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Reading In Review


My detailed review for your perusal...

I was dressed up and had a very good seat on the edge of the center block directly in front of Lord Marnen and Bard David. Albert and Thomas from Die Geyers kicked the show off, they walked down the aisles and onto the stage whilst playing something on bagpipes and moved on to a more authentic rendition of Past Time With Good Company in English. If I remember correctly then they next played a Tielmann Susato composition called "Mon Ami" before a German language song that's title translates as "The Women With The Fleas" that was quite enjoyable, they closed with an instrumental that's name escapes me but was described as having something like a "funky groove". At one point during their set Albert gestured the audience to clap along whilst they did a sort of "duelling bagpipes" piece, everyone was very enthusiastic and Thomas seemed genunely touched by the response and thanked everyone profusely over the microphone. They later joined the band on stage for one or two songs.

Blackmore's Night hit the stage after an interval of 10 minutes or so with the usual guitar synth intro included on Way To Mandalay, this led into Cartouche with Ritchie on the mandolin, (on second thoughts it might have been a mandola), I mention that because it wasn't plugged in and he was playing in front of a microphone on a stand which hadn't been secured properly and it started slipping downwards so Ritchie couldn't be heard until a costumed roadie scrambled across the stage and corrected it, I was worried that it was going to annoy him enough to adversely affect his performance but he seemed to be in a good enough mood to ignore it. My memory is a little hazy as to exactly what order everything happened in but Under A Violet Moon and Home Again, (inc Rule Britannia), were featured early on and both were fine, energetic renditions that really got the crowd going, Soldier of Fortune was also early on and was better than the PTWGC version but still not a patch on the original. Fires at Midnight and Ghost of a Rose were wonderful epic performances, Play Minstrel, Play featured som fine flute work from Lord Marnen and Ritchie's playing on Minstrel Hall was absolutely spellbinding and had me in an almost zombified state just staring at his fingers...in fact, after seeing that I've decided I may as well give up on the guitar and become a drummer, some players are so good they inspire you to pick up a guitar and play along but Ritchie is just so impossibly magnificent that he makes you think "what's the point?". The other instrumentals in the set were a rather good Durch Den Wald Zum Bachaus and a rather bland Mr Peagram's Morris & Sword, the only song in the concert I could have done without. Candice was in very fine voice and that was shown on Diamonds & Rust, an amazing vocal performance with The Sisters of the Moon, (who I thought were backsage at first because the keyboards blocked my view of where they were sitting), vocalising the slide guitar on the record. Renaissance Faire was very enjoyable but the response from the costumed members, (myself included), of the somewhat more reserved English audience wasn't as enthusiastic as it usually is on the continent, I Still Remember was very haunting and atmospheric and Wind In The Willows gave everyone a chance to rest their hands and feet from all the stomping and clapping. Candice introduced the band and some banter took place before Ritchie began the excellent Hurdy Gurdy intro to The Clock Ticks On which got everyone going again, the song was just as good and closed the main set. There was no Writing on the Wall or keyboard solo.

After the band exited for the first time everyone stood up and rushed the stage, I was lucky enough to be pressed right up against the stage. The band came back on after the usual audience action, there were two encores of three songs and all featured the Strat. Needless to say they were marvellous so I won't bother throwing superlatives at them but I will say that Black Night and 16th Century Greensleeves were like a religious experience. emoticon

As I remember them (ie, probably in the wrong order), they were...

First Encores:

All For One
Difficult To Cure
Self Portrait

Second Encores

Rainbow Blues
16th Century Greensleeves
Black Night


I was a bit disappointed that there was no third encore or Purple riff parade but just hearing the last ones would be enough for anyone. Ritchie wasn't in an especially good mood but neither was he going through the motions or in a bad mood, still a highly enjoyable experience though. When the concert ended I was tempted to try and make off with one of the canvas covers from the monitors as a souvenir but I noticed one of the shaved apes nearby so I didn't...if I'd been especially bold I could have taken Lord Marnen's flute, it was on the stage floor literally a foot away from me but I probably would have been seen and almost certainly wouldn't have made it out alive!.


The meetup was successful as well, I met Mr and Mrs McPurple and Speedy in the hotel lobby and we moved on first to the Cooper's Arms pub up the road from the hotel, Mrs Mc left us and then we progressed to the Wetherspoon's across the road from the Concert Hall. We also caught up with Dash inside and managed a pleasant but short conversation as we were filing into the auditorium.

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Great, good to see you had a good time(as I had on my purple gig on saturday, which´s review you´ve surely haven´t missed out?emoticon).

The good thing is that this for sure will make you comming again, while the gig I´ve been to makes me not wanting to go to any BN gig anymore as that can´t be topped.
So this is for sure not the best part of it for you, but great to see you´ve enjoyed your gig!

So, where´s your photo?emoticon
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Milan Fahrnholz wrote:
So, where´s your photo?emoticon



The camera battery was flat so I'm dressing up again and taking another one to keep my promise. emoticon

There is one of me with Speedy and McPurple in the pub on the same night but I'm wearing a large overcoat and trousers over the tights.
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Milan Fahrnholz wrote:
The good thing is that this for sure will make you comming again, while the gig I´ve been to makes me not wanting to go to any BN gig anymore as that can´t be topped.
So this is for sure not the best part of it for you, but great to see you´ve enjoyed your gig!



So much so that I'm going to get more use out of the rather expensive costume and go to one on the continent next tour. emoticon

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That would be very good to look at before we get the full tights!emoticon.
We don´t have many photos with three forum members on one pic around.
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RitchiesHair, were you sat next to someone dressed in brown with a big cross around their neck? And during the encores, I was literally at the very front of the stage, right at Marnen's feet, sounds like we were pretty close.
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glad you enjoyed the show and nice to have met you.
you didn't want much though did you...3 encores!
you were already spoilt with the set list.
by the way ritchies hair, if you send me your email, i will gladly send you all 7 pics i got from last night, if you want them.
milan, if you want the one of the 3 of us to put on here, i will happily send you it, but i am kind of hoping big j will be kind enough to do that, as i have already sent him them.
let me know.

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CraigKGibbs wrote:

RitchiesHair, were you sat next to someone dressed in brown with a big cross around their neck? And during the encores, I was literally at the very front of the stage, right at Marnen's feet, sounds like we were pretty close.



I was next to someone in grey tights and a red hat, I was right on the end of the left hand side of the center block and I was dressed strikingly similar to the keyboard player.

Dave, I've asked Big J to send it to me first to see if it's sufficiently non-embarrasing, I have taken the photo I promised to send Milan and I'll upload it very soon.
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milan, if you want the one of the 3 of us to put on here, i will happily send you it, but i am kind of hoping big j will be kind enough to do that, as i have already sent him them.
let me know.



Yeah, I hope so. I´d better drop him a line.
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the only thing embarrasing in the photo is the baldy git in the middle of us!
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