40th Anniversary Gig

Saturday, January 31, 2004 7:50 | Filled in Blog

On January 31st I played a special 40th anniversary gig to a sold out audience at the Lichfield Garrick Theatre. Below are a selection of the comments I received from audience members in the following days.

Lichfield Garrick was a magical night and will live with me for a long, long time. It felt like you were conducting one-to-one conversations with everyone in the audience that night. The stories and the anecdotes so personal and powerful, and the songs, Wow! It was wonderful to hear many of the early songs again. For me, ‘Writer of Songs’ has always been a special album. To hear ‘Hey Sandy’, ‘Anna’ and ‘Soldier’ live once again, and as questioning, angry, current and poignant as ever was somehow reassuring in these strange times in which we live.

Have just returned home from your Lichfield ’40 Year’ show. Yet again many thanks for a wonderful night – great chat! great music! Many thanks for all the years of good entertainment and also making us think a little more than we might otherwise have done!

Another memorable success – you never fail !!! Don’t think there were all that many dry eyes when the film of young Scott and your father was shown….a writer of songs – and I’ve been listening to them for over 30 years now…. and I never tire of listening.

Saturday night was fantastic and you were brilliant. I did not want to go home, I could have sat through a few more hours with no problem at all.I think my ghost was still there the whole of Sunday. We got back home around 00.30 and I could not get to sleep probably because I did not really want to switch off. I kept on listening to your songs and stories in my head,watching the screen and also reliving the reaction of your huge receptive and captivated audience. How do you do it? How do you manage to make people hang on to every single word. We were a quiet audience because nobody wanted to miss anything. It was nice to see a very proud son introduce his own father on stage. It was perfect from beginning to end.

My husband and I were at the Garrick at Lichfield last Saturday. It was my birthday. We came out of the theatre and looked at one another and said together “that was another for the memory bank”. These are occasions that seem to come out of the blue and hit us both in the solar plexus, in the tear ducts or laughter zones. It could be beautiful scenery, a painting, but now Harvey Andrews at 60 is there too. The words, the words – wonderful.

I am writing to let you know how much I enjoyed your show in Lichfield on Saturday night.Absolutely brilliant.The strange thing is that whilst I have enjoyed your songs for 30 odd years I have only seen you live a couple of times (three now !!)I found the night very, very emotional (cannot imagine how you felt) and was, surreptitiously, wiping tears away during the night. I don’t know how I survived “Soldier”. Well worth the 170 mile round trip!

My wife, sister and I travelled from Lincoln to see your 40 year gig at Lichfield on Saturday night. It was a brilliant show Harvey. The blend of humour, film and song was first class (as one would expect)! We were not disappointed when you kept the best til last, Soldier and Writer of songs. However,it was also a joy to hear many others that were new to us. Thanks for an unforgettable evening.

It was one of the most memorable evenings of my life, the lyrics to your songs touched me deeply and will remain with me.

Thank you for an amazing evening 31/1/4 at Lichfield.My wife arranged the trip and tickets as a Christmas present. It is one of the best presents ever – a head full of great memories.

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