Mostly Autumn &
October 25, 2019 - De Bosuil, Weert (NL)
Sometimes it takes years before you see a certain act again perform during one of their concerts in the Netherlands. Strange indeed, because those bands certainly do concerts once in a while. But most of the time at the wrong time and place or the venue is too far away from your home town. Take for example a band such as Kingfisher Sky. This Dutch outfit I witnessed in concert seven years ago. Or the British band Mostly Autumn. I haven't seen them for six years. Way too long of course. But sometimes you are lucky, and you can see bands at the same venue on the same date. Well it happened to me when Mostly Autumn chose to come to De Bosuil in Weert and had Kingfisher Sky as their support act. Lucky me!
All in all the people who came to see the headliners had a good time watching this band. I certainly did! So, I was glad to see them one more time after seven long years!
Mostly AutumnAfter all these years I was hoping the band was still such a great live act like I had them in my mind. Most of all after the two stunning studio albums Sight Of Day (see review) and White Rainbow (2019, see review) I was very anxious to witness a concert by them once more. Well they certainly didn't let me down. After the impressive opener Sight Of Day I knew I was seeing something special. The video screen behind the band
All those songs proved that the current line up can do perfect live renditions of old and new material. Bryan Josh still can play excellent guitar solos next to doing fine lead and backing vocals. I guess good old Andy Smith never stops playing the bass in the band, and moved around the stage like in the days when female singer Heather Findlay was still a band member. Her replacement Olivia Sparnenn has a golden voice and occasionally played on the tambourine, xylophone and recorder to give some extra musical flavour to the songs performed. Drummer Henry Rogers can be found in many bands nowadays. So he has to learn a lot of musical parts. Well he managed the right rhythms for the old and new compositions the band came up with. I can't imagine a Mostly Autumn without Iain Jennings on the keyboards. He is just part of the household effects of the band. Playing emotional piano parts next to grand synthesizer chords the best way possible. It's great to see Angela Gordon back on stage with the band, playing the flute and whistle, next to some additional backing vocals and keyboard parts. Finally, what to say about Chris Johnson. I think he can be seen as the perfect replacement for Liam Davison, who died much too soon in November 2017. On stage he even resembled Liam by wearing the same kind of blouse and playing on the same kind of guitars. Even his long hair, moustache and beard made him look like Davison. He is certainly a great addition to the band.
Looking back at both concerts it's easy to say that the people got what they came for. Two bands in great shape playing good sets of live music. Most of all the headliner made me realize how silly it was for me to miss them on a Dutch stage for such a long time. Hopefully it doesn't take another six years to see this amazing live band once more...
Henri Strik (edited by Dave Smith)
Setlist Kingfisher Sky:
To Turn The Tables
Sky Scrape Window
Walk With Brothers
Strength Of The Endless
My Better Part
Kingfisher Sky by Arthur Haggenburg
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Line up Kingfisher Sky:(left to right)
Ivar de Graaf:
Edo van der Kolk:
electric and acoustic guitars
Erik van Ittersum:
Setlist Mostly Autumn:
Sight Of Day
The Last Climb
Into The Stars
Nowhere To Hide
Heroes Never Die
Forever And Beyond
Mostly Autumn by Arthur Haggenburg
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Line up Mostly Autumn:(left to right)
electric guitar, lead and backing vocals
percussion, recorder, lead and backing vocals
guitars, lead and backing vocals
flute, whistle, backing vocals and keyboard
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