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1  Tinyfish Wibble / Other Bands / Re: 2015 Gigs on: September 23, 2015, 07:41:36 PM
It'll be good to see you again.

There's a rugby match in Cardiff on Friday night so it may take longer than usual to get over the bridge.
2  Tinyfish Wibble / Other Bands / Re: 2015 Gigs on: September 23, 2015, 02:20:26 PM
Is anyone going to Summer's End this year?
3  Tinyfish Wibble / Off Topic / Re: What made you smile? on: September 14, 2015, 06:22:38 PM
Well done Mike - it's nice to see something you do actually get "out there". 
4  Tinyfish Wibble / Off Topic / Re: American Football news on: September 14, 2015, 06:19:19 PM
So they are all afternoon games this time.  Which means another game on national TV (6:30 on the west coast). 
5  Tinyfish Wibble / Other Bands / Re: 2015 Gigs on: July 31, 2015, 06:50:16 AM
Rambling Man was good fun on Saturday.  Sunday was wet - so wet that I chickened out, but that's not too bad as all the bands I wanted to see were playing on Saturday anyway.

Driving through Maidstone to get there was really easy as there were plenty of marshalls directing traffic.  I followed the line of people into the park and that's where the fun started.  There were numerous queues and no one seemed to know which queue anyone needed to be in.  The first queue was to convert my ticket into a wrist band, then another queue to actually get in, but by this time, the queues had merged into one enormous queue and there was no reason to be in the queue to get a wrist band as you could get this in the queue to get into the park.

The running order was rather odd.  So, in order:

Unto Us put on a creditable performance.  They played three songs - possibly more shorter songs would have been easier, but we know that Huw has a really good voice especially for sad, depressing songs.  In the nicest possible way, of course.

Touchstone played well - I'm not sure about the choices for the set, but they did do their excellent version of Mad World with John Mitchell.

Messenger are a band I've not heard of before.  They played a decent enough set.  I didn't see all of their set as I wanted to watch Blue Oyster Cult on the main stage, but what I did see was pleasant enough even if it didn't make me want to rush out to get their CDs.  Which was just as well as there was no band merchandising in the park.  As far as I could tell, they only had once person in the band who was capable of playing solos, and he alternated between keys and guitar.

Pendragon were next.  Why on earth they were so early, I can't possibly imagine (well, I can actually but this is a public forum).  And I missed the start as I was still at the main stage.  When I got back, I was shocked to see how many people there were, and they got a great reception.  After the last bands on the prog stage, it was great to hear some really good guitar (obviously except John Mitchell with Touchstone).

Haken come next; I disappeared to sit down and read a book.  The noises I got across the fields confirmed I made the right choice.  I returned towards the end of the set and I was shocked to see how few people were there.  Perhaps they were all listening to Saxon.

Anathema alternated between dreary and depressing.  No that's not fair - sometimes they managed to be both dreary and depressing at the same time.  I managed to get through the whole set.  I shan't see them again.  I have a couple of albums - Distant Satellites I find reasonable so I had hoped for more.  So, they have one trick and that is to sing; there is nothing to split up the songs - no interesting guitar or keyboard sections.  It makes them completely one dimensional.

Camel were a revelation to me.  I'd heard of Camel but never listened to Camel.  But they were outstanding and fun.  That will cost me - I will need to go and buy some of their albums.  I ended up standing with Pendragon (not deliberately) to watch the last 30 minutes and Rachel was telling me that Andy Latimer's plating was one of the reasons that both Nick and Peter (Gee) started playing guitar.  You can hear the influence.

It seems that it is happening again next year.  I think I'll go along.  But I hope that they sort out the queues to get in.  I was like no one thought that lots of people would turn up.
6  Tinyfish Wibble / Other Bands / Re: 2015 Gigs on: July 03, 2015, 01:54:08 PM
I seem to be going to fewer and fewer.  Magenta were excellent as to be expected. 

I'm at Rambling Man in Mote Park later in the month.  This will for me, always be the place where we saw the helicopter land with the Sunday League Trophey back in the late 70s. 
7  Tinyfish Wibble / Other Bands / Re: Cast, Franck Carducci, Ghost Community, Barock Project on: July 03, 2015, 01:52:17 PM
One day I might get to the Boston Rooms.  I'm on holiday that week.
8  Tinyfish Wibble / Off Topic / Phew - What a Scorcher on: July 03, 2015, 01:48:42 PM
It's warm today.  I get to work at home on Fridays - it's tempting to get a very long cable and sit in my garden to work.  Or perhaps just sit in my garden.
9  Tinyfish Wibble / Other Bands / Re: Lazuli on: April 08, 2015, 11:22:05 AM
The Enid were OK - I don't like the singer's style, but it's the longest I've managed to stay in the room with them.

Lazuli were better though. 
10  Tinyfish Wibble / Other Bands / Re: Lazuli on: April 06, 2015, 10:12:16 AM
Lazuli were the band of the weekend for me.  You know, I just completely lost track of who was playing and went with the flow.

Frequency Drift - probably not quite as good as at Summer's End, but wonderful nethertheless.  It amazes me how they keep everything separate as to not create a sound mush.

Lazuli - stunning as always.

The Enid - not really my cup of tea but even I was pulled through by the music.

IO Earth - oh dear.  After taken an age to sound check, the sound was appaling.  I've been to the Boerderij enough times to know that their sound guys know what they are doing.
11  Tinyfish Wibble / Other Bands / Re: Summers End XI - Line Up Now Complete on: April 06, 2015, 10:07:51 AM
Abel Ganz were very good yesterday at ProgDreams.

I've had the most wonderful time in the Netherlands for this festival; both at the music and doing other things.  I will be back for next year's.  I'll be back at at the Boerderij as it really is the best venue anywhere.
12  Tinyfish Wibble / Other Bands / Re: Lazuli on: April 01, 2015, 05:43:46 PM
I shall go to Farncombe.  I used to work near there - you can get there by train on Monday, Wednesday & Friday.  Trains back on Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday. 
13  Tinyfish Wibble / Other Bands / Re: Summers End XI - Line Up Now Complete on: March 30, 2015, 08:50:51 PM
I wonder if Leon is around on that day?  Whatever, it will be an experience for many.
14  Tinyfish Wibble / Other Bands / Charity EP on: March 20, 2015, 08:22:03 PM
I copy this verbatim from PE:

Charity single Hackett/Beggs/ Reed/Longdon/Booth/Nick_D'Virgilio

The Esoteric Antenna label is pleased to release and support the new EP in aid of the Parkinson’s Society UK, “SPECTRAL MORNINGS 2015”. The project was the brainchild of ROB REED (of Magenta & Kompendium) who explains; “I’ve always loved the piece Spectral Mornings by Steve Hackett, (the classic instrumental from his 1979 album of the same name). It had a great guitar melody and thought it would be amazing to re-record with the addition of some lyrics. I contacted David Longdon from Big Big Train who I wanted to sing it. David wrote the lyrics and we did a demo, which sounded fantastic. I also had the idea of it being a duet, so we asked Christina Booth from my band Magenta to sing it. We then had to play the demo to Steve Hackett to make sure he liked it, which thankfully he did. He kindly agreed to play guitar on the track, which was wonderful. I really think we have been respectful to the original piece and hopefully brought something new to it as well”.
Rob adds; “We were also lucky to have one of the best rhythm sections to play on the song, namely Nick Beggs on bass (of Steven Wilson’s band) and Nick D’Virgilio on drums (from Spock’s Beard). As it was a one off project we really wanted the proceeds form the sales to go to a charity. Myself, Christina and Steve Hackett have all lost close family members to Parkinson’s disease, so we decided to donate all the proceeds to Parkinson’s Society UK, who are funding research into a cure for this terrible affliction."

We are delighted to be involved with a track in aid of such a great cause and I do hope lots of you will support this release as it will be available both as a physical CD single and on download. We think its sounds great too. Release date April 27th and I will be adding the order links in the next few days.
15  Tinyfish Wibble / Other Bands / Re: Lonely Robot (John Mitchell) on: March 20, 2015, 08:19:32 PM
Sounds like a good evening.
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