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Heather Findlay Band Live Review - St Helens, The Citadel

Live Review

Venue: The Citadel, St Helens

Heather Findlay rolls out her Mantra Vega set with support from Halo Blind and Sarah Dean.

The compact, acoustically perfect Citadel annually hosts the local show of each Mostly Autumn tour, so where better for their ex-singer and her family tree to showcase the recent Mantra Vega project?

Before that, though, we’re treated to a short set from Heather’s band member Sarah Dean, whose gentle harp and vocals receive hearty applause from the partisan crowd.

Similarly, there’s a big MA/Heather Findlay Band presence in Halo Blind, fronted by Chris Johnson. They provide the main warm-up with a set of melancholy, angst-ridden, guitar-based tunes.

The absence of Sound Of Contact keyboardist Dave Kerzner and Roger Waters guitarist Dave Kilminster raises a question mark over the validity of performing the whole of Mantra Vega’s The Illusion’s Reckoning album. However, having it take up only half the set, and using most of Mostly Autumn/Mantra Vega in Chris Johnson, Stu Fletcher, Alex Cromarty (drums, vocals) and Angela Gordon (keys, flute, woodwinds), as well as harpist Sarah Dean and lead guitarist John Mitchell, is a smart move and allows an enthralling trip through Heather’s career.

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