Cult symphonic rock band will play gig in Tring

Joe Payne.
Joe Payne.

Cult symphonic rock band The Enid will celebrate 40 years in music at the hometown of lead vocalist Joe Payne.

The anniversary show – which will be led by Classic FM Hall of Fame’s Robert John Godfrey – will be at Tring’s The Court Theatre on Saturday, January 25, at 8pm.

Robert John Godfrey.

Robert John Godfrey.

The show – the band’s first in 2014 – will also be the first appearance at the venue for Joe Payne, 25, since he played Prince Charming in pantomime Cinderella last year.

Many will remember Joe as the frontman of Tring band Tramp Etiquette. He joined The Enid in 2011.

Formed in 1974 by acclaimed composer and pianist, Robert John Godfrey, The Enid are renowned for their large-scale, myth and fantasy-inspired instrumental pieces.

In the early 80s The Enid became the first band ever to self-fund theirrecordings with contributions from fans in advance.

After a break in 1988, Godfrey rediscovered his musical muse five years ago. He has since reformed The Enid with original drummer Dave Storey plus new recruits that span three generations.

Jason Ducker is the new guitarist, with Max Read covering vocals and keyboards, Nicholas Willes on bass and percussion and Joe Payne providing the lead vocals.

The Enid’s Tring show will include music from the band’s critically-acclaimed latest release INVICTA. Other famous pieces from The Enid’s back catalogue will also be played.

Tickets can be bought for £15 by clicking here or ringing 07543 560478.

The Enid are best known for the albums Something Wicked This Way Comes, In the Region of the Summer Stars and Aerie Faerie Nonsense.