Although I’m familiar with some of the band’s more well-known tracks, I’m not an ardent fan of Lindisfarne. I’ve always liked what I’ve heard, but have never really explored the group’s back catalogue in much detail. However, when I found out that co-founder Rod Clements and Ian Thomson were coming to my home town, well then, I had to get a ticket.
I’ve been to a few gigs in the Old Court Room now and the acoustics and atmosphere have been impeccable on each occasion. Saturday 3rd February proved to be no exception to that rule, and turned out to be another great event in the Manor House. The intimate setting was ideal for showcasing the talents of Rod and Ian, who delivered two great acoustic sets with guitars and double bass.
As well as performing some well-known Lindisfarne songs and other very familiar tracks (including a rendition of the theme music for Barry Norman’s long-running film review programme on BBC TV), they also treated the audience to an eclectic selection from Rod’s substantial body of work. Rod was really engaging, introducing many of the songs with humorous and self-deprecating stories. He was also happy for the audience to sing along at points during the show, which folk did with enthusiasm, particularly (and inevitably!) during ‘Meet me on the Corner’.
Overall, it was a thoroughly enjoyable evening, further enhanced by having a well-stocked bar just outside the Old Court Room, and the chance to chat with Rod after the show had finished. I’ll certainly be coming back to the Manor House for more live music.