Formed in 1974 by ex-Barclay James Harvest Keyboard player Robert John Godfrey, The Enid, RJG met his co-founder members, Stephen Stewart and Francis Lickerish at Finchden Manor, an experimental school for gifted yet problematic students. From the outset The Enid were destined to be very different, fusing RJG's classical training with an eclectic appreciation of pop music and rock & roll. The Enid were promptly signed to major label PYE for an unprecedented sum. Unfortunately PYE was on the verge of collapse and the band suffered dearly in the wake of the fall. As if to prove their resilience The Enid continued to write music and tour until RJG's ill health meant the latter had to come to an end.
They had (and still have) a huge and devoted following and were able to release future projects on their own labels Enid Records and Stand Records. RJG eventually acquired the rights to his back catalogue and The Enid survived in various forms until 1988 when remaining members RJG and Stephen Stewart parted company and concentrated on studio production for other bands. However the fans would not go away and the pair have since worked on several mutual projects and most recently reformed as the Enid, recording new and, as always, challenging material.
This DVD contains footage of two concerts in 1984. Claret Hall Farm was a camping weekend for members of the Enid fan club - The Stand. Held at the band's home, which served a base for The Stand and housed the Enid's studio, the weekend and performances were essentially a party to show appreciation for the fans' loyalty over the years. Stonehenge Free Festival is self-explanatory. Shot at the last ever festival of it's kind to be held on the ancient site, this simply shot footage demonstrates the Enid's fine musicianship and originality and also gives a candid insight into Robert John Godfrey's crucial, yet uncompromising philosophy. Together for the first time on DVD the films serve as a great illustration of one