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FISH, Cox's Yard, Stratford Upon Avon, 26 April 2011
This gig was
originally intended for last December but due to the unusually wintry
conditions at the time it had to be postponed, but the big man returned
and for not one but two nights due to the popularity of these stripped
down acoustic shows.
even more relaxed than for his first visit to this venue back in August
last year, he mentioned last time how much he loves these small gigs
with plenty of interaction with the fans, and here it was completely eye
to eye contact for a lot of the room.
We had a
football style yellow and red card system introduced by the ex-Marillion
man for this show, for offences including talking while he was singing
(one of my pet hates at shows so well said), but when asked if we could
heckle he retorted "absolutely, between the songs of course", he also
stated we could ask him any questions we wanted as well.
usual set opener on these gigs 'Chocolate Frogs' he received belated
birthday greetings from the audience (his birthday was the day before
the gig) and he introduced his band for the evening, one of the best
guitar players in the country and Fish band regular, Frank Usher, and on
keyboards christened by Fish as Super Foss for the evening the
charismatic as well as extremely talented Foss Paterson.
few numbers included a powerful 'State of Mind' followed by "one for the
lady's" 'Somebody Special' from the Suits album, several times during
the set he asked for requests and the first track called out was the
Marillion classic 'Lavender' which he duly delivered and which included
a fabulous jazzy keyboard intro from Foss.
The main set
also included a pumped up 'Brother 52', two absolute beauties from the
Marillion back catalogue and the Fugazi album, a moving 'Jigsaw' and a
rocking 'Punch & Judy', the too beautiful for words 'A Gentleman's
Excuse Me' and Marillion fan favourites 'Slainte Mhath', and 'Kayleigh'
the latter with a stunning guitar solo by Frank.
the evening was full of humorous anecdotes and story's and this evenings
topics included marriage in general, the Royal Wedding and the tale of
his favourite mic stand, but we also had serious anecdotes including a
moving piece on the Battle of the Somme during the First World War which
was followed by "one for the soldiers" a touching 'The Pilgrim's
We had Fish
taking a walk through the audience for a magnificent 'Vigil' and the set
ended in some style with the dark epic and fan favourite 'Fugazi' the
crowd really joining in on this one, the gig had overrun already as the
band had lost all track of time, but we still had an encore and a corker
it was, sang mostly with Fish sitting on the venues bar for a glorious
performance by an artist who never disappoints, playing alongside two
top musicians in Frank and Foss with a set well put together with both
Marillion classics and the cream of his solo material, all performed
stripped down and at times reworked in the intimate surroundings of
Stratford's Cox's Yard, in front of an adoring audience.
photos by Andrew Lock
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