Rated 5 out of
Cool had a great time venue brill hosts good & music fantastic love it bye.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 4 out of
barclay james harvest
Isaw Barclay James Harvest at St Andrews Hall Norwich the gig was good and so was the venue . my tickets arrived nice and early
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of
The Barclay's still delivering a top notch show
Ok. I've seen BJH countless times having followed them since 1974. It was their early, orchestral influenced material that drew me in and although touring with an orchestra was never a long term viable option, the use instead of heavy mellotron gave me huge goosebumps. Sadly, the band fractured and new material more commercial. Still, I stuck with them and over the last ten years or so, John Leas' BJH have rarely disappointed. Their gig at Canterbury was the first time I'd caught them for several years. A couple of songs from their last album 'North' were integrated with songs from a huge back catalogue. 'in My Life' from Time Honoured Ghosts was a real rarity performed alongside more frequently played numbers such as For No One, Child of the Universe and Mockingbird. I never tire of hearing these, or the wonderful Galladriel, She Said and After the Day. The band made this material from the early seventies feel as fresh as ever.
The encore was the inevitable Hymn. Never one of my favourites and I was not impressed with the Barclay's decision to kick Mockingbird off the encore spot way back when. But Hymn was delivered superbly well with the song kicking off with three acoustic guitars before bringing in keyboard and percussion.
This gig exceeded my expectations. 'On Leave' from North particularly sounding so much better live than on the album.
My only criticism was the bizarre ticketing arrangements and the acoustics of the Hall. On arriving, we were asked whether we had a seating ticket. Eh? This ootion was not ever offered by SEE, the ticketing agent. We were told we would have to stand but as the band came on, invited to take up empty seats. Having booked early for the gig and arriving earky, this was an unexpected and disappointing component of an otherwise thoroughly enjoyable evening.
Date published: 2016-11-07