Live performance photography Saddleworth for The Collective and Barclay James Harvest at the Swan in Dobcross, Saddleworth
I thoroughly enjoyed shooting the live performance photographs for the Collective and Barclay James Harvest at the Swan Public House, Dobcross, Saddleworth, Oldham. Paddy O’Hare and Mike Sweeney have been building a loyal following around the North West and are not slow when it comes to getting the message out. So how they kept this gem in the bag, I have no idea, but it delighted their fans when, unexpectedly, Barclay James Harvest arrived to support them.
The following excerpt is taken from their Wikipedia listing Follow the link for more.
John Lees’ Barclay James Harvest (since 1998)
This derivative of Barclay James Harvest features John Lees, bassist Craig Fletcher, drummer Kevin Whitehead and keyboard player Jez Smith. The band originally featured “Woolly” Stuart Wolstenholme on keyboards before his death in December 2010. The group formed in 1999 to record the album “Nexus”. Craig Fletcher and Kevin Whitehead were from Wolstenholme’s band “Maestoso”, and John and Woolly were members of the original Barclay James Harvest. The band toured in the UK and Europe in 2006, and recorded the live album “Legacy” at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London. Since then, the band has played at venues in the UK, but more so in the rest of Europe, where they achieve good success. The band toured again around the UK in 2009. They played at the Berlin Wall anniversary festival at the Brandenburg Gate, Bad Homburg in Germany with JLBJH’s best attendance of 17,500 people, and more recently in Porto, Portugal with an attendance of 5,000. The band recently visited America, and played in Philadelphia. John Lees’ Barclay James Harvest is currently signed and managed by Esoteric Recordings. Mark Powell, founder of the label, works as the band manager. In October 2013 JLBJH released “North”, a studio album of all-new material, recorded at John’s own Friamere Studios, on limited edition vinyl, CD and deluxe CD with a bonus disc recorded live at the Buxton Opera House. “North” was very well received, going on to become Cherry Red’s biggest selling album of the fourth quarter of 2013. The band played nine gigs on a UK tour to promote the album, followed by a live radio concert for Christmas on German station SWR1.
The band also formerly featured Jeff Leach and Mike Bramwell as guest musicians.
Barclay James Harvest featuring Les Holroyd (since 2002)
In 2001, Les Holroyd and Mel Pritchard returned to the studio to record the album ‘Revolution Days’ along with former Sad Cafe members Ian Wilson and Michael Byron-Hehir, as well as Steve Butler, Steve Pigott (Cher, Mike and the Mechanics), and Rabbit Bundrick (The Who). ‘Revolution Days’ was released in 2002, and a touring band was put together with Holroyd and Pritchard; Michael Byron-Hehir on lead guitar and vocals; Ian Wilson on guitar and vocals; Steve Butler on keyboards, percussion, and vocals; Chris Jago on drums; and former BJH sideman Colin Browne on keyboards and vocals. The first show was at the Colmar Wine Festival in August 2002. In October and November of that year, they undertook their first European Tour. More tours and festivals followed in 2003.
In January 2004, the band performed at the ‘Art on Ice’ spectacular at the Zurich Hallenstadion with Roger Hodgson, John Helliwell and Bob Siebenberg of Supertramp, Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues and Jeremy Spencer of Fleetwood Mac. Upon returning to the UK, Mel Pritchard died from a suspected heart attack.
In January 2005, BJHFLH toured with Asia featuring John Payne as support, returning the favour on four UK shows in March of the same year. In 2006, they undertook the Classic Meets Rock Symphonic Barclay Tour with the 25-piece Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. In July 2007, they toured the UK. Les Holroyd and Michael Byron-Hehir also worked on Alan Simon’s Excalibur II album, Les joining the stage show in 2010. Les also performed in the live show of Simon’s Anne de Bretagne. In 2011, Les joined the Rock Meets Classic Tour along with Ian Gillan, Lou Gramm, Dan McCafferty with The Bohemian Symphony Orchestra, performing four BJH songs: “Hymn”, “Mockingbird”, “Ring Of Changes”, and “Life Is For Living”.
Still touring Europe, the band introduced an acoustic spot into the set, showcasing their vocal harmonies with old favourites like “Poor Boy Blues”, “Friend of Mine”, and “Crazy City”. They recorded their 2012 winter tour.
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