The Rapiers played a short but packed set with lots of unexpected favourites but their version of the William Tell Overture has to be seen to be believed. I particularly enjoyed Jet's set this year. He was edgy and so powerful with Besame Mucho, Diamonds and Dance With the Guitar Man with the female vocals and Cliff Hall standing in at the last minute on keyboards. The songs were played in their full majesty and yes, Jet smiled but we had all beaten him to it. Great great set and he was so funny with his one-liners.
...The Rapiers' rendition of the William Tell Overture definitely needs to be seen.
Maurice Woodcroft of Flingelbunt:
The Rapiers were as polished and professional as ever, and that William Tell heart attack inducer! Blimey! Jet as sardonic as ever: "The only exercise I get these days is chewing a toffee." Priceless! His playing was a bit special as ever and the Tony Meehan tribute was very moving.
We have campaigned long and hard to see The Rapiers unleash their own instrumentals at concerts, so you would have been truly proud to see the lads bring down the house at Shadowmania with a high-octane William Tell. The legs were pumping fast and furious, the fingers were picking out the chords at a frantic pace, and the crowd were spellbound at seeing The Rapiers perform the galloping number at such a gallop without falling flat on their faces. The cries of "Encore", "More" and "Again" said it all. It seems we have a certain Mr. Bruce Welch to thank for getting The Rapiers to perform WT as their closing number. Bruce must have been equally chuffed as The Rapiers when the crowd bayed for more on top of the thunderous applause.
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