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Anthony Clayton & Siemy Di Band, Rob Gould Band, Herringthorpe, Rotherham, 2nd April 2005

It is often said that a small crowd can be a little disappointing, but on show tonight were two bands that didn't disappoint. It is a risk putting shows on in this day and age, but the stay away supporters of this kind of music have themselves to blame when they miss two great performances.

Opening up was the first outing by the Rob Gould Band. Now, three people playing music which I would describe as a cross between Tangerine Dream and Steve Hillage made the trip worthwhile. Rob himself was on keyboards, Jason Gilman was on guitar, Nigel Moss played bass, mandolin and a little keyboards, and not to mention Fiona Ford who had a bit part on vocals. Performing just three songs (two were quite long!) the set seemed to fly by time-wise. The band started with When The Stars Threw Down Their Spears and a snippet of China, the name of the album from which both tracks are to appear which is to be released in 2005. An old Fula track was the closing number called Behind Cold Eyes in which Fiona's voice was really at it's best. Using no drums too was a feat in itself, but it has to be said, it worked well, and the album China looks to be a pleasing release. Check out the forthcoming reviews of Rob's EP's very soon.

Last year I witnessed Anthony Clayton & Siemi Di in support of Ars Nova (see review) so tonight it was a pleasure to see a longer set. Siemi, Anthony, keyboard player Bruno Dambra and bass player Jerrel, were joined by female vocalist Shinri for two numbers, and tonight's performance in front of a small crowd was excellent. Drummer Siemi Di entertained the crowd with his percussion skills using every piece of his kit, while Anthony Clayton did the same thing six string wise. It has to be said that the band are very confident musicians, and with songs such as 6:00 Flight Home To London, Druminator and The Last Guitar On Earth just underlines that statement. Shirni sang her two songs in a sort of a rap style with the jazz chords which I thought worked very well, but in general the performance was very tight.

Siemi performed a drum solo which was breathtaking and a fine example for anyone who is just starting out on the drum kit, while Anthony picked up the acoustic guitar a little later in the set and sitting on a chair brought back the memories of the Steve Hackett show a week earlier. Jerrel then joined Anthony on acoustic bass and they both performed a pleasant number.

Siemi introduced Florence which was written by the man himself, and it's about a past love which he hopes will return, while the closing number Losing The Battle put the shine on a great evening's entertainment.

As before, it was a pity that a small crowd were in attendance, but for those who were there, well, we were all happy by the close of doors. (See below for photo gallery.)

Danny Mayo

Anthony Clayton & Siemi Di

Rob Gould

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Rob Gould Band


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