Concert Review – Lindisfarne

Concert Review Lindisfarne at Lichfield Guildhall – December 11th 2016

Review and photography by Ben Macnair

Since forming in the late 1960’s, Lindisfarne have led the field in folk-rock music, with strong song-writing matched to musicianship of the highest calibre, and have won over many fans. Their best known hits, including Lady Eleanor, Meet me on the Corner, and Fog on the Tyne matched sing-along choruses to powerful narratives.

Although their commercial peak happened more than a decade ago, their sold out Lichfield audience was testament to both their staying power, and the timeless quality of many of their songs. Their sound blended folk with rock to startling effect. These days, the group consists of founding member Rod Clements on Vocals, mandolin, fiddle and guitars, vocalist and guitarist Dave Hull-Denholm, Steve Daggett on vocals, keyboards, and guitars, guitarist and vocalist Charlie Harcourt, and the powerful and sympathetic rhythm section of drummer Paul Thompson and bassist Ian Thompson.

The songs played ranged from folk ballads, to loud, blues based, slide guitar led rock songs, from delicate, almost chamber jazz duos for guitar and bass, to their best known songs which featured massed choirs during the choruses.

As well as the more rousing numbers, many of the songs featured narrative story telling, of a different nature, with Marshall and His Army, or All Fall Down, with its violin part adding to the pathos of the piece. Lady Eleanor received a warm ovation, whilst the rest of the first half consisted of largely mid-career tracks, but which were heavy on musical detail, and showed a well drilled band off to their best advantage.

The second half of the set was heavily loaded with the hit songs, with many in the audience being word-perfect, so songs such as Meet Me On The Ledge, or Fog On The Tyne received the highest level of applause, the band still seemed to enjoy playing them, which is not always the case in bands with popular songs which are more than forty years old.

The folk rock of Run For Home, mixed a sing-along chorus with a foot-tapping beat, whilst the encore, Clear White Light, which was the band’s first hit showed of their more progressive rock side, and featured some fine keyboard and guitar playing.

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