Mid-December means the now annual pilgrimage to Nottingham for the New Model Army Christmas show. This year it was billed as being a bit special.
The first set was fairly normal, with the only exception being the occasional appearance of Andy Woodard on additional percussion.
For the second set they were joined by a string duo playing violin and chello who accompanied the band on most of the songs. Part way through the set Ed Alleyne-Johnson made an appearance and kept popping up throughout the set.
The highlight for me was Vagabonds in the first encore. It started out with just Ed and Justin on stage with the obligatory extended violin intro, until half-way through the song Dean White joined in on bass and the the other 6 musicians all joined in on various drum kits.
It’s going to be hard to match this next year.
Rumour and Rapture
Between Dog and Wolf
Someone Like Jesus
Into the Wind
Orange Tree Roads
March in September
No Mirror, No Shadow
One of the Chosen
Wonderful Way to Go
Till the End of the Day (Kinks cover)
Green and Grey