The term “supergroup” is used to describe a band which is made up of musicians who have previously achieved success as members of other bands. Obvious examples are Emerson
Tonight ,thanks to the good offices of promoter Jim Minall of Friends of Folk, we at The Atkinson were fortunate to witness the birth of a new “supergroup” consisting of three of the country’s leading folk/rock
This folk-rock power trio is made up of long-time 10cc rock drummer Paul Burgess ; superb lead guitarist Ken Nicol ,formerly of The Albion Band [1998-2002] and Steeleye Span [2002-2010] and, completing the trio , Rick Kemp who was bass player for Steeleye for more than 30 years up to 2017 [ I understand that he was also briefly a member of King Crimson!].
Having played together in Steeleye for many years, Ken and Rick decided that they wanted to put a band together in order to play their own music, as both are prolific songwriters. They needed a drummer and decided that there was no one they wanted more than Paul who, happily, agreed to join them.
A novel touch to tonight’s show was the use of a video screen onto which were projected images [often humorous] which related to the music.
Clearly, Ken and Rick have a wealth of material between them and the setlist was made up of some old favourites and some new songs.
From Rick we had such thought-provoking songs as “Special” [“Everybody’s good at everything these days”]; “Sign Of The Times” [a reflection on modern life]; his near hit “Deep In The Darkest Night”; the lovely “Lowland Sky” and “Where Are They Now”[“The high ideas of a thousand years all lost on the breeze”]. Rick also gave us a lovely version of his best-known song “Somewhere Along The Road” which has been recorded by
Ken Nicol is unquestionably one of this country’s best guitarists, both on acoustic and electric guitar. Tonight we were treated to
Ken’s impish sense of humour came to the fore on the hilarious “Two Frets Away From The Blues” which relates his experience of teaching guitar –“His heart was saying something that his fingers couldn’t play”. In total
The large crowd demanded an encore and were rewarded with a rousing rendition of Steeleye’strad.rock hit “The Hard Times Of Old England”.