Howard Bentham of BBC Hereford & Worcester
PUBLISHED: 00:16 18 November 2011 | UPDATED: 20:19 20 February 2013
Every so often you come across someone or something which genuinely impresses you...
Every so often you come across someone or something which genuinely impresses you.
It happened to me recently when I went to the Malvern Theatres for a concert by a tribute group with strong Herefordshire and Worcestershire connections. UK Pink Floyd Experience absolutely blew the place away with a fabulous two-and-a-half hour performance of some of the original bands most iconic tunes. The lights show and effects were brilliant, the sheer musical ability on stage was a joy for the Floyd fans in the packed audience and the standing ovation at the close said it all.
I interviewed Worcester bass
player, David Power, and the Ross-on-Wye lead vocalist and guitarist, Paul Andrews, on the Breakfast Show on BBC H&W and David explained how it all came about:
In late 2008 we set about finding musicians who shared the passion for Floyd and were of a calibre
that could accurately replicate the Floyd sound.
Our first challenge was to find a Gilmour, said David. We had already decided that the roles in the band had to be authentic. So for example we couldnt have a separate lead vocalist and guitarist. We eventually found the answer in Paul. We knew straight away when we heard him sing and play he was the man for job.
Few would disagree. Paul is a disarmingly polite and fairly quiet character when you chat to him but on the stage he commands the audience and the intensity he creates is very powerful indeed.
After their gigs the band like to come and meet the audience in the foyer or bar a nice touch almost in the tradition of an amateur dramatics production and it does give an additional insight into the band members when they talk to you post-performance. All of the band have other jobs, ranging from music teacher to the boss of a lorry company so for the nine-piece outfit and four crew this is a hobby which is about to burgeon into something much, much bigger. And good luck to them!
The band will be performing locally in 2012, visiting Redditch in April and Hereford in May, along with many other dates all around the country.
The final word goes to Paul Andrews who had a wide grin on his face when he spoke to me for a few minutes after the Malvern gig. Recounting his student days in Guildford he said: Wed watch Floyd DVDs in our freezing digs thinking, wouldnt it be great to play this stuff for real one day?
Believe me, this band is in the dont miss them category.
Thank you to all the readers of this magazine and listeners to the Breakfast Show who came to Malvern Theatres for our BBC Children in Need double world record attempt Gnome Time.
The full story and pictures in next months issue.
A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all the readers of Herefordshire and Wye Valley Life.
Lets hope 2012 will bring you good health and happiness.
Howard Bentham presents the Breakfast Show on BBC Hereford & Worcester 104 FM and 94.7FM. Join his Facebook group at howardbentham@breakfast