CRS Progday
Saturday 18th May 2002, Herringthorpe Leisure Centre, Rotherham, UK

By Charlie Farrell

(For other bands on bill -please refer to full Review on the Dutch Progressive Rock pages .. See LINKS Page)


Classic Rock Society ProgDay

An initiative of the Classic Rock Society’s (CRS) Paul Allwood to provide a full day’s worth of ‘prog’ entertainment, the event was hit by the cancelled of Quadesh, a few days before the event, resulting in a slight reorganisation of the schedule. From the band’s point’s of view, it meant that there was time to play a little longer, so for a mere £13 each punter got over 5hrs of top-quality musical entertainment.

Manning live at Rotherham, May 18th 2002

The afternoon session began with Manning fronted by Guy Manning (ex Parallel or 90 Degrees). His five-piece backing band included Jon Binns (Drums), Rick Ashton (Bass, B.Vocals) , Gareth Harwood (Electric Guitar), Neil Harris (Keyboards, B.Vocals) and Laura Fowles (Sax, Keyboards, B.Vocals and shakers) and they played material from Manning’s 2 disks and Guy’s solo album as well as some new tunes. The band were well into their set by the time I’d completed my 6 hour journey to Rotherham and were bringing Walking In Cascade to a close.

Manning live at Rotherham, May 18th 2002

Guy then introduced a string of numbers from the upcoming The Ragged Curtain disk of which Tightrope with its excellent saxophone solo, stood out. After Guy had introduced the members of his band, he switched back to electric guitar for the The Night & The Devil from Cascade and the excellent Songs of Faith. The band then performed two further cuts; the "noisy", uptempo Domicile from 1999’s The Cure and a concluding In My life which featured great singing from the entire band. The musicianship was excellent and the songs were very pleasant indeed. One for me to re-visit


  • The Voyager
  • Catholic Education
  • In Swingtime
  • What Is It Worth?
  • A Strange Place
  • Walking In Cascade
  • Tightrope
  • Where Do All The Madmen Go?
  • A Place to Hide
  • The Weaver of Dreams
  • The Night & The Devil
  • Songs Of Faith
  • Domicile
  • In My Life