TRINITY 4 - A PROG/CHARITY EXTRAVAGANSA
A day of both wonderful music prog style and generosity raising money for Scope, Mind and Help Musicians UK.
Headliners Mostly Autumn, Godsticks, The C:LIVE Collective, Alan Reed & the Daughters of Expediency, That Joe Payne and the late addition of Last Flight To Pluto all played their hearts out.
There was a raffle which included amongst others White Star Records bundles, The Reasoning goodie bags, while I donated a few prints left over from my exhibition last year.
The action really stated with the now famous Trinity auction the biggie was a unique prototype PRS SE GUITAR donated by Jakko Jakszyk of King Crimson with a band image painted on the body and signed by the man himself which raised well over a £1000, a signed Nightwish vinyl set and book, Steve Hackett signed blu-ray and much more.
There was an AOP ‘the art of prog exhibition' running throughout the day with iconic album artwork and a large section featuring the work of Rodney Matthews the famous artist who's work graces the albums of Magnum and many more.
During the afternoon break from the main stage action you could catch two special sessions which combined the beautiful music of Oliver Wakeman (son of Rick) and a Q & A session with Rodney Matthews.
All of the bands (giving there time for free) gave there all and the first half included a stylish set in both wardrobe and music by The C:Live Collective, beautifully delicate vocals/keyboards from That Joe Payne, and the upbeat energetic style of Last Flight To Pluto.
2nd half started with Alan Reeds new outfit Alan Reed & the Daughters of Expediency, mixing originals and a few Pallas classics while Godsticks brought there own brand of heavy prog rock to the stage.
Mostly Autumn played a stunning set to close including a couple of numbers from the brand new album White Rainbow the epic title track and the wonderfully catchy ‘Into The Stars' along with golden oldies ‘Evergreen', ‘Simple Ways' and ‘Nowhere To Hide (Close My Eyes)'.
To close it was the the after show party with once again Jerry Ewing on the decks with his prog rock disco.
Great music and good causes once again come together as one and I will let you no how much was raised as soon as announced.
TRINITY 4 - LEAMINGTON ASSEMBLY SATURDAY 11th May 2019
The Prog world gets together again next month at The Leamington Assembly when on 11th May Trinity the prog rock music festival returns to its spiritual home with its all day long, incredible line up of live music and its famous auction where you can bid for an amazing selection of music memorabilia.
This years charities are Scope who support disability equality, Mind who support better mental health and Help Musicians UK the leading independent music charity.
This years headliner is the amazing Mostly Autumn hot on the tails of their wonderful new album White Rainbow also on the bill are Welsh band Godsticks, The C:LIVE Collective, the former front man of prog legends Pallas brings his new outfit Alan Reed & the Daughters of Expediency, ex Enid front man That Joe Payne and finally hailing from Birmingham IO Earth.
The evening ends with an after show party with a limited amount of tickets still available.
Fabulous causes and great music come together once again.
**THE PHOTOS ARE FROM THE 2017 EVENT AT THE LEAMINGTON ASSEMBLY, AND THIS YEARS HEADLINERS MOSTLY AUTUMN**
MOSTLY AUTUMN - 2 WONDERFUL SETS AT THE LEAMINGTON ASSEMBLY
Mostly Autumn live always give value for money but this show (along with two others on the tour) gave even more as they performed two full sets, the first a complete performance of their latest studio album Sight Of Day the second full of Autumn classics and a couple of surprises.
With the band being a seven piece and all masters at their chosen instrument the sound they produce is really something to behold, Bryan Josh is one of the finest rock guitarists in the land while his now wife Olivia has such stunning vocal ability, add the keyboard wizardry of Iain Jennings the flute etc magic of Angela Gordon, the second guitar and vocals of Chris Johnson and the solid rhythm section of Andy Smith and Alex Cromarty and you have yourself some band.
With the back screen projections put to good use the new album run through opened with the grandiose epic that is ‘Sight Of Day' and this title track is a wonderfully uplifting number just bristling with positive energy and also makes fine use of that light and shade the band are so renowned for.
Delicate ballad ‘The Man Without A Name' had a stunning, crystal clear lead vocal by Olivia, and the Chris Johnson penned (also with Chris on lead vocals) ‘Changing Lives' had a charging, slightly modern indie rock feel.
Other highlights from this first set of the evening included the band showing their Celtic side on rocker ‘Only The Brave' with its wonderful chorus and the emotional closing numbers firstly the atmospheric ballad ‘Raindown' and finally the sublime and soaring (and once again totally uplifting) ‘Forever And Beyond' which featured Bryan and Olivia in perfect vocal harmony.
Also loved in this first set how Mr Josh coped with such good humour with a guitar strap malfunction even saying he may have to sit down and play.
After a short break it was time for the classics set and to open it was back in time to album No. 1 (For All We Shared) with Chris (acoustic guitar) and Angela (flute) taking to the stage for the opening of the Lord of the Rings inspired instrumental ‘Out Of The Inn' before the rest of the band joined in on the action and it turned into an out and out rocker.
This set also included a roaring ‘In For The Bite' one of the standouts from Bryan's 2016 Josh and Co concept album Transylvania Part 1- The Count Demands It and also from a concept album (2014's Dressed In Voices) the flowing folk rock feel of ‘Skin on Skin'.
One particularly impressive section included three stone cold classics in a row starting with two out and out epics ‘Evergreen' with Bryan acing that legendary solo and a majestic ‘Mother Nature' its beautiful keyboard work just one of the many highlights and a fabulously spiritual ‘Passengers'.
Other highlights included Olivia once again shining on beautiful ballad ‘Silhouettes of Stolen Ghosts' and a second lead vocal of the night by Chris on a sparkling (sorry!) 'Silver Glass' and of course the usual heartfelt performance of ‘Heroes Never Die' with yet another stunning Bryan Josh solo.
A wonderful night and another fantastic show by for me one of the best live bands around and hopefully they will pay the town a visit in 2018.
MOSTLY AUTUMN KEEP UP THEIR REGULAR VISITS TO LEAMINGTON WITH A SHOW AT THE ASSEMBLY ON SAT 16TH SEP
One of my favourite bands Mostly Autumn return to the Leamington Assembly on Saturday September 16th for what seems to be coming a regular venue for the band on their yearly tour cycle.
The Assembly show is one of just three dates on the tour to be upgraded to special with a complete performance of the bands fabulous and epic latest album ‘Sight of Day' as well as another full set of Mostly Autumn classics.
If you have already seen them in action I should see you there if not I so highly recommend you give them a go, they have their very own distinctive blend of classic rock with touches of prog an occasional celtic feel and always plenty of emotion.
You can be head banging along to one of their rockers one minute and the next taking in a wonderful, heartfelt, powerful ballad, the whole band are masters at their chosen instrument and the line-up includes one of this countries finest rock guitarists Bryan Josh and one of the best female rock singers around Olivia Sparnenn-Josh
I have seen them many times (the first time was here in Leamington at the Robins Well pub way back in 2002) and I have never been anything but completely entertained at times mesmerised by for me one of the greatest British rock bands around.
The photos above are from the bands 2016 visit to The Assembly.
Tickets for the show are available on-line at the Leamington Assembly
MOSTLY AUTUMN LEAMINGTON ASSEMBLY
An epic Assembly show by one of my two favourite bands (luckily for me the other Marillion playing the same venue 3 days later) and Mostly Autumn with their distinct blend of classic and progressive rock with now and again a sprinkle of folk rock performed for an amazing 4 hours or so (split over 3 sets).
I have followed this band for around 14 years and have never heard such a selection of their classic numbers at one show, all this and the addition of a cracking covers set.
The original material covered them at their rock-out best on belters like ‘Answer the Question' and ‘Deep In Borrowdale', featured their beautiful ballad side on the likes of ‘The House on the Hill' and ‘Passengers' and the epic side of the band was also well on show including ‘Mother Nature', and ‘The Last Climb'.
The first set gave us different takes (including acoustic) of well known band numbers and also gave individual band members a chance to shine, while the 2nd set billed as "songs which have inspired them" included plenty of surprises as well as the expected Pink Floyd numbers with versions of songs made famous by the likes of Neil Young, Fairport Convention and Radiohead.
The final set was a mammoth one filled with band classics from their extensive back catalogue and the spectacular back screen presentations were put to fabulous use.
This band have plenty of diverse material, one of the countries best rock lead guitarists in Bryan Josh and lead singer Olivia Sparneen-Josh has the voice of an angel, her vocals on the brace of Eric Carmen's ‘All By Myself' and Floyd's ‘The Great Gig in the Sky' during the covers set had to be heard to be believed.
They have a dynamic, rich sound embellished with plenty of keyboard layers and at times the addition of exquisite flute work and at this gig we also had Anne Phoebe adding her wonderful violin to a few numbers as well as a fab saxophone player.
The support set was an all instrumental affair by the two-piece Papillon which consists of spectacular violin player Anna Phoebe who at times raced around the stage like a whirling dervish while playing the most wonderful/magical music on her instrument along side talented guitarist Nicolas Rizzi.
The music was a wonderful blend of gypsy, classical and rock music and this was a spellbinding aural and visual performance.
What a special show and they guys came out for nearly an hour in the interval to chat to fans and sign, if you have still not checked them out highly recommend that you do and catch them next time they are in town.