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Magenta Concert Review

Magenta returned to the unique Acapela Studios just outside Cardiff for what is fast becoming an annual visit to perform a very different set to their standard concert.

The set included the full Magenta line up with Rob Reed minus his electronic keyboard playing grand piano, together with assorted guest musicians including cello and oboe.

The concert commenced with a guest appearance by Les Penning best known for his work with Mike Oldfield on the album Ommadawn, playing an amazing series of pieces with Magenta from the incredible Ommadawn and Rob Reed’s Sanctuary . It was clear from the rapt attention from the crowd that the audience were aware of his contribution to such prog classics as they enthusiastically showed their appreciation. A quite amazing start to the evening.

Further tracks followed from Sanctuary with Christina Booth then taking to the stage to perform tracks from her solo album which included wonderful versions of Same Old Road and The Way Back to My Heart. But the stand out track from the Booth segment was the laid back, jazz, funk rendition of Devotions with Rob Reed showing what an excMagenta cardiffChristina Booth Magenta Cardiffeptional pianist he is!

After the interval the band went into overdrive with Magenta classics coming fast and furious with beautiful performances of Gluttony, and Envy from the album Seven as well as the beautiful Call Me with the converted Welsh chapels tremendous acoustics ensuring that the hairs stood proud on the back of everyone’s neck! It was obvious in a past life that Christina must have been a choir girl as her voice was as clear as a bell in the chapels surroundings, bringing an intimacy to each song that you can only experience in an acoustic performance.

But tonight, was all about being different and Magenta delivered the most wonderful mix of acoustic versions of old Magenta and solo band member favourites together with a fantastic selection of covers. As the concert reached its conclusion Les Penning re-joined the band on stage for a superb rendition of Mike Oldfield’s “In Dulci Jubilo” with Chris Fry effortlessly reproducing the original guitar solo. With the band finishing the encore with the Yes prog classic “Wonderous Stories” – (Rick Wakeman eat your heart out as Rob Reed again shone on piano faultlessly running up and down the keyboard) bringing the song to life as the high ceiling of Acapela allowed the notes to resonate around the venue.

And finally, the last word to Christina Booth who smashed the final song, a magical performance of Kate Bush’s “Hounds of Love”. If you missed this special concert by Magenta at Acapela then don’t worry as the November 2018 concert tickets are already on sale.

Barbara Dickson tickets – HUGE DEMAND

If you haven’t bought your Barbara Dickson tickets yet then you had better be quick……they went on sale at 6.00pm yesterday and have almost all gone!!

Buy them online at the Barbara Dickson ticket page on our website.

In this special acoustic performance Barbara Dickson and her pianist Nick Holland explore her catalogue of songs at an intimate level. The pair let the words and melodies take ‘centre stage’ as they perform a wonderful range of material drawing on Barbara’s folk roots, contemporary greats, and some of her classic hits.

Steve Harley – SELLS OUT ALL 3 CONCERTS!

Thanks to everyone who has bought tickets to attend a concert for Steve Harley Acoustic Trio next February. We are delighted to announce that all 3 concerts are now sold out.

We are also very pleased to announce that the support for the evening will be the incredible Beatrix Players.

SUPPORT – BEATRIX PLAYERS

Beatrix Players are a London-based all-female trio who make florid, adventurous music that operates at the interface between folk, singer-songwriter acoustica, prog and quasi-classical baroque chamber pop. There is a light, translucent quality to the music, and yet when it is not being hushed and reverent, it has the attack and thrust, the surging dynamism, of rock.

Check out their performance of “Roses” below.

PLEASE NOTE THE VENUE IS OPEN FOR DINING (LIMITED AVAILABILITY PLEASE BOOK) FROM 6.00PM , THE BEATRIX PLAYERS WILL BE ON STAGE AT 7.20PM WITH STEVE HARLEY ON STAGE AROUND 8.00PM.

Christmas Pizza Menu Launch (special limited edition pizzas!)

We are delighted to announce that the Christmas pizza menu with two new great pizzas is to be launched this Thursday at the Ffi concert.

Please note this Thursday is not our usual Thursday Night Is Pizza Night event but is a ticketed concert with welsh singer / song writer Ffi. Tickets for the concert available now for just £10.00 – CLICK HERE

The new pizzas launched at the concert and available at all concerts over the Christmas period are:

NEW – PROG

Spinach, ricotta salata, passata, black olives, proscuitto ham and cranberries!!

NEW LIMITED EDITION
CHRISTMAS CAROL

Smoked pancetta, honey glazed parsnips with rosemary, béchamel sauce, mozzarella, garnished with rocket salad and honey.

The venue is now ready for Christmas…trees are up, mince pies stocked, mulled wine brewed and the music all booked. Make sure you enjoy our “12 Nights of Christmas” this December and get your tickets quick as Steeleye Span and Abba Arrival are already sold out and many others will be very soon!

Check out our Christmas Concerts on our What’s On Page.

ACAPELA GOES FUNK – with Shakatak!

We are delighted to welcome Shakatak to Acapela on May 4th 2018 ….. buy your tickets now as this will be very popular!

Shakatak have enjoyed a level of success and career longevity rarely paralleled in contemporary music – but then Shakatak is a particularly unusual group.

Because of the nature of their music, their fan base is one that is far reaching while always retaining an ‘underground element’. This paradox sees the band, who are known primarily as serious jazz/funk musicians, enjoying both high ‘cult’ status and instant recognition as a household name.

After a number of successful top-twenty singles in the UK, the band went on to score unprecedented international success with the release of the classic ‘Nightbirds” recording and the title track has now become a standard in the popular music repertoire. This success was repeated with the top-ten hit “Down on the Street.

THIS IS A GOING TO BE THE FUNKIEST ACAPELA HAS EVER BEEN….DON’T MISS IT!

DON’T FORGET YOUR DANCING SHOES!
TO SEE SHAKATAK PERFORM “NIGHTBIRDS” AND TO BUY TICKETS VISIT OUR WEBSITE – CLICK HERE

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