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FISH, Cox's Yard, Stratford-upon-Avon
15 August 2010
This was a
very intimate up close and personal gig by Fish the ex Marillion lead
singer and successful solo artist at Stratford-Upon-Avon's premier live
music venue Cox's Yard, down by the river in this scenic Warwickshire
He took to
the stage unaccompanied shortly before 9.00pm and sang Chocolate Frogs
from the epic Plague of Ghosts from the Raingods with Zippos album, and
it was obvious from the start his voice was in magnificent form.
band for the night, his fabulous regular guitarist Frank Usher and the
superb keyboard player Foss Patterson then walked on and joined the big
man to give a sold out crowd a cracking selection of stripped down and
sometimes reworked versions of tracks from his lengthy solo career and
classic early Marillion numbers.
highlights from his solo output included State of Mind, a stirring
Vigil, the powerful Family Business, a beautifully performed Just Good
Friends and right up to date with Zoe 25 from his latest studio album
One of my
personal highlights among many and in my opinion the most beautiful
example of Fish's writing, which I admit often brings a tear to my eye (
big girl ! ) A Gentleman's Excuse Me.
delight of the audience he made several visits to his Marillion years a
rocking Slainte Mhath, Sugar Mice, the hit singles from the Misplaced
Childhood album Kayleigh and Lavender also he threw in a real surprise,
with an inspired reworking of Fugazi.
Fish and his
small band were obviously enjoying the gig, the audience had plenty of
opportunities to sing-a-long, plenty of funny stories from Fish between
the tracks as usual and most importantly his voice was excellent, as was
I managed a
few words with the man himself after the show and have never found him
as relaxed and happy which was great to see, also had a few words with a
very happy Frank Usher.
night and he threatened to visit this part of the country soon, lets
photos by Andrew Lock
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