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The Enid

Live at London’s High Voltage Festival, July, 2011

Review by Alison Reijman

If ever there was going to be a band to confound and delight, then it was this quintessentially English prog institution led by the Dickensian Robert John Godfrey.  Again, it was another completely idiosyncratic performance from Godfrey and his current crop of excellent musicians.  The half an hour set comprising “Childe Ronald,” the swirling “Shiva” from the latest Journey’s End album and “Something Wicked This Way Comes” included contributions from a trumpet ensemble and a young male voice choir.

Somehow, it all worked and there were moments when you could hear shades of Vaughan Williams in the compositions as the band reveled in their classical roots. Look out for Nick Willes, the group’s young multi-instrumentalists as much at home on the bass guitar as he is the kettle drums. Their set could only end one way and that was with a patriotic flourish through “The Dambusters’ Theme” and “Land of Hope And Glory.” The performance was eccentric but what a lovely slice of English whimsy for a Sunday afternoon!

Martin Reijman
Martin Reijman
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