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Blast from the past: Mike & the Mechanics

How many of you remember Mike & the Mechanics? They were huge in the 1980s, with hits like The Living Years and All I Need is a Miracle and although they’d disbanded, founder Mike Rutherford recently ‟got the band back together” with some new musicians and they’re back touring again.

We spent last Wednesday evening in Carlisle, first for a meal with friends and then at the Sands Centre venue just outside the city centre to see them in concert.

The music isn’t perhaps top of my own hit-list (*cough* Pink Floyd *cough*) but the concert was great fun and very energetic and they belted through a fair few of their own hits and a handful of old Genesis tracks too. A highlight for me was the two lead singers, Andrew Roachford and Tim Howar (pictured with Mike Rutherford above), doing an unplugged duet of Follow You, Follow Me which was just superb.

Sadly the venue’s accoustics weren’t the best and some of the detail of the lyrics and harmonies was rather lost in the noise (literally) but it still made for a great night out and we’d happily go and see them again.

Pic credit from Songwriting Magazine



Fiona lives in a slate cottage within stone-throwing distance (never a good idea in Glass houses...) of England's largest lake. She enjoys history, gardening and photography, and rarely has her nose far from the pages of a book - or a cup of tea.

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