Sunday, 13 July 2014


OK, so a strange title perhaps for this blog, well you may think so but when I now reveal that it's all about three great bands, The Righteous Ones Of The Blazing Rockets, Tibetan Sky and Minor Pilot it may all make some kind of sense!

This was an evening of promise, of immense magnitude, instrumental post rock pioneers The Righteous Ones of the Blazing Rockets opening the show, new(ish) London band Tibetan Sky in the middle with their blend of melodic rock and (Authentic) Tibetan singing and the (Mostly) instrumental Minor Pilot headlining and using a full surround-sound PA system + full visual display well, I ask you, what could be better?

The fact that this evening was also the largest gathering / outing of the Fellowship of the Stick for many weeks and of course preceded not only by a 'warm up' drink at The Nightingale but also a meet up with other friends who'd come to the gig, we were in for a great night.

So, everything has to start somewhere!

And so it begins

The story begins
Here as so often it does in a quintessentially
English pub

Night has not yet fallen
In this place as I wait for a
Gathering of friends
Here with a beer
The Fellowship will be well met
In Hitchin once again for a 
Night at Club-85 keeping
Great music
Long may it be so
Ever so may it be.

Grant Meaby

After a few cheeky pints and a meet up with fellow gig goers we sauntered down to the 'Chicken shop' for a nice evening meal of fried chicken and chips and then over to Club-85.

The Righteous Ones of the Blazing Rockets
The Righteous Ones of the Blazing Rockets
Pioneers of the post rock instrumental scene
A more than fitting opening act
If you know what I mean

Tibetan Sky
Tibetan Sky were a revelation
Melodic rock with Tibetan singing
A little loud at times
Set my ears a ringing
But the song the singer sang alone
With just his mandolin
Was so evocative so beautiful
With tears my eyes did brim

Minor Pilot
Minor Pilot took the stage by storm
With surround-sound in the room
They blew away all that had gone before
Displacing any sense of gloom
They raised the bar on this genre
No one else can now come near
This was epic beyond awesome
Bar none, THE gig of the year!

I am not joking or overstating just how good Minor Pilot were / are, they deserve to be on a far bigger stage playing to 100's of people, they really have taken the instrumental rock / post rock, psychedelic rock, call it what you like, it's great music, to another level, the first time I saw them I got the same feeling I did many Moons ago when I laid back somewhat relaxed and listened to Pink Floyd's Echoes for the first time and just let the music take me away on a journey, I still get that feeling every time I listen to Minor Pilot, especially when they are playing live, this night was no exception, well perhaps it was an exception in one respect, they were better than ever!

Here are some useful links:-


The Righteous Ones Of The Blazing Rockets

Tibetan Sky

Minor Pilot

And finally, I know the summer is getting really busy with Festivals and holidays and there are the inevitable clashes of dates / weekends etc. but I will be Co-Hosting Chris Ripple's Arcade Eclectic Stage at this year's Rhythms of the World Festival along with poetess extraordinaire Joy T Chance and I must say that Chris has done a damn fine job as usual of putting together a great line up, so Saturday and Sunday the 2nd & 3rd of August, that's where I'll be and maybe even a poem or two will be 'aired'.

Rhythms of the World

Cheers until the next time

July 2014

Tuesday, 8 July 2014


Ok, so this is short posting and for once nothing at all to do with music, it's about time I thought, I should 'return' to the esoteric, there may be more to come, there may even be a book or certainly a series of articles / blogs in future times but, there I was minding my own business when very strong memories returned, as they sometimes do, out of the blue!
I also thought I'd have a go at a non rhyming poem, so, here goes.

 Somewhere in Wiltshire:-

The Barrow
Children of the Barrow

We are the children of the barrow
Memories forged by experiences shared
We have glimpsed times past
Walked along sacred leys
Slept under the stars
Seen things others have not seen
For we are children of the barrow
And forever will be

Grant Meaby
July 2014

The Barrow Stone

Tuesday, 1 July 2014


Well, if Thursday and Friday nights weren't enough, we still had two more to go!

The Long Weekend of Music Part-3 Saturday 28-06-14

Saturday was messy
Messier than the mud at Glastonbury
What a rush, literally
To meet Chris at five in the Nightingale
To sup a pint or three of real ale
Before venturing into very different territory
It was the Aghast Fest
With of course Aghast at the helm
And the rest?
Five hand picked bands
In support

For a night of metal mayhem
With fun and games
A la Aghast style
Raising more than just a smile
No one should have such fun
At a metal gig
But we did!

Saturday saw us heading in a completely different direction, music wise anyway, an early start (at the Nightingale, where else!) and back to Club-85 for the Aghast Fest, a mini festival of the finest Metal music around arranged and headlined by Aghast as their warm up for the Camden gig on the Sunday and their forthcoming Bloodstock appearance, it was also due to be the launch night for their album but due to a number of factors ‘Outside of the bands control’ that is now sadly somewhat delayed, never mind, it’ll give them another excuse to hold a CD launch gig later in the year!
So, six bands on the bill, the five ‘support’ acts all hand picked by Aghast and not a duff one among them!
The Projectionist opened the show and set a standard that should have been hard to follow, they were excellent, such tight timing from all four band members ensured a set of the highest quality, what an opener!
The Projectionist
Fiery metallic hardcore from Cambridge 

Next up were REPRISAL Fist-pumping death thrash from Surrey, talk about lessons in how to work a crowd! It's a shame they had to work so hard they certainly deserved batter but a combination of an early start, a break taken after The Projectionist and some young fans who couldn't keep quiet but anyway, Reprisal did themselves proud.

Next up it was the turn of local heroes, Kill Confirmed, melodic metal favourites from North Herts, lovely twin guitar work and good vocals, excellent band all round.

Kill Confirmed

Three down three to go! What a night so far and next to grace the hallowed boards of 85 were ABADDEN
Straight-up thrash metal from Dunstable.

Now it was time to get technical with Dãm for some Avant-garde blackened death metal from the London and DaM fine it was too.


What on earth could Aghast do to top that lot? Well, as usual, plenty, running through songs from the forthcoming album we had beach balls in the air, some crazy moshing and culminating in a mass game of blindfold pinata!

Really guys, it should be illegal to have this much fun a metal gig!

Blindfold Pinata!
And that was Saturday, phew, exhaustion was beginning to set in but there's still another day to go!

The Long Weekend of Music Part-4 Sunday 29/06/14

Sunday night came round all too soon
Maybe I’d been asleep most of the afternoon
But out again just had to be done
One more night of fun
Before the working week crept up again
So there we were
Stalwart Chris and I
Back down at the Red Lion
Blues at the Red on a Sunday night
And it was OK, more than alright
Because Sidewinder were playing
The best rocking blues this side of anywhere
We may have been tired but we didn't care
It was more than worthwhile to see
Sidewinder rock the Red on a Sunday

Blue text for the poem, Sunday night, it must be Blues at the Red and tonight, the mighty Sidewinder.

A Fat, Loud 'N' Dirty Banner
Seriously, Sidewinder are one of my favorite blues cover bands and now that they add a smattering of their own material it's even better, they are so good, this was a warm up gig for them before playing at the F1 Grand Prix Show at Silverstone next Saturday supporting Bernie Marsden, yes, they are THAT good.


And that dear friends was that, the long weekend of music, was it worth it, you bet it was, so long until the next time (By then I may have recovered!).
Grant Meaby July 2014