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Donovan – RNCM 17th October 2015

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It had been a while since I’d been to see Donovan, and somehow the 50th Anniversary tour seemed to be the right time to go and see him again. Sat cross-legged on a small stage with Kelly, his guitar, Donovan took us all on a trip back through his career. The first half included some more obscure early stuff, but… Read more »

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Rick Wakeman – Lancaster Priory 16th October 2015

I have fallen a little behind with things, the next couple of posts are a bit of a catch-up. In October, I went off to see Rick Wakeman with my gig buddy Phil. The concert was in Lancaster Priory and was the first of what they hope will be several Prog at the Priory gigs. Gordon Giltrap was the warm-up for… Read more »

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Crosby Stills and Nash – Manchester 21st September 2015

Venue – Bridgewater Hall, Manchester Gig Buddies – Stephen and Phil Gig Booty – None, I’m still skint from my last gig! I don’t think I’ve been let down by a CSN live show since the first time I saw them in 1992. Last night was no exception (once the sound settled down after the first song sounding like we… Read more »

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King Crimson – Salford 11th September

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Venue – The Lowry, Salford Gig Buddies – None. Gig Booty – Two shirts, a tour book (with two CDs) and a badge set. I still feel like I’m struggling to find the right words to describe the experience but here goes – I’ll be honest, it had never crossed my mind that I’d have a chance to seen Crimson… Read more »

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Elvis Costello – Liverpool 15th June 2015

Venue – Liverpool Philharmonic Hall Gig Buddies – Stephen and Ellie Gig Booty – none, though I was tempted by guitar picks. The ticket said no support, but there was indeed a support band in the form of Larkin Poe. I didn’t see their support slot as I was waiting with Ellie’s ticket to get in. However, they did come… Read more »

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“You better duck down the alley way”

The day after seeing the Bonzos was spent sight-seeing in London and one of the places that Ellie took me to was the location for the Bob Dylan video “Subterranean Homesick Blues” It was filmed behind the Savoy Hotel on a tiny street named Savoy Steps, just off Savoy Hill Road. It was too good a photo opportunity to miss,… Read more »

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50th Anniversary of The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band – 17th April 2015

Venue – Koko, Camden, London. Gig Buddies – Ellie, Neville, Carol-Anne, Tony and Graeme. Gig Booty – 50th Anniversary Tshirt I loved the 40th Anniversary Bonzos concerts and felt a little sad that I couldn’t get to the last Three Bonzos and Piano show in Milton Keynes last December, so when a Bonzos 50th Anniversary shindig was announced for Camden… Read more »

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CD Review – In Animal Character by Bruise

I received this CD around Christmas time but have only just been able to give it the time it deserves. On their social network sites Bruise describe themselves as Nu Folk (facebook) and Progressive Folk (twitter), but my only labels for them are Jim and Isobel who I have known now for several years. (Which is my way of declaring… Read more »

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Asia – 29th October 2014 – RNCM Manchester

Venue – Royal Northern College of Music Gig Buddy – Emma Gig Booty – A pre-signed photo. First of all I’d like to say how much I love this venue. It has an intimate feel, comfortable seats and even a cafe for pre-gig food. (In fact Geoff Downes was chatting to some friends on the table next to ours in… Read more »

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