Reviewed by Jan Dixon
On 15 June 2018 I had the opportunity to review ‘The Wall of Floyd’; a self-proclaimed Pink Floyd tribute band, at the Ferneham Hall in Fareham. The band is made up of six core members, who aimed to ‘sonically reproduce Pink Floyd’s music as accurately as possible with a stage show to match’. The band tonight consisted of: Dean Tricker (lead singer), Callum Robertson (lead guitar), Alan Robertson (bass guitar), Ashley Austin (female vocal), Ray Tricker (keyboard/vocals), Jim Cutts (saxophone) and Kyle Fenton (drums).
As a fan of Pink Floyd for over 40 years, I had been looking forward to seeing this show. Musically the band members were on good form, with the lead guitarist and saxophone player demonstrating exemplary talent. Drums and keyboard also put on a good performance. Unfortunately, the lead singer seemed to struggle with a lot of the songs vocally. This was not helped by the fact that he used an iPad to read the words on every song very obviously. This was really off putting and unprofessional, as it was expected that the singer would have learnt the words, as he was fronting a tribute band. The backing vocals enhanced the show, with the female vocalist in particular providing a competent interpretation to ‘Great Gig In The Sky’.
It was interesting to hear an eclectic range of songs from different Pink Floyd albums, most easily recognisable, which the audience certainly appreciated. Backing tracks were used effectively; however, on the classic track ‘Wish You Were Here’ only the lead guitarist played live guitar. It was disappointing not to hear live acoustic guitar.
Although there was a charitable element to the show, it was quite intrusive to hear a sales pitch for merchandise voiced twice in the first half of the show and once in the second half. This was between songs. Unfortunately, there also seemed to be a breakdown in communication in the first half, where the band desperately tried to improvise as there was equipment failure. To their credit, they managed to pull things together and complete the first set.
If you are a fan of Pink Floyd, The Wall of Floyd will provide an overview of some of the classic numbers. The light show displayed will also entertain an audience, giving a good background to the songs played. I would give this show a three star rating.
I would to thank the staff at Ferneham Hall for being so welcoming to the venue and for taking such a personal interest in making sure all patrons were looked after to the highest standard. Ferneham Hall is on Osborne Road, behind Fareham Shopping Centre and adjacent to Osborn Road multi-storey carpark. There is also provision for parking immediately outside Ferneham Hall. All parking is free after 6pm. If you are coming by road there is easy access off Junction 11 of the M27; by rail the venue is a 15 minute walk from the railway station.
For other shows at the Ferneham Hall in Fareham visit www.fernehamhall.co.uk or call the box office on 01329 231942.
Ferneham Hall, Osborn Road, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 7DB | 01329 231942