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CAMBRIDGE ROCK FESTIVAL
Barton, Cambridgeshire Friday 7 August
from Thursday's rain torrents Haggis Farm Polo Club, the new home for the
Cambridge Rock Festival, was the venue for my first Mostly Autumn show for
This was by
far the longest gap between shows since discovering the band in November
2002 playing a pub gig in my hometown of Leamington Spa.
It took 30
seconds that night to realise two things - I would love this band and they
would cost me a lot of money, both turned out to be true!
After a long
delay due to the English weather the set started with the powerful opening
track from the Heart Full of Sky album 'Fading Colours' such a powerful
track to start shows that it will take something very special to shift it
from this slot.
uptempo tracks in a row next to keep the pace up starting with 'Caught In
a Fold' the ever popular number from the Passengers album and then a brace
of tracks from current album Glass Shadows, 'Flowers For Guns' and the
rocking 'Unoriginal Sin.'
Time to slow
things down with 'Simple Ways' and then right back to 2001 with the sheer
beauty of 'Half the Mountain' from The Last Bright Light.
Next up one
of the greatest pieces of music you could wish for, the sublime
'Evergreen' which also includes in my opinion some of the finest rock
guitar ever performed, of course by the guitar great that is Bryan Josh.
Back to the
very start of the Mostly Autumn story with the opening track of their
debut album For All We Shared the catchy 'Nowhere To Hide' and keeping the
pace going with 'Answer the Question' always a good track for headbanging.
tear-jerker to follow the delicate and moving 'Above the Blue' written by
Heather in memory of her Grandfather Matthew Findlay, unfortunately a
small section of the crowd seemed intent on spoiling the moment with loud
chatter which was a shame.
numbers and what crackers, both powerful moving rock master pieces
starting with 'Carpe Diem' written about the tragic Tsunami of Boxing Day
2004 and of course as usual the closing track Bryan's tribute to his late
father 'Heroes Never Die.'
did have a few electrical problems to contend with but like the true
professionals they are they did not let it get to them and the whole band
seemed happy and really up for the show.
lead vocals and Anne-Marie on just about everything - keyboards, guitar,
backing vocals and flute - seemed to have had a style change since I last
saw the band and both looked great as of course did the always lovely
the guys looked the part as well with the best dressed male award going to
the king of keyboards Iain Jennings dressed all in black with shades.
memorable set by one of this country's finest rock acts that get nowhere
near the recognition they deserve so, cheers, and I cannot wait for the
festival organisers and volunteers were very helpful and friendly, we had
a great selection of bands across three stages and of course a wide range
of real ales. As I mentioned earlier the weather caused a few problems
over the weekend but hopefully the sun will be out for next year.
and photos by Andrew Lock
Cambridge Rock Festival
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