Sorry this is brief but a wonderful evening was had in a packed LBT in Huddersfield. First up were Henry Cow (augmented by Alfred Harth and Michel Berckmans (from Univers Zero)) who ran through Lindsay's contribution to 'Western Culture'. Frith held the attention as he conducted the rest through the labyrinthine arrangements. Great soaring guitar from Frith. Suddenly, Dagmar was on stage for the News From Babel segment. I felt that things really started to get going here. John Greaves substituted some of the Wyatt parts from the albums. Perhaps Dagmar's performance on 'Late Evening' was the highlight. For the final half, Sally Potter and Phil Minton appeared on stage to take us through a selection of 'Music For Films' which ended with a stunning 'As She Breathes'. The final section was taken from 'Oh Moscow' and again, it was great to hear this material live. The crowd went wild and the ensemble returned for an encore. For this they chose 'Anno Mirablis' from the first News from Babel album, which proved to be a fitting climax to the proceedings. We will never see such a performance again, and I am delighted to see Henry Cow on the same stage again, some 37 years later!
Set list - Henry Cow (Half the Sky, Gretel's Tale, Look Back, Falling Away, Slice
News from Babel (Moss, Black Gold, Dragon at the core, Waited/Justice, Late Evening, Victory)
Music for Films (Women's Wrongs, Lots of Larks, General Strike, Iceland, Empire Song, Plate Dance, As She Breathes)
Oh Moscow - (England Descending, On German Soil, Lovers, Oh Moscow, Forgotten Fruit)
Encore - Anno Mirabillis (News from Babel)