Tudor Folk Club, Chesham Buckinghamshire UK
Ashcroft Arts Centre
at Gosport and Fareham Easter Festival Hampshire UK
Lindisfarne 50th Anniversary 70-20
Here's something different,an acoustic almost unplugged set. The last band show
was in 2003,and some shows were scheduled for 2004 which the band honoured as an acoustic trio.
This was the last show for some years.
Checked SBE's With Trader's Little Helper.
Rod Clements Dobro guitar, mandolin and vocals
Dave Hull-Denholm guitars and vocals
Billy Mitchell guitar and lead vocals.
1.Born At The Right Time
4.Peter Brophy Don't Care
5.A Walk In The Sea
6.United States Of Mind
7.Meet Me On The Corner
8.One More Bottle Of Wine
review by Bob Templeman
The Final Fling format was, (its hard to accept its all in the past) Rod Clements on Dobro guitar, mandolin and vocals, Dave Hull-Denholm, guitars and vocals and Billy Mitchell guitar and lead vocals.
Talking to Rod and Billy after the sound check, my first question was why the split? After a few wry comments it came down to the fact that Lindisfarne had achieved its full potential and with three key members keen to pursue personal projects, it was time, after 34 years to call an orderly and tidy end to a fantastically rewarding chapter of their lives.
To the future, Rod is touring (with Dave Denholm-Hull and Ian Thompson) as the Ghosts of Electricity. Billy Mitchell will be touring in his own right and working with Ray Laidlaw (drummer and founder member) on a number of TV projects and in maintaining the “Lindisfarne Legacy”.
The Concert , the very last of the “Final Fling Tour”, presented by the Tudor Folk Club, was a complete sell out, with visitors coming from as far away as North Devon, Newcastle and Ayr, all local B and B’s being fully booked.
With 34 years worth of songs and only two hours the task of selecting a set must have been a daunting one. It would be easy to give a list of songs, but that would miss the point, each song having a different meaning for each member of the audience. All three band members are strong vocalists and musicians in their own right, laying down exceptional vocal and instrumental textures that almost define pigeon holing. Dave’s electric 12 string and Rod’s Dobro and mandolin provided a solid base for Billy’s solo vocals and ensemble efforts. In the first set “Refugees”, “Ghost in Blue Suede Shoes” and “Born at the Right Time” stood out for me.
After the break Rod and Billy started the set with a simple but emotive delivery of “Passing Time”. Just to confuse the issue this was followed by “Peter Brophie Don’t Care”, which had guitar parts on Dobro and 12 string that left me in mind of Pink Floyd at their best. ( I did say that they defied pigeon holing). The set developed, evolved and worked its way around a variety of musical styles with amazing set pieces from all three, though Billy’s emotive harmonica on “Candlelight” really did it for me. With emotions fully charged the final number had to be “Meet me on The Corner” and the band did not disappoint.
After a riotous standing ovation the band gave us three more numbers, and recognition of the fact that they both started and finished their career in a folk club. The last Lindisfarne number ever was “One More Bottle Of Wine”, with Billy and half the audience struggling to keep a dry eye.
This has to be a night to remember for all the Lindisfarne fans, Tudor Folk Club members and perhaps it could become a little bit of Chesham’s history
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