|Foreign Affairs man Richard
Barnes dissects the CRS Night of the Proghead (Saturday 18th May 2002 - HLC,
Guy (well known to CRS folk from his association with PO90) and the
band warmed up the audience in the absence of Qadesh.
A good set mix with plenty of variety from the slower 'A Strange Place', through the reflective 'In My Life' and the melancholic but jaunty 'Where Do All The Madmen Go?', to the rocky numbers like 'Domicile' and 'Tightrope', where the powerful rhythm section of Rick Ashton on bass and Jonathan MacDonald Binns on drums got their chance to let rip. Guitarist Gareth Harwood and main ivories-man, Neil Harris, presented some neat, if short, solos; did I hear Mungo Jerry in there somewhere? Laura, the only one with no surname in the intros (it's Fowles actually, but Guy's a Yorkshire lad and girls are girls y'know) played some fine mellow sax solos as well as contributing to the multiple sets of keyboards and various percussion. Some of these instrumental solos and brief bridges would be worth allowing a bit more space to develop.
My only criticism (if there really is one at all) is that it seemed
somewhat incongruous at times to have someone deliver such
With Qadesh off, the band had to add a couple of unrehearsed numbers which they performed well, despite short notice. The sound was very clear and just the right volume. A good 90 minute set with songs from all four of their albums, sent us all off happy and ready for the evening's performance...
Night of the Proghead? Well 2 out of 4 bands were anyway, but as Martin (Hudson) said to me later, what the hell, if the music's good who cares what the label is, in fact, for me, one of the non-prog bands, MANNING, would get my vote as best band of the day for Saturday.