ELOBF had seen the band perform at The Robin 2 last November and this writer was keen to see the band again, especially after the overwhelming success of Jeff Lynne's appearance at Hyde Park last month. ELO Again really do give you a dramatic taste of what the classic ELO 'magnificent seven' were like on stage in their 1974-78 touring heyday. This was a very organic and enthusiastic show with the attention shared between the rhythm and string sections.
What I like about this band is the prominent part played by violinist Gaelle Favre in all of the songs, ably supported by cellists Sarah Waycott and Sion Dafydd Dawson, the latter as energetic and eclectic as Hugh McDowell, including his personal off-stage tour of the auditorium whilst playing said cello!
ELO Again are: Colin Smith (Guitar/Lead Vox) ~ Jim Ramsey (Bass/Vox) ~ Mike (Chas) Holcombe (Keyboards/Vocoder) ~ Clive Smith (Percussion/Vox) ~ Gaelle Favre (Violin) ~ Sarah Waycott (Cello) and Sion Dawson (Cello/Guitar). Check out the band via their official web site thus: