UK Tour 2005
The Robin Hood - Bilston 23-3-2005
I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the concert last night at The Robin.
The audience were slow to respond at the beginning,
but rapidly got into the groove. Notable was the rapport between Jan
and his bass player Wilbrand Meischke, both clearly respect the others
ability, but there are no ego clashes. It sounds passe to say that the
band seemed to be enjoying themselves, but the sense of each of them
saying to the other "where the heck did that come from?" was
I had lost contact with Jan's post Focus work appart from listening to Tabernakel, I think now that I prefer this rejuvenated - though definitely not juvenile, stuff. Many of the audience - like myself, were guitarists. We could not help fixing on that variety of techniques particularly the 'violining' - the deft use of the little finger winding the volume on just prior to the beat, no cheating with a pedal - he was using that for other tonal posibilities. Sorry, Im drifting into anorac territory here!
There is genius, and there is soul - he has both
in spades. When are you coming
I just wanted to say thanks.
I haven't missed a Jan Akkermann gig at The Robin
(1 or 2) for four years, but the one on 23 March was probably the best
Thanks for a fantastic evening's entertainment,
Jan; see you next year.
I went along to the Robin Hood gig in Bilston and it was a great show. One of those nights when the band are really on top form. You could see from the fun they were having that they like playing at this venue.
Also, Molly the sheep
(Dolly's cousin) sang for us us during the interval!
(all photo's also made by Leigh)