-)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on October 15, 2018, 05:42:25 PM
Paul McCartney/The National/David Byrne, ACL Festival, Zilker Park, Austin, Texas, Friday, October 12, 2018!

Pros - Paul was amazing, as usual.  David Byrne was amazing, as we expected, since we saw his full set last week in Grand Prairie.  The VIP "grove" area was all-inclusive, with lunch and dinner and an open bar provided.  There were air-conditioned bathrooms and free bottled water in big tubs everywhere.  The free shuttle bus to/from downtown Austin was prompt and smooth.  We met some lovely Australian tourists who gave us advice for a future trip (recommended four nights in Sydney, one in Canberra and three in Melbourne).

Cons - There were many thousands of people in the field and hundreds on the VIP platform, so we wound up retreating to the VIP grove to watch Paul on a big video screen, where the video/audio were slightly out of sync.  The people behind us carried on a loud conversation throughout Paul's set.  We discovered the best time to ask "Where are you from?" is during "Blackbird," and the best time to compare notes on different regions of California is during "Here Today."  The worst part of any concert experience, for me, is other people.  >:(


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jules Gray on October 15, 2018, 06:31:27 PM

Paul McCartney/The National/David Byrne, ACL Festival, Zilker Park, Austin, Texas, Friday, October 12, 2018!

Pros - Paul was amazing, as usual.  David Byrne was amazing, as we expected, since we saw his full set last week in Grand Prairie.  The VIP "grove" area was all-inclusive, with lunch and dinner and an open bar provided.  There were air-conditioned bathrooms and free bottled water in big tubs everywhere.  The free shuttle bus to/from downtown Austin was prompt and smooth.  We met some lovely Australian tourists who gave us advice for a future trip (recommended four nights in Sydney, one in Canberra and three in Melbourne).

Cons - There were many thousands of people in the field and hundreds on the VIP platform, so we wound up retreating to the VIP grove to watch Paul on a big video screen, where the video/audio were slightly out of sync.  The people behind us carried on a loud conversation throughout Paul's set.  We discovered the best time to ask "Where are you from?" is during "Blackbird," and the best time to compare notes on different regions of California is during "Here Today."  The worst part of any concert experience, for me, is other people.  >:(


That's VIP enclosures for you.  They do seem to attract a high percentage of people with more money than they have musical appreciation.  Allegedly.

Jules


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Will S on October 16, 2018, 09:49:59 AM
Steeleye Span were excellent at the Hexagon, Reading, last night.  It started with a half hour set from Jacqui McShee and band (including Kevin Dempsey on guitar), who warmed us up nicely, and then Steeleye came on and gave us a good show of real folk/rock.  We had some oldies - going back to the earliest albums - some classic stuff (Long Lankin, Sir James the Rose, Alison Gross), and some newer material too, including three or four from the album that will be coming out next year, which sounded very promising.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Alan2 on October 17, 2018, 03:15:02 PM

Steeleye Span were excellent at the Hexagon, Reading, last night.  It started with a half hour set from Jacqui McShee and band (including Kevin Dempsey on guitar), who warmed us up nicely, and then Steeleye came on and gave us a good show of real folk/rock.  We had some oldies - going back to the earliest albums - some classic stuff (Long Lankin, Sir James the Rose, Alison Gross), and some newer material too, including three or four from the album that will be coming out next year, which sounded very promising.


I saw SS with Jacqui's group and the  Strawbs last year, triple bill -- all good, but especially Steeleye.  


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Shankly (Peter) on October 19, 2018, 08:11:23 AM
Stick in the Wheel at the Atkinson in Southport last night. Very disappointing turnout (fewer than 40 people) - not helped by the fact that Eddi Reader was on at the same time in the main theatre. Really enjoyable show from the band, after a 7 hour journey up the M6 - they were still soundchecking at 7.00 pm. Well worth catching if they are in your area.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: DarrenWilliams on October 19, 2018, 09:46:22 AM
Tunng at Gorilla in Manchester. Been 10+ years since I last saw them. It's great to have them back with Sam Genders again. Lots of songs from the latest album and a few older songs like Woodcat, Jenny, Bullets and some odd instrumentals. Mike Lindsay in particular looked to be having fun on stage. Good turnout too.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on October 19, 2018, 05:15:01 PM
Alan Parsons Live Project, last night, ACL Live, Austin, Texas!

I was very pleasantly surprised. I expected good music well played, but I didn't now how familiar those songs would be. It touched a previously dormant, teenaged part of my memory. I had completely blocked out the song "Time," which was exquisitely performed.

As a not-previously-disclosed bonus, he played "I, Robot" in its entirety in celebration of the 40th anniversary of that album.

Also, it was a good-sized and enthusiastic crowd for a very rainy Thursday night in Austin. Nice going, hometown folks!



Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on October 22, 2018, 06:27:14 AM
Loudon Wainwright III, Sunday, Texas Union Theater, Austin!

I made a last-minute decision to catch this show, and am so glad I did. I had only seen him once before, on his "Loud and Rich" tour with RT. I enjoyed watching him stretch out and hold the stage on his own. He did a couple of readings, took a couple of requests, and even covered "Down Where the Drunkards Roll."

If you get a chance to see a true American original, take it!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Lubiloo (Lorna) on October 22, 2018, 10:27:34 AM

Loudon Wainwright III, Sunday, Texas Union Theater, Austin!

I made a last-minute decision to catch this show, and am so glad I did. I had only seen him once before, on his "Loud and Rich" tour with RT. I enjoyed watching him stretch out and hold the stage on his own. He did a couple of readings, took a couple of requests, and even covered "Down Where the Drunkards Roll."

If you get a chance to see a true American original, take it!


He played at my first ever Cropredy!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on October 22, 2018, 04:27:42 PM


Loudon Wainwright III, Sunday, Texas Union Theater, Austin!

I made a last-minute decision to catch this show, and am so glad I did. I had only seen him once before, on his "Loud and Rich" tour with RT. I enjoyed watching him stretch out and hold the stage on his own. He did a couple of readings, took a couple of requests, and even covered "Down Where the Drunkards Roll."

If you get a chance to see a true American original, take it!


He played at my first ever Cropredy!


Is it time to tell my "I went to see Loudon at Guildford Civic Hall in '83 (I think) and there were c.12 people in the audience, and following a great gig he invited us all backstage and we ate his rider" story?  No?  Ok, then....  ;) ;D


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Kevin M on October 22, 2018, 04:47:21 PM
First night of Show of Hands tour in Birmingham on Saturday. Completely new show compared to their usual. Cormac Byrne on various percussion instruments creates a very different feel to the whole set, and oddly they started with the usual encore songs. Lots of new material and a couple of interesting covers, but overall, a thoroughly entertaining performance.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: David V B on October 22, 2018, 06:59:57 PM
Ninebarrow at the Quaker Meeting Room in Oxford. Very nice, intimate venue. Transferred from the Holywell but none the worse for that. As usual, an excellent evening. They never disappoint and seem to get better every time I see them. Lovely harmonies and very good material, whether traditional, homegrown or covers.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Lubiloo (Lorna) on October 22, 2018, 07:59:29 PM



Loudon Wainwright III, Sunday, Texas Union Theater, Austin!

I made a last-minute decision to catch this show, and am so glad I did. I had only seen him once before, on his "Loud and Rich" tour with RT. I enjoyed watching him stretch out and hold the stage on his own. He did a couple of readings, took a couple of requests, and even covered "Down Where the Drunkards Roll."

If you get a chance to see a true American original, take it!


He played at my first ever Cropredy!


Is it time to tell my "I went to see Loudon at Guildford Civic Hall in '83 (I think) and there were c.12 people in the audience, and following a great gig he invited us all backstage and we ate his rider" story?  No?  Ok, then....  ;) ;D



There’s always one!!!!! ::)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Col D on October 22, 2018, 08:23:20 PM
RT at the Victoria Hall in Hanley on Saturday. A woeful turnout with the Vic Hall barely a third full - about half the stalls, a few dotted around in the circle and nobody at all in the upper circle. Couldn't fault the performance though, even if the low numbers did make for a somewhat muted atmosphere.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: garrypbrooks on October 23, 2018, 05:59:29 AM
Barnstorming gig by Green Diesel at St Edith's in Kemsing on Friday.  Rather rockier than Fairport but still folk roots throughout. Great support from Sam Brothers too, one to watch for.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Chris from Fieldtown on October 23, 2018, 10:11:17 AM

Ninebarrow at the Quaker Meeting Room in Oxford. Very nice, intimate venue. Transferred from the Holywell but none the worse for that. As usual, an excellent evening. They never disappoint and seem to get better every time I see them. Lovely harmonies and very good material, whether traditional, homegrown or covers.



That is a really lovely venue. I saw Kirsty Bromley there with Lucy Wise and there was a grand total of 5 or so in the audience. No matter, it was a fab gig and Simon, one of the musicians, made us all a cup of tea in the interval. Unforgettable.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Nick Reg on October 24, 2018, 01:27:41 PM

RT at the Victoria Hall in Hanley on Saturday. A woeful turnout with the Vic Hall barely a third full - about half the stalls, a few dotted around in the circle and nobody at all in the upper circle. Couldn't fault the performance though, even if the low numbers did make for a somewhat muted atmosphere.


Been wishing he would play there for yonks, but as we had seen him at Shrewsbury I had to go and see Baskery and Adam Holmes and the Embers at Biddulph wish was excellent (and full). We were actually almost triple booked, so Mrs Reg went to a wedding and I took her friend!! Turnout doesnt surprise me , it has to be Northern Soul or metal to get bums on seats in Hanley.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Albie on October 26, 2018, 12:41:57 AM
Martin Turners Wishbone Ash at The Robin. All the hits, and more.
They did the debut album in full.
First set was an hour, second set an hour and a quarter, so quantity to go with the quality.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bingers (Chris) on October 26, 2018, 08:04:58 AM
Steve Miller Band and John Fogerty at the O2 last night - very loud, very echo-ey and very good! 19 songs from Steve Miller and 23 songs from John Fogerty....well worth the £42.50 paid to see each act


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on October 26, 2018, 10:10:36 AM

Martin Turners Wishbone Ash at The Robin. All the hits, and more.
They did the debut album in full.
First set was an hour, second set an hour and a quarter, so quantity to go with the quality.

Not sure you are legally allowed to call them that anymore!   :D


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bingers (Chris) on October 26, 2018, 10:32:13 AM


Martin Turners Wishbone Ash at The Robin. All the hits, and more.
They did the debut album in full.
First set was an hour, second set an hour and a quarter, so quantity to go with the quality.

Not sure you are legally allowed to call them that anymore!   :D


They played Colchester Arts Centre recently and they were billed as exactly that


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Alan2 on October 26, 2018, 10:58:26 AM
Opera North doing Puccini's Tosca.

 Not really my thing but the ticket was free.   8)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: blagden on October 26, 2018, 11:58:12 AM



Martin Turners Wishbone Ash at The Robin. All the hits, and more.
They did the debut album in full.
First set was an hour, second set an hour and a quarter, so quantity to go with the quality.

Not sure you are legally allowed to call them that anymore!   :D


They played Colchester Arts Centre recently and they were billed as exactly that


Playing a pub just down the road from me tomorrow night ... can't go  :(


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Albie on October 26, 2018, 12:06:11 PM


Martin Turners Wishbone Ash at The Robin. All the hits, and more.
They did the debut album in full.
First set was an hour, second set an hour and a quarter, so quantity to go with the quality.

Not sure you are legally allowed to call them that anymore!   :D


I thought that as I was writing it, but couldn't remember how they were billed on posters/website.
Maybe they should just use the name Ashbone Wish and have done with it.  :)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on October 26, 2018, 05:59:38 PM
Wanna see Ashbone Wish...  Missed a chance to see them in Chicago a few years ago because we went to see "The Book of Mormon" instead.  Martin Turner does tour his show around the states periodically, so one of these days.

Last night, Los Lobos, Boz Scaggs, Norah Jones, Marcia Ball, Chris Isaak, *Miss* Lou Ann Barton, Irma Thomas, Ruthie Foster, Gary Clark Jr., Lloyd Maines, David Grissom, Carolyn Wonderland, Robert Randolph, Tracy Nelson, and Shelley King at ACL Live, celebrating the 5th annual Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Induction.

This has become an annual tradition, and each show features combinations of singers/players/songs that you won't see on an ordinary night.  For example, Boz Scaggs duetted with David Hidalgo on a Los Lobos tune, and Marcia Ball performed with Lou Ann Barton, Irma Thomas, Ruthie Foster, Shelley King and Carolyn Wonderland as her heavenly chorus.  Robert Randolph added pedal steel guitar to "La Bamba" and Gary Clark Jr. and Norah Jones channeled Ray Charles on three of his classic tunes.  Unforgettable.

I don't know whether they broadcast these shows overseas, but here it will air on PBS stations around New Year's Eve.  They asked the audience to pretend it was New Year's Eve last night, and they fired off streamers at the end of "La Bamba."  Fun!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Fegg on October 28, 2018, 10:59:50 AM
The Russian National Ballet performed Swan Lake in Peterborough last night. Top gig, though it seemed to be more about the dancing than the music...
 ;)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jules Gray on October 28, 2018, 01:08:00 PM

The Russian National Ballet performed Swan Lake in Peterborough last night. Top gig, though it seemed to be more about the dancing than the music...
 ;)


Reminds me of the old Woody Allen joke about the bookmakers in New York fixing the ballet.  Apparently there was a lot of money riding on the swan living.   ;D

Jules


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: garrypbrooks on October 28, 2018, 04:49:20 PM

Last night, Los Lobos, Boz Scaggs, Norah Jones, Marcia Ball, Chris Isaak, *Miss* Lou Ann Barton, Irma Thomas, Ruthie Foster, Gary Clark Jr., Lloyd Maines, David Grissom, Carolyn Wonderland, Robert Randolph, Tracy Nelson, and Shelley King at ACL Live, celebrating the 5th annual Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Induction.

This has become an annual tradition, and each show features combinations of singers/players/songs that you won't see on an ordinary night.  For example, Boz Scaggs duetted with David Hidalgo on a Los Lobos tune, and Marcia Ball performed with Lou Ann Barton, Irma Thomas, Ruthie Foster, Shelley King and Carolyn Wonderland as her heavenly chorus.  Robert Randolph added pedal steel guitar to "La Bamba" and Gary Clark Jr. and Norah Jones channeled Ray Charles on three of his classic tunes.  Unforgettable.

I don't know whether they broadcast these shows overseas, but here it will air on PBS stations around New Year's Eve.  They asked the audience to pretend it was New Year's Eve last night, and they fired off streamers at the end of "La Bamba."  Fun!


JFA, that sounds quite a night, sort of thing I'd love to have been at.  I doubt very much, however, if we'll be shown it on the box over this side of the pond.

About 20 years ago I had the joy of being sent to work in Dallas for 3 weeks by my company, and christ it was dull .... and horror of horrors, my hotel was in a "dry" district (yep - prohibition!!).... but the weekend I spent in Austin was something else. My kinda place!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: PaulT on October 28, 2018, 10:32:51 PM
Oh my word, King Crimson just keep on getting better and better. And that was just the warm-up show...


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on October 29, 2018, 08:35:33 AM

Steve Miller Band and John Fogerty at the O2 last night - very loud, very echo-ey and very good! 19 songs from Steve Miller and 23 songs from John Fogerty....well worth the £42.50 paid to see each act

We had Robert Plant and Van Morrison the night before. First time at the O2 and loved it. Great venue.

Both acts were excellent with Whole Lotta Love my personal favourite of the whole night.

We got there early and I'm so glad we did as we got to see Colin MacLeod, a crofter from Lewis, who was absolutely brilliant and my find of the year!

https://www.heraldscotland.com/arts_ents/16225024.crofter-colin-macleod-swaps-raising-sheep-to-play-with-van-morrison-and-robert-plant/  


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: DarrenWilliams on October 29, 2018, 08:50:08 AM
Sons of Kemet at Band on the Wall in Manchester yesterday afternoon. The evening show had sold out so they added a matinee performance which also sold out. They are a very energetic and entertaining band with a sax, tuba and 2 drummer line up. Solos were cheered rather than politely applauded and a fair proportion of the standing audience were dancing (not me - I didn't want to spill my pint). First time I've ever heard a tuba solo.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: jude on October 29, 2018, 09:02:06 AM
Seeing Richard and his trio last night in Oxford, was a delight. A very happy audience, and for me it was like watching the Richard I first knew and played with all those years ago.
Was lovely to see him briefly afterwards and have a hug and a chat  :)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Tasha on October 29, 2018, 09:45:31 AM

Seeing Richard and his trio last night in Oxford, was a delight. A very happy audience, and for me it was like watching the Richard I first knew and played with all those years ago.
Was lovely to see him briefly afterwards and have a hug and a chat  :)

A thumbs up and heart to this post!  ;D


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jules Gray on October 29, 2018, 01:32:51 PM

Seeing Richard and his trio last night in Oxford, was a delight. A very happy audience, and for me it was like watching the Richard I first knew and played with all those years ago.
Was lovely to see him briefly afterwards and have a hug and a chat  :)


Ahh, that's great.  

Jules


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on October 29, 2018, 04:25:42 PM


Last night, Los Lobos, Boz Scaggs, Norah Jones, Marcia Ball, Chris Isaak, *Miss* Lou Ann Barton, Irma Thomas, Ruthie Foster, Gary Clark Jr., Lloyd Maines, David Grissom, Carolyn Wonderland, Robert Randolph, Tracy Nelson, and Shelley King at ACL Live, celebrating the 5th annual Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Induction.

This has become an annual tradition, and each show features combinations of singers/players/songs that you won't see on an ordinary night.  For example, Boz Scaggs duetted with David Hidalgo on a Los Lobos tune, and Marcia Ball performed with Lou Ann Barton, Irma Thomas, Ruthie Foster, Shelley King and Carolyn Wonderland as her heavenly chorus.  Robert Randolph added pedal steel guitar to "La Bamba" and Gary Clark Jr. and Norah Jones channeled Ray Charles on three of his classic tunes.  Unforgettable.

I don't know whether they broadcast these shows overseas, but here it will air on PBS stations around New Year's Eve.  They asked the audience to pretend it was New Year's Eve last night, and they fired off streamers at the end of "La Bamba."  Fun!


JFA, that sounds quite a night, sort of thing I'd love to have been at.  I doubt very much, however, if we'll be shown it on the box over this side of the pond.

About 20 years ago I had the joy of being sent to work in Dallas for 3 weeks by my company, and christ it was dull .... and horror of horrors, my hotel was in a "dry" district (yep - prohibition!!).... but the weekend I spent in Austin was something else. My kinda place!


Born in Austin, spent many years in Dallas, and you have summed up both cities perfectly.  ;)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Chris from Fieldtown on October 29, 2018, 06:45:41 PM

Seeing Richard and his trio last night in Oxford, was a delight. A very happy audience, and for me it was like watching the Richard I first knew and played with all those years ago.
Was lovely to see him briefly afterwards and have a hug and a chat  :)


I don't think I've heard him in finer voice and the guitar playing was astonishing. Really good mix of songs and the new material sounded as strong as the classics. Well deserved standing ovation at the end


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Col D on October 29, 2018, 09:09:30 PM
Trimdon Grange Explosion at The Ivy House in Nunhead, London on Friday. First gig for the newly-expanded line-up with Ben Reed taking over bass duties and Mark moving to guitar. New songs from the forthcoming second album sounding great. Excellent support from The Lords of Thyme in trimmed-down acoustic mode.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on October 30, 2018, 11:44:47 PM
Well that was just joyous.  :)

David Byrne at the Brighton Centre. On a day when I was not feeling especially joyous I have just grinned solidly through two hours of this show. A feast for the eyes, ears and brain. As innovative and astounding as the Stop Making Sense shows. If you are a fan of Byrne or Talking Heads at all, I urge you to get to one of these performances if you can. You will be uplifted.

I hope the tour is being filmed for some sort of commercial release down the line. It deserves to be preserved. It is very special. Gig of the year. One of the great gigs of all time. You could see that David was having a blast, the audience even more so. Perfect. And Slippery People was just sublime.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jules Gray on October 30, 2018, 11:46:23 PM
Wow.  I want to see what you saw now, Gub.

Jules


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on October 31, 2018, 03:41:00 PM

Well that was just joyous.  :)

David Byrne at the Brighton Centre. On a day when I was not feeling especially joyous I have just grinned solidly through two hours of this show. A feast for the eyes, ears and brain. As innovative and astounding as the Stop Making Sense shows. If you are a fan of Byrne or Talking Heads at all, I urge you to get to one of these performances if you can. You will be uplifted.

I hope the tour is being filmed for some sort of commercial release down the line. It deserves to be preserved. It is very special. Gig of the year. One of the great gigs of all time. You could see that David was having a blast, the audience even more so. Perfect. And Slippery People was just sublime.


I dance like this
Because it feels so damn good
If I could dance better
Well, you know that I would


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on October 31, 2018, 08:08:44 PM

Wow.  I want to see what you saw now, Gub.

Jules


You really should if you can but the UK leg of the tour is nearly over. I would go again in a heartbeat.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jules Gray on October 31, 2018, 08:29:59 PM

You really should if you can but the UK leg of the tour is nearly over. I would go again in a heartbeat.


No disposable cash anyway.  I'd settle for watching it on the laptop or the telly.

Jules


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on October 31, 2018, 10:43:45 PM


You really should if you can but the UK leg of the tour is nearly over. I would go again in a heartbeat.


No disposable cash anyway.  I'd settle for watching it on the laptop or the telly.

Jules


Hopefully that will be an option at some point, though it was quite an immersive experience I hope the atmosphere comes across on any eventual release, It doesn really on any of the existing YouTube videos because they all focus on Byrne and you need to be able to see the whole stage to get the most from it.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: mickf on November 02, 2018, 07:24:47 AM
I went to see my nephew's band, The Good Water, play as support to Canadian band The Sheepdogs at The Globe in Cardiff, last night. Tom's band were excellent (although I am a little biased!) They play what I would call 'psychedelic pop' for want of a better description. The Sheepdogs, who I had never heard before, were pretty darn good, too. They play a sort of country blues - very 1970s - and gave us some fantastic playing and great harmonies. I'd go to see them again for sure. And just when you thought you couldn't be surprised anymore, the keyboard player picks up a trombone  and plays that in a couple of numbers. Great night all round.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on November 02, 2018, 07:34:13 AM
TC&I, Swindon Arts Centre.

One of the best gigs of my life.  A huge amount of love and respect in the room...Colin still has the voice, and the amazing bass playing, and Terry hits the drums harder than anyone I've ever seen playing live.  The rest of the band, especially guitarist Steve Tilling were outstanding.

The new stuff stood up more than well...and the old stuff sounded majestic.  G&M, Nigel etc all fantastic, of course, but the highlight for me?  Bungalow.  Tears in my eyes stuff.  Just brilliant.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jules Gray on November 02, 2018, 11:25:03 AM

TC&I, Swindon Arts Centre.

One of the best gigs of my life.  A huge amount of love and respect in the room...Colin still has the voice, and the amazing bass playing, and Terry hits the drums harder than anyone I've ever seen playing live.  The rest of the band, especially guitarist Steve Tilling were outstanding.

The new stuff stood up more than well...and the old stuff sounded majestic.  G&M, Nigel etc all fantastic, of course, but the highlight for me?  Bungalow.  Tears in my eyes stuff.  Just brilliant.


Do they do Sacrificial Bonfire?

Jules


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Albie on November 02, 2018, 09:34:05 PM

I went to see my nephew's band, The Good Water,


I saw them about three months ago and enjoyed them.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: jimc on November 04, 2018, 12:25:49 AM
Thompson at Woking this/last night. Never seen him play so much extended guitar work.  First class. 'Tale in Hard Time' resurrected from the first Island Album was a treat. Super versions of Wall of Death and Tear Stained Letter with Zak Hobbs on 2nd lead guitar. He's come on a lot since I saw him at Thompson Family Christmas a few years back.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Dan O. on November 04, 2018, 08:23:25 AM

Thompson at Woking this/last night. Never seen him play so much extended guitar work.  First class. 'Tale in Hard Time' resurrected from the first Island Album was a treat. Super versions of Wall of Death and Tear Stained Letter with Zak Hobbs on 2nd lead guitar. He's come on a lot since I saw him at Thompson Family Christmas a few years back.


RT was indeed truly excellent in Woking last night. His powers are undiminished, and he still shreds with the intensity of someone less than half his age. Some interesting choices in the setlist too.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bingers (Chris) on November 04, 2018, 08:26:05 AM
Tremendous gig last night at Witham by Andy Fairweather Low & The Low Riders. Superb sound from Andy and his 6 piece band (including sax and trumpet musicians. If you like great guitar players, you should take the opportunity to see this ma. Fully recommend it. He’s extremely nice too as I spoke to him after the gig and got him to sign a CD  :)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on November 04, 2018, 05:45:49 PM


TC&I, Swindon Arts Centre.

One of the best gigs of my life.  A huge amount of love and respect in the room...Colin still has the voice, and the amazing bass playing, and Terry hits the drums harder than anyone I've ever seen playing live.  The rest of the band, especially guitarist Steve Tilling were outstanding.

The new stuff stood up more than well...and the old stuff sounded majestic.  G&M, Nigel etc all fantastic, of course, but the highlight for me?  Bungalow.  Tears in my eyes stuff.  Just brilliant.


Do they do Sacrificial Bonfire?

Jules


This was the setlist for the first night.  I think it was identical on Thursday... https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/tcandi/2018/swindon-arts-centre-swindon-england-1b96052c.html


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jules Gray on November 04, 2018, 06:06:38 PM

This was the setlist for the first night.  I think it was identical on Thursday... https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/tcandi/2018/swindon-arts-centre-swindon-england-1b96052c.html


Fab.  Love that song.

Jules


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on November 05, 2018, 10:11:30 AM

Tremendous gig last night at Witham by Andy Fairweather Low & The Low Riders. Superb sound from Andy and his 6 piece band (including sax and trumpet musicians. If you like great guitar players, you should take the opportunity to see this ma. Fully recommend it. He’s extremely nice too as I spoke to him after the gig and got him to sign a CD  :)
Ystrad Mynych boy done good!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Shankly (Peter) on November 05, 2018, 01:21:42 PM

Well that was just joyous.  :)

David Byrne at the Brighton Centre. On a day when I was not feeling especially joyous I have just grinned solidly through two hours of this show. A feast for the eyes, ears and brain. As innovative and astounding as the Stop Making Sense shows. If you are a fan of Byrne or Talking Heads at all, I urge you to get to one of these performances if you can. You will be uplifted.

I hope the tour is being filmed for some sort of commercial release down the line. It deserves to be preserved. It is very special. Gig of the year. One of the great gigs of all time. You could see that David was having a blast, the audience even more so. Perfect. And Slippery People was just sublime.


Unfortunately, I haven't been able to get to one of these shows, but I did watch one on Youtube and it looked absolutely sensational. Quite unlike anything I've seen before.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Glen S on November 05, 2018, 02:57:07 PM

TC&I, Swindon Arts Centre.

One of the best gigs of my life.  A huge amount of love and respect in the room...Colin still has the voice, and the amazing bass playing, and Terry hits the drums harder than anyone I've ever seen playing live.  The rest of the band, especially guitarist Steve Tilling were outstanding.

The new stuff stood up more than well...and the old stuff sounded majestic.  G&M, Nigel etc all fantastic, of course, but the highlight for me?  Bungalow.  Tears in my eyes stuff.  Just brilliant.


Everything that David said...It was a terrific evening...and I also shed a little tear... :'(

The biggest surprise of the evening though was Terry Chambers...Good grief !...He still attacks those drums with the same power and precision as he did 36 years ago...I was really not expecting that... 8)

It would be nice if this was a regular thing, and the Arts Centre is a smashing little venue...Colin seemed very relaxed, in great voice and really enjoying himself...Listening to recent interviews though I do get the impression that he's a reluctant performer, much happier writing and recording, so I wouldn't hold my breath for any sort of tour...But who knows ?


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on November 06, 2018, 06:42:15 AM


TC&I, Swindon Arts Centre.

One of the best gigs of my life.  A huge amount of love and respect in the room...Colin still has the voice, and the amazing bass playing, and Terry hits the drums harder than anyone I've ever seen playing live.  The rest of the band, especially guitarist Steve Tilling were outstanding.

The new stuff stood up more than well...and the old stuff sounded majestic.  G&M, Nigel etc all fantastic, of course, but the highlight for me?  Bungalow.  Tears in my eyes stuff.  Just brilliant.


Everything that David said...It was a terrific evening...and I also shed a little tear... :'(

The biggest surprise of the evening though was Terry Chambers...Good grief !...He still attacks those drums with the same power and precision as he did 36 years ago...I was really not expecting that... 8)

It would be nice if this was a regular thing, and the Arts Centre is a smashing little venue...Colin seemed very relaxed, in great voice and really enjoying himself...Listening to recent interviews though I do get the impression that he's a reluctant performer, much happier writing and recording, so I wouldn't hold my breath for any sort of tour...But who knows ?


There's a live review of the first night here https://louderthanwar.com/tci-swindon-arts-centre-live-review/?fbclid=IwAR3Qw4Mp0r6Az2HzMXMRyeSZ33rb6m6XZVLij0H_krlUP5X0FtiqQIJ8hhk#.W9_6rvhceC0.twitter


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on November 06, 2018, 04:37:34 PM
Lindsey Buckingham/J.S. Ondara, Paramount Theater, Austin, Texas, last night!

J.S. Ondara is a Kenyan-born, Minnesota-raised folk singer and guitarist. As he put it, Lindsey sent him out to "depress" the audience with sad folk songs, so Lindsey could make us happy again.  He was very good and I'll be keeping an eye on him.

Lindsey was charismatic as ever, holding center stage for two hours with a mix of new songs, LB solo catalog tunes, and about 8% Fleetwood Mac songs for the casual fan.  He announced a forthcoming Warner Brothers anthology of his solo recordings, and a new album for release in the near future.  He said this is a "new beginning" for him, which is really cool when you think about it.  VIP photo to be posted upon receipt.

Bonus - Ten minutes ago he walked past me on Congress Avenue, and nodded politely in my direction when I said "Great show last night, brother!"


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: PaulT on November 06, 2018, 11:30:43 PM
Crims in Brum tonight... Superb!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on November 07, 2018, 08:52:02 PM
You asked for it, you got it!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jules Gray on November 07, 2018, 09:16:39 PM
Which one's Lindsey?

 ;D

Jules


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Adam on November 07, 2018, 11:14:58 PM
Just got back to the hotel from seeing the Decemberists at the Hammersmith Apollo, and I’m buzzing! Fantastic set list, with personal highlights including Engine Driver, a barnstorming Rox in the box/Blackleg miner/ raggle taggle gypsy medley, and a very trippy and sonic Severed. Colin Meloy was in fine form and voice, and the icing on the cake was the Mariners Revenge Song (complete with giant inflatable whale). I can’t think of any other current band who can bring so many shades of light and dark to a live show, and play so many different styles of music whilst still retaining their own unique core. Long may they continue!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: blagden on November 07, 2018, 11:30:29 PM

Which one's Lindsey?

 ;D

Jules


The one with the pissed off grimace.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: StephenB on November 08, 2018, 02:21:16 AM
...and with Lindsey Buckingham written on his name badge  :P


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on November 08, 2018, 08:06:44 AM

Just got back to the hotel from seeing the Decemberists at the Hammersmith Apollo, and I’m buzzing! Fantastic set list, with personal highlights including Engine Driver, a barnstorming Rox in the box/Blackleg miner/ raggle taggle gypsy medley, and a very trippy and sonic Severed. Colin Meloy was in fine form and voice, and the icing on the cake was the Mariners Revenge Song (complete with giant inflatable whale). I can’t think of any other current band who can bring so many shades of light and dark to a live show, and play so many different styles of music whilst still retaining their own unique core. Long may they continue!
Decemberists for Cropredy!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Simon Withers on November 08, 2018, 08:19:32 AM
Last night…King Crimson at the Royal Centre in Nottingham…they were remarkable.  


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: bassline (Mike) on November 08, 2018, 08:24:35 AM

Which one's Lindsey?

 ;D

Jules


That reminds me of my mate when we were kids, who engaged me in a heated argument insisting that Lindsey was the girl and Stevie was the bloke, obviously.

Which begs the question, who was Mr Mick Fleetwood ?


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Poor Will (Bill) on November 08, 2018, 09:06:01 AM

Just got back to the hotel from seeing the Decemberists at the Hammersmith Apollo, and I’m buzzing! Fantastic set list, with personal highlights including Engine Driver, a barnstorming Rox in the box/Blackleg miner/ raggle taggle gypsy medley, and a very trippy and sonic Severed. Colin Meloy was in fine form and voice, and the icing on the cake was the Mariners Revenge Song (complete with giant inflatable whale). I can’t think of any other current band who can bring so many shades of light and dark to a live show, and play so many different styles of music whilst still retaining their own unique core. Long may they continue!
Agree with everything Adam says.
An absolutely superb gig. Still grinning!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Dan O. on November 08, 2018, 09:32:24 AM


Which one's Lindsey?

 ;D

Jules


That reminds me of my mate when we were kids, who engaged me in a heated argument insisting that Lindsey was the girl and Stevie was the bloke, obviously.

Which begs the question, who was Mr Mick Fleetwood ?

Reminds me of this 1975 promo for Mac's self-titled album, the first with Buckingham & Nicks - the record company hadn't quite sussed out who was who...


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: bassline (Mike) on November 08, 2018, 10:01:40 AM
 ;D It wasn't just my mate Shaun then...I'll let him off.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jules Gray on November 08, 2018, 10:34:11 AM


Just got back to the hotel from seeing the Decemberists at the Hammersmith Apollo, and I’m buzzing! Fantastic set list, with personal highlights including Engine Driver, a barnstorming Rox in the box/Blackleg miner/ raggle taggle gypsy medley, and a very trippy and sonic Severed. Colin Meloy was in fine form and voice, and the icing on the cake was the Mariners Revenge Song (complete with giant inflatable whale). I can’t think of any other current band who can bring so many shades of light and dark to a live show, and play so many different styles of music whilst still retaining their own unique core. Long may they continue!
Decemberists for Cropredy!


Yes!

Jules


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on November 08, 2018, 04:03:56 PM


Which one's Lindsey?

 ;D

Jules


The one with the pissed off grimace.


He's either grimacing or smoldering, depending on your point of view...


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: JohnP69 on November 09, 2018, 07:47:52 AM

Last night…King Crimson at the Royal Centre in Nottingham…they were remarkable.  


Wholeheartedly agree with this statement.



Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: hendo (Dave) on November 09, 2018, 11:19:18 AM
Keith Christmas at Wurzlebush Folk Club, Rugby, Tuesday 6th Nov.
I must admit that I last saw Keith in 1973 , when he was the archetypal hippy and fresh from a great success on Whistle Test.
In the following years he describes himself as a journeyman and to all intents and purposes left music behind.
Then 2 years ago, aged 70,  the muse returned and he found himself writing very , very good songs in a very different, blues inspired style that became his last album, 'Crazy Dancing Days,'.On Tuesday he played that  album almost in its entirety and then new songs, some more lyrical and reflective, from his upcoming album.
His remarkable guitar skills , that voice, are still there plus a fire and zeal, usually seen in much younger people, to get his new stuff out there.
Just a stunning night by a consummate performer.
Sadly only 25 of us there when Julie Felix had pulled a 100 the previous week!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Lubiloo (Lorna) on November 09, 2018, 03:36:23 PM

...and with Lindsey Buckingham written on his name badge  :P



 ;D.  It took a minute but I laughed out loud!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: PaulT on November 11, 2018, 09:54:10 AM
Jah Wobble and the Invaders of the Heart at Gloucester Guildhall last night; pretty much the same set as last time I saw them, but the acoustics are so much better than at The Fleece in Bristol. And I could have a few beers and bounce around.Most enjoyable.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on November 12, 2018, 07:53:51 AM
Struggled against incipient illness, railway engineering works, closed car parks and the worst driving conditions I have ever experienced to get to London on Saturday for Bruce Cockburn's show at St Pancras church.

Very glad I made it and that my cold did not materialize until yesterday. Great acoustic show from Bruce in an unusual setting. His guitar playing is extraordinary. Right up there with RT in my book.

I wish Bruce would come over with a band but I guess the economics of that are prohibitive these days. I saw some great shows when he used to wrestle his Flying V back in the day.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Will S on November 12, 2018, 09:46:26 AM
Glad you enjoyed it.  I really must keep my eyes peeled for the next time he comes over.

I had a great time down the road from you with the Aussie Pink Floyd.  We got quite a selection of Floyd stuff - mainly from between DSOTM and The Wall - just one from the post-Roger Waters period - Sorrow - but a few earlier ones too - Obscured By Clouds, Fat Old Sun, See Emily Play and One of These Days.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Sue & Chris on November 12, 2018, 10:39:58 AM
Saw The Decemberists at Leeds on Saturday - excellent as usual and great to hear songs from across their back catalogue, including the wonderfully potty-mouthed Ben Franklin's Song. Amazing how much they vary their setlist from gig to gig - I've never come across a band that does that as much.

I agree that it would be great to see them at Cropredy but, since they now have their own festival the week before, that must be extremely unlikely.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on November 12, 2018, 12:06:50 PM

Saw The Decemberists at Leeds on Saturday - excellent as usual and great to hear songs from across their back catalogue, including the wonderfully potty-mouthed Ben Franklin's Song. Amazing how much they vary their setlist from gig to gig - I've never come across a band that does that as much.

I agree that it would be great to see them at Cropredy but, since they now have their own festival the week before, that must be extremely unlikely.
Unless they treat that as a rehearsal....  ;D


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on November 12, 2018, 05:32:13 PM
Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman, Marty Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives, Sweetheart of the Rodeo 50th Anniversary, ACL Live, Saturday, Austin, Texas!

This was everything I wanted and more. They played a broad selection of country-ish Byrds tunes from before SOTR, as well as mandatory Byrds classics, before performing SOTR in its entirety.  They changed the order of the tunes, but otherwise performed faithful renditions with able backing by Marty Stuart (channeling Clarence White, and playing "Clarence" itself) and the Fabulous Superlatives, who played all manner of stand-up bass, electric bass, steel, acoustic and electric guitars (no fiddle, however).  

They played an extended encore, including a suite of Tom Petty songs.  All three talked about how important Tom Petty was in their middle and late careers, and how much they miss him.  They seemed genuinely grateful for the size and enthusiasm of the near sell-out crowd.  (I don't think Hillman and McGuinn have played to audiences this large in years.)  I never wanted it to end.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jules Gray on November 12, 2018, 06:14:21 PM

Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman, Marty Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives, Sweetheart of the Rodeo 50th Anniversary, ACL Live, Saturday, Austin, Texas!

This was everything I wanted and more. They played a broad selection of country-ish Byrds tunes from before SOTR, as well as mandatory Byrds classics, before performing SOTR in its entirety.  They changed the order of the tunes, but otherwise performed faithful renditions with able backing by Marty Stuart (channeling Clarence White, and playing "Clarence" itself) and the Fabulous Superlatives, who played all manner of stand-up bass, electric bass, steel, acoustic and electric guitars (no fiddle, however).  

They played an extended encore, including a suite of Tom Petty songs.  All three talked about how important Tom Petty was in their middle and late careers, and how much they miss him.  They seemed genuinely grateful for the size and enthusiasm of the near sell-out crowd.  (I don't think Hillman and McGuinn have played to audiences this large in years.)  I never wanted it to end.


Great stuff.  Any photo ops?

Jules


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on November 12, 2018, 06:27:59 PM


Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman, Marty Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives, Sweetheart of the Rodeo 50th Anniversary, ACL Live, Saturday, Austin, Texas!

This was everything I wanted and more. They played a broad selection of country-ish Byrds tunes from before SOTR, as well as mandatory Byrds classics, before performing SOTR in its entirety.  They changed the order of the tunes, but otherwise performed faithful renditions with able backing by Marty Stuart (channeling Clarence White, and playing "Clarence" itself) and the Fabulous Superlatives, who played all manner of stand-up bass, electric bass, steel, acoustic and electric guitars (no fiddle, however).  

They played an extended encore, including a suite of Tom Petty songs.  All three talked about how important Tom Petty was in their middle and late careers, and how much they miss him.  They seemed genuinely grateful for the size and enthusiasm of the near sell-out crowd.  (I don't think Hillman and McGuinn have played to audiences this large in years.)  I never wanted it to end.


Great stuff.  Any photo ops?

Jules


Alas, no.  :(  Before a McGuinn show a few years ago, a fellow concert-goer asked the merch guy whether Roger would come out afterward to sign autographs.  The fellow said he used to do that, but that his wife forbade it after Roger got sick on tour.  Being relatively hardy myself, I sometimes forget how risky it can be to press the flesh with strangers.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jules Gray on November 12, 2018, 07:06:24 PM

Before a McGuinn show a few years ago, a fellow concert-goer asked the merch guy whether Roger would come out afterward to sign autographs.  The fellow said he used to do that, but that his wife forbade it after Roger got sick on tour.  Being relatively hardy myself, I sometimes forget how risky it can be to press the flesh with strangers.


Well yes, but if I recall correctly, this is the same Mrs McGuinn who many say is the reason Roger doesn't come out and play with David.  Take that how you may.

Jules


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on November 13, 2018, 08:30:47 AM
Gary Numan last night at St David's Hall in Cardiff.

I was pleasantly surprised! His music is a lot heavier than it used to be - a lot less "synth" and a lot more bite. He also had the Skaparis Orchestra with him which gave at times an almost prog feel to the music. He has bags of energy and there was a lot of love in the room (middle-aged men shouting "Numa-an, Numa-an"!!) for him. Eight tons of light equipment gave out a stupendous light show to the sell out crowd. Stand out tracks were "Are Friends Electric?" and "My Name is Ruin". A great night  :)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: JJ (Joanna) on November 14, 2018, 09:00:41 PM
The Ballads of Child Migration. Clerkenwell. Well written songs and a brilliant evening introduced by Barbara Dixon, very moving at times listening to the survivors.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: ColinB on November 15, 2018, 09:14:11 AM
I heard my first Christmas song of the season last night when Chris Wood did a lovely rendition of While Angels Watched Their Flocks. We also got his take on Jerusalem, a Jake Thackray number and a song about middle class drug taking with a Shetland tune which Martin Carthy had added to the lyrics.

Plenty of his own material as well and lots of chat between songs, especially in the first set. Not a huge crowd at The Storey in Lancaster - small but appreciative. He took a request near the end. Someone shouted out Spitfires which he ignored and instead we got John Ball which got people singing along.

Next gig there is Bruce Molsky on the 10th December.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Kevin M on November 15, 2018, 09:17:04 AM
Chris Wood opened his set at Moseley Folk Festival with that same Christmas song - seemed a bit premature it was on the 1st of September.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Albie on November 16, 2018, 05:36:43 AM
Seth Lakeman in Wolvo at the Slade Rooms, very enjoyable, and the new songs sounded good. Uncomfortably hot.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on November 16, 2018, 06:38:31 AM

Seth Lakeman in Wolvo at the Slade Rooms, very enjoyable, and the new songs sounded good. Uncomfortably hot.


Was his new boss there?


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Albie on November 16, 2018, 01:33:04 PM


Seth Lakeman in Wolvo at the Slade Rooms, very enjoyable, and the new songs sounded good. Uncomfortably hot.


Was his new boss there?


You mean Bobby Plant? I didn't see him (although I am the Worlds Worst at noticing famous people, so I could possibly have been standing by him for the hour and a half). Nobody mentioned it though.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: trewin on November 16, 2018, 04:56:54 PM

The Ballads of Child Migration. Clerkenwell. Well written songs and a brilliant evening introduced by Barbara Dixon, very moving at times listening to the survivors.
I saw this at Canterbury & it was a brilliant evening very emotional, was Andy Cutting on stage Barbara Dixon introduced him & he wasn't. there


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: mickf on November 17, 2018, 10:05:43 AM
Show of Hands at Cardiff St David's Hall, last night. Excellent, as always. The 'borrowed' percussionist, Cormac Byrne, gave the songs an added extra, but I did miss Miranda, though! When you start a concert with two of your showstoppers it's taking a risk, but it worked. The support act, Alden, Patterson and Dashwood, whom I had never seen before, were very good. I'd certainly go to see them again. So, all in all, a great night.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on November 17, 2018, 05:09:49 PM
Lovely show from Gilmore & Roberts at the Komedia in Brighton on Thursday. Kat is showing no signs of slowing down yet. Slightly smaller audience than I might have hoped/expected though.

They are playing in the south again in 10 days time at a lunchtime gig in a garden centre in Chichester on a Tuesday. I am hoping to go along but it seems a bit bizarre o me. I hope there are enough people there to make it worthwhile.

Meanwhile, persistent man flu has forced me to duck out of the Oysterband in Caterbury tonight. It was not so much the gig that I could not face (in fact I am disappointed to be missing it) but the minimum 2 hour each way drive and the chaos arising from the closure of the M20 for the weekend.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Nick Reg on November 17, 2018, 10:07:04 PM

 The support act, Alden, Patterson and Dashwood, whom I had never seen before, were very good. I'd certainly go to see them again.


Were they writing wills in the interval?


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on November 18, 2018, 07:22:52 AM


 The support act, Alden, Patterson and Dashwood, whom I had never seen before, were very good. I'd certainly go to see them again.


Were they writing wills in the interval?


Lol.  That (they sound like a firm of solicitors) is exactly what I said to myself too...


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: mickf on November 18, 2018, 10:15:57 AM



 The support act, Alden, Patterson and Dashwood, whom I had never seen before, were very good. I'd certainly go to see them again.


Were they writing wills in the interval?


Lol.  That (they sound like a firm of solicitors) is exactly what I said to myself too...

Yes, they were all dressed in grey suits and carried briefcases on stage! Seriously, they are two men and a woman playing guitars and fiddle. Lovely harmonies and nice reworkings of trad songs along with some originals. They hail from that hotbed of rock 'n roll, Norwich!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Will S on November 20, 2018, 03:29:57 PM
Gigspanner Big Band last night at Nettlebed.  I saw them there a couple of years ago when they recorded the live album, and again at Cropredy that summer, but they really seemed to have moved up another level this time.  Before it felt a bit like two groups cooperating on one another's material 9and doing so very well, I may add), but this time they seemed to have integrated further and were really on fire.  We even got a bit of the 'Bigger Band', when John Spiers guested on a couple of numbers!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jim on November 21, 2018, 10:25:46 AM


 The support act, Alden, Patterson and Dashwood, whom I had never seen before, were very good. I'd certainly go to see them again.


Were they writing wills in the interval?


😂😂😂😂😂😂


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Pat Helms on November 21, 2018, 12:04:02 PM


Before a McGuinn show a few years ago, a fellow concert-goer asked the merch guy whether Roger would come out afterward to sign autographs.  The fellow said he used to do that, but that his wife forbade it after Roger got sick on tour.  Being relatively hardy myself, I sometimes forget how risky it can be to press the flesh with strangers.


Well yes, but if I recall correctly, this is the same Mrs McGuinn who many say is the reason Roger doesn't come out and play with David.  Take that how you may.

Jules


This is about as close as you'll get to the fellas for an autograph - pre-signed for $30 at the t-shirt stand.

The good news is that John's show will certainly be broadcasted on Austin City Limits!  I bet they will release it on DVD in its entirety!

Saw them in Nashville and Atlanta.  The only difference in the set lists was McGuinn's contribution during the TP tribute: American Girl at the former and King of the Hill at the latter.  

Of the two, Nashville was "the one"- playing at The Ryman where it all began!  Clarence White's brother, Roland, was in the audience. Lots of electricity. Marty was just beaming the whole way through, taking it all in.  When they did Hickory Wind, the song Gram defiantly substituted for Sing Me Back Home there in '68......well.....its don't get much better.

I get to see them one more time, in Bristol, just an hour down the road on December 1.  

Unexpected and delightful - something, as a Byrds fanatic, I never expected to experience.

Now, if someone can just talk Chris and Marty into doing Gilded Palace of Sin's 50th for '19!    ;D




Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Albie on November 22, 2018, 05:43:55 PM
Oysterband at The Robin. Excellent, as expected. Slightly disappointing turn-out (I thought), but I think they had played B'rum in the last few days so maybe that explained it.
Lots of great songs, but the back catalogue is so good there are always numerous killers left out, and they don't seem to want to play five hour sets.
I think I like them better as a five-piece, no idea if that is permanent or not.
The support act, Under A Banner were good, as usual.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on November 23, 2018, 12:15:09 AM

Oysterband at The Robin. Excellent, as expected. Slightly disappointing turn-out (I thought), but I think they had played B'rum in the last few days so maybe that explained it.
Lots of great songs, but the back catalogue is so good there are always numerous killers left out, and they don't seem to want to play five hour sets.
I think I like them better as a five-piece, no idea if that is permanent or not.
The support act, Under A Banner were good, as usual.


They always were a five piece until Chopper left the band and the bass and cello duties got split between Al and Adrian. Who was missing?

I am still peeved about having to miss their Canterbury show last weekend because of illness.

Meanwhile I have this evening been enjoying a very fine acoustic set from Ian McNabb in Lewes. Very different from the last time I saw him in an acoustic setting when things went badly and drunkenly awry in a simultaneously hilarious and intimidating way.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: RobertD on November 23, 2018, 06:03:31 AM


Oysterband at The Robin. Excellent, as expected. Slightly disappointing turn-out (I thought), but I think they had played B'rum in the last few days so maybe that explained it.
Lots of great songs, but the back catalogue is so good there are always numerous killers left out, and they don't seem to want to play five hour sets.
I think I like them better as a five-piece, no idea if that is permanent or not.
The support act, Under A Banner were good, as usual.


They always were a five piece until Chopper left the band and the bass and cello duties got split between Al and Adrian. Who was missing?

I am still peeved about having to miss their Canterbury show last weekend because of illness.

Meanwhile I have this evening been enjoying a very fine acoustic set from Ian McNabb in Lewes. Very different from the last time I saw him in an acoustic setting when things went badly and drunkenly awry in a simultaneously hilarious and intimidating way.


I believe Adrian has been missing because of some dates with James. I saw some photos on FB and noticed him missing from the soundcheck


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: MarkV on November 23, 2018, 08:31:02 AM
Chris Wood last night at the West End Centre Aldershot.  Sublime!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: quodlibet (Ian) on November 23, 2018, 08:54:01 AM



Oysterband at The Robin. Excellent, as expected. Slightly disappointing turn-out (I thought), but I think they had played B'rum in the last few days so maybe that explained it.
Lots of great songs, but the back catalogue is so good there are always numerous killers left out, and they don't seem to want to play five hour sets.
I think I like them better as a five-piece, no idea if that is permanent or not.
The support act, Under A Banner were good, as usual.


They always were a five piece until Chopper left the band and the bass and cello duties got split between Al and Adrian. Who was missing?




I believe Adrian has been missing because of some dates with James. I saw some photos on FB and noticed him missing from the soundcheck


James are indeed playing some dates in South Africa. Pity they couldn't get Rachael from Bellowhead to stand in as she did at Cropredy.



Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Albie on November 23, 2018, 08:55:42 PM


Oysterband at The Robin. Excellent, as expected. Slightly disappointing turn-out (I thought), but I think they had played B'rum in the last few days so maybe that explained it.
Lots of great songs, but the back catalogue is so good there are always numerous killers left out, and they don't seem to want to play five hour sets.
I think I like them better as a five-piece, no idea if that is permanent or not.
The support act, Under A Banner were good, as usual.


They always were a five piece until Chopper left the band and the bass and cello duties got split between Al and Adrian. Who was missing?

I am still peeved about having to miss their Canterbury show last weekend because of illness.




Yeah, as a couple of others have said, Adrian was the one missing.
I think it is probably my favourite gig of the year, and I thought it worked really well with the five, it seemed a really driven performance, no let-up.
Having said that they were great at Croppers with the six, and what the heck, they are always great, even after Chopper left, so it doesn't really matter.

Commiserations on missing your show, I'm sure they were great at Canterbury.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Shane (Skirky) on November 25, 2018, 11:57:18 PM
Rich Hall’s Hoedown. Half stand up, half improvised musical skits, and by far the funniest thing I’ve seen all year. The man’s a genius.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on November 26, 2018, 12:49:36 PM
Australian Pink Floyd at the Cardiff Motorpoint Arena Saturday, on their 30th Anniversary tour.

Excellent in all areas - sound, light, vocals, guitar and drums. Everything! Wish You Were Here particularly poignant for me at the moment, but the whole show was fabulous  :)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Penguin (Dunc) on November 26, 2018, 01:11:32 PM
Saw Holy Moly and the Crackers at the Deaf Institute in Manchester on Saturday.

Great band and would be excellent for Cropredy as they are full of energy, write very catchy songs, and would liven up the proceedings no end!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on November 27, 2018, 09:29:24 PM
One of the strangest gigs I have ever attended today. Gilmore & Roberts were performing a lunchtime show in the cafe of the Brick Kiln Garden Centre just outside Chichester. Apparently they host folk shows there on the last Tuesday lunchtime of every month.

I took the day off work to go along, not that there was any shortage of audience, or at least customers, most of whom were elderly and clearly there for the Christmas special lunch. The venue was also festooned with festive decorations in the gaudiest possible way like something out of Pimp My Grotto.

G&R performed against a backdrop of dancing lights (though they were not dancing in time to the music), clattering crockery from the kitchen and chatter from people who were just there for the food, not the music. They gave their all but really deserved a medal for getting through the first set. The audience were more attentive and appreciative in the second half, once they had finished their turkey and trimmings, and even mustered a solid vocal contribution to Selfish Man so it all came good in the end but it was certainly bizarre.

And no, I didn't have the Christmas dinner. Crisps, shortbread & coffee was my limit.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on November 28, 2018, 06:36:46 AM

One of the strangest gigs I have ever attended today. Gilmore & Roberts were performing a lunchtime show in the cafe of the Brick Kiln Garden Centre just outside Chichester. Apparently they host folk shows there on the last Tuesday lunchtime of every month.

I took the day off work to go along, not that there was any shortage of audience, or at least customers, most of whom were elderly and clearly there for the Christmas special lunch. The venue was also festooned with festive decorations in the gaudiest possible way like something out of Pimp My Grotto.

G&R performed against a backdrop of dancing lights (though they were not dancing in time to the music), clattering crockery from the kitchen and chatter from people who were just there for the food, not the music. They gave their all but really deserved a medal for getting through the first set. The audience were more attentive and appreciative in the second half, once they had finished their turkey and trimmings, and even mustered a solid vocal contribution to Selfish Man so it all came good in the end but it was certainly bizarre.

And no, I didn't have the Christmas dinner. Crisps, shortbread & coffee was my limit.


Sounds awful!  Poor G&R (and you)...


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on November 28, 2018, 09:26:50 AM


One of the strangest gigs I have ever attended today. Gilmore & Roberts were performing a lunchtime show in the cafe of the Brick Kiln Garden Centre just outside Chichester. Apparently they host folk shows there on the last Tuesday lunchtime of every month.

I took the day off work to go along, not that there was any shortage of audience, or at least customers, most of whom were elderly and clearly there for the Christmas special lunch. The venue was also festooned with festive decorations in the gaudiest possible way like something out of Pimp My Grotto.

G&R performed against a backdrop of dancing lights (though they were not dancing in time to the music), clattering crockery from the kitchen and chatter from people who were just there for the food, not the music. They gave their all but really deserved a medal for getting through the first set. The audience were more attentive and appreciative in the second half, once they had finished their turkey and trimmings, and even mustered a solid vocal contribution to Selfish Man so it all came good in the end but it was certainly bizarre.

And no, I didn't have the Christmas dinner. Crisps, shortbread & coffee was my limit.


Sounds awful!  Poor G&R (and you)...


They took it in good heart and were, characteristically, very funny about it. I had a brief FB exchange with them last night and they agreed that it was one of the most bizarre gigs they had ever played.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: ColinB on November 28, 2018, 01:20:37 PM
Reminds me of that bit in Spinal Tap...

"If I told them once, I told them a hundred times to put 'Spinal Tap' first and 'Puppet Show' last."

 ;D



Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: PaulT on November 28, 2018, 05:36:25 PM
I feel for GnR (:o)… at a much lower level of musical aptitude, our over-50s uke group had a similar experience a few weeks ago where nobody took the slightest bit of interest until the raffle had been drawn; at which point, 90% of the attendees buggered off... the dozen or so who stayed really enjoyed our 2nd set.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Albie on December 01, 2018, 05:25:58 PM
A few days ago, Hawkwind in B'rum. They had a Mike Batt led orchestra with them  :o

I thought it was brilliant, the orchestra really added to several of the songs. I was dubious beforehand but totally won over.

Highlights were a blistering version of Born To Go, a nice sing-a-long Spirit Of The Age for the first encore, Down Through The Night, and We Took The Wrong Step. But it was all great really, except for Sonic Attack which I think only ever works in The Voice Of Bob.

Marcus has fitted in really well, and Dave looked well and happy.  :) 8)  Marvelous, joyful, uplifting, etc.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jim on December 02, 2018, 11:45:15 PM

A few days ago, Hawkwind in B'rum. They had a Mike Batt led orchestra with them  :o

I thought it was brilliant, the orchestra really added to several of the songs. I was dubious beforehand but totally won over.

Highlights were a blistering version of Born To Go, a nice sing-a-long Spirit Of The Age for the first encore, Down Through The Night, and We Took The Wrong Step. But it was all great really, except for Sonic Attack which I think only ever works in The Voice Of Bob.

Marcus has fitted in really well, and Dave looked well and happy.  :) 8)  Marvelous, joyful, uplifting, etc.


Was it like theElvis, Big O, beach boys and buddy holly lps that proliferate in these troubled times, classic songs drenched in syrupy strings? Space ritual performed  by unsympathetic classical bods?


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: dog-nap (Ian) on December 11, 2018, 04:46:41 PM
Bennett Wilson Poole at Kings Place.  Finally, finally they came to London.  What a wonderful, life-affirming gig.  I haven’t seen a band enjoy themselves so much in ages.  That should keep my Rickenbacker addiction at bay for a while.



Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Albie on December 11, 2018, 05:17:12 PM


A few days ago, Hawkwind in B'rum. They had a Mike Batt led orchestra with them  :o

I thought it was brilliant, the orchestra really added to several of the songs. I was dubious beforehand but totally won over.

Highlights were a blistering version of Born To Go, a nice sing-a-long Spirit Of The Age for the first encore, Down Through The Night, and We Took The Wrong Step. But it was all great really, except for Sonic Attack which I think only ever works in The Voice Of Bob.

Marcus has fitted in really well, and Dave looked well and happy.  :) 8)  Marvelous, joyful, uplifting, etc.


Was it like theElvis, Big O, beach boys and buddy holly lps that proliferate in these troubled times, classic songs drenched in syrupy strings? Space ritual performed  by unsympathetic classical bods?


No, nothing at all like that.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on December 11, 2018, 05:18:24 PM

Bennett Wilson Poole at Kings Place.  Finally, finally they came to London.  What a wonderful, life-affirming gig.  I haven’t seen a band enjoy themselves so much in ages.  That should keep my Rickenbacker addiction at bay for a while.




Best band I've seen this year, I think (and that was just the trio).  Best album too.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Col D on December 11, 2018, 11:10:58 PM

Bennett Wilson Poole at Kings Place.  Finally, finally they came to London.  What a wonderful, life-affirming gig.  I haven’t seen a band enjoy themselves so much in ages.  That should keep my Rickenbacker addiction at bay for a while.


A fantastic gig the night before in Oxford too. Interesting news that Tony Poole and Iain Whitmore are looking to record another Starry Eyed and Laughing album next year and hopefuly play some live shows with some or all of BWP completing the line-up.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on December 12, 2018, 06:36:55 AM


Bennett Wilson Poole at Kings Place.  Finally, finally they came to London.  What a wonderful, life-affirming gig.  I haven’t seen a band enjoy themselves so much in ages.  That should keep my Rickenbacker addiction at bay for a while.


A fantastic gig the night before in Oxford too. Interesting news that Tony Poole and Iain Whitmore are looking to record another Starry Eyed and Laughing album next year and hopefuly play some live shows with some or all of BWP completing the line-up.


Tony did both - SE&L (as a duo) and BWP in Launceston in the summer.  T&I said they'd been recording together for aeons.  The new songs they previewed sounded fab...


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Col D on December 12, 2018, 05:22:49 PM

Tony did both - SE&L (as a duo) and BWP in Launceston in the summer.  T&I said they'd been recording together for aeons.  The new songs they previewed sounded fab...


Sadly not managed to catch them as a duo yet, their gigs tend to be bit sporadic and nowhere near us, but good to hear the new songs are sounding good. Although they've been recording and gigging together for a while I think the only thing to get a release was one album in 2002 as The Falcons, which didn't really do a lot for me, a bit too country for my tastes and TP's 12 string not as prominent as I'd have liked.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Nick Reg on December 12, 2018, 07:47:28 PM
BWP definitely album of the year and one of the gigs of the year (along with several Merry Hell and Gerry Colvin). I have been a massive fan of Dan since the Grand Drive days , BWP are something special.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on December 13, 2018, 05:37:25 PM
Okay folks, Elton John is coming to see you in June 2019 and again in November, so please consider.

Mrs. J from A and I attended last night's celebration at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas, where great music careens around the walls, floor and ceiling of a basketball arena and echoes fill the rafters. No matter; Reg remains one of the great singers, songwriters and performers of any generation, with an incredible set list and visual extravaganza to boot. An added bonus: in addition to mainstays Davey Johnstone and Nigel Olsson, EJ brought along the inimitable Ray Cooper. (He also gave a shout out to the late, great Dee Murray, when introducing the current, great Matt Bissonette on bass.)

Also worth noting, EJ was in very good voice. I think he may be singing as well today as he has since his throat surgery in the 1980s.  His vocals were resonant, strong, and he even went for the occasional falsetto (e.g., on Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road).

Final note: Select concerts are being offered for download for $19.99 at Peex.live, including last night's show which I shall be eagerly purchasing.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: blagden on December 13, 2018, 07:16:32 PM

Okay folks, Elton John is coming to see you in June 2019 and again in November, so please consider.

Mrs. J from A and I attended last night's celebration at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas, where great music careens around the walls, floor and ceiling of a basketball arena and echoes fill the rafters. No matter; Reg remains one of the great singers, songwriters and performers of any generation, with an incredible set list and visual extravaganza to boot. An added bonus: in addition to mainstays Davey Johnstone and Nigel Olsson, EJ brought along the inimitable Ray Cooper. (He also gave a shout out to the late, great Dee Murray, when introducing the current, great Matt Bissonette on bass.)

Also worth noting, EJ was in very good voice. I think he may be singing as well today as he has since his throat surgery in the 1980s.  His vocals were resonant, strong, and he even went for the occasional falsetto (e.g., on Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road).

Final note: Select concerts are being offered for download for $19.99 at Peex.live, including last night's show which I shall be eagerly purchasing.


John sincerely happy that you enjoyed however EJ has the unenviable honour of being the only concert I've ever left within an hour of an headliner coming on ... he was awful, even my wife who has endless patience couldn't stomach any more. This was an arena gig about ten years, the only upside being the support who were outstanding The Storys from Wales whose both albums I can recommend


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Paul on December 13, 2018, 10:25:16 PM
Saw Jeff Wayne conducting The War of the Worlds. Awesome show.

Always wanted to see Chris Spedding, a sadly underrated guitarist, and I got my chance. Belting out the heat ray like a goodun. Ably supported by Herbie Flowers on bass.

The cast were excellent as well, in particular Jason Donovan, who was a suitably maniacal Parson Nathaniel.

Special effects were amazing. We were right in the very front row, and really did think we were going to get incinerated.

Paul
 


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Nick Reg on December 13, 2018, 11:43:02 PM
Just back from The Dylan Project, or 4 of them (one went back to the hotel after the soundcheck!!). Pretty annoyed although the 4 did a sterling job. There was a journalist there from the music mags so no further comment!!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jules Gray on December 14, 2018, 12:24:49 AM

Just back from The Dylan Project, or 4 of them (one went back to the hotel after the soundcheck!!). Pretty annoyed although the 4 did a sterling job. There was a journalist there from the music mags so no further comment!!


Cryptic.   ???

Jules


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: ColinB on December 14, 2018, 11:54:48 AM

Okay folks, Elton John is coming to see you in June 2019 and again in November, so please consider.


I thought Elton had already played his farewell concerts here in the UK earlier this year, or was it last year? I saw him back in the 80s with the classic backing line-up of Davey, Dee and Nigel but while I still enjoy his 70s and some of his 80s music I really can't see the point of going to see him again. And there are too many stories\allegations relating to his personal life and sexual preferences to want me to give him another penny of my money.

The last album of his I heard was one he did with Leon Russell which I was given as a Xmas present. I listened to it a couple of times and then gave it away.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jules Gray on December 14, 2018, 12:07:32 PM

there are too many stories\allegations relating to his personal life and sexual preferences to want me to give him another penny of my money.


 ???

Jules


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on December 14, 2018, 01:10:05 PM


there are too many stories\allegations relating to his personal life and sexual preferences to want me to give him another penny of my money.


 ???

Jules
#

I was a bit taken aback by that as well (and I'm not even a hint of a fan.  Can't stand anything he's done in the last 4 decades).


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: ColinB on December 14, 2018, 02:23:04 PM

And there are too many stories\allegations relating to his personal life and sexual preferences to want me to give him another penny of my money.


Having said that, it does come with the territory especially the 1970s excesses of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll. Seemingly Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor of Motorhead had a liking for young groupies and that inspired Lemmy to write the song Jailbait.

But Elton has been somewhat over-zealous at setting his lawyers on anyone who so much as hints at any alleged inappropriate sexual activities. I even received a message a while back threatening me with legal action for merely re-tweeting what someone else had written. Make of that what you will. I'm saying no more.  :-X


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: mightyglydd on December 14, 2018, 03:53:20 PM

I'm saying no more.  :-X

 ::)
What do you think one of the major attractions of R&R tours was/is, reading Hotel Bibles ?
Ever heard the saying 'it's your duty to the band not to miss out on a town'.. ;)  
@OT. Florence + Machine, The Forum, last Sunday, bloody marvelous..
.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Nick Reg on December 14, 2018, 04:41:24 PM


I'm saying no more.  :-X

 ::)
What do you think one of the major attractions of R&R tours was/is, reading Hotel Bibles ?
Ever heard the saying 'it's your duty to the band not to miss out on a town'.. ;)  
@OT. Florence + Machine, The Forum, last Sunday, bloody marvelous..
.



And bugger the punters?


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on December 14, 2018, 05:05:22 PM



I'm saying no more.  :-X

 ::)
What do you think one of the major attractions of R&R tours was/is, reading Hotel Bibles ?
Ever heard the saying 'it's your duty to the band not to miss out on a town'.. ;)  
@OT. Florence + Machine, The Forum, last Sunday, bloody marvelous..
.



And bugger the punters?


That's a good band name.  ;)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Nick Reg on December 15, 2018, 07:33:29 PM

Just back from The Dylan Project, or 4 of them (one went back to the hotel after the soundcheck!!). Pretty annoyed although the 4 did a sterling job. There was a journalist there from the music mags so no further comment!!
Will be interested to hear who turns up tonight or if they've settled their differences


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on December 15, 2018, 07:39:52 PM


Just back from The Dylan Project, or 4 of them (one went back to the hotel after the soundcheck!!). Pretty annoyed although the 4 did a sterling job. There was a journalist there from the music mags so no further comment!!
Will be interested to hear who turns up tonight or if they've settled their differences


Who was the absentee?


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Paul on December 15, 2018, 11:08:40 PM
Chris Green and Sophie Matthews plus Jude Rees playing Christmas Carol. Ex isambarde I think.

This really was an enjoyable show. Very simple, but very effective.

Paul


Title: Recent gigs
Post by: Penny on December 17, 2018, 12:47:10 AM
Paul McCartney the O2 Arena tonight.  Three hours non-stop.  So many highlights. The pyrotechnics for Live and Let Die get more elaborate on each tour.  Almost Christmas so we had a Wonderful Christmas time, with a children's choir and 'snow' falling on the audience.  

Then we were truly spoilt by the arrival of Ronnie Wood and Ringo on stage for Get Back.  They got such a welcome from the audience.

Been home an hour but we are still smiling.  A night to remember. Thank you Macca!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on December 17, 2018, 09:38:39 AM

Paul McCartney the O2 Arena tonight.  Three hours non-stop.  So many highlights. The pyrotechnics for Live and Let Die get more elaborate on each tour.  Almost Christmas so we had a Wonderful Christmas time, with a children's choir and 'snow' falling on the audience.  

Then we were truly spoilt by the arrival of Ronnie Wood and Ringo on stage for Get Back.  They got such a welcome from the audience.

Been home an hour but we are still smiling.  A night to remember. Thank you Macca!

Wow! Sounds amazing  :D


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bingers (Chris) on December 17, 2018, 09:45:44 AM


Paul McCartney the O2 Arena tonight.  Three hours non-stop.  So many highlights. The pyrotechnics for Live and Let Die get more elaborate on each tour.  Almost Christmas so we had a Wonderful Christmas time, with a children's choir and 'snow' falling on the audience.  

Then we were truly spoilt by the arrival of Ronnie Wood and Ringo on stage for Get Back.  They got such a welcome from the audience.

Been home an hour but we are still smiling.  A night to remember. Thank you Macca!

Wow! Sounds amazing  :D


It’s already on YouTube...looks and sounds excellent :)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jules Gray on December 17, 2018, 09:54:50 AM
Just been watching the encore footage.  What a great bonus treat!

Jules


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: DarrenWilliams on December 17, 2018, 11:52:22 AM
Mercury Rev performing Deserter's Songs at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester last night. It was Jonathan and Grasshopper plus keyboard player and another guitarist. They performed stripped down versions of the songs, and not in album order, but rather working from the less to more well known and ending with Goddess on a Hiway, Opus 40 and Holes. The encore was Dark Is Rising, the first track from the subsequent album.

Songs were interspersed with stories about the writing of the album, and where they were as a band, both career-wise and emotionally, at that time. A really special night and a very intimate venue.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: ColinB on December 17, 2018, 12:39:54 PM

Paul McCartney the O2 Arena tonight.  Three hours non-stop.  So many highlights. The pyrotechnics for Live and Let Die get more elaborate on each tour.  Almost Christmas so we had a Wonderful Christmas time, with a children's choir and 'snow' falling on the audience.  

Then we were truly spoilt by the arrival of Ronnie Wood and Ringo on stage for Get Back.  They got such a welcome from the audience.

Been home an hour but we are still smiling.  A night to remember. Thank you Macca!


Interesting how in the review in the Guardian there was no mention of Ringo joining Macca on stage but instead it said that the Quarrymen's drummer was in the audience!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jules Gray on December 17, 2018, 01:17:54 PM

Interesting how in the review in the Guardian there was no mention of Ringo joining Macca on stage but instead it said that the Quarrymen's drummer was in the audience!


Different night maybe?

Jules


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: ColinB on December 17, 2018, 04:56:01 PM


Interesting how in the review in the Guardian there was no mention of Ringo joining Macca on stage but instead it said that the Quarrymen's drummer was in the audience!


Different night maybe?

Jules


On setlist.fm it looks like he's just doing one concert per venue but he and the band do a soundcheck\mini-show earlier in the day. According to a Rolling Stone article this is an hour-long technical rehearsal for the band and crew but a small number of fans on VIP tickets get to see it as well as the main show.

This is the sort of thing they play https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/paul-mccartney/2018/echo-arena-liverpool-england-5b94937c.html



Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on December 17, 2018, 06:23:26 PM
Pretty damned impressive workload for an old 'un.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on December 17, 2018, 10:38:10 PM

Pretty damned impressive workload for an old 'un.


We attended the pre-show "sound check" in Austin back in 2013, and it was in fact a 1-hour private concert, complete with more than half a dozen unique songs (e.g., "Bluebird" and some old-timey songs I can't recall).  Then he played another almost 3 hours for everyone else!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Col D on December 18, 2018, 10:53:07 PM
The Travelling Band at YES, Manchester. Their final gig for a while but what a cracker. Extended set of just shy of two and a half hours with plenty of oldies restored to the set after a long absence and a couple of Christmas 'classics' given a good bashing. Nice to see founding member Snaf Ballinger back on stage for a few songs, pretty sure that was the first time since he jumped ship eight years ago.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Alan2 on December 19, 2018, 11:53:28 AM
Bruce Molsky.

I got a free ticket for this, and wouldn't have gone otherwise, bluegrass not really being my thing. Enjoyed this skilled performer, though I must admit I glaze over somewhat after 3 or 4 fiddle tunes.  8)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: dog-nap (Ian) on December 19, 2018, 03:44:22 PM
A nice mix of wassails and carols with songs from Rosie Hood at Cecil Sharp’s Festive Gathering.  The highlight of the evening was Camden Clog’s hilarious impression of Christmas shoppers on the tube.



Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on December 22, 2018, 06:36:03 PM
A Winter Union in Otford last night were just a joy. They could not have done anything more or better to summon up the spirit of the solstice and the season.

Such a shame that they did not get around to recording an album this year because, judging by last night's performance, when they do so it is going to be essential Christmas listening forever after.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on December 24, 2018, 08:00:23 AM
Madness last Friday on the penultimate night of their "The Sound of Madness" tour. Absolutely brilliant! They really are on top form and I would go so far as to say they're a British institution. A proper feel-good night  ;D


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on December 24, 2018, 10:54:52 AM

Madness last Friday on the penultimate night of their "The Sound of Madness" tour. Absolutely brilliant! They really are on top form and I would go so far as to say they're a British institution. A proper feel-good night  ;D


They definitely are. Great and quintessentially British songwriting in the tradition of Ray Davies. In some ways the "nutty" image has done them no favours because it overshadows the quality of their songs, many of which have quite a melancholy core. A band that it is all too easy to take for granted.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on December 24, 2018, 11:29:48 AM


Madness last Friday on the penultimate night of their "The Sound of Madness" tour. Absolutely brilliant! They really are on top form and I would go so far as to say they're a British institution. A proper feel-good night  ;D


They definitely are. Great and quintessentially British songwriting in the tradition of Ray Davies. In some ways the "nutty" image has done them no favours because it overshadows the quality of their songs, many of which have quite a melancholy core. A band that it is all too easy to take for granted.
I totally agree. They're professional, great musicians and songwriters and entertainers. They're definitely not a comedy act  :o


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bingers (Chris) on December 24, 2018, 11:52:30 AM



Madness last Friday on the penultimate night of their "The Sound of Madness" tour. Absolutely brilliant! They really are on top form and I would go so far as to say they're a British institution. A proper feel-good night  ;D


They definitely are. Great and quintessentially British songwriting in the tradition of Ray Davies. In some ways the "nutty" image has done them no favours because it overshadows the quality of their songs, many of which have quite a melancholy core. A band that it is all too easy to take for granted.
I totally agree. They're professional, great musicians and songwriters and entertainers. They're definitely not a comedy act  :o


I second all of that although many people were disappointed when they played Cropredy


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Tony Pim on December 24, 2018, 01:58:50 PM




Madness last Friday on the penultimate night of their "The Sound of Madness" tour. Absolutely brilliant! They really are on top form and I would go so far as to say they're a British institution. A proper feel-good night  ;D


They definitely are. Great and quintessentially British songwriting in the tradition of Ray Davies. In some ways the "nutty" image has done them no favours because it overshadows the quality of their songs, many of which have quite a melancholy core. A band that it is all too easy to take for granted.
I totally agree. They're professional, great musicians and songwriters and entertainers. They're definitely not a comedy act  :o


I second all of that although many people were disappointed when they played Cropredy

I was one of the disappointed ones. I'd seen Madness a couple of times before Cropredy at their own concerts, and a couple of times since at other festivals.  Thoroughly enjoyed their gigs, but felt they were going through the motions at the Festivals.  Did someone leave the band before they played Cropredy ?  I've a recollection someone called it a day.

In contrast saw the Alarm at a festival last year,  sunny day ,  pint in hand and loved them.  Saw them in Liverpool a couple of weeks ago,  rainy December evening and an over priced pint of lager in hand and was disappointed


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bingers (Chris) on December 24, 2018, 04:50:26 PM





Madness last Friday on the penultimate night of their "The Sound of Madness" tour. Absolutely brilliant! They really are on top form and I would go so far as to say they're a British institution. A proper feel-good night  ;D


They definitely are. Great and quintessentially British songwriting in the tradition of Ray Davies. In some ways the "nutty" image has done them no favours because it overshadows the quality of their songs, many of which have quite a melancholy core. A band that it is all too easy to take for granted.
I totally agree. They're professional, great musicians and songwriters and entertainers. They're definitely not a comedy act  :o


I second all of that although many people were disappointed when they played Cropredy

I was one of the disappointed ones. I'd seen Madness a couple of times before Cropredy at their own concerts, and a couple of times since at other festivals.  Thoroughly enjoyed their gigs, but felt they were going through the motions at the Festivals.  Did someone leave the band before they played Cropredy ?  I've a recollection someone called it a day.

In contrast saw the Alarm at a festival last year,  sunny day ,  pint in hand and loved them.  Saw them in Liverpool a couple of weeks ago,  rainy December evening and an over priced pint of lager in hand and was disappointed


Yes I think you’re right! I think Chas Smash left the band but I may be wrong on that


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jim on December 24, 2018, 11:18:41 PM





Madness last Friday on the penultimate night of their "The Sound of Madness" tour. Absolutely brilliant! They really are on top form and I would go so far as to say they're a British institution. A proper feel-good night  ;D


They definitely are. Great and quintessentially British songwriting in the tradition of Ray Davies. In some ways the "nutty" image has done them no favours because it overshadows the quality of their songs, many of which have quite a melancholy core. A band that it is all too easy to take for granted.
I totally agree. They're professional, great musicians and songwriters and entertainers. They're definitely not a comedy act  :o


I second all of that although many people were disappointed when they played Cropredy

I was one of the disappointed ones. I'd seen Madness a couple of times before Cropredy at their own concerts, and a couple of times since at other festivals.  Thoroughly enjoyed their gigs, but felt they were going through the motions at the Festivals.  Did someone leave the band before they played Cropredy ?  I've a recollection someone called it a day.

In contrast saw the Alarm at a festival last year,  sunny day ,  pint in hand and loved them.  Saw them in Liverpool a couple of weeks ago,  rainy December evening and an over priced pint of lager in hand and was disappointed


Cathal Smythe left Madness a couple of years before Cropredy, the fourth member to leave over the years altjough the other three, Barso, Bedders and Chrissy all rejoined after a while. I'm hoping  Cathal/Chas  will return for the bands 40th anniversary next year.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on December 26, 2018, 06:29:06 PM

Cathal Smythe left Madness a couple of years before Cropredy, the fourth member to leave over the years altjough the other three, Barso, Bedders and Chrissy all rejoined after a while. I'm hoping  Cathal/Chas  will return for the bands 40th anniversary next year.


He gave some truly bizarre press interviews around the time he left and soon afterwards.  Not sure aspects of his health were in terribly good shape.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: RobertD on December 30, 2018, 06:21:49 PM
Dar Williams last night at The Bell House, Brooklyn. I've never seen her before. Familiar with her music on some level but now I feel like I know and appreciate her a lot more. Picked up her album Emerald last night and giving that a spin right now on a lazy Sunday.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on December 30, 2018, 08:16:44 PM

Dar Williams last night at The Bell House, Brooklyn. I've never seen her before. Familiar with her music on some level but now I feel like I know and appreciate her a lot more. Picked up her album Emerald last night and giving that a spin right now on a lazy Sunday.


Really glad you enjoyed it Robert. All her albums are worth hearing but if you want to dig deeper I particularly recommend Mortal City, End of the Summer and In The Time of Gods.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jim on December 31, 2018, 04:26:25 PM


Cathal Smythe left Madness a couple of years before Cropredy, the fourth member to leave over the years altjough the other three, Barso, Bedders and Chrissy all rejoined after a while. I'm hoping  Cathal/Chas  will return for the bands 40th anniversary next year.


He gave some truly bizarre press interviews around the time he left and soon afterwards.  Not sure aspects of his health were in terribly good shape.


His life was in a bit of turmoil at the time, i'm hoping that the intervening years have been kind to him.  The band are busy booking dates for next summer but no word about Cathal. His solo lp was a very introspective affair, you could nearly taste his tears.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: RobertD on December 31, 2018, 06:04:41 PM


Dar Williams last night at The Bell House, Brooklyn. I've never seen her before. Familiar with her music on some level but now I feel like I know and appreciate her a lot more. Picked up her album Emerald last night and giving that a spin right now on a lazy Sunday.


Really glad you enjoyed it Robert. All her albums are worth hearing but if you want to dig deeper I particularly recommend Mortal City, End of the Summer and In The Time of Gods.


Thanks for the recommendations. I liked what I heard and will be exploring further for certain


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: ColinB on January 01, 2019, 03:59:33 PM
I had an extended stay in Edinburgh over Xmas as my mum was in hospital and saw that the Glenn Miller Orchestra was playing an afternoon concert at the Usher Hall on Saturday. I was certainly one of the younger members of the audience but recognised more of the tunes and songs than I thought I would. I guess his music has been used in various films over the years and we got a couple of Frank Sinatra songs and a couple of Louis Armstrong numbers as well. They also played two Tchaikovsky pieces which Miller had scored for his band including the 1812 Overture which was pretty good.




Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Albie on January 05, 2019, 01:20:51 AM
Nearly Dan, at The Robin. A Steely Dan tribute, in case you hadn't guessed.  :)  And an excellent one at that. Second time I've been to see them and they are probably the best tribute act I've seen, they more than do the material justice. Decent turn-out on a miserable night.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on January 10, 2019, 11:39:39 PM
Just back from the Lexington (Islington) where I saw Joss Cope (bro of) - surprisingly engaging and fine; Gwenifer Raymond - unsurprisingly brilliant...she sounds like about 3 guitarists, a bass player and a banjoist, all at the same time; Haiku Salut - one of the best bands I don't know I've ever seen.  Math rock, apparently.  A glorious bloody noise.  Loved 'em.  Good stuff all round.

Oh, and somebody put me out of my misery, please.  What did the Lexington used to be?  I'm sure I've been there before a long long time ago.  I asked the barman (there's 10th anniversary stuff around).  His reply?  "10 years ago I was 8".  Hmmmm.  Fair enough.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Col D on January 11, 2019, 11:35:44 AM

Oh, and somebody put me out of my misery, please.  What did the Lexington used to be?  I'm sure I've been there before a long long time ago.  I asked the barman (there's 10th anniversary stuff around).  His reply?  "10 years ago I was 8".  Hmmmm.  Fair enough.


It was Clockwork for a few years and the Belvedere Tavern before that.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on January 11, 2019, 03:34:51 PM


Oh, and somebody put me out of my misery, please.  What did the Lexington used to be?  I'm sure I've been there before a long long time ago.  I asked the barman (there's 10th anniversary stuff around).  His reply?  "10 years ago I was 8".  Hmmmm.  Fair enough.


It was Clockwork for a few years and the Belvedere Tavern before that.


Hmmmm...  Thanks, Col.  Neither of those ring a bell though... I'm talking about late 80's probably.... do you have dates for those names?  It's a nice little venue upstairs...


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Col D on January 11, 2019, 04:06:14 PM

Hmmmm...  Thanks, Col.  Neither of those ring a bell though... I'm talking about late 80's probably.... do you have dates for those names?  It's a nice little venue upstairs...


I think Clockwork only lasted around three years, so if it's the tenth anniversary as The Lexington that would be 2005 to 2008. I think the Belvedere Tavern was its original name, although a quick search tells me it was also called both Sazerac and La Finca at some point, although I've no memory of either. Nice venue as you say, possibly my favourite in London.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: blagden on January 21, 2019, 03:02:12 PM
Just back from first Great British Rock & Blues Festival at Butlin's Skegness. I booked to go largely on the back of seeing Focus but they then disappeared from the bill?

The format and venues are exactly the same as the folk event with the long intervals, sticky carpets etc. The staff are still excellent and it's still incredible value for money but for me the biggest disappoint was the quality of the music.

Most of the acts were entertaining accept Martin Barre's Jethro Tull who seemed to want to interpret every song in the way Black Sabbeth would have played them including two truly awful Beatles covers, FM / Dare who played dated AOR in a dated pomp style and Billy Bremmar who played a dozen different songs to the same tune as Loud Music In Cars.

In the worst piece of programming I've ever seen at a festival, the veteran blues singer Dana Gillespie played the pub at 12.30am this morning which I just found disrespectful, she should have been on one of the main stages, and beyond me after a full on weekend shandying!

On a more positive note much of the best music on offer over the weekend came from the Introducing Stage with Conor Selby and Crow Black Chicken the best two bands I saw and would certainly go out of my way to see them again.  


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: blagden on January 21, 2019, 06:03:56 PM

Just back from first Great British Rock & Blues Festival at Butlin's Skegness. I booked to go largely on the back of seeing Focus but they then disappeared from the bill?

The format and venues are exactly the same as the folk event with the long intervals, sticky carpets etc. The staff are still excellent and it's still incredible value for money but for me the biggest disappoint was the quality of the music.

Most of the acts were entertaining accept Martin Barre's Jethro Tull who seemed to want to interpret every song in the way Black Sabbeth would have played them including two truly awful Beatles covers, FM / Dare who played dated AOR in a dated pomp style and Billy Bremmar who played a dozen different songs to the same tune as Loud Music In Cars.

In the worst piece of programming I've ever seen at a festival, the veteran blues singer Dana Gillespie played the pub at 12.30am this morning which I just found disrespectful, she should have been on one of the main stages, and beyond me after a full on weekend shandying!

On a more positive note much of the best music on offer over the weekend came from the Introducing Stage with Conor Selby and Crow Black Chicken the best two bands I saw and would certainly go out of my way to see them again.  


Oh .... and Martin Harley was sublime as always.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: garrypbrooks on January 24, 2019, 08:44:43 AM
Saw a VG concert by "Band of Burns" in Redhill last night, mostly Scottish 12 piece doing some really interesting interpretations of Burns songs, tunes & poems to an  encouragingly large & enthusiastic audience.

Well worth checking out, I think they'd be a great band to have on any folk festival bill.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Alan2 on January 25, 2019, 12:10:56 PM
Northern Sinfionia doing Debussy, Milhaud and Aaron Copland, with a solo sax/clarinet player.  Quite enjoyed it  but it wasn't life changing.  As well it was a freebie.  8)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: ColinB on January 27, 2019, 05:01:53 PM
This video give you an idea of what Tosta Banda are all about who I saw in Glasgow on Friday. The dancers looked like they were enjoying having the full width of the stage at the Royal Concert Hall to move about on. Support came from Malinky who are celebrating 20 years together and they featured various guest singers young and old, the only one I'd heard of being Barbara Dymock.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzpaovzpLGE



Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: PaulT on January 28, 2019, 08:08:02 PM
Hey, I really like Tosta Banda! That's a great clip, thanks!!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Penny on January 28, 2019, 08:54:42 PM
Not a gig, as such.  On Saturday in Brighton, went to 'Inside the Staircase' : a talk / Q & A by David Rudolf, the Criminal Defence Lawyer for Michael Peterson who was the subject of The Staircase (Netflix).  St George's Church, Kemptown was an excellent venue, as was the nearby pub, the Barley Mow.

The talk was stimulating and interesting as well as humourous. He incorporated clips from the series as well as some that were not used.  If you know the case and are interested, look up the Owl theory.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Will S on January 29, 2019, 04:21:58 PM
Had a good evening at Nettlebed last night for a Seth Lakeman solo gig.  Actually the first time I have seen him, and he was very good.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: ColinB on January 31, 2019, 11:59:26 AM
Jez Lowe played an excellent couple of sets in Morecambe last night. Lovely little basement venue at 13 the Warehouse and small enough that there's no need for a PA though Jez did have to pause a couple of times due to the noise from the coffee machine! He played songs from across the years from favourites like Old Bones and Back in Durham Gaol to newer songs like The Wrong Bus and Bother at the Hoppins. He also did a Pitmen Poets song and told us that they will be doing their first farewell tour later in the year.  :)

He's off to play some gigs in Holland next month and his next UK gig is back home in Co Durham on the 17th Feb at Stanley.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Dan O. on January 31, 2019, 02:19:09 PM
Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy in Southampton on Tuesday evening. Carl and his musicians - a guitarist and a bassist/Chapman Stick player recreated most of the prime prog-tastic ELP tunes you'd expect to hear - Tarkus, Karn Evil 9, Knife Edge, Trilogy, Lucky Man, Fanfare For The Common Man, etc.

Carl himself was a revelation - to see someone looking that good and playing the drums with as much energy (and hardly breaking into a sweat) at the age of 69 was a wonderful thing !


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jim on January 31, 2019, 05:11:16 PM

Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy in Southampton on Tuesday evening. Carl and his musicians - a guitarist and a bassist/Chapman Stick player recreated most of the prime prog-tastic ELP tunes you'd expect to hear - Tarkus, Karn Evil 9, Knife Edge, Trilogy, Lucky Man, Fanfare For The Common Man, etc.

Carl himself was a revelation - to see someone looking that good and playing the drums with as much energy (and hardly breaking into a sweat) at the age of 69 was a wonderful thing !


Blimey, he sweated plenty in 1970 first time i saw him in Atomic Rooster, and subsequently in ELP


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Paul on January 31, 2019, 10:26:13 PM

Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy in Southampton on Tuesday evening. Carl and his musicians - a guitarist and a bassist/Chapman Stick player recreated most of the prime prog-tastic ELP tunes you'd expect to hear - Tarkus, Karn Evil 9, Knife Edge, Trilogy, Lucky Man, Fanfare For The Common Man, etc.

Carl himself was a revelation - to see someone looking that good and playing the drums with as much energy (and hardly breaking into a sweat) at the age of 69 was a wonderful thing !


I saw him a few years ago at Weyfest, amazing bloke. Had the biggest kit I have ever seen live. Moon's was probably bigger, but I only saw that on TV. :)

Paul


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: William on January 31, 2019, 11:38:53 PM
Just got back from Brooks Williams gig in Norwich. After he had just driven down from Edinburgh you might expect him to be a bit off, but he put on an amazing show. About 60 people packed into a small room were treated to a guitar fest. He seems to get better and better.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bingers (Chris) on February 01, 2019, 06:58:45 AM
Saw Megson at the Blue Boar, Maldon last night. First time I’ve seen them and they were great. Very engaging couple and very friendly to talk to. They were showcasing their new album which is released next week. This was only the second time they’d played the songs in public so made a couple of mistakes but that was endearing and added to the good atmosphere. They are also keen to play Cropredy and I think would go down well although may get a little swamped by large stage and crowd.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jim G on February 01, 2019, 10:27:35 AM
Trudged through the snow to watch the wonderful Churchfitters (trio) at Bridport Town Hall last night. Hadn't seen them for around 8 years , but they still had the energy and quirky edge I remembered , a lovely evening.   Sadly the audience was a little depleted because of bad weather, they had driven up from Brittany that morning and had been on the road since 5am.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: StephenB on February 03, 2019, 12:52:57 AM
Not sure if this will interest anyone but the very few Irish-linked members, but I've just been to see Aslan here in Letterkenny. Aslan are one of those bands that are for some reason uniquely Irish and never made it further afield. I saw a quote that said "U2 belong to the world, but Aslan belong to Ireland." They were massive in Ireland through the 90s. The lead singer Christy Dignam fought a lot of demons over the years, and then recently had to go through a couple of years of chemotherapy for a horrible cancer-like thing. But now they're bouncing back, and have become a kind of national treasure.

Being a child of the 70s, I knew of and loved a few of their singles over the years but didn't really follow them. When I heard they were here, I went along for the princely sum of €25, thinking at the worst it'd be a good gig with at least a couple of good songs I knew.

Well they blew me (and many others here) away. The crowd reaction was like nothing I've seen in years (including Cropredy), and they just played like a band that had been through everything and just loved playing. Christy Dignam's voice is maybe not always note-perfect, but has a soul and a raw edge that have few equals (and certainly every bit as good as Bono). Good, honest, raw, life-enhancing stuff.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: David V B on February 03, 2019, 10:36:21 AM
Late posting but Martyn Joseph at the Stables. Usual high standard. Saw him earlier in the tour and he had shuffled his set round so it all seemed fresh. The songs off his new album have really bedded in and the re were a few covers from Waits and Springsteen. Very strong finish with Nye, Cardiff Bay and Lonely Like America. There really is no better songwriter/performer around. His passion and commitment is so valuable in these depressing times.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on February 04, 2019, 10:20:29 AM
Tears for Fears last night to a sell-out audience in Cardiff. Absolutely brilliant, their voices and harmonies are as good as they were 30 years ago. Clever tunes, well written and perfectly delivered by a top band. Thoroughly enjoyed them. Alison Moyet was a good support, I've never been much of a fan but I was definitely in the minority as the crowd loved her!

I think they'd be a great Thursday night headliner. Plenty of tunes everyone knows and can sing/dance/clap along to  :D  {:-)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Andy on February 04, 2019, 10:42:22 AM

Tears for Fears last night to a sell-out audience in Cardiff. Absolutely brilliant, their voices and harmonies are as good as they were 30 years ago. Clever tunes, well written and perfectly delivered by a top band. Thoroughly enjoyed them. Alison Moyet was a good support, I've never been much of a fan but I was definitely in the minority as the crowd loved her!

I think they'd be a great Thursday night headliner. Plenty of tunes everyone knows and can sing/dance/clap along to  :D  {:-)
Was Oleta Adams with them?


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on February 04, 2019, 10:54:34 AM

Tears for Fears last night to a sell-out audience in Cardiff. Absolutely brilliant, their voices and harmonies are as good as they were 30 years ago. Clever tunes, well written and perfectly delivered by a top band. Thoroughly enjoyed them. Alison Moyet was a good support, I've never been much of a fan but I was definitely in the minority as the crowd loved her!

I think they'd be a great Thursday night headliner. Plenty of tunes everyone knows and can sing/dance/clap along to  :D  {:-)


Off to see them in Brighton tonight, hopefully, though am feeling a bit ropey today so I hope I make it.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on February 04, 2019, 12:23:42 PM


Tears for Fears last night to a sell-out audience in Cardiff. Absolutely brilliant, their voices and harmonies are as good as they were 30 years ago. Clever tunes, well written and perfectly delivered by a top band. Thoroughly enjoyed them. Alison Moyet was a good support, I've never been much of a fan but I was definitely in the minority as the crowd loved her!

I think they'd be a great Thursday night headliner. Plenty of tunes everyone knows and can sing/dance/clap along to  :D  {:-)
Was Oleta Adams with them?
Sadly no, but Carina Round did a cracking job on Woman in Chains and was evident in most of their songs. She has a fabulous voice, really gutsy :)



Off to see them in Brighton tonight, hopefully, though am feeling a bit ropey today so I hope I make it.
I hope you get there Al, you will not be disappointed. They also did an amazing version of a Radiohead song....


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on February 04, 2019, 05:53:45 PM



Tears for Fears last night to a sell-out audience in Cardiff. Absolutely brilliant, their voices and harmonies are as good as they were 30 years ago. Clever tunes, well written and perfectly delivered by a top band. Thoroughly enjoyed them. Alison Moyet was a good support, I've never been much of a fan but I was definitely in the minority as the crowd loved her!

I think they'd be a great Thursday night headliner. Plenty of tunes everyone knows and can sing/dance/clap along to  :D  {:-)
Was Oleta Adams with them?
Sadly no, but Carina Round did a cracking job on Woman in Chains and was evident in most of their songs. She has a fabulous voice, really gutsy :)



Off to see them in Brighton tonight, hopefully, though am feeling a bit ropey today so I hope I make it.
I hope you get there Al, you will not be disappointed. They also did an amazing version of a Radiohead song....


I read a review of the Liverpool gig this morning.  Surprised me, that did.  4 stars.  The boys done good.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on February 04, 2019, 11:41:50 PM




Tears for Fears last night to a sell-out audience in Cardiff. Absolutely brilliant, their voices and harmonies are as good as they were 30 years ago. Clever tunes, well written and perfectly delivered by a top band. Thoroughly enjoyed them. Alison Moyet was a good support, I've never been much of a fan but I was definitely in the minority as the crowd loved her!

I think they'd be a great Thursday night headliner. Plenty of tunes everyone knows and can sing/dance/clap along to  :D  {:-)
Was Oleta Adams with them?
Sadly no, but Carina Round did a cracking job on Woman in Chains and was evident in most of their songs. She has a fabulous voice, really gutsy :)



Off to see them in Brighton tonight, hopefully, though am feeling a bit ropey today so I hope I make it.
I hope you get there Al, you will not be disappointed. They also did an amazing version of a Radiohead song....


I read a review of the Liverpool gig this morning.  Surprised me, that did.  4 stars.  The boys done good.


Just back from Brighton. My own general fatigue and ropiness meant that I felt a bit detached from the gig so I enjoyed it but not as much as I had hoped considering the tickets were bought about 18 months ago for the tour that was postponed from last spring.

I have to admit that I had some apprehensiveness after the BBC concert in October 2017 which was underpowered and with horrible out of tune vocals. No such problems tonight. The vocals were bang on and the playing was tight throughout. Woman In Chains has been shifted from the encore into the main set and Creep was dropped in favour of Suffer The Children, a good decision I think. No Mothers Talk sadly and Roland Orzabal has aged considerably in the last 18 months.

Alison Moyet's current musical style is a little too industrial for my liking and did not really suit her early solo material (which I like). It was kind of like Alison Moyet does mid period Depeche Mode (who I really don't like). The Yazoo songs came over well though.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: garrypbrooks on February 05, 2019, 06:53:10 AM

Trudged through the snow to watch the wonderful Churchfitters (trio) at Bridport Town Hall last night. Hadn't seen them for around 8 years , but they still had the energy and quirky edge I remembered , a lovely evening.   Sadly the audience was a little depleted because of bad weather, they had driven up from Brittany that morning and had been on the road since 5am.

We saw them at the lovely st Edith hall in Kemsing, near Sevenoaks, On Friday. VG gig, love their instrumentation, and a good sized audience despite the foul weather.
Last time I saw them was in a pub in Colchester c1983, can't remember much about them is that they were good and were very popular with the many University students in the audience.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on February 05, 2019, 08:37:27 AM





Tears for Fears last night to a sell-out audience in Cardiff. Absolutely brilliant, their voices and harmonies are as good as they were 30 years ago. Clever tunes, well written and perfectly delivered by a top band. Thoroughly enjoyed them. Alison Moyet was a good support, I've never been much of a fan but I was definitely in the minority as the crowd loved her!

I think they'd be a great Thursday night headliner. Plenty of tunes everyone knows and can sing/dance/clap along to  :D  {:-)
Was Oleta Adams with them?
Sadly no, but Carina Round did a cracking job on Woman in Chains and was evident in most of their songs. She has a fabulous voice, really gutsy :)



Off to see them in Brighton tonight, hopefully, though am feeling a bit ropey today so I hope I make it.
I hope you get there Al, you will not be disappointed. They also did an amazing version of a Radiohead song....


I read a review of the Liverpool gig this morning.  Surprised me, that did.  4 stars.  The boys done good.


Just back from Brighton. My own general fatigue and ropiness meant that I felt a bit detached from the gig so I enjoyed it but not as much as I had hoped considering the tickets were bought about 18 months ago for the tour that was postponed from last spring.

I have to admit that I had some apprehensiveness after the BBC concert in October 2017 which was underpowered and with horrible out of tune vocals. No such problems tonight. The vocals were bang on and the playing was tight throughout. Woman In Chains has been shifted from the encore into the main set and Creep was dropped in favour of Suffer The Children, a good decision I think. No Mothers Talk sadly and Roland Orzabal has aged considerably in the last 18 months.

Alison Moyet's current musical style is a little too industrial for my liking and did not really suit her early solo material (which I like). It was kind of like Alison Moyet does mid period Depeche Mode (who I really don't like). The Yazoo songs came over well though.
Glad you enjoyed it Al. I wasn't over enamoured with AM's stuff either but everyone else seemed to love her so what do I know!!!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: garrypbrooks on February 05, 2019, 08:45:23 AM

Late posting but Martyn Joseph at the Stables. Usual high standard. Saw him earlier in the tour and he had shuffled his set round so it all seemed fresh. The songs off his new album have really bedded in and the re were a few covers from Waits and Springsteen. Very strong finish with Nye, Cardiff Bay and Lonely Like America. There really is no better songwriter/performer around. His passion and commitment is so valuable in these depressing times.

Which Waits & Springsteen songs did he cover?


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Will S on February 05, 2019, 09:50:13 AM
Phil Beer's patron's evening at Nettlebed last night.  He played a solo set in the first half, and in the second introduced his guests - Kelly Oliver, Hannah Martin, Geoff Lakeman and Miranda Sykes.  Each of them played two or three songs, one with Phil, the other(s) solo, and then we had two ensemble pieces to finish off.  It was a great evening, obviouslymuch enjoyed by the performers, as well as the audience.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Polly Oxford (Andie) on February 05, 2019, 12:33:15 PM
Had to miss Churchfitters, gutted, but roads were lethal around here. Just hoping weather better for the rest of the St Ediths gigs, there's some great stuff lined up.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: David V B on February 05, 2019, 06:31:55 PM


Late posting but Martyn Joseph at the Stables. Usual high standard. Saw him earlier in the tour and he had shuffled his set round so it all seemed fresh. The songs off his new album have really bedded in and the re were a few covers from Waits and Springsteen. Very strong finish with Nye, Cardiff Bay and Lonely Like America. There really is no better songwriter/performer around. His passion and commitment is so valuable in these depressing times.

Which Waits & Springsteen songs did he cover?
Down in the Hole and Ghost of Tom Joad.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on February 10, 2019, 06:31:02 AM
Last night, Fleetwood Mac at the Frank Erwin Center, Austin!

Terrific show. Neil Finn is a great singer and guitarist, and they gave him his own spotlight performance of "Don't Dream It's Over."  They dipped into the early Mac songbook to play Oh Well (sung by Mike Campbell!), Black Magic Woman (sung by Stevie Nicks!) and a Danny Kirwan song whose title I did not catch.  They ended with a lovely duet between Christine McVie and Stevie, on an unfamiliar song that included the lyric "time to break the chain" or somesuch.  It seemed like a bookend for "The Chain," which opened the show.  At the conclusion, Mick Fleetwood sent best wishes to Lindsey Buckingham, who is having a bad time right now.

The biggest surprise was a smashing tribute to Tom Petty:  "Free Fallin'"

And I couldn't see a damn thing because the guy in front of me was 6-foot 4.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on February 10, 2019, 11:02:14 PM
The Young'Uns performing their terrific Ballad of Johnny Longstaff show at the South Bank Centre yesterday. It is a hugely thought provoking piece but delivered with wit and grace. My only criticism is that seeing the show reveals the album as a cut down version and I wish the whole show had been included on the recording, especially the very moving final few seconds.

However, if you get a chance to see this, do not hesitate. It is not a standard Young 'Uns gig but a very structured multimedia performance about the hunger marches of the 1930s, the rise of fascism and the Spanish Civil War. All bets are off for anyone else winning best live act or best album at the Folk Awards this year.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bingers (Chris) on February 11, 2019, 08:13:58 AM

The Young'Uns performing their terrific Ballad of Johnny Longstaff show at the South Bank Centre yesterday. It is a hugely thought provoking piece but delivered with wit and grace. My only criticism is that seeing the show reveals the album as a cut down version and I wish the whole show had been included on the recording, especially the very moving final few seconds.

However, if you get a chance to see this, do not hesitate. It is not a standard Young 'Uns gig but a very structured multimedia performance about the hunger marches of the 1930s, the rise of fascism and the Spanish Civil War. All bets are off for anyone else winning best live act or best album at the Folk Awards this year.


Saw this show last year and fully agree with your sentiments. I saw the show at a very small venue, Maldon Town Hall, and I think seeing it in a small, intimate venue (capacity 200) added to the experience


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on February 11, 2019, 09:22:19 AM


The Young'Uns performing their terrific Ballad of Johnny Longstaff show at the South Bank Centre yesterday. It is a hugely thought provoking piece but delivered with wit and grace. My only criticism is that seeing the show reveals the album as a cut down version and I wish the whole show had been included on the recording, especially the very moving final few seconds.

However, if you get a chance to see this, do not hesitate. It is not a standard Young 'Uns gig but a very structured multimedia performance about the hunger marches of the 1930s, the rise of fascism and the Spanish Civil War. All bets are off for anyone else winning best live act or best album at the Folk Awards this year.


Saw this show last year and fully agree with your sentiments. I saw the show at a very small venue, Maldon Town Hall, and I think seeing it in a small, intimate venue (capacity 200) added to the experience


Yes, this was in the Purcell Room, the smallest of the South Bank Centre venues at 370 seats so still fairly intimate. It was the matinee show and there was a huge standing ovation at the end at which the lads looked slightly embarrassed and which may never have stopped had Sean not said, "Can you please stop clapping? We've got another show to do!"  ;D


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on February 11, 2019, 07:17:56 PM
Setlist and excellent review from the local fish wrapper:  https://www.austin360.com/entertainmentlife/20190210/fleetwood-mac-makes-way-without-buckingham-at-erwin-center


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jules Gray on February 11, 2019, 10:35:13 PM

At the conclusion, Mick Fleetwood sent best wishes to Lindsey Buckingham, who is having a bad time right now.


With not being in the band?  Or something else?

Jules


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bingers (Chris) on February 11, 2019, 10:41:09 PM


At the conclusion, Mick Fleetwood sent best wishes to Lindsey Buckingham, who is having a bad time right now.


With not being in the band?  Or something else?

Jules


He’s had open heart surgery and (temporarily) lost the use of his vocal cords!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on February 12, 2019, 12:12:38 AM



At the conclusion, Mick Fleetwood sent best wishes to Lindsey Buckingham, who is having a bad time right now.


With not being in the band?  Or something else?

Jules


He’s had open heart surgery and (temporarily) lost the use of his vocal cords!


Yes, Lindsey is having a rough time right now, health-wise. Mick's closing remarks were very thoughtful and appropriate.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jules Gray on February 12, 2019, 10:34:20 AM
Hell's bells, I had no idea.  Good for Mick, to do the right thing.  It's probably lucky that LB wasn't out on tour with them after all.

Jules


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on February 12, 2019, 06:11:12 PM

Hell's bells, I had no idea.  Good for Mick, to do the right thing.  It's probably lucky that LB wasn't out on tour with them after all.

Jules


I don't think the 'temporarily' referred to above is anything other than a wish, is it?  What i read from his wife was very much a 'wait and see'.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: jude on February 12, 2019, 07:56:14 PM
Here's the story
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-47182955


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bingers (Chris) on February 13, 2019, 07:43:55 AM
Went to see the Lost Words, Folk Music and Spell Songs at the Queen Elizabeth Hall,London last night. What a wonderful wonderful and fascinating concert. It started with a discussion session with the authors of the book (Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris) hosted by the editor of Songlines. Then we went into the music which has been specially commissioned by Folk by the Oak based on the book. The musicians included Julie Fowlis, Kris Drever, Karine Polwart, Beth Porter, Rachel Newton, Seckou Keita and Jim Molyneux. A truly mesmerising performance!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on February 14, 2019, 05:14:56 PM
Another excellent review, this from the James Taylor/Bonnie Raitt show last night at the Erwin Center:  https://www.austin360.com/entertainmentlife/20190214/james-taylor-bonnie-raitt-play-to-each-others-strengths-at-erwin-center

The reviewer is spot on in his remarks about the venue, late arrivals, etc.  There's no set list in the text, but one of the accompanying photos shows JT holding up his chalkboard with the complete set list clearly visible.  :)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Alan2 on February 15, 2019, 11:51:19 AM
The East Pointers. Canadian folk band.  A freebie, and a band I'm unfamiliar with. Support were good too-   Balter.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: ColinB on February 17, 2019, 01:33:32 PM
Lau played a blinder at the Grand Theatre in Lancaster last night. Some very effective lighting to go along with all of Martin's mad electronics but they played some numbers in acoustic mode as well at the front of the stage. The second set was the new album and they ended with Ghosts which brought a tear to my eye having heard some sad news earlier in the day about a friend a good 15 years younger than myself who was found dead a couple of days ago.

So a somewhat emotional night but if you're a fan do try and get along to see them on this tour. You won't be disappointed.

http://www.lau-music.co.uk/gigs/



Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Nick Reg on February 19, 2019, 11:55:48 AM
Steve Harley Acoustic Trio at the New Vic. Absolutely superb , he just gets better and better. Longest and loudest standing ovation I've seen at the venue in 30 years.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Will S on February 19, 2019, 12:08:56 PM
Steve Knightley's Stories and Songs from the Road show at Nettlebed last night.  A little different, as he spent about as long telling stories about the life of a travelling musician as he did playing songs.  Not sure if this was because he was recovering from laryngitis, so singing wasn't so easy, or just the way the show is structured.

His voice was a bit rough, but he has a good way of communicating, and I found it very interesting and informative, as well as enjoyable.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jim on February 22, 2019, 01:05:58 AM
Not long home from seeing Steve Winwood and Steely Dan at the Manchester arena.
Stevie was great, he did a sort of best of set, 3 spencer davis group songs, lots of traffic and a smidgeon of his solo and blind faith stuff.
   Steely Dan were astonishingly brilliant, Freddie Washington is a monstrously great bass player and the drummer, whose name escapes me was utterly amazing, Fagen is cool as but the rest of the band, keyboards, guitar, 3 girly singers( the Danettes) and the 4 piece horn section  were top notch. Possibly the most accomplished band I've ever seen, and the material isnt exactly shabby. Best 97 quid ive ever spent on a show.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on February 22, 2019, 08:16:18 AM

Not long home from seeing Steve Winwood and Steely Dan at the Manchester arena.
Stevie was great, he did a sort of best of set, 3 spencer davis group songs, lots of traffic and a smidgeon of his solo and blind faith stuff.
   Steely Dan were astonishingly brilliant, Freddie Washington is a monstrously great bass player and the drummer, whose name escapes me was utterly amazing, Fagen is cool as but the rest of the band, keyboards, guitar, 3 girly singers( the Danettes) and the 4 piece horn section  were top notch. Possibly the most accomplished band I've ever seen, and the material isnt exactly shabby. Best 97 quid ive ever spent on a show.
I would have enjoyed that  :D

As indeed I thoroughly enjoyed Jim Moray on Tuesday. He is playing as a Trio - with violinist Tom Moore and double bassist Matthew Downer - and they are a joy to watch and hear. Recommended :)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Ancient Muse (Andy) on February 23, 2019, 04:18:09 AM

Not long home from seeing Steve Winwood and Steely Dan at the Manchester arena.
Stevie was great, he did a sort of best of set, 3 spencer davis group songs, lots of traffic and a smidgeon of his solo and blind faith stuff.
   Steely Dan were astonishingly brilliant, Freddie Washington is a monstrously great bass player and the drummer, whose name escapes me was utterly amazing, Fagen is cool as but the rest of the band, keyboards, guitar, 3 girly singers( the Danettes) and the 4 piece horn section  were top notch. Possibly the most accomplished band I've ever seen, and the material isnt exactly shabby. Best 97 quid ive ever spent on a show.


Gulp! £97?!! Oh, but I would love to see Steely Dan.  ::)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bingers (Chris) on February 23, 2019, 08:40:34 AM


Not long home from seeing Steve Winwood and Steely Dan at the Manchester arena.
Stevie was great, he did a sort of best of set, 3 spencer davis group songs, lots of traffic and a smidgeon of his solo and blind faith stuff.
   Steely Dan were astonishingly brilliant, Freddie Washington is a monstrously great bass player and the drummer, whose name escapes me was utterly amazing, Fagen is cool as but the rest of the band, keyboards, guitar, 3 girly singers( the Danettes) and the 4 piece horn section  were top notch. Possibly the most accomplished band I've ever seen, and the material isnt exactly shabby. Best 97 quid ive ever spent on a show.


Gulp! £97?!! Oh, but I would love to see Steely Dan.  ::)


The cost was the main reason why I didn’t book tickets for Wembley Arena this coming Monday although I was lucky to see both Becker & Fagen together at the same venue some years ago now. The gig then was worthwhile but they tended to wander into Dylan territory! By that I mean changing song arrangements so much it was hard to recognise what they were playing sometimes...I mean ‘Reeling in the Years’ without the wonderful guitar intro was just wrong  :'(


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jim on February 23, 2019, 12:51:47 PM



Not long home from seeing Steve Winwood and Steely Dan at the Manchester arena.
Stevie was great, he did a sort of best of set, 3 spencer davis group songs, lots of traffic and a smidgeon of his solo and blind faith stuff.
   Steely Dan were astonishingly brilliant, Freddie Washington is a monstrously great bass player and the drummer, whose name escapes me was utterly amazing, Fagen is cool as but the rest of the band, keyboards, guitar, 3 girly singers( the Danettes) and the 4 piece horn section  were top notch. Possibly the most accomplished band I've ever seen, and the material isnt exactly shabby. Best 97 quid ive ever spent on a show.


Gulp! £97?!! Oh, but I would love to see Steely Dan.  ::)


The cost was the main reason why I didn’t book tickets for Wembley Arena this coming Monday although I was lucky to see both Becker & Fagen together at the same venue some years ago now. The gig then was worthwhile but they tended to wander into Dylan territory! By that I mean changing song arrangements so much it was hard to recognise what they were playing sometimes...I mean ‘Reeling in the Years’ without the wonderful guitar intro was just wrong  :'(


The guitar is back


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bingers (Chris) on February 23, 2019, 03:55:01 PM






The cost was the main reason why I didn’t book tickets for Wembley Arena this coming Monday although I was lucky to see both Becker & Fagen together at the same venue some years ago now. The gig then was worthwhile but they tended to wander into Dylan territory! By that I mean changing song arrangements so much it was hard to recognise what they were playing sometimes...I mean ‘Reeling in the Years’ without the wonderful guitar intro was just wrong  :'(


The guitar is back


Good - that’s the way it should be but that’s only my view


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jules Gray on February 23, 2019, 06:43:45 PM

Good - that’s the way it should be but that’s only my view


Oh no it isn't.

Jules


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on February 23, 2019, 10:17:22 PM


Good - that’s the way it should be but that’s only my view


Oh no it isn't.

Jules
Too right it isn’t!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bingers (Chris) on February 23, 2019, 11:42:54 PM
Like I said it’s only my view so didn’t need a response!!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jules Gray on February 24, 2019, 10:29:11 AM

Like I said it’s only my view so didn’t need a response!!


Except it isn't.   ;D

Jules


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Will S on February 26, 2019, 09:40:51 AM
McGoldrick McCusker and Doyle at Nettlebed last night.  Absolutely stunning.  Wonderful interplay between the three of them.  Hugely recommended if they are playing anywhere near you.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Pat Helms on February 27, 2019, 11:45:50 AM




Not long home from seeing Steve Winwood and Steely Dan at the Manchester arena.
Stevie was great, he did a sort of best of set, 3 spencer davis group songs, lots of traffic and a smidgeon of his solo and blind faith stuff.
   Steely Dan were astonishingly brilliant, Freddie Washington is a monstrously great bass player and the drummer, whose name escapes me was utterly amazing, Fagen is cool as but the rest of the band, keyboards, guitar, 3 girly singers( the Danettes) and the 4 piece horn section  were top notch. Possibly the most accomplished band I've ever seen, and the material isnt exactly shabby. Best 97 quid ive ever spent on a show.


Gulp! £97?!! Oh, but I would love to see Steely Dan.  ::)


The cost was the main reason why I didn’t book tickets for Wembley Arena this coming Monday although I was lucky to see both Becker & Fagen together at the same venue some years ago now. The gig then was worthwhile but they tended to wander into Dylan territory! By that I mean changing song arrangements so much it was hard to recognise what they were playing sometimes...I mean ‘Reeling in the Years’ without the wonderful guitar intro was just wrong  :'(


The guitar is back


They actually played BOTH versions of Reeling when I saw them.

Dang, that was 10 years ago! Reeling and Reeling and Reeling away!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Peter Allen on March 01, 2019, 09:41:35 AM
Katie Spencer is playing Hull University , Middleton Hall as an album launch tonight , 1st March
"Weather Beaten" is the album , looking forward to the gig (and buying  the album)




Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: JohnP69 on March 03, 2019, 07:33:35 PM

Alice Phoebe Lou and special guest Hi Fi Club Leeds Thursday 28th February

The special guest turned out to be none other than Saving Grace!

Fantastic set from Mr Plant and the band. You can tell he's really enjoying this project.

Couldn't believe I was only 6 feet away from him!!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on March 03, 2019, 08:39:29 PM


Alice Phoebe Lou and special guest Hi Fi Club Leeds Thursday 28th February

The special guest turned out to be none other than Saving Grace!

Fantastic set from Mr Plant and the band. You can tell he's really enjoying this project.

Couldn't believe I was only 6 feet away from him!!


Nice one.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jim on March 05, 2019, 07:38:39 PM
Not a gig but an exhibition, "Bobbins" the Frank Sidebottom exh, at Central Library in Manchester, its on from last Friday until the end of April( i think), because its been a nice day and our Siobhan isnt well and she's at home with Rocco, the dog(we have him when shes at work, etc, etc).
We went in on the metro, any excuse to use the free passes, but i would need a month to give the exhibits more than a cursory glance and there is  mountains of video to watch, including full live shows and the various "Magical Timperley tours" videos where he escorted bus loads of fans round Timperley to see the sights including the famous twin post boxes "one for the right handers and one for the lefties", the Stonemasons and Timperley aquatics.  I loved it and even Maura managed the odd smirk!!!!
    Chris Sievey was a musical, artistic and comedy genius.

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/whats-on/manchester-weekend-things-to-do-15885642
 


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on March 05, 2019, 08:37:33 PM

Not a gig but an exhibition, "Bobbins" the Frank Sidebottom exh, at Central Library in Manchester, its on from last Friday until the end of April( i think), because its been a nice day and our Siobhan isnt well and she's at home with Rocco, the dog(we have him when shes at work, etc, etc).
We went in on the metro, any excuse to use the free passes, but i would need a month to give the exhibits more than a cursory glance and there is  mountains of video to watch, including full live shows and the various "Magical Timperley tours" videos where he escorted bus loads of fans round Timperley to see the sights including the famous twin post boxes "one for the right handers and one for the lefties", the Stonemasons and Timperley aquatics.  I loved it and even Maura managed the odd smirk!!!!
    Chris Sievey was a musical, artistic and comedy genius.

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/whats-on/manchester-weekend-things-to-do-15885642
 


I'm hoping to get to see that (and the Martin Parr at the Art Gallery) on a trip back North this month.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on March 08, 2019, 07:20:28 PM
This review of Bob Seger last night in Austin says everything I would say, but better:  https://www.austin360.com/entertainmentlife/20190308/bob-seger-bids-farewell-with-hit-after-hit-at-erwin-center-show


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Andy on March 08, 2019, 11:55:27 PM

This review of Bob Seger last night in Austin says everything I would say, but better:  https://www.austin360.com/entertainmentlife/20190308/bob-seger-bids-farewell-with-hit-after-hit-at-erwin-center-show


Access Denied


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on March 09, 2019, 12:05:52 AM


This review of Bob Seger last night in Austin says everything I would say, but better:  https://www.austin360.com/entertainmentlife/20190308/bob-seger-bids-farewell-with-hit-after-hit-at-erwin-center-show


Access Denied


????  You might try skipping my hyperlink and going through www.statesman.com to get to the entertainment section (Austin360) and then the Bob Seger review.  I wonder if the Austin American-Statesman blocks non-U.S. users for some reason?  I don't believe you have to subscribe to the Statesman to get this content, because I don't and I did.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: dog-nap (Ian) on March 09, 2019, 12:45:59 AM
Olivia Chaney at Cecil Sharp House.  An amazing voice, if a little solemn.  Almost more like a recital than a traditional gig.

A busy weekend coming up.  Crufts tomorrow, then Pete Atkin on Sunday.



Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bingers (Chris) on March 10, 2019, 10:08:37 AM
Big Country last night at Colchester Arts Centre were superb despite a slightly dodgy (muddy) sound mix. It looked they were thoroughly enjoying themselves unlike the rather dour and disjointed support, The Lamplight Club. BC got the small (300?) venue jumping and I liked the fact that they still name check Stuart Adamson, a nice touch I thought


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Chris on March 12, 2019, 09:48:11 AM

Olivia Chaney at Cecil Sharp House.  An amazing voice, if a little solemn.  Almost more like a recital than a traditional gig.


Agreed. She was classicly trained as a singer, that might help understand. I agree that she needs to relax more into her performance. But very good nonetheless.

A weekend just gone on Mallorca catching a reformed-for-one-date Emily Portman Trio plus another gig with Rachel Newton & Lucy Farrell (plus the odd gurgle from Lucy's baby daughter :-) Great weather!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Alan2 on March 13, 2019, 11:42:58 AM
KT Tunstall a couple of nights ago. She now has an all female band and they sounded good. A pleasant evening.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on March 13, 2019, 01:21:36 PM

KT Tunstall a couple of nights ago. She now has an all female band and they sounded good. A pleasant evening.
She'd be great at Cropredy!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on March 13, 2019, 06:39:33 PM


Not a gig but an exhibition, "Bobbins" the Frank Sidebottom exh, at Central Library in Manchester, its on from last Friday until the end of April( i think), because its been a nice day and our Siobhan isnt well and she's at home with Rocco, the dog(we have him when shes at work, etc, etc).
We went in on the metro, any excuse to use the free passes, but i would need a month to give the exhibits more than a cursory glance and there is  mountains of video to watch, including full live shows and the various "Magical Timperley tours" videos where he escorted bus loads of fans round Timperley to see the sights including the famous twin post boxes "one for the right handers and one for the lefties", the Stonemasons and Timperley aquatics.  I loved it and even Maura managed the odd smirk!!!!
    Chris Sievey was a musical, artistic and comedy genius.

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/whats-on/manchester-weekend-things-to-do-15885642
 


I'm hoping to get to see that (and the Martin Parr at the Art Gallery) on a trip back North this month.


And I did - at the weekend.  Didn't think we'd have time, but we did (plus a trip to the Whitworth too).  The Bobbins exhibitions was great fun, the Martin Parr exhibition was exemplary, and - to get back on topic - the Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus were bloody marvellous in Liverpool on Friday night.  They finished with the best cover of Tomorrow Never Knows I've ever heard.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Chris on March 14, 2019, 11:16:27 AM
Mawkin's first night of their farewell tour - excellent, be sorry to see them go. Ciaran Algar depping for the already departed James Delarre. Not a note wrong either, he's well rehearsed!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Shane (Skirky) on March 15, 2019, 09:47:37 AM
Marty Willson-Piper at The Betsey Trotwood in That There London. Absolutely terrific quiet night in (the Circle Line, which runs under the cellar notwithstanding) with a real music fan and enthusiast, and top-notch twelve string guitarist to boot. He’s touring this month, so if you get the chance to see him in your area please do go. Mrs. W-P, on violin and vocals, really adds something special to the arrangements of material from his forty-odd years in the business. He’s also a massive music fan and is the first person I’ve seen throw in a Ten Years After riff to an intro before reflecting incredulously on Slade’s version of Martha, My Dear.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on March 15, 2019, 05:14:26 PM

He’s also a massive music fan and is the first person I’ve seen throw in a Ten Years After riff to an intro before reflecting incredulously on Slade’s version of Martha, My Dear.


Ha ha ha ha ha.  I literally spat my tea out all over the keyboard at that one!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on March 16, 2019, 12:04:48 PM
Merry Hell at St Edith Hall in Kemsing, Kent. The acoustic version put on a rousing and rapturously received show despite battling illness and consequent voice issues.

Supported by Terry Hiscock and Rog Trevitt of Hunter Muskett, about whom I knew nothing and by whom I was hugely impressed. I am now trying to dig out some of their albums to sample online.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Alan2 on March 16, 2019, 12:36:01 PM


KT Tunstall a couple of nights ago. She now has an all female band and they sounded good. A pleasant evening.
She'd be great at Cropredy!


She's a great act. Second time I've seen her.  8)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Polly Oxford (Andie) on March 16, 2019, 12:42:43 PM
Merry Hell really got St Edith's going last night, I hope it encourages them to venture South again.
-and what a treat to have such great support, I'm often amazed at the talent on the 'Undercard'.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on March 16, 2019, 01:12:43 PM

Merry Hell really got St Edith's going last night, I hope it encourages them to venture South again.
-and what a treat to have such great support, I'm often amazed at the talent on the 'Undercard'.


I see Andrew has had to pull out of tonight's show so we just got away with it last night.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: blagden on March 16, 2019, 01:24:24 PM
Not a gig but a vinyl auction in Sheffield where this fetched £30 - Fairports first single.

The vinyl fetched incredibly high prices but the real surprise was collections of cassettes regularly going for nearly £100 and nine Factory Records cassettes sold for £110?


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Polly Oxford (Andie) on March 16, 2019, 01:30:28 PM
Ooh, a trip to the loft i think...


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on March 16, 2019, 03:27:35 PM

Not a gig but a vinyl auction in Sheffield where this fetched £30 - Fairports first single.

The vinyl fetched incredibly high prices but the real surprise was collections of cassettes regularly going for nearly £100 and nine Factory Records cassettes sold for £110?


Not a surprise to me...cassettes have really taken off in the last couple of years.  There seem to be two distinct areas where the market is growing exponentially...one is of original issue releases from the early 70's, and the other is the late 70's/80's 'alternative' scene.  With the former, it's really weird how 'youngsters' (ie anybody under 40!!) can't seem to age cassettes properly...you see loads of the late 70's reissues (generally no paper prints on the cassette itself but printed directly onto the plastic) being passed off as originals when they're not.

I'm convinced the CD market is going to take off again soon.  Not everything, of course, but interesting stuff.  People that have grown up with music they don't own are starting to see the attraction of a material object which reinforces their sense of connection to that music, whether they listen to the cassette/CD/record or not.

Sounds like a bargain for Ribbon Bow...


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Shankly (Peter) on March 16, 2019, 04:47:40 PM



Not a surprise to me...cassettes have really taken off in the last couple of years.


Really! That's a surprise to me. Cassettes must be the most inconvenient format ever. Even smaller than a CD for artwork - generally poor sound quality and difficult to find a particular track, plus the risk of the tape stretching or snapping.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on March 16, 2019, 04:55:59 PM




Not a surprise to me...cassettes have really taken off in the last couple of years.


Really! That's a surprise to me. Cassettes must be the most inconvenient format ever. Even smaller than a CD for artwork - generally poor sound quality and difficult to find a particular track, plus the risk of the tape stretching or snapping.


All true, of course, but it isn't really about them as a means of carrying music...it's the whole aesthetic materiality of them as 'objects'.  Which sounds bollox, but I still think it's true!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bingers (Chris) on March 16, 2019, 06:37:35 PM





Not a surprise to me...cassettes have really taken off in the last couple of years.


Really! That's a surprise to me. Cassettes must be the most inconvenient format ever. Even smaller than a CD for artwork - generally poor sound quality and difficult to find a particular track, plus the risk of the tape stretching or snapping.


All true, of course, but it isn't really about them as a means of carrying music...it's the whole aesthetic materiality of them as 'objects'.  Which sounds bollox, but I still think it's true!


I agree and have always preferred owning ‘hard copy’ rather than just streaming off the internet. My collection of vinyl and CDs continues to grow and I still own some 50 or so cassettes!  I usually listen first on Spotify or YouTube then try to buy the hard copy so best of both worlds  :)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Ancient Muse (Andy) on March 17, 2019, 11:19:42 AM


KT Tunstall a couple of nights ago. She now has an all female band and they sounded good. A pleasant evening.
She'd be great at Cropredy!


Ooh yes, I think she would!  She was in Cardiff last night along with a few thousand pissed-up Welsh and Irish rugby fans. I hope her gig went well,  we'd have gone but already had tickets for a classical music concert at a local church.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on March 17, 2019, 02:02:33 PM




Not a surprise to me...cassettes have really taken off in the last couple of years.


Really! That's a surprise to me. Cassettes must be the most inconvenient format ever. Even smaller than a CD for artwork - generally poor sound quality and difficult to find a particular track, plus the risk of the tape stretching or snapping.


The £150 cassette anybody?   ;) https://www.discogs.com/sell/item/750192409


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Alan2 on March 17, 2019, 02:49:08 PM
I still listen to cassettes, though have stopped buying them and recording stuff.  Blanks seem to have a better lifespan than the pre-recorded ones, even on a good machine.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on March 17, 2019, 05:03:41 PM



KT Tunstall a couple of nights ago. She now has an all female band and they sounded good. A pleasant evening.
She'd be great at Cropredy!


Ooh yes, I think she would!  She was in Cardiff last night along with a few thousand pissed-up Welsh and Irish rugby fans. I hope her gig went well,  we'd have gone but already had tickets for a classical music concert at a local church.
I'm sure she had the time of her life!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Shankly (Peter) on March 18, 2019, 11:34:27 PM
Roy Harper  at Liverpool Phil this evening. Roy was fantastic- 'McGoohan's blues' in particular was amazing but I've never known such a badly behaved audience. There were 3 talkers on the row in front of me,and there were numerous drunken bellowers dotted around the audience who thought that we would rather hear their slurred interuptions than listen to Roy talking between songs. One of them even lit up a spliff during the last song. Spoiled what was otherwise a great night .<\Rant>


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Andy Tuck on March 19, 2019, 12:05:25 AM

Roy Harper  at Liverpool Phil this evening. Roy was fantastic- 'McGoohan's blues' in particular was amazing but I've never known such a badly behaved audience. There were 3 talkers on the row in front of me,and there were numerous drunken bellowers dotted around the audience who thought that we would rather hear their slurred interuptions than listen to Roy talking between songs. One of them even lit up a spliff during the last song. Spoiled what was otherwise a great night .<\Rant>


Last time I saw Roy at an outside festival he lit up a spliff on stage.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: PaulT on March 19, 2019, 06:37:56 AM
My school's speech days were held at the Phil. Could have done with a spliff at some of them. I once sat on the front row of the orchestra seats for an ISB concert there. Doesn't count as recent gig, I don't think, as I was about 17 at the time... nearly half a century ago. Gulp!!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Shankly (Peter) on March 19, 2019, 06:45:35 AM

My school's speech days were held at the Phil. Could have done with a spliff at some of them.


Mine too. You aren't a St Mary's boy are you?


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: PaulT on March 19, 2019, 08:59:33 AM
Merchants, Peter.

Sadly, I was at the funeral of a St Mary's old boy yesterday - Peter Mullen - he was only 61 - cancer.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Shankly (Peter) on March 19, 2019, 09:44:31 AM

Merchants, Peter.

Sadly, I was at the funeral of a St Mary's old boy yesterday - Peter Mullen - he was only 61 - cancer.


What a shame. He'd probably be a year below me, so I don't know him.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Alan2 on March 21, 2019, 03:04:30 PM
Roy Harper @ The Sage last night
 A good gig marred only slightly by the usual hecklers (though he said liverpool was a lot worse). And he forgot the words to one of his new songs, for which I forgive him.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on March 21, 2019, 09:01:00 PM

Roy Harper @ The Sage last night
 A good gig marred only slightly by the usual hecklers (though he said liverpool was a lot worse). And he forgot the words to one of his new songs, for which I forgive him.


We forget that Roy gigs used to be all full of people rolling him spliffs, Roy rolling other people spliffs and interminable stoned waffle between crowd and artist.  Having said that they tended to be in sh1tty little venues and everyone was in a good mood.  I hate the gentrification and commercialisation of (folk-)rock'n'roll, and lots else besides...  Much as I love Roy, i'm not paying £50+ to see the guy.  I'm just not.  Glad the gig was good.  I saw the set list.  Nice.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jules Gray on March 21, 2019, 10:06:31 PM

We forget that Roy gigs used to be all full of people rolling him spliffs, Roy rolling other people spliffs and interminable stoned waffle between crowd and artist.  


I may have forgotten a lot, and not just because of the spliffs, but I've never forgotten the...uh...unique experience that is a Roy Harper gig.

Jules


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Shankly (Peter) on March 22, 2019, 08:30:12 AM


Roy Harper @ The Sage last night
 A good gig marred only slightly by the usual hecklers (though he said liverpool was a lot worse). And he forgot the words to one of his new songs, for which I forgive him.


We forget that Roy gigs used to be all full of people rolling him spliffs, Roy rolling other people spliffs and interminable stoned waffle between crowd and artist.  Having said that they tended to be in sh1tty little venues and everyone was in a good mood.  I hate the gentrification and commercialisation of (folk-)rock'n'roll, and lots else besides...  Much as I love Roy, i'm not paying £50+ to see the guy.  I'm just not.  Glad the gig was good.  I saw the set list.  Nice.


My ticket for Liverpool was £25, which I thought was reasonable. It was my first Roy Harper gig and I wasn't aware of the reputation for hecklers at his shows - it was particularly bad in Liverpool, but it was mostly drunken, incoherent bellowing rather than heckling. I wouldn't have minded a bit of stoned waffle, and it didn't give the impression of a good mood.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on March 22, 2019, 01:04:42 PM

My ticket for Liverpool was £25, which I thought was reasonable. It was my first Roy Harper gig and I wasn't aware of the reputation for hecklers at his shows - it was particularly bad in Liverpool, but it was mostly drunken, incoherent bellowing rather than heckling. I wouldn't have minded a bit of stoned waffle, and it didn't give the impression of a good mood.


Were they reduced at the end?  They were a lot more than that last time he toured, so maybe I just assumed?  Venues very far from full from what I hear.  P1ssed people at concerts are the pits.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Shankly (Peter) on March 22, 2019, 01:59:19 PM


My ticket for Liverpool was £25, which I thought was reasonable. It was my first Roy Harper gig and I wasn't aware of the reputation for hecklers at his shows - it was particularly bad in Liverpool, but it was mostly drunken, incoherent bellowing rather than heckling. I wouldn't have minded a bit of stoned waffle, and it didn't give the impression of a good mood.


Were they reduced at the end?  They were a lot more than that last time he toured, so maybe I just assumed?  Venues very far from full from what I hear.  P1ssed people at concerts are the pits.


No, I don't think so - it was virtually sold out. My ticket was at the back of the upper circle, so was the cheapest available though. I don't think they were as much as £50 for the good seats.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Alan2 on March 22, 2019, 09:51:54 PM
The sage was far from sold out and people like me who got the cheap balcony seats were offered a free 'upgrade' to downstairs which I refused as I like to look down on the stage


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on March 23, 2019, 07:56:49 AM
Half Man Half Biscuit at the Tramshed in Cardiff.  As tight and hilarious as a very tightly wound funny thing.  Great venue too - I'm next there for the slightly different Unthanks.  Who knew HMHB had a bit of a crazy old skinhead following, eh?  Weird.  What great songs....and much more muscular than the albums.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: hendo (Dave) on March 23, 2019, 11:05:41 AM
BANTER and the WILLOWS , 2 seperate gigs at the MUSICIAN Leics , this week, promoted by Andy Tuck, of this parish.
My usual thanks to Andy for regularly putting on acts of this calibre.
Banter , I have been watching since they formed and they just grow in stature . 3 consummate musicians, there aren’t enough trumpet/ trombone playing drummers in the world.! Their music is infectious and impossible to categorise. Original songs, trad english dance tunes , jazz , dub touches , an eclectic mix.
Energy and fun. One to see.
The Willows , I have loved for years , since seeing them at a fest 2011/12 ish!!! The present line up is really strong. Again consummate musicians, covering banjos , Guitars , dobro, fiddle and just stunning percussion. Great presentation, an audience that sang, it wa# fun and some of the playing of their own songs just built and built.
I bought the new album....a good sign.....!

If you listen to just one track, try their present single, False Light...it sums up what they do...
A classic festival band and I will see them again at Folk in a Field.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bob Barrows on March 23, 2019, 11:36:15 AM
If you listen to just one track, try their present single, False Light...it sums up what they do...
I found it on youtube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16690bh8HGg) and love it. I kept thinking the fiddler looked familiar until it finally struck me that it was Kat Gilmore. I looked up the band's website and the other name I recognize is Ben Savage. I'm planning to dig deeper into their material today.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on March 23, 2019, 11:50:14 AM

BANTER and the WILLOWS , 2 seperate gigs at the MUSICIAN Leics , this week, promoted by Andy Tuck, of this parish.
My usual thanks to Andy for regularly putting on acts of this calibre.
Banter , I have been watching since they formed and they just grow in stature . 3 consummate musicians, there aren’t enough trumpet/ trombone playing drummers in the world.! Their music is infectious and impossible to categorise. Original songs, trad english dance tunes , jazz , dub touches , an eclectic mix.
Energy and fun. One to see.
The Willows , I have loved for years , since seeing them at a fest 2011/12 ish!!! The present line up is really strong. Again consummate musicians, covering banjos , Guitars , dobro, fiddle and just stunning percussion. Great presentation, an audience that sang, it wa# fun and some of the playing of their own songs just built and built.
I bought the new album....a good sign.....!

If you listen to just one track, try their present single, False Light...it sums up what they do...
A classic festival band and I will see them again at Folk in a Field.


I am desperate for The Willows to come and play in my part of the world. I took part in the crowd funding of the album, which incidentally has the most beautiful sleeve which I also have replicated ona T shirt. Fine band and substantially different stylistically from the various members' other acts.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: hendo (Dave) on March 23, 2019, 05:59:41 PM

If you listen to just one track, try their present single, False Light...it sums up what they do...
I found it on youtube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16690bh8HGg) and love it. I kept thinking the fiddler looked familiar until it finally struck me that it was Kat Gilmore. I looked up the band's website and the other name I recognize is Ben Savage. I'm planning to dig deeper into their material today.

Cheers Bob. It is quite simply....Folk Rock!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on March 23, 2019, 06:42:29 PM


BANTER and the WILLOWS , 2 seperate gigs at the MUSICIAN Leics , this week, promoted by Andy Tuck, of this parish.
My usual thanks to Andy for regularly putting on acts of this calibre.
Banter , I have been watching since they formed and they just grow in stature . 3 consummate musicians, there aren’t enough trumpet/ trombone playing drummers in the world.! Their music is infectious and impossible to categorise. Original songs, trad english dance tunes , jazz , dub touches , an eclectic mix.
Energy and fun. One to see.
The Willows , I have loved for years , since seeing them at a fest 2011/12 ish!!! The present line up is really strong. Again consummate musicians, covering banjos , Guitars , dobro, fiddle and just stunning percussion. Great presentation, an audience that sang, it wa# fun and some of the playing of their own songs just built and built.
I bought the new album....a good sign.....!

If you listen to just one track, try their present single, False Light...it sums up what they do...
A classic festival band and I will see them again at Folk in a Field.


I am desperate for The Willows to come and play in my part of the world. I took part in the crowd funding of the album, which incidentally has the most beautiful sleeve which I also have replicated ona T shirt. Fine band and substantially different stylistically from the various members' other acts.


New to me.  Had a listen to a few tracks.  I like them, but my mine reservation is with the lead vocal.  I much prefer Kat's voice, and I kept wishing that she was singing the songs....  :-\


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on March 23, 2019, 07:01:17 PM



BANTER and the WILLOWS , 2 seperate gigs at the MUSICIAN Leics , this week, promoted by Andy Tuck, of this parish.
My usual thanks to Andy for regularly putting on acts of this calibre.
Banter , I have been watching since they formed and they just grow in stature . 3 consummate musicians, there aren’t enough trumpet/ trombone playing drummers in the world.! Their music is infectious and impossible to categorise. Original songs, trad english dance tunes , jazz , dub touches , an eclectic mix.
Energy and fun. One to see.
The Willows , I have loved for years , since seeing them at a fest 2011/12 ish!!! The present line up is really strong. Again consummate musicians, covering banjos , Guitars , dobro, fiddle and just stunning percussion. Great presentation, an audience that sang, it wa# fun and some of the playing of their own songs just built and built.
I bought the new album....a good sign.....!

If you listen to just one track, try their present single, False Light...it sums up what they do...
A classic festival band and I will see them again at Folk in a Field.


I am desperate for The Willows to come and play in my part of the world. I took part in the crowd funding of the album, which incidentally has the most beautiful sleeve which I also have replicated ona T shirt. Fine band and substantially different stylistically from the various members' other acts.


New to me.  Had a listen to a few tracks.  I like them, but my mine reservation is with the lead vocal.  I much prefer Kat's voice, and I kept wishing that she was singing the songs....  :-\


I do agree about Kat's voice and it is a shame there isn't a little more vocal variety on the album but Kat is the newest member of the band and I guess she is there for her instrumental abilities. As a writer/singer it is not her primary gig.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Chris from Fieldtown on March 23, 2019, 07:12:53 PM
I bought the album on the strength of Kat's music knowing nothing about the Willows. I really like the album and I whilst I understand your reservations about the lead vocal, it works for me big time. Great group of people making great music.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: hendo (Dave) on March 23, 2019, 07:29:27 PM

I bought the album on the strength of Kat's music knowing nothing about the Willows. I really like the album and I whilst I understand your reservations about the lead vocal, it works for me big time. Great group of people making great music.

What this site needs is a thumbs up emoji!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Ancient Muse (Andy) on March 24, 2019, 10:59:20 AM
Three Daft Monkeys at Acapela, Cardiff.   ;D :D ::)

What a fabulous evening! Upbeat, cheerful, fun to watch - I couldn't keep still in my seat, my buttocks are tight from all the chair-dancing and bouncing! I even bought their new Album.

The audience was full of people who had never seen them before,  but were thrilled by the energy and storytelling.  


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on March 25, 2019, 08:20:17 AM
Martin Turner and band, absolutely on fire at the Ropetackle in Shoreham last night. I have seen them many times and this was probably the best, enthusiastically received by a good sized audience and an unpredictable setlist which kept it interesting. Jaw dropping musicianship and great harmonies.

My ears are ringing this morning. That hasn't happened in a long time. Not a good thing I know but still...


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on March 25, 2019, 10:00:34 AM

Three Daft Monkeys at Acapela, Cardiff.   ;D :D ::)

What a fabulous evening! Upbeat, cheerful, fun to watch - I couldn't keep still in my seat, my buttocks are tight from all the chair-dancing and bouncing! I even bought their new Album.

The audience was full of people who had never seen them before,  but were thrilled by the energy and storytelling.  
Must be due a return to Cropredy....   :D


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on March 26, 2019, 04:50:05 PM
Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets, Jesse H. Jones Hall, home of the Houston Symphony (!), yesterday, March 25, 2019.

Here is an excellent review from the local weekly: https://www.houstonpress.com/music/review-nick-masons-saucerful-of-secrets-jones-hall-houston-3-25-19-11264570

I am very, very glad I went.  Thanks to all who pushed me to make the drive, which was well worth it.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on March 26, 2019, 10:00:36 PM

Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets, Jesse H. Jones Hall, home of the Houston Symphony (!), yesterday, March 25, 2019.

Here is an excellent review from the local weekly: https://www.houstonpress.com/music/review-nick-masons-saucerful-of-secrets-jones-hall-houston-3-25-19-11264570

I am very, very glad I went.  Thanks to all who pushed me to make the drive, which was well worth it.
It’s my next concert. I can’t wait! Thanks for the review   :)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bingers (Chris) on March 27, 2019, 08:30:22 AM
Not a gig exactly but went to a talk as part of the Essex Book Festival yesterday. It was given by Ray Clark, now a morning presenter on BBC Essex buta long-time stalwart of Radio Caroline. He talked about the history of the pirate radio ships in general and Caroline in particular...fascinating stuff and brought back many listening memories of lithe 1970s for me  :) Had a chat with him afterwards and naturally bought his book on the subject


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: bassline (Mike) on March 27, 2019, 12:54:32 PM

Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets, Jesse H. Jones Hall, home of the Houston Symphony (!), yesterday, March 25, 2019.

Here is an excellent review from the local weekly: https://www.houstonpress.com/music/review-nick-masons-saucerful-of-secrets-jones-hall-houston-3-25-19-11264570

I am very, very glad I went.  Thanks to all who pushed me to make the drive, which was well worth it.


Glad you liked it...I've just downloaded a recording of it, that I will be listening to shortly.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Ancient Muse (Andy) on March 27, 2019, 10:56:29 PM


Three Daft Monkeys at Acapela, Cardiff.   ;D :D ::)

What a fabulous evening! Upbeat, cheerful, fun to watch - I couldn't keep still in my seat, my buttocks are tight from all the chair-dancing and bouncing! I even bought their new Album.

The audience was full of people who had never seen them before,  but were thrilled by the energy and storytelling.  
Must be due a return to Cropredy....   :D


Must be!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Kevin M on March 28, 2019, 09:53:31 AM
Seth Lakeman last night in Birmingham. A very different sound from last time I saw him. An old style folk rock sound, lead by guitarist Kit Hawes. Even the older stuff from Freedom Fields was played with Thompson style electric guitar.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on March 29, 2019, 10:25:50 AM

Seth Lakeman last night in Birmingham. A very different sound from last time I saw him. An old style folk rock sound, lead by guitarist Kit Hawes. Even the older stuff from Freedom Fields was played with Thompson style electric guitar.
That bodes well for Cropredy!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on March 31, 2019, 05:53:27 PM
Erland Cooper, plus Will Burns and Hannah Peel at the Trades Club in Hebden, plus a whole day of Caught by the River readings and chats (and a walk along the canal).  A tip top day, and great to be back in Calderdale, even if very briefly.  Both Erland and Hannah are in (used to be in?) the Magnetic North which might ring a bell with some.  Erland Cooper's Solan Goose must be some of the finest sounds I've ever heard....


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: hendo (Dave) on April 04, 2019, 11:02:17 PM
Steeleye Span. De Montfort Hall Leics, Wed.
The last time I saw Steeleye , about 4 years ago they had become comfortable and living on past glories.
The band I saw last night was reenergised, playing with the whole band on top of their game .Benji Kirkpatrick, has been a great addition. Folk rock with fabulous Fiddle, rock  guitar and stunning 6 part harmonies. Cracking night.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Shankly (Peter) on April 04, 2019, 11:11:43 PM
Feast of Fiddles tonight at the Atkinson, Southport.

Really enjoyed this show. Superb musicianship and everyone seemd to be having a good time. Peter Knight's playing in particular was stunning.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on April 05, 2019, 08:22:35 AM
Sleaford Mods in Chester.  (Blisteringly) loud and sweary.  Powerful and mischievous and fun.  I've got ringing ears and a couple of mosh pit related bruises.  It's like being a bloody teenager again.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Tony Pim on April 05, 2019, 11:51:56 AM

Sleaford Mods in Chester.  (Blisteringly) loud and sweary.  Powerful and mischievous and fun.  I've got ringing ears and a couple of mosh pit related bruises.  It's like being a bloody teenager again.

Will be seeing them at a couple of festivals later in the year,  Powerful, mischievous and fun is bang on.  I think they'd go down well at Cropredy.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on April 05, 2019, 12:30:03 PM


Sleaford Mods in Chester.  (Blisteringly) loud and sweary.  Powerful and mischievous and fun.  I've got ringing ears and a couple of mosh pit related bruises.  It's like being a bloody teenager again.

Will be seeing them at a couple of festivals later in the year,  Powerful, mischievous and fun is bang on.  I think they'd go down well at Cropredy.


Ha ha ha ha ha.  They can't cope with Merry Hell, and love Digance!  What could possibly go wrong?  Can you remember the complaints about a couple of "f*cks" from Buzzcocks (and others) a few years back?  This is one thing I really would pay to witness...


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Andy on April 05, 2019, 01:05:25 PM



Sleaford Mods in Chester.  (Blisteringly) loud and sweary.  Powerful and mischievous and fun.  I've got ringing ears and a couple of mosh pit related bruises.  It's like being a bloody teenager again.

Will be seeing them at a couple of festivals later in the year,  Powerful, mischievous and fun is bang on.  I think they'd go down well at Cropredy.


Ha ha ha ha ha.  They can't cope with Merry Hell, and love Digance!  What could possibly go wrong?  Can you remember the complaints about a couple of "f*cks" from Buzzcocks (and others) a few years back?  This is one thing I really would pay to witness...
In general, sweary acts aren't welcome. It's a "family festival". Although that doesn't seem to apply to Mr D. or the Pearce Bros., it certainly prevented the Hamsters from returning as well as Nick Harper and others.

In the end, I guess it's a matter of the act's popularity with Cropredy organisers.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Albie on April 05, 2019, 01:19:40 PM



Sleaford Mods in Chester.  (Blisteringly) loud and sweary.  Powerful and mischievous and fun.  I've got ringing ears and a couple of mosh pit related bruises.  It's like being a bloody teenager again.

Will be seeing them at a couple of festivals later in the year,  Powerful, mischievous and fun is bang on.  I think they'd go down well at Cropredy.


Ha ha ha ha ha.  They can't cope with Merry Hell, and love Digance!  What could possibly go wrong?  Can you remember the complaints about a couple of "f*cks" from Buzzcocks (and others) a few years back?  This is one thing I really would pay to witness...


I'd love it because I'd like to know how loud 12,000 people can be when they all say "harrumph" at the same time.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Tony Pim on April 05, 2019, 05:19:58 PM




Sleaford Mods in Chester.  (Blisteringly) loud and sweary.  Powerful and mischievous and fun.  I've got ringing ears and a couple of mosh pit related bruises.  It's like being a bloody teenager again.

Will be seeing them at a couple of festivals later in the year,  Powerful, mischievous and fun is bang on.  I think they'd go down well at Cropredy.


Ha ha ha ha ha.  They can't cope with Merry Hell, and love Digance!  What could possibly go wrong?  Can you remember the complaints about a couple of "f*cks" from Buzzcocks (and others) a few years back?  This is one thing I really would pay to witness...


I'd love it because I'd like to know how loud 12,000 people can be when they all say "harrumph" at the same time.

Well.....unless they've changed since the last time I saw them you may well hear it when Gogol Bordello are on,  much more so than FT


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on April 06, 2019, 12:29:33 AM
Hamilton. It was amazing  8) :o :) :D ;D


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Brendan on April 06, 2019, 12:34:56 AM
What a positive thing Merry Hell are, brilliant live band with passion, energy and talent. With brilliant songs as good as they were when I last saw the 25 years ago as the tansads. They are certainly a temporary cure for me being such a cynical bastardi


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Alan2 on April 06, 2019, 03:18:30 PM

Steeleye Span. De Montfort Hall Leics, Wed.
The last time I saw Steeleye , about 4 years ago they had become comfortable and living on past glories.
The band I saw last night was reenergised, playing with the whole band on top of their game .Benji Kirkpatrick, has been a great addition. Folk rock with fabulous Fiddle, rock  guitar and stunning 6 part harmonies. Cracking night.


Yes, I saw Steeleye just last year I think it was, and thought it was a great lineup and performance.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on April 07, 2019, 10:56:02 AM
The Korgis at the Ropetackle last night. It was a joy and may well end up as one of my gigs of the year. After seeing one great bass player (Martin Turner) at the same venue a couple of weeks ago, it was a privilege to watch another as Warren plotted his way through some complex material in his effortless McCartneyesque manner.

Three Stackridge songs. Five if you include Boots & Shoes and Something About The Beatles which were both recorded by both bands. A handful from James's recent album. A spread of tracks from across the four Korgis albums and two covers, The Planets' Lines (which I have always loved) and A Day In The Life.

Consumate musicianship and of course pop songwriting of the highest calibre.

One slightly amusing aspect. Glenn Tommey was missing from this show for some reason and the replacement keyboard player who was obviously reading his parts from charts throughout, appeared to be in a pitched battle with his equipment (three keyboards) and seemed to be in a constant state of barely suppressed panic. But he got through it without any obvious howlers.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on April 07, 2019, 11:12:45 AM
Nice.  What sort of crowd, Al?


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on April 07, 2019, 12:23:15 PM

Nice.  What sort of crowd, Al?


Decent. Not a complete sell out I don't think but a good size and enthusiastic. Quite a few who were not particularly familiar with the music I think but seemed to enjoy it anyway


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: bassline (Mike) on April 11, 2019, 09:51:49 AM
Carys (Singer) and The Trials Of Cato at the Red Lion in Brum.

Carys did a fine job while fighting off a chest infection. Check her out on Field 8 on Thursday at Cropredy.

The Trials Of Cato - (a Yorkshireman and two Welshmen) from Wrexham via Beirut - are prone to a bit of jiggery pokery, and also sing in English and Welsh and they were fab.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAZBJsm_p54



Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: hendo (Dave) on April 11, 2019, 10:49:03 AM

Carys (Singer) and The Trials Of Cato at the Red Lion in Brum.

Carys did a fine job while fighting off a chest infection. Check her out on Field 8 on Thursday at Cropredy.

The Trials Of Cato - (a Yorkshireman and two Welshmen) from Wrexham via Beirut - are prone to a bit of jiggery pokery, and also sing in English and Welsh and they were fab.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAZBJsm_p54



Seen Trials of Cato a couple of times now and will see them at a fest in the summer.....Stunning musicianship. Love it.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: bassline (Mike) on April 13, 2019, 08:57:20 AM
Edwina Hayes at the Woodman Folk Club, Kingswinford.

Edwina rabbits away and every now and then sings a song in between. Lovely.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bingers (Chris) on April 13, 2019, 10:12:16 AM

Edwina Hayes at the Woodman Folk Club, Kingswinford.

Edwina rabbits away and every now and then sings a song in between. Lovely.


Won’t be seeing her again until 30 September in Colchester but she’s always good


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: bassline (Mike) on April 15, 2019, 08:18:05 AM
Doris Brendel and That Joe Payne at the Robin.

Doris was the backing vocalist for Fish (and support act, on the non festival dates) for Fish's Clutching At Straws tour. I liked her vocals and low whistles, so I bought one of her albums, liked it and bought three more. A heavy rock/prog/folk....whatever fits in here style, which was great with her Maggie Bell/Janis Joplinish voice over the top. Great stuff, Oh and let's not forget the laser gloves and the jellyfish.

Joe was completely unfamiliar. He looks like an X Factor contestant, but is ex Enid, so that's different to start with. Then his voice comes out like a female soprano opera singer so it gets odder by the minute. The song structures are seemingly random, so...unpredictable, so totally the opposite of X Factor, so I liked it a lot, although I don't remember a thing...no prog cliches here. He brought on Ms Amy Birks as a guest for a couple of songs, again, operatic in vocal style, but belted out in rock fashion.

The gig was sparsely attended, but it was Sunday I guess. A good evening anyway.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Andy Tuck on April 15, 2019, 06:21:59 PM

Doris Brendel and That Joe Payne at the Robin.

Doris was the backing vocalist for Fish (and support act, on the non festival dates) for Fish's Clutching At Straws tour. I liked her vocals and low whistles, so I bought one of her albums, liked it and bought three more. A heavy rock/prog/folk....whatever fits in here style, which was great with her Maggie Bell/Janis Joplinish voice over the top. Great stuff, Oh and let's not forget the laser gloves and the jellyfish.

Joe was completely unfamiliar. He looks like an X Factor contestant, but is ex Enid, so that's different to start with. Then his voice comes out like a female soprano opera singer so it gets odder by the minute. The song structures are seemingly random, so...unpredictable, so totally the opposite of X Factor, so I liked it a lot, although I don't remember a thing...no prog cliches here. He brought on Ms Amy Birks as a guest for a couple of songs, again, operatic in vocal style, but belted out in rock fashion.

The gig was sparsely attended, but it was Sunday I guess. A good evening anyway.


I was also there last night and have seen Joe several times before with the Enid. This was the first time I have seen him in his own right and I thought it was brilliant, Very impressed with Amy and had a nice chat with her after. The gig deserved a larger audience.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: bassline (Mike) on April 16, 2019, 08:11:08 AM


Doris Brendel and That Joe Payne at the Robin.

Doris was the backing vocalist for Fish (and support act, on the non festival dates) for Fish's Clutching At Straws tour. I liked her vocals and low whistles, so I bought one of her albums, liked it and bought three more. A heavy rock/prog/folk....whatever fits in here style, which was great with her Maggie Bell/Janis Joplinish voice over the top. Great stuff, Oh and let's not forget the laser gloves and the jellyfish.

Joe was completely unfamiliar. He looks like an X Factor contestant, but is ex Enid, so that's different to start with. Then his voice comes out like a female soprano opera singer so it gets odder by the minute. The song structures are seemingly random, so...unpredictable, so totally the opposite of X Factor, so I liked it a lot, although I don't remember a thing...no prog cliches here. He brought on Ms Amy Birks as a guest for a couple of songs, again, operatic in vocal style, but belted out in rock fashion.

The gig was sparsely attended, but it was Sunday I guess. A good evening anyway.


I was also there last night and have seen Joe several times before with the Enid. This was the first time I have seen him in his own right and I thought it was brilliant, Very impressed with Amy and had a nice chat with her after. The gig deserved a larger audience.

Joe has posted his set on Facebook, so I will be re-watching that a couple of times, so that I can absorb it all a little more.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: David V B on April 16, 2019, 11:48:42 PM
Fabulous exhibition at the Met in New York - Play It Loud, the best collection of instruments you could hope to see. From Jerry Lee’s piano, Buddy Holly and Elvis’ guitars to equipment owned by all the Beatles, the Who, the Stones and Springsteen. The guitar Hendrix played on Watchtower, Prince’s symbol guitar, most of Jimmy Page’s collection, Clapton’s Blackie, Keith Emerson’s Moog and Hammond, Garcia’s wolf and tiger guitars, and Clarence Clemons’ sax. Let alone guitars from Joni, NY, Paul Kossoff and the Everlys. The relevant music playing all the time and interviews with Keef, Page and Van Halen. Like seeing my record collection on display!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: jimc on April 17, 2019, 10:13:44 AM
Steeleye last night in Epsom. Very tight, playing some intricate arrangements beautifully. Maddy in fine if slightly changed voice. Don't know if it was the venue, but PA seemed rather muddy, although it might just be I haven't got much HF left...


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on April 17, 2019, 10:30:56 AM
My TAW comrades seem to disagree (elsewhere) but I thought Saving Grace (not Robert Plant) were superb last night in Carmarthen.  I kind of knew what to expect, so certainly wasn't left disappointed by the tone or the 'feel' of the gig.  Percy's voice is as is...very different from the past, but he sang last night in the same register he's been singing the rest of the shows, and although there was the hint of the end of a cold with the odd clearing of the throat, no harm down for me.  Equally, I actually thought the clarity of the sound out front was great, although the singers obviously had problems with their monitors, the correction of which led to a tiny bit of feedback at times.  There were some very quiet bits, and then very noisy guitars on the edge of feedback bits.  The sound guy had my sympathy if not everybody else's.

Suzy Dian is definitely one to watch for the future.  A lovely relaxed tone to her singing.  And, man, is she one worth watching...

Personally, I'd prefer these gigs in similar venues to those he played the Priory of Brion ones in...it needed a small club feel rather than a small theatre one.  But, hey, overall, Robert Plant singing Low and Moby Grape covers (both of which Percy bigged up to general indifference) along with some Appalachian gems?  More please....  I absolutely loved it.  The support were a bit unnecessary though.  Can't be doing with (even top quality) bar bands like that.  Sorry.

ps The only really depressing development was the man bun.  No excuses there, although I guess if you're 70 and you can, why not  ;) :)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on April 17, 2019, 02:09:39 PM

My TAW comrades seem to disagree (elsewhere) but I thought Saving Grace (not Robert Plant) were superb last night in Carmarthen.  I kind of knew what to expect, so certainly wasn't left disappointed by the tone or the 'feel' of the gig.  Percy's voice is as is...very different from the past, but he sang last night in the same register he's been singing the rest of the shows, and although there was the hint of the end of a cold with the odd clearing of the throat, no harm down for me.  Equally, I actually thought the clarity of the sound out front was great, although the singers obviously had problems with their monitors, the correction of which led to a tiny bit of feedback at times.  There were some very quiet bits, and then very noisy guitars on the edge of feedback bits.  The sound guy had my sympathy if not everybody else's.

Suzy Dian is definitely one to watch for the future.  A lovely relaxed tone to her singing.  And, man, is she one worth watching...

Personally, I'd prefer these gigs in similar venues to those he played the Priory of Brion ones in...it needed a small club feel rather than a small theatre one.  But, hey, overall, Robert Plant singing Low and Moby Grape covers (both of which Percy bigged up to general indifference) along with some Appalachian gems?  More please....  I absolutely loved it.  The support were a bit unnecessary though.  Can't be doing with (even top quality) bar bands like that.  Sorry.

ps The only really depressing development was the man bun.  No excuses there, although I guess if you're 70 and you can, why not  ;) :)
Totally agree with you on the man bun David. His (2nd) best feature hidden away!

I enjoyed the support but I would have liked the keyboards a bit louder. Can't be easy to open for a rock God though...

Suzy Dian offers a total contrast to Percy - a definite Yin & Yan there! It works though, I thought the whole bands' voices blended beautifully and I loved the final number. I was hoping for a merch stall but I now understand there isn't a CD yet. I do hope there are plans for this - perfect laid-back music for warm summer evenings  :)

And on Mr Plant's recommendation I have checked out Moby Grape and find they are gloriously 60's and sound just like Marmalade. Which is a good thing :)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on April 17, 2019, 02:20:43 PM


My TAW comrades seem to disagree (elsewhere) but I thought Saving Grace (not Robert Plant) were superb last night in Carmarthen.  I kind of knew what to expect, so certainly wasn't left disappointed by the tone or the 'feel' of the gig.  Percy's voice is as is...very different from the past, but he sang last night in the same register he's been singing the rest of the shows, and although there was the hint of the end of a cold with the odd clearing of the throat, no harm down for me.  Equally, I actually thought the clarity of the sound out front was great, although the singers obviously had problems with their monitors, the correction of which led to a tiny bit of feedback at times.  There were some very quiet bits, and then very noisy guitars on the edge of feedback bits.  The sound guy had my sympathy if not everybody else's.

Suzy Dian is definitely one to watch for the future.  A lovely relaxed tone to her singing.  And, man, is she one worth watching...

Personally, I'd prefer these gigs in similar venues to those he played the Priory of Brion ones in...it needed a small club feel rather than a small theatre one.  But, hey, overall, Robert Plant singing Low and Moby Grape covers (both of which Percy bigged up to general indifference) along with some Appalachian gems?  More please....  I absolutely loved it.  The support were a bit unnecessary though.  Can't be doing with (even top quality) bar bands like that.  Sorry.

ps The only really depressing development was the man bun.  No excuses there, although I guess if you're 70 and you can, why not  ;) :)
Totally agree with you on the man bun David. His (2nd) best feature hidden away!

I enjoyed the support but I would have liked the keyboards a bit louder. Can't be easy to open for a rock God though...

Suzy Dian offers a total contrast to Percy - a definite Yin & Yan there! It works though, I thought the whole bands' voices blended beautifully and I loved the final number. I was hoping for a merch stall but I now understand there isn't a CD yet. I do hope there are plans for this - perfect laid-back music for warm summer evenings  :)

And on Mr Plant's recommendation I have checked out Moby Grape and find they are gloriously 60's and sound just like Marmalade. Which is a good thing :)



I literally spat out my tea at that one...  ;D


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Andy on April 17, 2019, 04:44:20 PM
I liked Saving Grace, but as I said, it was very much a laid back performance. Moby Grape were indeed a fine band, but I didn't feel the need to applaud his recommendation.

As to the support band, Beez Kneez - Jeez Louise! Cheese.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on April 17, 2019, 06:16:07 PM

I liked Saving Grace, but as I said, it was very much a laid back performance. Moby Grape were indeed a fine band, but I didn't feel the need to applaud his recommendation.

As to the support band, Beez Kneez - Jeez Louise! Cheese.


Which Moby Grape song did they cover?  (I heart Moby Grape!)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on April 17, 2019, 06:25:08 PM


I liked Saving Grace, but as I said, it was very much a laid back performance. Moby Grape were indeed a fine band, but I didn't feel the need to applaud his recommendation.

As to the support band, Beez Kneez - Jeez Louise! Cheese.


Which Moby Grape song did they cover?  (I heart Moby Grape!)


It's a Beautiful Day Today


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on April 17, 2019, 07:15:41 PM



My TAW comrades seem to disagree (elsewhere) but I thought Saving Grace (not Robert Plant) were superb last night in Carmarthen.  I kind of knew what to expect, so certainly wasn't left disappointed by the tone or the 'feel' of the gig.  Percy's voice is as is...very different from the past, but he sang last night in the same register he's been singing the rest of the shows, and although there was the hint of the end of a cold with the odd clearing of the throat, no harm down for me.  Equally, I actually thought the clarity of the sound out front was great, although the singers obviously had problems with their monitors, the correction of which led to a tiny bit of feedback at times.  There were some very quiet bits, and then very noisy guitars on the edge of feedback bits.  The sound guy had my sympathy if not everybody else's.

Suzy Dian is definitely one to watch for the future.  A lovely relaxed tone to her singing.  And, man, is she one worth watching...

Personally, I'd prefer these gigs in similar venues to those he played the Priory of Brion ones in...it needed a small club feel rather than a small theatre one.  But, hey, overall, Robert Plant singing Low and Moby Grape covers (both of which Percy bigged up to general indifference) along with some Appalachian gems?  More please....  I absolutely loved it.  The support were a bit unnecessary though.  Can't be doing with (even top quality) bar bands like that.  Sorry.

ps The only really depressing development was the man bun.  No excuses there, although I guess if you're 70 and you can, why not  ;) :)
Totally agree with you on the man bun David. His (2nd) best feature hidden away!

I enjoyed the support but I would have liked the keyboards a bit louder. Can't be easy to open for a rock God though...

Suzy Dian offers a total contrast to Percy - a definite Yin & Yan there! It works though, I thought the whole bands' voices blended beautifully and I loved the final number. I was hoping for a merch stall but I now understand there isn't a CD yet. I do hope there are plans for this - perfect laid-back music for warm summer evenings  :)

And on Mr Plant's recommendation I have checked out Moby Grape and find they are gloriously 60's and sound just like Marmalade. Which is a good thing :)



I literally spat out my tea at that one...  ;D
Glad to have been of assistance - the track I heard first sounded like Cousin Norman!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on April 17, 2019, 07:25:25 PM



I liked Saving Grace, but as I said, it was very much a laid back performance. Moby Grape were indeed a fine band, but I didn't feel the need to applaud his recommendation.

As to the support band, Beez Kneez - Jeez Louise! Cheese.


Which Moby Grape song did they cover?  (I heart Moby Grape!)


It's a Beautiful Day Today


Now I have to go out and buy "Moby Grape '69!"


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on April 17, 2019, 07:27:50 PM

Now I have to go out and buy "Moby Grape '69!"


Every home should have one!


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jules Gray on April 17, 2019, 11:07:52 PM


Now I have to go out and buy "Moby Grape '69!"


Every home should have one!


It's not the usual opinion, but it's my favourite Grape album, mainly because Peter Lewis is my man, and his songs on it are outstanding.

Jules


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on April 18, 2019, 09:05:29 AM
I feel I should explain my "they sound like Marmalade" comment...

I'd heard of Moby Grape before Mr Plant's recommendation but none of their music, so I YouTube'd "full album" and a sort of Best of... came up. The first track on it is called "Hey Grandma" and, to my ears, it sounds like Cousin Norman by Marmalade. The jangly guitar is also a bit reminiscent of early FC in places. None of the other tracks sound remotely like Marmalade (who, incidentally, were the first Scottish band to top the UK charts!).

I'm now listening to Moby Grape '69 and enjoying it very much :)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: bassline (Mike) on April 18, 2019, 09:47:48 AM
I really should get around to listening to the Grape.

I first heard of them in a sidebar feature that you get in music magazines about band names.
They were facing possible copyright infringement or something, from the family of Herman Melville and changed the name to Maby Grope.
Then I read an interview with Planty where he stated that they were the best band ever.
So I borrowed a copy of Vintage: The Very Best of Moby Grape from the library.
Unfortunately my dad died just then, so I couldn't face listening to it and associating it with that time, so I....naughtily....taped it.
That was twenty years ago.....

Blimey.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jules Gray on April 18, 2019, 10:15:14 AM

They were facing possible copyright infringement or something, from the family of Herman Melville and changed the name to Maby Grope.


Pretty sure that name change was down to the ex-manager owning the rights to the name.

Jules


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: bassline (Mike) on April 18, 2019, 10:45:45 AM


They were facing possible copyright infringement or something, from the family of Herman Melville and changed the name to Maby Grope.


Pretty sure that name change was down to the ex-manager owning the rights to the name.

Jules


Could be...I was about 11 when I read that, which is even longer than me borrowing the album. That particular brain cell must have gone On The Fritz.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Jules Gray on April 19, 2019, 05:21:46 PM

Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets, Jesse H. Jones Hall, home of the Houston Symphony (!), yesterday, March 25, 2019.

Here is an excellent review from the local weekly: https://www.houstonpress.com/music/review-nick-masons-saucerful-of-secrets-jones-hall-houston-3-25-19-11264570

I am very, very glad I went.  Thanks to all who pushed me to make the drive, which was well worth it.


Roger Waters got up with Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets band in New York:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=136&v=T9oVOIVoQYU

Jules


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on April 20, 2019, 10:13:30 AM


Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets, Jesse H. Jones Hall, home of the Houston Symphony (!), yesterday, March 25, 2019.

Here is an excellent review from the local weekly: https://www.houstonpress.com/music/review-nick-masons-saucerful-of-secrets-jones-hall-houston-3-25-19-11264570

I am very, very glad I went.  Thanks to all who pushed me to make the drive, which was well worth it.


Roger Waters got up with Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets band in New York:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=136&v=T9oVOIVoQYU

Jules
What’s the chances of this happening at St David’s Hall in Cardiff on 29 April?  :D

I can hope.....  :-\


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: bassline (Mike) on April 22, 2019, 11:43:45 AM
I never knew I'd see them once, let alone four times, but I saw (the Class Of '74) Mott last night.

Pretty much the same set list as last year - the with the added bonus of being able to hear Ariel Bender - it was fun, with the exception of watery eyes during Saturday Gigs, and another live run through of All The Way From Memphis before it, which made me grin like a buffoon.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on April 22, 2019, 12:14:25 PM
Hawkwind yesterday at the Cheese and Grain in Frome - a free gig for 'passport holders' - only about 300 there so it was very very relaxed and enjoyable.  First time I've seen them in years (I have seen them once since the 40th Anniversary shows in 2009 but I can't think when tbh).  A lean mean line up of Dave Brock, Richard Chadwick, Niall Hone, Magnus Martin - I was mightily impressed.  A very 'hit' heavy hour and a half too.  Lots of good people around too.  And I even had a sneaky puff in the car park.  Just like the old days  ;) ;D

ps special shout out for Sonic Trip Project who were bloody marvellous.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on April 22, 2019, 01:45:41 PM

I never knew I'd see them once, let alone four times, but I saw (the Class Of '74) Mott last night.

Pretty much the same set list as last year - the with the added bonus of being able to hear Ariel Bender - it was fun, with the exception of watery eyes during Saturday Gigs, and another live run through of All The Way From Memphis before it, which made me grin like a buffoon.


Off to see them on Friday. Can't wait.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Shankly (Peter) on April 24, 2019, 12:17:51 AM
A very pleasant evening's entertainment tonight with The Furrow Collective at Liverpool Phil (Music room) - such talented musicians, I do like Emily Portman especially, Chatted to her in the interval - unfortunately no new album from her in the near future


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: dog-nap (Ian) on April 24, 2019, 04:10:41 PM
Salt House at the Slaughtered Lamb.  I’ve been wanting to see this fine Scottish band ever since hearing their version of ‘Katie Cruel’ on their first album.  Well worth the wait.  The vocalist, in particular, is terrific.  Highly recommended.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: John From Austin on April 25, 2019, 08:06:14 PM
Robin Trower, last night, ACL Live.

The crowd filled the lower level, about 900 seats, the small Mezz was 2/3 full and the balcony was sparsely populated. I think he sold about 1,200 out of 2,700 available tickets, which is not terrible for this venue on a Wednesday night in Austin.  From the stage, I'm sure all he could see was a sea of happy faces on the floor.

He put on a great show.  He followed his usual pattern - most of Bridge of Sighs plus "Daydream" (from Twice Removed From Yesterday) "For Earth Below" (from FEB), "Somebody Calling" (from my personal favorite, In City Dreams), nothing from Long Misty Days, Caravan to Midnight or Victims of the Fury, or his 80's/90's albums, and a bunch of songs from his latest album. I was particularly impressed by his current singer/bassist, whose name I can't find on the Internets.  The vocal mix was really good last night, so for the first time I was able to hear his powerful voice clearly.  He acquitted himself quite well on the numbers that James Dewar originally sang.

Robin himself sang most of the new songs, and it left me wondering why he didn't start singing in public a long time ago.  Altogether Fab.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on April 27, 2019, 12:29:06 PM
Mott The Hoople '74 - Shepherds Bush Empire (as i shall continue to call it) last night.

In their heyday Mott had a couple of reputations. One was that on their night they were the greatest rock n roll band in the world. The other was that equally they could be shambolic. It was somehow gratifying therefore to see the spirit of Mott truly preserved by displaying both of these facets at last night's show.

The tone was set when part of the stage lighting failed before the show even started. Then there was Ariel Bender (Luther Grosvener) who has clearly entirely lost his lead guitar chops but was covering it with a flamboyant larger than life stage persona and a pair of skin tight leopard skin strides that were frankly unbecoming on an elderly gentleman. Musically however it often flew. Sometimes it stumbled (mostly down to Bender's ham fisted soloing). Ian Hunter just gets more and more astonishing, on the cusp of turning 80 and singing, playing and moving better than he ever has.

This of course is not really Mott. It his Hunter's Rant band with three Hoople alumni grafted on but the music and spirit was all Hoople, with many highlights from Sucker to Walkin' With A Mountain to Marionette. It was mad, messy, unpredictable, uplifting, odd and utterly brilliant. And in all likelihood this tour will be the last time that any form of Mott will be seen on stage. I'm so glad I got to see it.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Nick Reg on April 27, 2019, 03:09:50 PM

Mott The Hoople '74 - Shepherds Bush Empire (as i shall continue to call it) last night.

In their heyday Mott had a couple of reputations. One was that on their night they were the greatest rock n roll band in the world. The other was that equally they could be shambolic. It was somehow gratifying therefore to see the spirit of Mott truly preserved by displaying both of these facets at last night's show.

The tone was set when part of the stage lighting failed before the show even started. Then there was Ariel Bender (Luther Grosvener) who has clearly entirely lost his lead guitar chops but was covering it with a flamboyant larger than life stage persona and a pair of skin tight leopard skin strides that were frankly unbecoming on an elderly gentleman. Musically however it often flew. Sometimes it stumbled (mostly down to Bender's ham fisted soloing). Ian Hunter just gets more and more astonishing, on the cusp of turning 80 and singing, playing and moving better than he ever has.

This of course is not really Mott. It his Hunter's Rant band with three Hoople alumni grafted on but the music and spirit was all Hoople, with many highlights from Sucker to Walkin' With A Mountain to Marionette. It was mad, messy, unpredictable, uplifting, odd and utterly brilliant. And in all likelihood this tour will be the last time that any form of Mott will be seen on stage. I'm so glad I got to see it.


Pretty much how I would have described Birmingham. No comment about Benders shoes?! You just have to love him even though Mark would have played the solos much better but then it wouldn't have been Mott. He seems to have had the time of his life.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: bassline (Mike) on April 28, 2019, 08:01:39 AM
The shoes ? Primark.....

Luther explains all here....


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvKEJZNDMD8


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Nick Reg on April 29, 2019, 11:35:54 AM

The shoes ? Primark.....

Luther explains all here....


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvKEJZNDMD8


Love it. I'd heard about the shoes on the Ian Hunter Appreciation Society page but great to see the rest.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on April 29, 2019, 12:27:05 PM


Mott The Hoople '74 - Shepherds Bush Empire (as i shall continue to call it) last night.

In their heyday Mott had a couple of reputations. One was that on their night they were the greatest rock n roll band in the world. The other was that equally they could be shambolic. It was somehow gratifying therefore to see the spirit of Mott truly preserved by displaying both of these facets at last night's show.

The tone was set when part of the stage lighting failed before the show even started. Then there was Ariel Bender (Luther Grosvener) who has clearly entirely lost his lead guitar chops but was covering it with a flamboyant larger than life stage persona and a pair of skin tight leopard skin strides that were frankly unbecoming on an elderly gentleman. Musically however it often flew. Sometimes it stumbled (mostly down to Bender's ham fisted soloing). Ian Hunter just gets more and more astonishing, on the cusp of turning 80 and singing, playing and moving better than he ever has.

This of course is not really Mott. It his Hunter's Rant band with three Hoople alumni grafted on but the music and spirit was all Hoople, with many highlights from Sucker to Walkin' With A Mountain to Marionette. It was mad, messy, unpredictable, uplifting, odd and utterly brilliant. And in all likelihood this tour will be the last time that any form of Mott will be seen on stage. I'm so glad I got to see it.


Pretty much how I would have described Birmingham. No comment about Benders shoes?! You just have to love him even though Mark would have played the solos much better but then it wouldn't have been Mott. He seems to have had the time of his life.


I now gather that all of Ariel's pedals and effects failed on Friday so he was playing with a very dry sound throughout and his frustration was evident, hence the missing lead lines. He was mixed out for much of the time and the Rant band picked up the slack. Shame. I would like to have seen the show as it was meant to be but it was still a great night. I can't understand how there were so many technical cock ups on Friday, especially in London, when they had already been on the road playing multiple shows without problems for most of the preceding month. It seems like a bit of a schoolboy error that the crew would not have checked that the lights and sound were working before the band came on stage and could do nothing to fix it.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Alan2 on April 29, 2019, 12:33:49 PM

Mott The Hoople '74 - Shepherds Bush Empire (as i shall continue to call it) last night.

In their heyday Mott had a couple of reputations. One was that on their night they were the greatest rock n roll band in the world. The other was that equally they could be shambolic. It was somehow gratifying therefore to see the spirit of Mott truly preserved by displaying both of these facets at last night's show.

The tone was set when part of the stage lighting failed before the show even started. Then there was Ariel Bender (Luther Grosvener) who has clearly entirely lost his lead guitar chops but was covering it with a flamboyant larger than life stage persona and a pair of skin tight leopard skin strides that were frankly unbecoming on an elderly gentleman. Musically however it often flew. Sometimes it stumbled (mostly down to Bender's ham fisted soloing). Ian Hunter just gets more and more astonishing, on the cusp of turning 80 and singing, playing and moving better than he ever has.

This of course is not really Mott. It his Hunter's Rant band with three Hoople alumni grafted on but the music and spirit was all Hoople, with many highlights from Sucker to Walkin' With A Mountain to Marionette. It was mad, messy, unpredictable, uplifting, odd and utterly brilliant. And in all likelihood this tour will be the last time that any form of Mott will be seen on stage. I'm so glad I got to see it.


Good review Al.  I went to see Mott the Hoople about 5 years ago, on what was going to be their last tour. I decided to pass this time. I have good memories of them, and still enjoy their recordings a great deal. I think they were the first band I  ever went to see, way back when.  8)


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on May 02, 2019, 09:42:31 AM
Forgot to mention that Ian McNabb was utterly splendid in Worthing on Saturday night in a sweaty little club. It was an acoustic gig so it is not like there was much moving around but I can't remember the last time I have felt so hot at a gig. It was oppressive but Ian was terrific and kept me and others I suspect from bolting for the door for fresh air.

I note from a picture on his FB page that the venue for the following night's show in Portsmouth was rather more salubrious.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Nick on May 03, 2019, 11:41:01 PM
Well, that Nick Mason thing was rather good. Lots of rock and good humour. Yer man Gary acquitted himself very well, and it's always nice to hear a big loud gong.

And, pleasingly for me, the Bristol train was delayed 10 minutes so I've not had the hour's wait on Paddington station I was expecting.

Cheers

Nick


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on May 05, 2019, 10:13:56 AM
Once in a while you go to a gig that you think might be 'fun', but actually it turns out to be one of the best most happy inducing things you've seen in a long time.  Blancmange last night at the Arts Club, Liverpool.  My other half was the 80's synth popper whilst I was watching Gillan and Spider.  She was very right and I was very wrong.  Their recent stuff is as good as their classic material and Neil Arthur is the most wonderful and lovely front man whilst also seemingly having the secret of eternal youth.  A life affirming good time gig.  Highly recommended.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Tim Fletcher on May 06, 2019, 09:51:49 AM

Well, that Nick Mason thing was rather good. Lots of rock and good humour. Yer man Gary acquitted himself very well, and it's always nice to hear a big loud gong.

And, pleasingly for me, the Bristol train was delayed 10 minutes so I've not had the hour's wait on Paddington station I was expecting.

Cheers

Nick


Saturday night at the Roundhouse was also “rather good”. The Saucers (or were the the Secrets) seemed to be having a good time. I don’t often do big gigs, but this was definitely worth making an exception for.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Bingers (Chris) on May 06, 2019, 10:03:47 AM
Went to the 3rd annual Blues at the Barns festival at Creeksea yesterday. Great day if a bit chilly (well  freezing if I’m honest...still it was practice for Cropredy!). Some great blues, folk and Americana was played. Artists included a couple of names some on this forum might know - David Hughes, Sunjay  (who was incredible) but also some brilliant songs and guitar work from artists such as Steve “West” Weston & his Blues Sonics (Steve Weston played on the Wilko Johnson/Roger Daltrey album “Going Back Home”); The Mike Ross Band; Kris Dollimore; Mike Harrison; and The Dust Bowl Sinners amongst others.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Shane (Skirky) on May 06, 2019, 10:31:45 AM
International Workers Day Festival in Alexandra Park, Ipswich. A couple of right ripsnorting younger bands - one of which casually dropped some King Crimson into their set - but notable principally for Aartwork, who combine treated vocals, six-string fretless bass, effects heavy fiddle and grooving drums into exactly the sort of thing that would swamp the field at about four o’clock on a Cropredy Saturday. Keep an eye out.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on May 06, 2019, 10:39:52 AM

International Workers Day Festival in Alexandra Park, Ipswich. A couple of right ripsnorting younger bands - one of which casually dropped some King Crimson into their set - but notable principally for Aartwork, who combine treated vocals, six-string fretless bass, effects heavy fiddle and grooving drums into exactly the sort of thing that would swamp the field at about four o’clock on a Cropredy Saturday. Keep an eye out.


Cool.  Tell me more?


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Shane (Skirky) on May 06, 2019, 02:05:05 PM


International Workers Day Festival in Alexandra Park, Ipswich. A couple of right ripsnorting younger bands - one of which casually dropped some King Crimson into their set - but notable principally for Aartwork, who combine treated vocals, six-string fretless bass, effects heavy fiddle and grooving drums into exactly the sort of thing that would swamp the field at about four o’clock on a Cropredy Saturday. Keep an eye out.


Cool.  Tell me more?


Bless ‘em, bunch of teens playing 21st Century Schizoid Man. Fair brings a tear to the eye.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: davidmjs on May 06, 2019, 02:16:40 PM



International Workers Day Festival in Alexandra Park, Ipswich. A couple of right ripsnorting younger bands - one of which casually dropped some King Crimson into their set - but notable principally for Aartwork, who combine treated vocals, six-string fretless bass, effects heavy fiddle and grooving drums into exactly the sort of thing that would swamp the field at about four o’clock on a Cropredy Saturday. Keep an eye out.


Cool.  Tell me more?


Bless ‘em, bunch of teens playing 21st Century Schizoid Man. Fair brings a tear to the eye.


Have a hanky.  Well?


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Shane (Skirky) on May 06, 2019, 05:43:28 PM




International Workers Day Festival in Alexandra Park, Ipswich. A couple of right ripsnorting younger bands - one of which casually dropped some King Crimson into their set - but notable principally for Aartwork, who combine treated vocals, six-string fretless bass, effects heavy fiddle and grooving drums into exactly the sort of thing that would swamp the field at about four o’clock on a Cropredy Saturday. Keep an eye out.


Cool.  Tell me more?


Bless ‘em, bunch of teens playing 21st Century Schizoid Man. Fair brings a tear to the eye.


Have a hanky.  Well?


Very creditably. The drummer needs to settle in to his style but he didn’t drag, or fill like a flail, which is quite often the way with the younglings. Singer had a great voice to go with her look. I suspect their music mentor may have had a hand in their set list choices since they finished with Led Zep’s Rock n’ Roll.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Big Ade on May 06, 2019, 09:25:34 PM
Went to see Ian Prowse in Perth on Saturday. A friend plays fiddle with his band, Amsterdam, and she asked me to assist with Guitar Tech duties (very easy, no dramas except string changes). Not seen Ian before, but what an energy!  Fantastic night, great songs served up with total commitment and passion. He very kindly gave me his new CD, 'Here I Lie' which is a on repeat in the car.

He doesn't seem to pull much of a crowd in Scotland (the gig was in a relatively small music venue with about 80 punters) which is a real shame.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: GubGub (Al) on May 06, 2019, 09:32:14 PM

Went to see Ian Prowse in Perth on Saturday. A friend plays fiddle with his band, Amsterdam, and she asked me to assist with Guitar Tech duties (very easy, no dramas except string changes). Not seen Ian before, but what an energy!  Fantastic night, great songs served up with total commitment and passion. He very kindly gave me his new CD, 'Here I Lie' which is a on repeat in the car.

He doesn't seem to pull much of a crowd in Scotland (the gig was in a relatively small music venue with about 80 punters) which is a real shame.


He's a force of nature isn't he? That size of crowd seems to be about normal for him these days outside of London and Liverpool. Certainly it has been when I have seen him at the Wedgewood Rooms in Portsmouth where he plays regularly as it is one of his favourite venues. I am off to see him at the 100 Club in London at the beginning of June.


Title: Re: Recent gigs
Post by: Will S on May 07, 2019, 09:31:23 AM
Went to Dorchester(-on-Thames) yesterday for the first Folk Night as part of their Festival.  They had a great bill - Jackie Oates and Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys, and both played excellent sets.

Jackie doesn't play too regularly these days - largely due to having small children (she did make a comment about having only had about 15 mins sleep in the last 4 years, and that if she recorded her Lullabies album these days it would probably sound rather more irate!).  But she, and accompanist Mike Colgrave, were very good indeed, including a couple of songs I haven't heard before.

Sam and the Lost Boys (minus Ciaran Algar on this occasion - not sure if that is a permanent change, or just for this gig?   Toby Shaer filled in on fiddle) injected a lot of energy - those of you who saw them at Cropredy last year (they plugged the metal water bottles they were given and are still using!) will know what they are li