Breathing Space – The Roman Bath, 23/02/08

…and the Friday Night Music Club found itself out, once again, on a Saturday evening. Perhaps from now on it should be referred to as the Weekend Music Club. Except that the two regulars were at Fibbers on Thursday. Is the Anytime We Want Music Club too cumbersome? Anyway, I digress…


With a guest appearance from my wife (along with appearances from the Holland and Strensall chapters) we all met up at the Roman Bath to see the excellent Breathing Space. Being quite a bit smaller than the Post Office Social Club, where Debbie and I had seen the band before, the Bath was quite packed. After a while though, we managed to get to the front and were treated to a superb show featuring songs from both the Breathing Space “Coming Up Air” and Iain Jennings “Breathing Space albums”.

Lead singer Livvy (left) produced some soaring vocals and performed well, despite difficult current circumstances (if you aren’t aware of them, it’s not my place to tell you). There was an emotional introduction to “Belief” and a hint of tears at the end of the song.

Musically, the band seemed to be a bit more experimental than they were at the CD launch. Iain Jennings, especially, produced some new sounds from the keyboards. The whole ensemble was, at times, breath-taking producing a fusion of ambience, keyboard rock and mainstream pop, with just a hint of prog rock thrown in for good measure.

Breathing Space seem to have a hardcore of fans. I recognised a number of faces in the audience from the Post Office gig and at least one other had travelled from Lancaster to see them, spending the night in York before returning home (and to work) on Sunday. Other members of the audience were recognisable for other reasons – there were a few members of Mostly Autumn in evidence, including Brian Josh, who I chatted with and told him how much I liked his music, Heather Findlay and Andy Smith, who was working the light show. One of the guitarists from Freeway was also there, either doing sound or lights (I think).

After the gig, Debbie was treated to the club’s end of night tradition – that of standing on a street corner attempting to be humorous before dispersing into the night. Aaaah, it’s almost like being in the Mason’s…

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About Ian

Regular gig-goer in York, both to see local and touring bands. Huge music fan, with more CDs than my wife thinks any one person should own. I also collect American comics, read a lot of SF and fantasy and am a season-ticket holder at Leeds United.
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