December 15, 2013 - Estrado, Harderwijk (NL)
It's almost a tradition! At the end of the year the members of the British prog band Mostly Autumn (MA) cross the North Sea in order to give some Christmas shows in the Netherlands. This time three shows were booked: the first one was in Bergen op Zoom, the second one in Heerlen and the last one in venue Estrado in Harderwijk. The last one was a Sunday afternoon show and also the gig closest to my home town. For me this was the perfect place to witness the 2013 Xmas show by MA.
This time Slow Down, a track from Josh's solo album Through These Eyes (2008, see review) was performed, although I had preferred another album track of MA. Slow Down isn't a typical song from the band's repertoire since it sounds more in the direction of blues rock. Of course the performance of Bryan's spouse Olivia Sparnenn - who was introduced by her husband as Olivia Sparnenn Josh - was again outstanding, but that's no surprise, I think. She already shone brightly on MA's latest album The Ghost Moon Orchestra (2012, see review). Live on stage she really is a superb singer, which she insistently proved during songs like Unquiet Tears, Questioning Eyes and the second encore Tonight.
After this final number of this Christmas concert the musicians left the stage again with a big smile on their faces, knowing that they had entertained their fans with a great live show. Maybe they could have entertained them even more if they had adjusted the set list with tracks that couldn't be enjoyed that often in recent years. However, I guess that they just wanted to do an excellent show by playing songs which are familiar by all of the musicians. Mostly Autumn have become a well-oiled machine that is able to perform a great live show with wonderful songs!
Henri Strik (edited by Peter Willemsen)
Setlist Mostly Autumn:
Drops Of The Sun
The Last Climb
Deep In Borrowdale
Never The Rainbow
Nowhere To Hide
Wild Eyed Skies
Heroes Never Die
I Believe In Father Christmas
Merry Xmas Everybody
Mostly Autumn by Arthur Haggenburg
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Line up Mostly Autumn:(left to right)
electric guitar, lead and backing vocals
backing vocals, keyboards, flute
Two girls from audience:
lead and backing vocals, percussion
electric and acoustic guitar, lead and backing vocals
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