Fish – Field of Crows

Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh

I think this is my fourth Fish gig; seems like more, somehow. I met up with friend Ricky Carvel before the gig; he had a friend with him, I had Jane. We timed the support act interval to perfection and walked in just as Fish’s band took the stage.

There wasn’t a great deal of banter this evening from Mr Derek W. ‘Fish’ Dick. Maybe it was the small, dark venue; maybe it was because this was his 40-odd-th date on the current tour that has seen him travelling around Europe and back to the UK.

Fish’s showmanship is exquisite, the first few songs were acted out, Fish wearing a wide-brimmed hat, Arab-like desert scarf wrapped around his neck and gentleman’s walking stick in hand, that revealed itself as a sword during The Perception of Johnny Punter, I recall.

I got a copy of the set-list at the end: it landed on me! It read as follows:

  1. Rookie (first 4 songs into each other)
  2. Moving Targets
  3. Jungle Ride (Fish talk in song)
  4. Perception (Guitar; house right starts, fish talk in song, heavy)
  5. Numbers
  6. Zoo Class
  7. Tiki 4
  8. Cliché (Big guitar solo house right)
  9. Innocent Party
  10. Vigil
  11. Plague (last 2 – keyboard heavy)
  12. Encore #1: Felini/Lucky/Exile/Market Square Heroes (keyboard start)
  13. Encore #2: Company

Bring on the next gig.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 50 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Sky. Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and former warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.