Saturday, 25 April 2015

Steve Howe Bristol Colston Hall

Smile its Steve Howe on Guitar

Whenever I sit waiting for Steve to come on I do wonder how one man and his guitar can make for a special night.

He began with the Martin M38 which gives a bright sound and in that first phase played a couple of Trio pieces including the Holly's cover. The Trio album is apparently now finished.

"Diary of A Man Who Disappeared" and then he brought this section to a conclusion with "To Be Over" I thought a good deal about Malcolm during this piece. The music making was fantastic and being able to sit and listen to this timeless piece of music in its naked form works perfectly. He switches to the Kohno for my favourite part of the concert. The sound is so warm and musical and pieces from the Steve Howe Album and Grand Scheme of Things and the re imagined piece Corkscrew sounded superb. Intersection Blues with that constant return to the rotating central motife was proceeded by Little Gilliard. I do love all of his music in concert including his country picking pieces but I adore the more formal European pieces. This wonderful segment ended with "Mood For A Day".

The crowd were great, quiet always listening, and then full of applause when pieces ended and it was the biggest audience I have been in for a Steve Howe solo concert. Steve continues to build on his more open and relaxed manner and was full of fun and down to earth humour and genuinely appreciative of our attendence.

The second set flew by "Sketches In The Sun", "Dorothy" but it began with Charlie Chaplins "Smile" a brilliant reinterpretation eking out, through different tempos and finger work, every last little bit of reinvention of the main melody.

Cactus Boogie on Electric and then we moved to the four Yes pieces on the Portuguese Guitar, `"Hour of Need" and "Nine Voices" only remind you how silly it is not to throw a couple of deep cuts in to the band sets.

All The Good People of Bristol gave him a robust thank you at the end and he was back for "Clap"  

It truly is a Wondrous Story to return to the Colston Hall 40 years after my first ever Yes concert there for the Relayer Tour and sit down and experience a couple of hours of consummate music making from one of the architects of that amazing tour all those years ago. Thank you Malcolm for reminding me of the very real privilege it is.
     

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