Colchester Arts Centre - "...massive…"
If you are ever within travelling distance again however I will definitely be coming to see you. My friend and I both thought you gave an amazing portrayal of some great songs; and I personally also loved that you did some very good and very important songs that are close to my heart that maybe some other fans or people coming to see you may never have even heard before and certainly that some other performers wouldn't have thought of doing.
As I said before I hope you come within travelling distance to me again and I look forward to seeing you many more times.
Musical highlight of the year
Just wanted to let you know how amazing you were tonight. Such a rich sound, definitely the musical highlight of the year for me.
As soon as I got home I had to play Ninety Miles an Hour Down a Dead End Street from Down in the Groove. Not the most cheerful of songs but I have always loved it and am sure it would sound great with Peggy and PJ singing the bass part. Just a suggestion but I would love to hear you performing it.
See you next Wednesday at the Mill!
- Laura Pountney
Haywards Heath Show
A happy and prosperous 2012 to you all.
- Toby Goodyer
David Hall Arts Centre
- Jimmy Gempton
St. Edith's Hall
I actually met Steve in the 90's at a gig he did (not Dylan Project) at the Amersham Arms (The Gig) in New Cross. He sat down with me and my friend and signed a photo for me (To Tricia, with love Steve). That photo still takes pride of place on my lounge wall(amongst the unsigned Dylan ones!). I'm sure he won't remember me though of course! I wanted to tell you myself how much I enjoying your performance when you all went to the bar during the interval, but I was too shy and I guessed you kinda get sick of no-marks like me being sycophantic! I'm in my 50's now and still a bit star struck!! Pathetic eh?
Anyway, I'm still buzzing from seeing you last night so thank you again for stopping me in my tracks (like when I first heard Dylan) and making me feel alive again. I'll be on the look out for you and if the band or Steve do any gigs, I'll do my utmost to get there (hee hee a 50 year old groupie?...... well guess it's time to do what I should have done when I was 20 but was brought up too well.........damn my parents!!!).
May you stay forever young."
Love to you all
Half Moon Putney
- Tony Wilson
The Dylan Project at Cropredy - by PJ!
Our house, standing in the fictional village of Nether Bagwash, is only 11 miles from Cropredy (pronounced Croperdy, to rhyme with chiropody) and consequently we become very popular at the beginning of each August; this year’s guests were already installed when I wandered down to the field on Wednesday for a soundcheck!! This is one of the fringe benefits of being a Fairport offshoot – no mere 8 minute line check, where every instrument cable is waggled and each mic tapped and shouted down twice only before you’re on and Hello eighteen thousand people, I hope it sounds OK. No, a proper soundcheck-at-length for Fairport with guests, so it only needed Steve to transform the personnel into the Proj; et, voila!
I can’t itemise all the bands (pretty sensational programme this year – I enjoyed every one!) or write proper a day-by-day BLOG, I think they call it, due to the influence of beery substances in the afternoons and occasional premature departures due to dog-sitting arrangements in the evening. But I recall enjoying the Dylan Project’s set enormously – playing outdoors is always a joy, sound-wise – and we received a stream of very favourable feedback from the audience throughout the rest of fest.
I made an executive decision to pass on Jack Westwood’s Burns Supper – a new Cropredy tradition, but one that uses a loose and very liquid definition of the word “supper.” I witnessed the aftermath, notably Gareth Turner, squeezeboxist with Little Johnny England, firmly in the category of walking wounded. Well, more sort of perambulating pissed.
Fairport’s almost 3 hours was terrific (but then I am a fan), especially the Festival Bell material and JB Lee. I just loved going up onto their stage and adding my two penn’orth – I hardly played any bum notes, for which I am eternally grateful (well, three or four maybe) – and the sight of all those faces out there, completely filling the whole picture (apart from the sky at the top!) beyond the stage frame will stay with me a long while. Then, like every year, Meet on the Ledge causes a moment of reflection on life, death, the past twelve months, how Summer 2011 is now firmly on the wane – first chilly evenings and all that – what will the coming year bring, and ooh, what a great song that RT wrote while still in his teens – all this while actually playing the electric guitar, folks: and then it’s suddenly all over, time for a little drinkie, saying farewell to old friends, swapping contacts with new friends, packing up and heading home. Thank you Fairport Convention for being mostly in the right place at the right time down the years. An accident of history perhaps, but twenty-odd thousand people set their annual clocks by it every second-weekend-in-August; long may it continue.
I’ll see the rest of the Proj from time to time – a couple of gigs with Steve & Phil coming up and Peggy & I are out again in November for “Yet Another Night Off With…” (see: www.fairportconvention.com) - but without wishing my time away (not too much left now: Ed), roll on December and our own dear Dylan Project’s lovely Winter Tour – hope to see you all by the bar at some point….. PJ
The Dylan Project at Cropredy - Reuters
Before we tell you what we thought of Fairport's Cropredy Convention, here's what someone else thought of the Dylans' set at the festival.
"When a band of veteran British rock musicians took to the stage with a different take on Bob Dylan's music at the weekend, they were so good someone in the crowd even shouted "Judas." The reference to the infamous moment when Dylan turned electric was tongue-in-cheek. The musicians concerned make no pretensions about being acoustic folkies."
Read the rest of the review at the Reuters web site.
Steve & I flew out from Birmingham Airport, stopping at Frankfurt – in SG’s case stopping a little too late to catch his rather optimistic (half-hour turnaround) connection. So we queued for an hour or so for reticketing and reached Salzburg later than expected, missing dinner and sent to bed with dry bread, soup and a half-gallon stein of weissbier. (The dry bread bit is a lie).
Due to weather (UK having steamed under clear skies for days on end due to storms and constant rain having been diverted to Austria), the gig was not at the open-air “Lake Stage” but in a very posh school hall. As you would expect, the PA and all the equipment we used was teutonically top-notch, as were audience, support band and eventually, us!
Thank you Bernhard for looking after us so well and Happy Birthday Steve!
P.S. Cropredy write-up follows soon.
That's your lot
Before you know it, as they say, it’s nearly over; our traditional Gerry’s Night Off was a delight, with the fabulous Brendan Day occupying Gerry’s chair; a totally different style of playing, plenty of showing off - “Rainy Day Women #s 12 & 35” (or “Everybody Must Get Stoned” to give it its unofficial but more logical title) being given the full Boys’ Brigade treatment (Brendan Day Women #s 12 & 35?).
I have a significant memory of a bitterly cold morning walk along the shingle beach eastwards from Southsea the morning after the Eastney Cellars gig – the landlord Steve did us proud and despite the tiny, cramped stage the show rolled on like Symphony Hall – thanks to all who came (hello Max, Steve and Team Gosport) and particular thanks to our fantastic opening act – monster harmonies and great playing! A memorable night and some lovely beer called Invincible or similar.
By now we were back in our own vehicles, dashing through the snow, Part Two; I made it back home from Winchester with about ten minutes to spare. We’d heard about Heathrow being closed at the gig, but somehow stayed west of the snow cloud until Warwickshire.
Which leaves only our last, our home gig - Banbury’s Mill Theatre, formerly FolkRock Central. I have had so many corking nights at the Mill, both onstage and as a punter, that it’s always a joy; from the early Fairport Cropredy warmups with Richard Thompson, to more recent times (some of our own dear Little Johnny England shows, great Steve Gibbons Band gigs there – Martyn Joseph, Chis & Julie - the list goes on). I think, despite the appalling travelling conditions and very sub-zero temperatures, that in a half-full house we warmed the place up suitably and I hope we didn’t disappoint. I certainly had a desperately fab time – it was the end-of-tour go-for-it show and to Tony & friend, who’d already seen us in Winchester and come all the bloody way up to OX16 – Rob Wooldridge, Andy Leonard, many more, all together in a lovely bubble of Bob Dylan, Steve Gibbons, Fairport’s rhythm section, Phil Bond and me banging quotes back and forth…. A lovely experience to be part of – that’s why we keep doing it - thanks for your time. Please come back next year, if we’re spared. God bless the Proj, thank you and good night.
Happy New Year –