at the Rouvenaz Stage, Montreux Jazz Festival,
Montreux, Switzerland (8 July 2006)
The Bluehorses are a Welsh Celtic rock group with a four-piece lineup. Liz Prendergast on electric five-string violin and harp is the leading light and singer of the band. Her gorgeous voice as well as her stage performance leaves the audience completely spellbound and stunned. Jay MacDonald is a wonderful guitar player and his playing together with Liz is electrifying and brilliant. Nic Waulker is one of those drummers who make us think of the glorious 1970s when bands like Deep Purple and Emerson, Lake & Palmer played the big stages all over Europe, and Rob Khoo's bass lines are equally inspired.
And then are those Horseheadz, the fan community of the Bluehorses, who add their frisky and energetic dancing and cheering.
On this wonderful Saturday evening, the band was playing a free concert in Montreux during the famous Montreux Jazz Festival. Luckily, Claude Nobs, the director of the festival, had opened the program to a variety of musical styles that each year attracts thousands of people to one of the most beautiful places in Switzerland.
The Bluehorses play a mixture of traditional songs and tunes, arranged and performed in their own unique way, as well as self-crafted Celtic rock ballads.
The Rouvenaz stage is directly on the lakeside promenade, where people walk by and only stay if they like what they hear. On this night, the promenade was nearly blocked for two hours because of the dazzling atmosphere being created by the band. Everyone seemed to be haunted by Liz's beautiful singing and the band's outstanding musicianship.
Together, the five-string violin and the electric guitar, with the rhythmic support of the drums and bass, filled the air with the most innovative and creative music you could imagine. All this was brought forward with a professional stage performance that made the performance a treat to enjoy.
I think the Bluehorses will make their way and soon be found on some of the most famous stages and festivals in Europe. Hopefully, they can capture the American audience as well.
by Adolf Goriup