Wishbone Ash: Princess Pavilion : 5th October 2004
As disappointingly poor as The Groundhogs were last week, tonight Wishbone Ash were musically at the opposite end of the spectrum in terms of quality of sound and performance.
Classic Wishbone Ash - even with a couple of Amp/Mic power-surge glitches quite beyond their control and mattering little as a mature looking audience were treated to a nostalgic journey into past album classics. spliced with current introductions from their latest CD, BONAFIDE - namely, 'Faith hope and Love' which contained everything from Power chords to light atmospheric moments of brilliance.
Wishbone's sound was ably controlled by a young Frenchman, Daniel who merits a mention as he did a great job all night on the mixing desk - especially given the high ceiling and acoustic nightmare occasionally experienced by various acts who've gigged the Pavilion.
Although not the original line-up, since both joining in 1998, Bob Skeat (Bass) and Ray Weston (Drums) gave a faultless display of driving power play and dynamic 'colour' in the Rhythm section, laying a perfect foundation for an equally faultless display of deft touch guitar work from the band's newest member, Ben (Bernie) Granfelt who joined in 2001 from his own three-piece Band in Finland.
All this was punctuated and choreographed by their original master, Andy Powell - who ensured that all who made it to the Princess Pavilion on Tuesday were treated to a consummate performance and reminded of how good a melodic Rock Band Wishbone Ash are - and continue to be.
After 175 performances last year only the Band knows the itinerary for 2005 - but their intimated return to Falmouth will be more than welcomed and cannot come too soon for Tuesday night's audience. Impressive.
Added: Thursday, October 07, 2004
Reviewer: paul wakeling