|Marillion, Cropredy festival, 2014|
|Steve Hogarth "H"|
Marillion at a folk festival? you may well ask. But bear in mind that last year, Alice Cooper was there. This year, there was Steve Hackett, the Australian Pink Floyd show, Marillion and, dare I mention, Chas and Dave. Don't ask. But yes: Fairport Convention share the festival with not only some superb folk performers, but also rock. (Just don't mention C&D again.)
|Steve Rothery and Ian Mosely, Marillion|
|Pete Trewavas and Mark Kelly|
And then, as an encore, Gaza.
It made me cry. I didn't think it would, but it did. And before you rush to judgement on the nature of this song, read my earlier review and remember that it's about conflict from a child's perspective. No-one should have to live in that kind of physical and mental environment today, whether in Gaza, high on a mountain in Iraq or in a village in Syria or in fear of one's life in a country surrounded by hostile nations. No-one. We're all one people, and if we look back to the roots of these long-at-war excuses-for-religions, all have Moses carrying the same commandment back to his/their people: Thou Shalt Not Kill. And yet, we do... or we stand helpless and impotent while others decide what is right, or we allow "religion" to interpret the commandment to mean just whatever the heck they want it to mean, rendering it meaningless. So yes, Gaza made me cry, and think. Again.
Another wonderful Marillion show, and a really, really nice festival. I think Marillion gained some new fans last Saturday.
All the photos from Marillion's set can be seen in the Toon's Tunes Marillion at Cropredy 2014 gallery
More info about Cropredy festival: http://www.fairportconvention.com/index.php