JULY 2017




Feature links:

THE LORELEI PROG ROCK FESTIVAL, ST. GOARSHAUSEN, GERMANY - 2017 - [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]






My brief comments (for what it's worth):

FRANCK CARDUCCI - [If ever there was a band tailor-made for the Lorelei Night of the Prog festival, it is the remarkable French band Franck Carducci, so-named after their founder member / band leader. I had booked to see Italian prog rockers Barock Project at a gig in London a couple of years ago, who withdrew at the eleventh hour. Disappointed, I had considered not attending however I was glad I changed my mind, else I would not have had the opportunity of seeing this, their replacement band, whom I had never heard of before. Franck Carducci blew the headline act off the stage that night so I was consequently thrilled that they had been invited to play in Germany, as they undoubtedly come to the fore as a live band. An obvious parallel can be drawn with Peter Gabriel-era Genesis yet they have forged their own musical style. They are real crowd pleasers; colourful, flamboyant, entertaining and creative, in true prog tradition. 

Their setlist for the Lorelei event included Achilles, Alice's Eerie Dream, The Quind / Journey Through the Mind / A Brief Tale of Time / The Last Oddity, On The Road To Nowhere (a new song), Artificial Paradises (Closing section) and Eclipse (Pink Floyd cover).

Band lne-up: Christophe Obadia : Electric Guitar, Didgeridoo, Bass-Pedal; Olivier Castan : Keyboards; Mary Reynaud : Theremin, Rainstick, Tambourine, Vocals; Nino Reina : Drums, Backing Vocals; Steve Marsala : Electric + Acoustic Guitars, Backing Vocals; Franck Carducci : Bass, 12 String Guitar, Vocals]


Franck Carducci (photo left, courtesy of Franck Carducci website). Encircled (in red), yours truly can be seen in the audience taking a photograph (photo right). Being in the right place at the right time.






Franck Carducci


Steve Marsala


Christophe Obadia


Guitarists Steve Marsala and Christophe Obadia



Mary Reynaud


Keyboardist Olivier Castan and band leader Franck Carducci


Franck Carducci Band onstage at Lorelei



Franck Carducci Band


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Feature links:

THE LORELEI PROG ROCK FESTIVAL, ST. GOARSHAUSEN, GERMANY - 2017 - [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]





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