UFFCULME’S Magelake Pavilion was the setting for a superb Rock ‘n’ Real Ale Night recently.

The evening proved to be a successful fundraiser for Uffculme Christmas Lights, whose committee felt fortunate to secure the services of Wellingtonbased rock band Crow Dawn.

This reviewer is now a confirmed fan.

From track one the audience swiftly realised that this four-piece can really play. In Tim on vocals they have made an excellent recent acquisition. As well as demonstrating his strong range he has brought the added advantage of an extra lead guitar, which gives the band a more powerful sound than perhaps they had before.

If you like your guitar heroes in the mould of Jimmy Page, Ritchie Blackmore, Angus Young, Brian May, George Harrison or Dave Gilmour, then no look further than Rob on lead. This guy oozes quality and can deliver some of the aforementioned’s best solos with faultless precision.

His interactive jaunts out into the audience drew increasing respect, at one point even exiting the building whilst continuing to play.The band ploughed through well-known favourites from the likes of Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, AC/DC, Muse, Squeeze, Rush, and many others.

Interspersed there would be an occasional lesser-known number that would tantalise you into wanting to know more.With Steve’s quality bass playing and Mike’s slick handling on the sticks this four-piece really deliver and this reviewer would wholeheartedly recommend Crow Dawn.

But you don’t have to take my word for it. The threefigure audience on the night gave their verdict by encouraging the band to play for four encores! And all this following a marathon two one and a half hour sets!If you like top-quality music from the 60s to the present day then I would urge any rock or would-be rock fans to check out Crow Dawn’s website for upcoming gigs. – www.crowdawn.co.uk.

By James Clancy