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Alison Toon
The Australian Pink Floyd Show, Cropredy festival, 2014

Aug 17, 2014
The Australian Pink Floyd Show, Cropredy festival, 2014

As with Marillion on Saturday, Steve Hackett on Thursday, Friday's inclusion of The Australian Pink Floyd Show was rock within the overall folk-rock festival. Makes for a nice mix of musical styles.If I hadn't know that this was the Australian Show, li...

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Alison Toon
The Waterboys, Cropredy 2014

Aug 17, 2014
The Waterboys, Cropredy 2014

I really enjoyed these guys' show. Celtic, energetic, vibrant, fun.My photos came out darker than I would like... thought it was me, but looking at others' from the same show, I think I can fall back on the "lighting" excuse. Or use it as justification...

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Alison Toon
Cara Dillon singing at Fairport’s Cropredy Convention, 2014

Aug 16, 2014
Cara Dillon singing at Fairport’s Cropredy Convention, 2014

A beautiful woman with a beautiful, pure-as-spring-water voice, Cara Dillon sang at the Cropredy festival. Putting her unique voice to traditional, Irish song... just beautiful.More photos: http://alisontoon.com/caradillonMore info: http://www.car...

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Alison Toon
Steve Hackett, revisiting Genesis, at Cropredy festival

Aug 16, 2014
Steve Hackett, revisiting Genesis, at Cropredy festival

I swear Steve Hackett hasn't aged a week since I last saw him live, and no, it wasn't a few months ago... it was the summer of 1979, at Leicester University, as my sister reminded me last week. He and his band took the stage on the first day of the Cro...

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Alison Toon
Marillion at Cropredy Festival, Fairport’s Cropredy Convention, 9th August 2014

Aug 16, 2014
Marillion at Cropredy Festival, Fairport’s Cropredy Convention, 9th August 2014

It's a week ago, already. Unbelievable that time can go, so fast. A week ago: waiting in the field at Cropredy in England, near Banbury, near Oxford in England, waiting eagerly for Marillion to take the stage at Fairport's Cropredy Convention 2014. Pre...

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Alison Toon
Cropredy festival: Fairport Convention’s annual meetup

Aug 10, 2014
Cropredy festival: Fairport Convention’s annual meetup

Cropredy is a village near Banbury in England, UK. It's also an annual, three-day music festival, Fairport Convention's convention, with the reputation of being England's friendliest festival. It lived up to its reputation. The stage arena is perf...

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Alison Toon
Also at the Starlite Lounge: Snow White Smile, and Zeroclient

Aug 2, 2014
Also at the Starlite Lounge: Snow White Smile, and Zeroclient

Snow White SmileSnow White Smile started off the evening; first time seeing them for me. Described as rock-industrial, they already have some hard-core fans. More photos from their set: http://www.alisontoon.com/snowwhitesmileSnow White SmileToday...

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Alison Toon
Blaze of Glory, (almost) Bon Jovi at the State Fair

Jul 28, 2014
Blaze of Glory, (almost) Bon Jovi at the State Fair

It was the last night of the State Fair, and the final concert on the big Golden 1 stage, the end of the Toyota concert series for this year, and the last band for this year's fair was Blaze of Glory, a Bon Jovi tribute band.While I can say, without a ...

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Alison Toon
Blackjack Billy, redneck rock, did I tell you that this was my kind of show yet?

Jul 24, 2014
Blackjack Billy, redneck rock, did I tell you that this was my kind of show yet?

Sometimes, you choose a book by its cover, an album by its sleeve, a dish on a menu in a strange restaurant, "just because". Not because you know the author, the artist, the flavour; "just because" something, somewhere, appeals. If you try to analyse w...

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Alison Toon
Were you there? Photos of Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo rocking the California State Fair

Jul 23, 2014
Were you there? Photos of Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo rocking the California State Fair

Love is a Battlefield has always been my favourite Pat Benatar song; it was the highlight of last night's show, for me, at the California State Fair, and it was singing in my head when I woke up this morning. Memorable and meaningful.Pat Benatar and Ne...

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