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Moon Safari / Peter Jones - The Borderline, London (UK) - 11 May 2016

This gig was splendid on every conceivable level. The performances were stunning and the audience behaviour was impeccable (specifically, no talking during the two sets – bliss!) thus making it a truly special occasion.

Peter Jones (Tiger Moth Tales) is a very talented guy; made even more remarkable by the fact that he's blind. One is in awe of how well he plays both keyboards and guitar. He also has a great voice and a wonderful self-deprecating sense of humour. Clearly, he was delighted at the tremendous reception he received from the enthusiastic and knowledgeable crowd. He was clearly enjoying himself as much as we were; his genuine pleasure at the response when he went off script and asked "what would you do if I did this?" and proceeded to sing and play a snippet from Genesis' 'The Fountain Of Salmacis' was wonderful to behold, the audience singing with gusto, exactly what was hoped for.

His set comprised tracks from his TMT output, the recent Red Bazar album and some Genesis covers, not the obvious ones, all of which were delivered with dexterity and obvious relish. We lapped it up and he received a rousing and deserved ovation.

Moon Safari were in town because of a prestigious support slot with Yes at the Royal Albert Hall the previous evening and as usual they produced the goods. The near two-hour set flew by so quickly, always a good sign, that it seemed to be over far too soon.

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'A Kid Called Panic' got things off to a perfect style with its brilliant hooks, harmonies and memorable chorus. I suspect many of the audience were hoping for a glimpse at some new material and that appeared next in the form of 'Emma'. A short, sprightly number that bodes well for the next album.

I've had the chorus of the next track, 'Too Young To Say Goodbye', running through my head at regular intervals since the gig so utterly infectious was it. The huge ovation they received at its conclusion seemed to take them aback and prompted a comment from the stage about much they appreciated the feedback. 'Mega Moon' was gloriously Prog with the band once more executing the Beach Boys-like harmonies to perfection.

A welcome inclusion was 'The Ghost Of Flowers Past' from the '[blomljud]' album, a song they'd not played in a while and possibly for the first time in the UK. In true Prog fashion the final song was announced and was greeted with a collective "No!" only for the response to be "But it is a long one". So we were treated to the glorious epic that it is 'Lover's End PtIII: Skellefteå Serenade' before the band departed with their fabulous A Cappella number 'Constant Bloom'.

There is something very special about these young men; in an earlier era, there's no doubt in my mind they'd have been huge. For now, they are a not so guilty secret for those fortunate enough to have discovered them.

Gary Marshall

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Jon Hampstead said:

Great summing up of another fabulous Moon Safari gig.
2 x Tiger Moth Tales since added to the CD collection.
All told a great evening.
June 17, 2016
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