"Blue Onyx and Kindred Spirit", May 10th
The concert at Central Studio was almost a sell out and both bands were very well received.
Review from reporter, Elliot Grimes of the Basingstoke Observer
may be a tribute band, but Blue Onyx sure know what they are doing. Moody blues’s
classics such as “Gypsy” and “The Actor” were played with passion and a unique
flare at times. The wide selection of song styles kept the audience transfixed
until the end, along with extremely zealous members, one of which was using her
flute to play guitar and the drums.
having a band of seven, including a flautist and a keyboardist, the band kept a
tight set of which the Moody Blues would be proud of.
such a hard act to follow, Kindred Spirit would have their work cut out. It was
not long, however, until it was obvious that this was a band who enjoyed every
second of being on stage. They were playing in front of those who appreciate
their music and are as passionate about it as the members themselves. Long
instrumentals allowed both flautist and violinist to show off their hidden
talents. The introduction of a saxophone in a selection of songs was an
of Dragons” and “the Devil” were something very special and a brilliant example
of Folk Rock at its best. The bassist coped extremely well playing his double
necked bass, bringing another air of individuality to the band. A well deserved
round of applause from the audience allowed the band to sneak back on stage,
and, accompanied by the members of Blue Onyx, play through one last song. After
thanking the crowd, it is brought to everyone’s attention that they will be
playing in the not too distant future. Maybe an event worth checking out for
those looking for a relaxing evening of live music?
"You Tube" footage
Some good camcorder footage has been taken and some "You Tube" footage from this gig is being uploaded. Here are the first few:-
1. Child Inside with Bouree
2. The Hunger
3. Siren Song
4. All Fall Down
5. Best Days
6. One More Day (the encore number pictured above)
7. Devil went down to Georgia (for people with fast broadband the option to view in high quality - good in full screen)
Review from Martin Harold
"Hi Elaine, Just got back from Central Studios on a big high. What a great night, that's some band you have got. Put you in a proper music venue and you can hold your own with anybody on that performance. I thought you were superb, even better than the last outing at the same venue in '05 and I remember writing to you then that it was a brilliant gig and time just flew. Its the first
time I have seen Gavin, what a find he is, I thought you might miss Sim till I saw him play, loved every moment, I thought you all seemed so at ease and having a ball, I could not help smiling at some of the interplay between Annie and Gavin. I bet you have trouble keeping Annie in check sometimes, I think she would give Ian Anderson a run for his money no problem."