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Music Review (5/18/01):
By Greg Leary
The local rock band Headley Grange gave a performance at Gandalf’s Pub on May 18th. The band performed, to a comfortably full house, an evening of its brand of classic and contemporary music. Gandalf’s, best known for its popular vegetarian menu, also provides, with its dim lighting, high ceilings, and bohemian flare, a great atmosphere for live music. The combination of live music and a good venue, set the stage for an enjoyable evening.
Headley Grange, named after the large stone farmhouse in England that Led Zeppelin recorded in, consists of three members, Mark Gowans on lead guitar, Mark Jackson on bass, and Alex Hicks playing the drums. Gowans does a majority of the lead vocals. Alex Hicks adds lead vocals to a few songs each set, while Mark Jackson provides backing harmony.
You knew you were in for a serious musical treat when guitarist Mark Gowans launched into the Jimi Hendrix tune “Voodoo Chile” on their opening number. Mark milks the strings of his Fender Stratocaster with precision and passion. Eyes and ears were pointed in the bands direction from that point on. Gowans’s seemingly effortless command of the guitar is a focal point of the groups show. He plays electric guitar on most songs but also switches over to the acoustic for several numbers. The acoustic added a rich variety and served to round out the show well.
With a guitar, bass, and drums setup, Headley Grange is a threesome in
the vain of the great 1960’s power trios such as Cream or the Jimi Hendrix
Experience. However, as the
Alex Hicks, who displayed a wide vocal range, shined when he sang the Elvis
Costello tune “Allison.” His warm tone and easy vocal stylings added warmth
and soul to the number. Mark Jackson anchored the band throughout the evening