FRIDAY the 15th December
So, staring with Friday night, it was off to London again for me to meet up with our own dear Roger (TV's Roger Marsh) for the Cairo Christmas gig at the Boston Music Room in Tufnell Park.
A small and intimate audience it felt more like a private party for family and friends and we were treated to the very first outing of BLUEPRINT, instrumental prog rockers and side project of Cairo drummer Graham Brown, highly complex soaring music which somehow managed to avoid all the prog musical cliches, much enjoyed (But I'd have loved to have heard some vocals!).
|Blueprint take to the stage|
|Cairo take a well deserved bow|
SATURDAY the 16th December.
This time it was myself, Peter, Alex & Chris, meeting up at the Victoria in Hitchin for a pre gig pint or two before a short walk up the road to Club-85 to see one of, if not the best, Pink Floyd tribute bands around, The Floyd Effect.
Club-85 was heaving!
|The Floyd Effect|
|Such a faithful reproduction of Pink Floyd's music|
|Floyd Effect take a bow, a well deserved bow at that|
Enough said, except of course this:-
So on Friday I went down to London alone
sometimes it's fun to be out on your own
negotiating the crowds and the underground
taking in all the sights and sounds
and making my way to a gig at the Boston Music Room
seven o'clock doors couldn't come round too soon
and there I met our own TV's Roger Marsh
The Tinderbox Mickey taking had been somewhat harsh
but then again it just had to be done
it was of course all done in jest just a bit of harmless fun
and we were there to see Cairo, Rob's award winning band
a night of prog music live and grand
a gig that was so intimate it felt more like a party
for friends and family
a great night out for Roger and me
We had Blueprint with their instrumental rock
and then the lovely Sarah Dean and her harp
Cairo played a sublime and flawless set
I'd say it was the best I'd seen them yet
it's just such a shame, that so few came
it was very much their loss!
Saturday was such a contrast with respect to audience size
packed in like sardines at Club-85
to see The Floyd Effect, an amazing tribute band
I'd happily say one of the best in the land
faithfully reproducing the music of Pink Floyd
and the singer, good grief, oh what a voice
more Gilmour than Gilmour himself!
We may have missed our Kevin
but he was north of the border
for a night of Scottish prog for him was on order
but there was Peter, Alex, Chris and me
and many other friends who were privileged to see
the gig of the year, yes the gig of the year was by a tribute band
sad but true but somehow still grand
oh and IQ still get the vote for the gig of the year
by an original band!
And I guess that's it for 2017
what a damn fine year for music it has been.
GM December 2017