Dutch Mother Focus - prog-rockers to perform classic 'Rainbow' set in the UK in 2010
If I said 'Thijs van Leer' to your face, you'd be well within your rights to poke me in the eye with a slipper. But the well-informed person would probably ask 'what, is he still playing the flute in that Dutch group? Blimey' or something like it.
Indeed Mr van Leer is still the main-man in Focus, the prog-jazz-rock band who formed in the late 60s in Holland and released an enviable set of beat-perfect near-instrumentals, spread across a handful of classic albums, arguably the best of which are 'Making Waves', 'Focus 3', 'At the Rainbow' and 'Hamburger Concerto', although the debut 'In and Out of Focus' did have 'House of the King' on it (theme to 'Saxondale')and 'Mother Focus' is just a great title.
Full-on technical riffs, pounding jazz and rock beats (including the odd 10-minute solo) and falsetto vocals offset by crazed flute-chugging might scare some of you but if you want to witness Focus play 'live' then they are out on the road for a pre-festival warm-up, a festival itself and then an Autumn tour. Yowzah, I say!
The warm-up is in Leamington on 22nd July (£16) and features a performance of the Live At The Rainbow set, intended as a possible set inclusion at their later appearance at the High Voltage Festival 2010 on 24th and 25th July in East London. 'Rainbow' came out in 1973 and the plan is to play the released track list which includes 'Hocus Pocus' and 'Sylvia', two of their biggest tracks.
The October tour begins in Tavistock on the 1st and continues via Falmouth, Bristol, Newcastle, Manchester, Holmfirth and many more until the 20th when the band end up in Southampton. These dates will be more of a showcase for their recent album 'Focus 9' as well as tapping into their familiar catalogue. Tickets are around the £17.50 mark.
- Wed 26th Jun 2019 FocusThe Fleece (Bristol)Buy Tickets
- Thu 27th Jun 2019 FocusStorey's Field Centre (Cambridge)Buy Tickets
- Thu 5th Sep 2019 FocusCity Hall/ Memorial Hall/ Ballroom (Sheffield)Buy Tickets
- Fri 6th Sep 2019 FocusHarpenden Public Halls (Hertfordshire)Buy Tickets
- Fri 4th Oct 2019 FocusWhitby Pavilion Theatre (Whitby)Buy Tickets
- Sat 5th Oct 2019 FocusGrimsby Central Hall (Grimsby)Buy Tickets
- Sun 6th Oct 2019 FocusBrudenell Social (Leeds)Buy Tickets
- Fri 18th Oct 2019 FocusThe Assembly (Aberdeen)Buy Tickets
- Sun 20th Oct 2019 FocusChurch Dundee (Dundee)Buy Tickets
- Mon 21st Oct 2019 FocusBackstage at the Green Hotel (Kinross)Buy Tickets
- Wed 23rd Oct 2019 FocusWhitley Bay Playhouse (Whitley Bay)Buy Tickets
- Thu 24th Oct 2019 FocusThe Rescue Rooms (Nottingham)Buy Tickets
- Fri 25th Oct 2019 FocusUnder the Bridge (Fulham)Buy Tickets
- Sat 26th Oct 2019 FocusTavistock Wharf [The Wharf] (Devon)Buy Tickets
- Sun 27th Oct 2019 FocusThe Haymarket (Basingstoke)Buy Tickets
- Tue 29th Oct 2019 FocusSt Peters Church (Sudbury)Buy Tickets
- Wed 30th Oct 2019 FocusWestgate Hall (Canterbury)Buy Tickets
- Thu 31st Oct 2019 FocusExeter Corn Exchange (St George's Hall) (Exeter)Buy Tickets