Sound and Vision II – an Evening of Bowie
Review by TIM WICKENDEN
On Saturday 14 March 2020, before all this madness began, I enjoyed a top evening’s entertainment at Theatr Gwaun in Fishguard.
Despite the world collapsing around us, there was a good turnout for an evening of music and vision celebrating some of the great songs of David Bowie and others.
Produced by Bardo Showtime, the evening featured local musicians. Fronted by talented showman and singer Chase Valentin and pianist David Pepper, the group had that easy, professional quality of togetherness and syncopation that made for a hugely enjoyable viewing experience.
As well as giving polished performances, they all looked as though they were thoroughly enjoying making the music, bringing the wonderful nostalgia of Bowie in a blend of their unique voice and artistry.
But what made the evening so special was the quality of the production: not only the music, but the projected images and lighting that elevated the music and musicians completing the circle and delivering on the promise of the show’s title: Sound and Vision.
In the first half, the group were accompanied by Mia Childs on cello, who blended her performance in a lightness of touch that added a depth of soulful beauty to the songs. I hope that she becomes a permanent fixture in the group.
David Pepper on keyboards and Will Hughes on guitar (both electric and acoustic) provided the engine room of the band, their musical talents undeniable, and the sound they produced perfectly supporting the vocalists and bringing past greats back to life perfectly.
We were also treated to the vocals of Sasha Chapman-Macleod, both as lead and supporting Chase, and backing vocals were by Zoe Mitchell and Non Harries.
It was a fun and memorable night. I hope they will do another, and if so, make sure you go – you won’t be disappointed.
David Pepper – keyboards
Will Hughes – guitar
Chase Valentin – lead vocals
Sasha Chapman-Macleod – vocals
Zoe Mitchell and Non Harries – backing vocals
Mia Childs – cello
Tim Wickenden was born in 1962 and has been a hobbyist writer since his teens, writing many short stories and a number of plays. He lives in the fabulous town of Fishguard and still works as a carpenter/furniture maker, writing in the afternoons, evenings and weekends. Tim always finds time to spend with his autistic 12-year-old son, playing games on the PS4, going swimming and walking. If you want to know more about his work, he can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and his author website is www.timwickenden.com. Tim’s books can be found on Amazon.