I'm enjoying my twiddly-umpty fourth birthday today, but the celebrations actually started yesterday with an open-air concert held at Caldicot Castle. The headline act was the inimitable Status Quo, but I think the warm-up band was arranged especially for me... a band I've listened too for years on end, but never had the opportunity to see live... the excellent Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel!
|Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel at Caldicot Castle|
|Steve Harley - Founder and band leader|
|Robbie Gladwell - Guitarist|
|Stuart Elliot - Drums|
Of course band members come and go as musicians follow their own career path, leave for family commitment, or whatever.
|Barry Wickens - Violin, Guitar, Backing Vocals|
|James Lascelles - Keyboards, Percussion, Backing Vocals|
|Bassist - I'm embarrassed to say I don't know his name|
I'm sure I should know the name of the bass player who is currently replacing Marty Prior, who I believe died last year. Whoever he is, his bass playing last night was excellent.
The band played all the old favourites of course; Judy Teen, Mr Soft, The Best Years of Our Lives, Sebastian, etc. and rounded off their performance with an encore performance of Make Me Smile - and I most certainly did when I wasn't singing along with them.
Here are a few more of the images I took during the performance:
Thank you Cockney Rebel for a very enjoyable set.