Friday, May 26, 2006

Tuesday night is music night - and the second one of the year!

Tuesday 23 May saw me travel down to the City Varieties Theatre in Leeds to see my second gig of the year - the first was three months ago - Fairport Convention at The Sage, Gateshead.
This time I was off to see the other group big in Folk Rock - Steeleye Span!
Steeleye were actually the first group I ever saw live, back in the late 70's, at Middlesbrough Town Hall. I was still at 6th form, and I'll always remember having to miss the encore to catch the last bus back to Guisborough.
I guess I must have seen Steeleye 20+ times over the intervening 30 years - I still think they are great, and all such great musicians. I particularly enjoy Ken Nichol on lead guitar - I always thought Bob Johnson's playing was very understated and restrained, but Ken can, and will, really let rip when appropriate. Come to think of it, when Peter Knight brought on his electric fiddle, that was quite 'heavy'! I thought the latest versions of Bonny Black Hare and Good Times of Old England really rocked!
They played quite a bit of new stuff - particularly liked Drink Down the Well (?) and Lord Elgin. The new album is now on my birthday list!
Nice to visit a theatre I haven't been to before - they used to film the Old Time Music Hall for TV there. Smashing place inside, if a little cramped in places (like the entrance area) - perhaps it was a full house!
Parked at the underground carpark at The Light - seemed very secure, and I guess £4.50 is reasonable for a city centre like Leeds.

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