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BURNING SHED 10th Anniversary Show
14 October 2011
show this one, an anniversary gig for the Burning Shed independent
record label founded in 2001 and consisting of five short performances
by a diverse selection of artists associated with the label.
Surprisingly with being an Assembly regular I found myself in a room I
did not know existed at the venue for the opening performance. The room
is a very smart bar area leading off from the balcony and the opening
act was a short atmospheric set by The Resonance Association, a
duo combining electric guitar, keyboards and sequencing, the music was
mostly ambient with touches of fairly heavy industrial guitar work. On
display during the performance were framed images by the outstanding
photographer Carl Glover whose work has graced album covers by amongst
others Marillion and Blackfield.
of the evenings entertainment took place on the main stage and began
with a short set by Giancarlo Erra one half of the band Memories
of Machines, an impressive 20 minute set with Giancarlo on acoustic
guitar and vocals, I very much enjoyed his performance especially the
beautiful 'Lucky You Lucky Me', excellent guitar work and a strong vocal
and showing fully the diversity of artists on display the ambient
chilled out sounds of Theo Travis playing a selection of flutes
and a saxophone, his CV is very impressive and includes work with Robert
Fripp and Porcupine Tree.
help of a selection of effect foot pedals including echo the room was
filled with the tranquil relaxing sounds of this master instrumentalist
who kept the audience mesmerised, certain passages reminded me of snake
charmer music, looks like it works on audiences as well!
next two members of The Pineapple Thief, Bruce Soord and Jon Sykes,
the full band were magnificent supporting Blackfield at this venue
earlier in the year and this set by the reduced version was equally
acoustic guitar and vocals and Jon on a stylish looking acoustic base
produced a short but so sweet set of pure musical excellence, their
blend of progressive and indie rock which is also full of emotion went
down a storm with the enthusiastic crowd.
included the dreamily romantic 'I Will Light Up Your Eyes' and the
simply stunning 'Remember Us' (the latter with well choreographed crowd
clapping at the end) as well as a preview of a track from the next
Pineapple Thief album the impressive 'One More Step Away'.
my first look at headliners no-man the art-pop duo of vocalist
Tim Bowness one of the two founders of the Burning Shed record label and
multi instrumentalist Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree and Blackfield and
to say they impressed me would be an understatement (must stop finding
more and more bands I like - very costly!).
gig - and I assume the norm for live performances - the line-up was
stretched to a full band and the numbers performed were selected from
the band's back catalogue.
headliners set included the subtle charms of 'Pretty Genius', and
'Wherever There is Light' and an epic performance of 'Lighthouse', the
whole set was beautifully performed by a very special group of musicians
and special mentions for the exquisite electric violin work of Steve
Bingham, the as always excellent guitar work of Steven Wilson and the
superb vocal delivery of Tim Bowness.
know what to expect from this show but came away really impressed after
a night of musical excellence covering various musical styles including,
progressive rock, pop/rock, indie rock and ambient, and with a little
more knowledge of the Burning Shed record label and the quality of music
photos by Andrew Lock
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