FISH BACK IN TOWN - CLUTCHING AT STRAWS & A FEW NEWBIES
Thanks to The Classic Rock Society this was the third show I have managed to catch while Fish is saying a live goodbye to his final (a masterpiece in my eyes) album with Marillion but this time the difference was he also showcased a few impressive numbers from his soon to be released Weltschmerz album (so looking forward to that one).
Support as with his last show at the venue was by the magical Doris Brendel and her band, my review will be winging its way to the CRS but here are a few of my images from the night.
CROPREDY FESTIVAL 2018 - A BRIEF PREVIEW
As I have mentioned before I had a wonderful experience at my first Cropredy Festival last year when I managed to get a pass for the Saturday (mainly to catch the mighty Marillion admittedly), I had the best welcome I have ever had as a photographer at a big event and the organisation, the music the facilities were all second to non.
Really happy that they have granted me a pass again this year and hope to attend at least one if not two days of this years event.
Although a folk festival in essence there is always so much more going on musically and this year that includes Beach Boy ‘Brian Wilson' headlining on the opening Thursday with a full performance of the iconic Pet Sounds album and hopefully throwing in a few older classics.
Friday is the main day for me as the mighty ‘Fish' (ex Marillion vocalist although that is a long time ago now!) takes the stage in the afternoon for hopefully a set mixing the cream of his solo material with a couple of Marillion oldies and I know I am a little biased! but for me he is one of rocks best showmen, and then headlining we have a folk with a rock/punk edge set by the wonderful ‘Levellers'.
Folk fans are of course well catered for with ‘Fairport Convention' (the reason the festival exists lest we forget) both opening and closing the whole thing with an acoustic set on the Thursday afternoon and a full electric set with guests for the Sunday headline slot.
Elsewhere over the weekend we have the folk sounds of Al Stewart, Kate Rusby, Oysterband and many more.
If you have been before you will know what a special event it is if not I highly recommend you give it a try, you will not be disappointed and above are a few of my recently sorted pics from last year.
For full info check the festival web site
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FISH - A stunning Assembly performance on a cold winters night
Thrilled to have the opportunity to review this amazing show for The Classic Rock Society Magazine which for a while looked like a ‘will it go ahead or not' show with the extreme weather that hit the area but go ahead it did and what a gig.
I am working on a full review for the magazine but wanted to share a few of my images of the night with you guys and give you a brief overview.
Support Doris Brendel and her band were very entertaining, her style slightly eccentric with plenty of all out rock sections with at times a touch of blues and prog and you could not keep your eyes of Doris who worked the crowd to perfection including inspired use of several light based props.
This is a very special tour for headliner Fish as it celebrates the anniversary of one of Marillion's finest albums Clutching At Straws and so performed with a huge back screen showing off stunning Mark Wilkinson artwork we had the whole album performed to perfection by the big man and his amazing band including the likes of ‘Incommunicado' and ‘Sugar Mice' while the rest of the set cherrypicked classics from his extensive solo output including a stunning ‘Perfume River'.
You never get anything but a knockout performance by the Fish and this no was no exception and his voice was in fine form and fingers crossed that before he puts an end to his live work we get at least one more Leamington show from this amazing performer.
FISH CLUTCHING AT STRAWS (AND MORE) AT THE ASSEMBLY - SUN 10TH DEC
A must see this one as Fish returns to town to celebrate both the 30th anniversary of his final (and absolute masterpiece) album with Marillion Clutching At Straws and the release of his final solo studio album Weltschmerz.
He has been no stranger to the venue staging two of his fan club conventions there in 2009 and 2012 as well as choosing the Assembly for a showpiece leg on the tour for his last studio album A Feast Of Consequences in 2013.
One of rocks greatest showmen and a masterful story teller he still has such a powerful singing voice (he just changes the key on some Marillion numbers) to go with his ever present charisma and stage craft and attracts musicians of the highest calibre to perform alongside him.
This could be one of the last chances to see this amazing artist perform on local turf as he plans to start a retirement tour next year and I so highly recommend this show which will surely be a night not to forget.
The photos above are from his last Assembly visit in 2013.
Ticket info from the Leamington Assembly box Office
Official Fish Site
My Get Ready To Rock review of the Fish Convention 2009 held at The Assembly