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20 December 2010
congregated tonight at the beautiful surroundings of the Union Chapel
Church in North London. An unlikely venue, but one that is perfect for
the grandiose music of the Enid to be heard in such a picturesque
On a cold
winter's night which sees even more snow coming from the skies gives the
evening a Dickensian Christmassy feel about it. A glass of mulled
wine would've made the perfect aperitif.
Enid guitarist Francis Lickerish jovially entertains those
gathered with his flute playing music from the times of Queen Elizabeth
I and Henry VIII with some 16th Century greensleeves that would impress
a certain Mr.Blackmore.
With so many
instruments on stage it was hard for The Enid to find their starting
positions. Warming us up with 'Spring' from the 'Spell' album, Robert
John Godfrey stated he always felt that the 'Spell' was hurried and
unfinished and that the new line-up will be working on a new recording
of this in the new year.
to form 'Journeys End' was heavily featured with a choir of young lads
giving an operatic feel. New members Max Read, Jason Ducker and Nicholas
Willes are fully fledged members of the Enid in 2010 and their youthful
energy, enthusiasm and talented workmanship will ensure that Robert
John Godfrey will continue his vision of The Enid long into the decade
some 34 years with segments of 'In The Region Of The Summer Stars' was
next with 'Falling Tower' added by the band's insistence to Godfrey and
so glad it was as this is one of my personal favourite Enid highlights.
Musical landscapes are echoed in my mind in these lenghty instrumental
addition of Francis Lickerish joining the band on stage meant that there
were three original members along with drummer Dave Storey. From
77's 'Aerie Faerie Nonsense' was a re-working of 'Fand' which was to
prove to be the spectacle of this evening which included a four man
brass section and hidden from view was Sean Montgomery playing on the
16th Century churches pipe organ. With the young choir back on stage
meant there was 18 people on stage towards the end.
one of the biggest highlights tonight was the comfort and joy of the
Christmas crackers 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman' and 'O Come All Ye
Faithful' ending the evening on a glorious warm festive note. I'm
sure The Enid could make of the best and cosiest Christmas albums one
could wish to hear.
cheekilly shouted out for 'Golden Earrings' for which Robert John
Godfrey duly obliged pushing the show past the two hour mark, a song
you'll expect to find on a Monty Python DVD with it's geeky British
There is no
one else like the Enid and 2011 will be bigger and bolder when the Enid
will be playing with the Birmingham Symphonic Orchestra next October.
It's hard to
exactly categorize the Enid but I'll leave to the words of Wee Jimmy
Krankie to describe tonight's show, it was 'FAND-ABI-DOZI'
Set list : Spring / Space Surfing / Malacandra / Shiva / Falling Tower /
The Last Judgement / In The Region Of The Summer Stars / Childe Roland /
Fand (Parts I & II).....encores ...God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen / O Come
All Ye Faithful / Golden Earrings
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