Renaissance – The Citadel, St Helens – 24 April 2015

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Renaissance was one of the first bands I ever got really into as a teenager. I saw them on The Old Grey Whistle Test and was instantly hooked on the grand prog/classical approach, Annie Haslam’s perfect soaring voice and particularly the melodic bass playing of Jon Camp. I immediately became a bass player! 

I eventually got to see them in Edinburgh in 1981 but they broke up soon after. 34 years later … I couldn’t miss the chance to catch up and their most Northern performance was St Helens … lovely place!

Annie is the only original member left but the band are really top notch especially band leader Rave Tesar on keys who has been with Annie for years. Once sound problems were conquered they delivered a great set of classics and 3 new songs. Sensitive arrangements, true to the originals, sounded fine and Annie’s voice is still as strong. Loved it!

8/11 Attended by George and Karen

Setlist –
Carpet of the Sun
Ocean Gypsy
Running Hard
Grandine il Venti
Symphony of Light
Northern Lights
The Mystic and the Muse
Mother Russia
Ashes are Burning

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