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    Posted: April 01 2011 at 03:34
The Enid at The Globe, Cardiff, Wales.
31 March 2011



Waiting at the front of a small queue on an overcast slightly chilly Thursday evening. The doors open at 7:30. A Chinese couple appear and look through he door and stay there causing dissention and mild rascist jokes in the ranks. We are informed that the doors will open at 7:45 to 8:00 because the band are still doing a sound check. We hear evidence of this.
 After a short while the doors swing open and we spy the band inside. Well the band and some youngsters. (Who in fact were in the band but i didn't know at the time.) They come out and Robert Godfrey greets the Chinese with...
"Hello again, how are you"?
She proffers a plastic bag.
"Do you like Carrot cake?" she asks (or was it callot cake?)
"Oh, yes i love carrot cake" The Enid leader replied, resplendent in bow tie, bushy beard, jacket and waistcoat..
"I bake you carrot cake" she said, handing over the bag.
I was agog. deliighted to be witnessing this vignette. Obviously they had all met the night before in a bar or restaurant and got chatting. During this my friend said something about a woman in an upsatirs window opposite.
"I'm listening to the carrot cake situation" I told him.
The band went off somewhere after this an we were allowed in.
The Globe was an old local cinema. It is small, dark, has tables to sit and watch and a balcony upsatirs. We went upstairs clutching our beers.
The performance started with what I think was a complete rendition of their current album Journey's End. Stage right was original drummer Dave Storey, who's sharp attacking style of drumming was a delight....actually I really loved his drumming. To the left of the drum kit stood two Tympani with some percussion above, and to the side a floor tom, a big bass drum and a xylophone forming a square for bassist/ percussionist Nick Willes to stand. I must say, for me he wa the star of the show. He was certainly the busiest all night.
 To the left of Nick sat Rob Godfrey behind his Roland/ Yaamaha combo and in front of him on the far left stood keyboardist/ guitarist/ singer Max Read. Centre front was occupied by lead guitarist jason Ducker who played a cream Strat for most of the evening and gave it plenty of tremeloe bar.
I had heard Journey's End only the week previous but I recognised the opening tom tom beat immediately. For the next 40 minutes I was enthralled. This album is now on my "to pay attention to" list. It was superb.
They followed this with....I think...Justice, which segued into In The Region Of Summer Stars. All excellent. This new Enid band are really good. Very talented. I cannot be precise on what eilse was played  ut it was all good. I do know that Dark Hydraulic was played as a finale and it was stunning. Corking! Brilliant! Godfrey announced during the show that he wanted this band to rerecord The Spell. We mingled with the band later and the night was over.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Moogtron III Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 01 2011 at 03:44
Good to hear that you enjoyed it. They are a unique band. Original compositions, talented musicians.
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Sorry for poor quality pictures...






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^ you managed to get far better pictures than I did at the Farnham Maltings last year. Nice Approve
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Snow Dog Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 01 2011 at 08:07
Originally posted by Dean Dean wrote:

^ you managed to get far better pictures than I did at the Farnham Maltings last year. Nice Approve

Thanks. I have more to add here and I hope to write about the night later. Proper review like innit?
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They played "Something Wicked This way Comes" too.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote harmonium.ro Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 03 2011 at 03:41
Nice review! Clap You should have posted a mention that you've now edited the OP to include the review. 
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Looks like you had a great time Ian. Hobnobbing with the band too. Did you get some callot cake?
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Originally posted by Tony R Tony R wrote:

Looks like you had a great time Ian. Hobnobbing with the band too. Did you get some callot cake?

That disappeared, but the Chinese couple were evident wandering around all night, taking photos, the bloke was talking with the drummer, who then went to buy his own CD's and DVD's. I don't know why he did, but  I never saw him give them to the Chinese chap.
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I love this band. Sounds like you had an interesting time. Although enjoying later works of the band and owning the titles as well, I felt something very magical about the early line up. The first 4 titles in particular have always amazed me. I believe it was back in 2001 when I contacted Francis Lickerish by e-mail. I was asking him how I could possibly obtain the 2 cd set of "Hammersmith 79". He was under the assumption that my name was Christine.....which is my wife's name on the e-mail address. He offered to send me a VHS tape of the original film of the Hammersmith 79' performance. And so he did upon my agreement to send the tape back to him pronto after making a personal copy and claiming that it was the only tape available. The tape arrived and then I realized I would have to convert it for compatability of American machines....Region 2? whatever! I drove directly to the post office and mailed it back to Francis Lickerish. Now almost 8 years later, it is announced on the ENID website that the tape was handed down to the band from Lickerish and is available on DVD. During the time I conversed with Lickerish he was working at a rehab. He was one of my favorite members or founding members I should say. He played lute, recited poetry and had a wild style on electric guitar. A great guitarist that influenced me for years. They are my favorite prog band when it comes to instrumental composition.
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