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Mostly Autumn, Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 4th December 2004

As part of the 'special shows' tour, Mostly Autumn performed a set of their own music, plus a forty minute tribute to Pink Floyd. Minus vocalist Heather Findlay for the Floyd set, the other six members opened with Echoes from the legendary album Meddle. There were two rectangle screens behind the band, plus a main circular screen above the first line of the band. During the Pink Floyd set, there were many images such as dogs with wings, moving head busts and several more creations, very Monty Python I thought!

The other Floyd songs were Money, Time, Wish You Were Here, Comfortably Numb and Run Like Hell.  The sax was missing Money, but Angela Goldthorpe came up with the goods by replacing it with the flute. On vocals was the Dave Gilmour look-a-like Bryan Josh, and his voice and guitar playing was faultless. With many tribute acts around today, this was a great example of what Mostly Autumn could do if the opportunity arises for a full set. The now near capacity crowd applauded every song as the band departed from the stage for a break only to return a few minute later to perform their own set.

Heather was now onstage, and her voice shone through the mix as she powered through the opening numbers such as Caught In A Fold and Something In Between. The band was joined onstage by a guest in Dougie White, as he and Heather sang Never The Rainbow, and this got the crowd cheering. The gentle Evergreen was the highlight for me, and with a storming version of Passengers, put the hat on this performance.

Heroes Never Die got a generous applause too with the crowd, and with a huge collection of songs from their catalogue, the ones they perform seem to be on the mark with the fans. With the backbeat of Andy Smith on bass, and on drums Andrew Jennings, the band has a fine mould like setting leaving the melodies to the others Iain Jennings on keys and Liam Davison on second guitar both electric and acoustic. It goes to show that Mostly Autumn have come a long way since the early days to be doing shows as big as these, but it is good news for this music all round.

There is a new album Storms Over Still Water to be released in May 2005, and we were treated to one of the new songs in an encore. A fine cover of Fairytale Of New York was included in the encores too and, as Heather put it, for a magical time of the year!

So that was the end of a great evening's entertainment.  Mostly Autumn know how to put on a good show, and this was one of the best performances I have seen them produce.  (See below for gallery of photos.)

Danny Mayo

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Mostly Autumn

 

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