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Mostly Autumn, Robin2, Bilston UK, 3rd April 2004

Part of a tour before the ‘V’ dates, Mostly Autumn were on top form at this cracking venue.

Bryan Josh hit the opening riff to Return of The King and the band and capacity crowd were soon in touch with each other.  Enter the two ladies of the band on the next number Caught In A Fold, Heather Findlay with trademark top hat, and in a long black dress Angela Goldthorpe, were soon in time with the whole band.

Mostly Autumn are now emerging as a big band, and to fill a place like this on a Sunday evening must underline that fact.  They have a lot of fans, and when tunes like The Spirit Of Autumn Past and Evergreen are heard, the whole place just warms to these sounds.

Angela’s flute playing and backing vocals, give the band a great whole sound, but when Bryan Josh takes the vocals, both Angela and Heather just lift the sound a little higher.

The rockier songs such as Answer The Question would not be out of place at a stadium venue, and the quieter tunes such as Last Bright Light and Shrinking Violet will soon become classics.

Tonight’s stand out track for me was Passengers, a great ballad and great vocals on this one, and is the title track of the new album. There is soon to be a 5:1 DTS version of this released soon, and will be worth the wait and money!

Iain Jennings on keys and brother Andrew on drums, who is a new member, played very well too; bass player Andy Smith who hid behind Angela for most of the night held the whole sound in place.  Second guitarist Liam Davison played very tight throughout the set, and there are so many angles and sound that Mostly Autumn can hit you with.

Heroes Never Die was performed as the last song, and the packed crowd enjoyed every second of the evening’s entertainment.  The band is appearing at Cropredy this year it was announced, and that will get more people talking about them.  A great band, great performance - they just get better.

Danny Mayo

Mostly Autumn

 

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