October 5, 2006


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Reunion and goodbye
Tristan Park gives fans one last hurrah
By Erica Febre efebre@hippopress.com

The last live show for Tristan Park was more than eight years ago in Holland.

This year, the band's 20th anniversary, will also be the first time Tristan Park has played together in almost a decade. Formed in 1986, Tristan Park was one of New Hampshire's most popular bands in the late 1980s and early '90s.

"Towards the end of the '80s, we were pretty much in step with what was going on commercially in the music scene at the time. We played every weekend throughout New Hampshire and Massachusetts. As the band progressed our song writing got better, our songs became more concise and we became more of a melodic pop band," said Brian Coombes, one of the founding members of Tristan Park.

Returning to the stage on Oct. 14 with two shows at the Tupelo Music Hall, Tristan Park will feature all of its most prominent members, including Coombes (bass and vocals), Chuck Dyac (vocals and guitar), Marc Larochelle (keyboard and saxophone) and long-time members Rick Black (keyboard and vocals), Jim Turmel (drums), Ray Bowles (vocals) and Mike McAdam (guitar and vocals).

"The fact that we have both singers onboard for this show really opens up the entire catalog for us. A lot of the material we haven't played since 1987. This show is really a greatest hits package of Tristan Park," Coombes said.

Tristan Park is known for being a local band that made it big, internationally. After signing a record deal in England, around the time of Tristan Park's 10-year anniversary, they moved out of the local scene and into the international scene. Coombes admits that, after the shift to European shows, the American audience seemed to fall away and Tristan Park began focusing more on their European audience.

The 20th anniversary will also be a final farewell from the band to the audience. According to Coombes, they never had a chance to say goodbye. Tristan Park has no further plans to perform after the Tupelo performance.

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Tristan Park
See Tristan Park perform live at their farewell show with two performances at the Tupelo Music Hall, 2 Young Rd in Londonderry. The first show is Saturday, Oct. 14, and will start at 6:30 p.m., followed by another at 9 p.m. To order tickets, call 437-5100 or go online to tupelohall.com. For more information on Tristan Park, visit the Web site at tristanpark.com.