Entertainment Hive 2017

Tubular Bells for Two

Garden of Unearthly Delights, The Factory, until March 15

Review by Honey B

The pure effort and passion that musicians Daniel Holdsworth and Aidan Roberts put into recreating Mike Oldfield's classic Tubular Bells live was breathtaking. The crazy multi-instrumentalists have created a raw, heart-pounding experience as they leapt across the stage to play the various 22 instruments to bring Oldfield's glorious opus to life. The original 1973 masterpiece took more than 30 musicians to perform it and to see just two pull off this mammoth task was an amazing experience. As much as bringing this piece to the eyes and ears of old and new fans alike, Holdsworth and Roberts have made it their own as they race around the stage barefoot to play each different instrument or record a loop. And it's dangerous, as we saw on opening night with one almost twisting an ankle to get to the tubular bells! It was also easy to see the love for this piece that each madcap muso has and the pure connection the duo have to each other and that they need to have to pull off this experience. The expressions on their faces were priceless and the audience was living through them and through the music. We were on the journey through every note. Yes, there was a section where the guitar riff was slightly out of synch, but the two were back in time extremely quickly. That's the beauty of playing live. All up Holdsworth and Roberts' Tubular Bells experiment was powerful, exhausting and jaw-dropping. A technical and musical tour de force.
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