Fish – Field of Crows

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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.