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Jadis, Steve Thorne At Mr Kyps, Poole, Dorset UK, 20th January 2005

First gig of 2005 for Jadis was performed in this pleasant venue in Poole, with opening support act Steve Thorne. Steve presented the crowd with a fine set containing acoustic guitar, backing tapes and a helping hand on opening song God Bless on flute from Jadis/IQ keys man Martin Orford. Now, Steve has a debut album that is nearly finished to be released in early March 2005 featuring such musicians as Tony Levin, Nick D'Virgilio, Geoff Downes and the Jadis pairing of Gary Chandler and of course Martin Orford. Well, from what we heard, the album has lots of promise, and Steve has a fine voice. I first saw him at Whitchurch in 2003, and his set tonight was solid with many strong songs, and with songs such as Dear John, Julia, Tumble and Goodbye the album will be worth checking out. Steve ended his set to a warm applause from the steady growing crowd, and thus paving the way for Jadis.

Jadis took to the stage, and opened with Yourself Alone from the last album Fanatic, and from this moment on, the band were in full swing. Next up Sleepwalk from debut album More Than Meets The Eye (which has been re-released, remixed and contains a bonus CD see review) soon got the crowd going. From Understand, Where In The World proved to be one of the highlights of this evening's set, with Gary and Martin in sync on vocals, but This Changing Face got the crowd wanting more. Most of tonight's set was from the More Than Meets The Eye album, but a new song There's A Light was aired to the delight of the audience, and in true Jadis style, it is well composed and presented well.

For me, song of the night was Daylight Fades, which seems to get better every time they play it. The backing vocals stood out again on this number, and Gary's guitar playing was very precise indeed. The bass of course is played by the energetic John Jowitt, and he played as solid as ever, and the bass sound tonight was crisp.

Closing the set were the classic trio of Hiding In The Corner, Wonderful World and The Beginning And The End, leading on to the encores of Alive Inside and No Sacrifice. From tonight's outing, Jadis are playing well, and with two more dates in February, along with the re-release of the debut album too, it is looking to be a good year for them. A new album is well on it's way, and should be a welcomed release to both old and new fans around the globe. (See below for photo gallery.)

Danny Mayo

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Steve Thorne



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