Willard Grant Conspiracy

Robert Fisher is an unlikely front-man when you finally see Willard Grant Conspiracy live. The man is of considerable stature - he sat in a chair for the entire performance - and it almost makes his tales of unrequited love more poignant. This night, he did all he could to apologise for the sound problems - problems that had the band go on late, causing annoying schedule conflicts. All was soon forgotten in the swoopy mix of deep vocals and lush violin for tracks like "Fare Thee Well” and a stirring, if not macabre, lullaby, "Days Past and Gone.”