Royal Festival Hall, London
Incredible String Band and
Buckley made a guest appearance at the Incredible String Band's packed Royal Festival
Hall concert last Saturday and amply illustrated the difference in approach between
the British and American creative scene.
appeared to share a complicated relationship with his 12-string guitar and the
microphone, as he moved sensuously around them as he sang and strummed. He is
still your actual performer, doing his own thing but in the same game as Nancy,
Frank, Bing and Elvis.
for him, the anti-showmanship of the Incredibles who act as if it is a private
party into which several thousand people have somehow strayed. Buckley tells them
the way it is. The Incredibles still seem to be trying to find out.
real differences between the two scenes is that, in America, unlikely combinations
like Buckley--Incredibles are commonplace, while here guest artists are usually
selected with more care.
atmosphere after Buckley's spot was rather like a church when a mother has taken
out her noisy child. But it took Robin and Mike only a little while to recreate
the magic. All the more pity that technical hang-ups like disconnected organ cables
and inaudible lyrics should have come between the Incredibles and their audience.
Or should I say congregation?