Published on 1st January 2018

TPA News – January 2018

Latest Prog News from across the progressive rock spectrum & updated throughout January 2018.

30/01/18: Hawkwind expand their 2018 orchestral tour

Hawkwind, who previously announced they would play a special concert, with orchestra, at London’s Palladium Theatre on 4th November 2018, have now added six more UK shows. Following the sell-out Palladium show the band have added a second date at the venue the following evening…

“The score for the shows will be produced by Mike Batt, with the run now taking in dates in Leeds, Salford, Gateshead, Bath and Birmingham, with an extra show at London’s Palladium also confirmed.”

Tickets go on general sale on Friday, 2nd February 2018.


Visit the TPA UK Gig Guide for these dates and more from across the prog spectrum.

25/01/18: Summers End 2018 line-up announced

Venue: The Drill Hall, Lower Church Street, Chepstow, NP16 5HJ

The Summer’s End Festival will once again be held at Chepstow’s Drill Hall between 5th & 7th October 2018 and with a pre-show concert on 4th October 2018.

Returning this year will be French band Lazuli, who will make their third appearance along with Magenta, for a fifth time. Also returning are Landmarq and making his debut will be Tim Bowness. Other debutants include Moonparticle, Kaprekar’s Constant (with David Jackson), Toxic Smile, Frequency Drift, Edensong, September Code, Golden Caves and When Mary…

Day splits will be announced in the spring.

Visit the TPA UK & Eire Gig Guide and TPA UK Festival Page for these dates and more from across the prog spectrum.

SOURCE: Summer’s End Festival

24/01/18: HRH Prog announce early line-up details

HRH Prog VII is revving up and has announced the line-up of headliners and acts – “including pioneers and giants of the genre”.

Dates: 15th January – 18th January 2018
Venue: Hafan Y Mor Haven Holiday Park, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, LL53 6HJ
Info: HRH Prog

Hawkwind | Pendragon | Strawbs | Martin Turner (Ex Wishbone Ash) | The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown | Panic Room | Gandalf’s Fist | The Attack (Featuring Davy O’List) | Tir Na Nog | Jump | Goldray | The Amber Herd | I Am The Manic Whale | This Winter Machine | Final Conflict | Gryflet | and more TBA…

Visit the TPA UK & Eire Gig Guide and TPA UK Festival Page for these dates and more from across the prog spectrum.

22/01/18: Steve Hackett announces Genesis Revisited tour – Band with Orchestra

Following on from last year’s sell-out Genesis Revisited tour, Steve Hackett announces a six date UK tour in October. Steve will once again revisit Genesis favourites, along with pieces from his solo career, but this time around accompanied by a 41 piece orchestra. Also Joining Steve for the tour are his regular band – Roger King (keyboards), Gary O’Toole (drums & percussion), Rob Townsend (saxes & flutes) with Nad Sylvan (vocals) and for this tour the bass duties will be undertaken by Jonas Reingold. Continue reading HERE on TPA.

Steve Hackett Genesis Revisited | Band with Orchestra
01/10/18: Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
03/10/18: Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
04/10/18: Royal Festival Hall, London
05/10/18: Symphony Hall, Birmingham
07/10/18: Sage 1, Gateshead
08/10/18: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

Ticket go on general sale on Friday 26th January 2016.

SOURCE: Steve Hackett

Visit the TPA UK Gig Guide for these dates and more from across the prog spectrum.

22/01/18: Kino to release sophomore album in March

Kino have announced the release of their second studio album Radio Voltaire, the somewhat delayed follow up to their debut Picture back in 2005. Radio Voltaire will be released in late March and sees John Mitchell and Pete Trewavas teaming up once more, with Craig Blundell on kit & John Beck guesting on keyboards.

Recorded at the end of 2017, writing began at the end of that Summer. “We actually began the writing process in late August” says John Mitchell. “Pete had a few tunes and so did I, and we went from there.” Mitchell and Trewavas were both a crucial part of the original band more than a decade ago, with the former providing lead vocals and guitar parts, while the latter played his trademark bass lines and also contributed backing vocals.

The album will be released on 23rd March 2018 and will be available as Limited CD Digipak (including bonus tracks), Gatefold 180g Double Vinyl (incl. CD) & Digital Download.

SOURCE: InsideOut Music

21/01/18: Magma’s 1971 concert in Brussels re-mastered edition release

Magma release Concert 1971 Bruxelles – Théatre 140, recorded on 12th November 1971 at Bruselles’ Théatre 140 has been released in a re-mastered in a 2CD format.

“…this double c.d. is an outstanding document, insofar as it is the only mark on c.d. of the live version of Magma of the time. With the musicians featuring on the album MAGMA 2, the band plays pieces taken from KOBAIA and from 1001° CENTIGRADES, the first two albums of the band. It also introduces, and that’s the most interesting characteristic of this recording, two pieces that were not fully completed at the time: SOWILOI, where Teddy Lasry shows how talented a flute-player he is and MEKANIK KOMMANDOH, played in public for the first time, in a version which is much more developed than the one recorded three months earlier on the compilation PUISSANCE 13+2.”

01. Stöah (5:23)
02. Kobaïa (7:24)
03. Aïna (6:17)
04. Rïah Sahïltaahk (19:09)
05. “Iss” Lanseï Doïa (11:20)
06. Ki Ïahl Ö Lïahk (9:36)
07. Sowiloï (Soï Soï) (6:58)
08. Mëkanïk Kömmandöh (17:19)

Featuring: Christian Vander | Francis Moze | Klaus Basquiz | Teddy Lasry | Jeff Seffer | Louis Toesca | François Cahen

SOURCES: Magma | Glass Onyon PR

21/01/18: Jadis to release 25th Anniversary Edition of More Than Meets The Eye

The 2CD Digipak of More Than Meets The Eye features a new remix, by Gary Chandler, on CD1 and CD2 has new recorded acoustic renditions of Wonderful World and G13… “with Gary and Martin using 12 string guitars, piano, flute and vocals”.

The Anniversary Edition also includes two unreleased live desk versions of The Beginning & The End and This Changing Face recorded in The Netherlands in 1993. Plus four re-mastered tracks from Medium Rare: Follow Me To Salzburg, All In One Day, View From Above and This Changing Face acoustic. “These songs were precursor material to ‘More Than Meets The Eye’, so we decided it was worth including them in this Anniversary Collectors edition.”

The 25th Anniversary Edition – More Than Meets: “Excellent new cover artwork, photos and studio bits and pieces from the time in the lyric booklet. The first 300 will be signed and numbered by Martin Orford, Steve Christey, Gary Chandler and John Jowitt.”

Jadis will be touring Europe in April and May. Details can be found on the band’s official website

SOURCE: Jadis.

20/01/18: Dobbeltgjenger debut Tin Foil Hat single/video

Norwegian Retro Rockers Dobbeltgjenger releasee the Tin Foil Hat single accompanied by a video and taken from their forthcoming album Limbohead – scheduled for release in early March

“Tin Foil Hat, a suitably named little ditty that jerks arhythmically towards the nervous customer in a winning fashion, like a wine waiter with St Vitus’ Dance. Somehow it manages not to spill the drinks in your lap, and… we’re off!”

Limbohead will be released through Karisma Records on 2nd March 2018.

20/01/18: Colin Edwin reveals collaborative album with Robert Jürjendal

Colin Edwin reveals Another World, the first full length album between bassist Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree, Metallic Taste of Blood, Twinscapes, O.R.k.) and Estonian experimental guitarist and composer Robert Jürjendal (UMA, Slow Electric, Jan Bang). With Australian trumpet phenomenon Ian Dixon (Ape, Ute, Can’s Irmin Schmidt) completing the line-up

“A finely balanced blend of Colin Edwin’s trademark deep, hypnotic basslines and rhythmic sensibilities paired with Robert Jürjendal’s spontaneous yet expansive, sweeping and lyrical guitar style, ‘Another World’ reveals itself to be a sophisticated, finely crafted and highly evocative instrumental statement across it’s measured 9 track selection.”

Although no official release date has been confirmed, it looks likely to be in the early part of 2018.

You can read more HERE on Colin Edwin’s blog.

SOURCES: We Do Band Stuff | Colin Edwin

20/01/18: Jim Rodford ~ RIP

Jim Rodford bass player with The Kinks, The Zombies and Argent has died following a fall – Jim was 76.

Rod Argent posted the following on his Facebook Page: “It is with deep sadness that I learned this morning that my dear cousin and lifelong friend, Jim Rodford, died this morning after a fall on the stairs. More details are not yet known about the exact cause of death.

“Jim was not only a magnificent bass player, but also from the first inextricably bound to the story of The Zombies. An enormous enabler for us. He was actually the first person ever to be asked to join the band, way back in 1961…”

“Jim, always a hugely sought after musician, had also had long stints as bass player…”

“He will be unbelievably missed. Goodnight and God Bless dear friend.” Rod Argent.

Image credit Maggie Clarke

Rod Argent’s full dedication can be found HERE.

20/01/18: Simon Collins & Kelly Nordstrom leave Sound Of Contact

Sound Of Contact FB imageFollowing on from an earlier statement this month which stated that for logistical reasons Sound of Contact would not be appearing on Cruise To The Edge in February, comes the announcement that Simon Collins and Kelly Nordstrom are to leave the band.

In a brief statement on the Sound of Contact Facebook Page Simon Collins posted the following brief post: “Hi all, Simon here. We are very sorry to deliver this news, but Kelly Avril Nordstrom and I have decided to leave Sound of Contact for reasons we can not share out of respect to the rest of the band. We will be releasing a proper statement from the entire band shortly. We have no words to describe how sorry we are to all our fans. You will hear more from us shortly.”

18/01/18: Vocalist Paul Rarickary retires from Tiles

Detroit-based progressive rock quartet Tiles announce that long-time vocalist Paul Rarick will be retiring and departing from the group, ironically coinciding with the band’s 25th anniversary this year. The current line-up plan to perform one more time on 28th April 2018…

Two years after releasing their crowning achievement, the star-studded and internationally acclaimed double album Pretending 2 Run, the members of TILES now find themselves in the unusual position of commemorating their 25th Anniversary while bidding a fond farewell to their friend. Rarick will take his final curtain call with his bandmates on Saturday, April 28th at The Loving Touch in Ferndale, Michigan.

Guitarist Chris Herin comments: “It was way back in 1993 when Paul and bassist Jeff Whittle joined drummer Mark Evans and me during the in-progress recording sessions for what would become the first TILES album. After twenty-five years, six studio albums, two live albums, memorable shows with Dream Theater, King’s X, Judas Priest, Spock’s Beard, Fates Warning, and dozens of great bands – plus years of unfailing friendship – we mark this occasion with a very special performance, especially poignant as it serves as Paul’s swan song as he retires from singing.”

Tiles will announce a new vocalist in the months ahead, and will forge onward creating new material for the follow-up to Pretending 2 Run.

SOURCE: Ear Split PR

17/01/18: Neil Campbell to release new concept album in February

Composer and multi-instrumentalist Neil Campbell will release his new studio album, The Outsider – News from Nowhere, on Monday 26th February 2018. According to Neil the release will be a new departure for him, a concept album, based on William Morris’ 19th century short novel ‘News from Nowhere’.

Neil will be joined by guest musicians Laurence Cocchiara (violins) and Helen Maher (accordion).

The album will be available as a Limited Edition Compact Disc and in high-quality download. The Outsider – News from Nowhere is currently available for pre-order through Bandcamp ahead of the official release date on Monday 26th February 2018.

17/01/18: Alan Reed & The Daughters of Expediency to release live album

Red Dwarf Recordings announce the debut album from Alan Reed and his band, featuring a selection of Alan’s solo material as well as some Pallas classics. The performances were recorded during the band’s UK dates in 2017.Live: From the Razor’s Edge will be released on 10th March 2018…

The album captures the infectious energy of a band enjoying every minute. “I’ve never had so much fun on stage!’” says Alan.

01. Begin Again
02. For The Greater Glory
03. My Sunlit Room
04. Razor
05. Sanctuary
06. Kingdom Of The Blind
07. Never Too Late
08. The Other Side Of Morning
09. Crown Of Thorns

Live: From the Razor’s Edge will be available as a Digipack CD from The Merch Desk and other selected retailers. It will also be available for purchase as a download from Bandcamp.

SOURCE: Alan Reed

16/01/18: Chris Squire’s Fish Out Of Water limited edition box set in April

Esoteric Recordings and Cherry Red Records announce an April release of a new limited edition, deluxe boxed set, of Chris Squire’s 1975 solo album Fish Out Of Water

“Recorded in the late Spring and Summer of 1975 whilst Yes was on hiatus as members recorded their respective solo albums, FISH OUT OF WATER was a breath-taking work, and equal in standard to any Yes album in terms of sheer invention and creativity. The album sessions were a collaboration between Chris Squire and his friend Andrew Pryce Jackman, a gifted arranger who had been a member of The Syn, Squire’s pre-Yes group. The sessions saw contributions from former Yes drummer BILL BRUFORD, Yes keyboard player PATRICK MORAZ and noted musicians MEL COLLINS and JIMMY HASTINGS. Released in November 1975, FISH OUT OF WATER was a Top 30 chart hit in the UK and made the US Billboard Top 75 album chart, going on to sell nearly 500,000 copies worldwide.”

The Limited Edition Deluxe Boxset [2CD/2DVD/1LP/2 x 7″ Singles] features: A new 5.1 surround & 96 khz stereo mixes from the multi-track master tapes by Jakko Jakszyk | The Fish Out Of Water promo films, a 2006 interview with Chris Squire & a 2006 audio commentary by Chris Squire | A replica 180g Gatefold Vinyl LP & poster along with two 7” singles of Lucky Seven/Silently Falling and Run With The Fox/Return Of The Fox | A 36 page book with essay by Sid Smith featuring exclusive interviews with Bill Bruford, Patrick Moraz & Gregg Jackman.

The Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set Fish Out Of Water will be released on 27th April 2018. A 2CD edition will be available as well.

Complete track listing – continue reading HERE on TPA.

SOURCE: Esoteric Recordings

15/01/18: Sparks announce three UK dates in May

Sparks will return to the UK during May for three shows in support of their latest album Hippopotamus, released in September 2017.

“We’re extremely thrilled to continue the celebration of Hippopotamus live in concert with all our UK fans. The joy you expressed last year was overwhelming. Bring on 2018!”

22/05/18: O2 ABC, Glasgow
23/05/18: O2 Academy, Leeds
24/05/18: O2 Forum, Kentish Town, London

Tickets go on sale Friday 19th January.

Visit the TPA UK & Eire Gig Guide for these dates and more from across the prog spectrum.

15/01/18: Sacred Ape release Electric Mountain teaser

Late last year John Bassett (Arcade Messiah & KingBathmat) announced the release of the second Sacred Ape album – one of his may offshoots. Hear the first full length track from the album.

John comments: “I think, its kind of like a progressive 80’s electronic horror soundtrack, sort of? but that just might be me? I feel this is the closest I’ve got to the sound and style I was hoping to achieve when I first started this project.”

Pre-ordering via Bandcamp starts on 19th January – with an official release date TBA shortly.

12/01/18: The Fierce And The Dead release first video for Euphoric

Truck is the first video from the forthcoming Fierce And The Dead album Euphoric, scheduled for release on 18th May 2018 – through the Bad Elephant Music label.

To coincide with the pre-ordering, the Truck single will be released as a ‘pay-what-you want’ download on 26th January. The single is accompanied by a video, from Mark Duffy and inspired by the 80s wire-frame video games.

“The video is very much in an 80s retro game style”, says guitarist Matt Stevens. “Those who have following us since 2010 may spot the odd reference. Truck is a good indicator of the direction we’re going in on the new record – it’s us but more so. We’re really excited for everyone to hear it.”

Previously the band announced an album launch show at London’s The Black Heart (now sold-out) and are currently adding more dates for 2018.

Visit the TPA UK & Eire Gig Guide and TPA UK Festival Page for these dates and more from across the prog spectrum.

12/01/18: Adam Wakeman & Damian Wilson sophomore album due February

Adam Wakeman & Damian Wilson announce the release of, The Sun Will Dance In Its Twilight, their second full length album, scheduled for release on 16th February 2018. Unlike its acoustic predecessor, Weir Keeper’s Tale, Wakeman and Wilson have enlisted drummer Ash Soan, guitarist Andy Dunlop, Tony Woollard on cello and backing vocalist Haley Sanderson, for this release. Here’s a taster from the album

“Writing songs with Damian is always a great experience as we tend to start from scratch and follow where the writing takes us. We’re so pleased with how this album has come together. Having Gary Stevenson on board to mix the album and add an extra ear from a production background has been nothing but positive. He also has a killer coffee machine.”

The Sun Will Dance In Its Twilight will be available through Blacklake as Digipak CD and in digital formats, from most major platforms, from 16th February – and a vinyl edition is scheduled for 16th March 2018.

Adam and Damian will embark on an extensive UK tour starting in February and running into March. Visit the TPA UK & Eire Gig Guide for these dates and more from across the prog spectrum.

12/01/18: Long Distance Calling release video for second single

German instrumental rockers Long Distance Calling reveal a ‘studio shot’ video for the second single, Ascending, taken from their forthcoming album Boundless and scheduled for release at the beginning of next month.

The band comments: “We proudly present the brand new video clip for our second single ‘ASCENDING’ which we shot in the studio, where we recorded ‘BOUNDLESS’. We caught an intimate yet intense atmosphere, and we are happy to share it with you, enjoy!”

Boundless will be released as a special edition Digipak CD | Gatefold 2LP + CD (incl. etching on side D) | Digital Download – through InsideOut Music on 2nd February 2018.

The band previously announced tour dates in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and the Czech Republic throughout February and March. Visit Long Distance Calling Tour Page for these dates.

11/01/18: Ayreon Universe live release in March

A live registration from Ayreon Universe three performances from Tilburg’s 013 venue, last September, is set to be released on 30 March 2018, via Mascot Label Group/Music Theories. Today sees the first trailer for the release.

“This unique performance features 16 singers, 28 songs, an 8 piece band and a special appearance by Arjen. The duration of the show was more than 2 hours. It was filmed with 30 cameras and will be released on DVD and Blu-ray with 5.1 surround audio, with an extensive list of extras, including a behind-the-scenes documentary with interviews with every singer and musician, and a compilation of the try-out show performed a few weeks earlier.”

Ayreon Universe: The Best Of Ayreon Live will be released in several formats including: 5-Disc Earbook | Blu-ray | DVD | LP – full details to be revealed shortly.

Pre-orders start 30th January 2018 with 30th March 2018 confirmed as the official release date.

SOURCE: Arjen Lucassen [Ayreon]

11/01/18: Godsticks release Angry Concern video

Following the release of their latest studio album on Kscope last year, Godsticks have shared a new video for the track Angry Concern, filmed during the recording sessions for Faced With Rage at Monnow Valley Studio in Wales.

The band previously announced a couple of UK shows in Cardiff and London in May – check out the TPA UK & Eire Gig Guide for these dates and more from across the prog spectrum.

SOURCE: I Like Press

09/01/18: Esoteric Recordings announce definitive Curved Air reissues

Esoteric Recordings have announced two new definitive Curved Air reissues, Air Conditioning (1970) and Air Cut (1974)!

“Beautifully packaged, both classic albums have been given the Esoteric reissue treatment: AIR CONDITIONING has been newly remastered from the original tapes, and expanded with 11 bonus tracks drawn from previously unreleased studio out-takes and BBC sessions, while the new definitive CD edition of AIR CUT has been remastered from the original tapes for the first time ever! Both boast illustrated booklets with new essays & interviews.”

SOURCE: Esoteric Recordings

09/01/18: PFM replace Focus on HMS Prog

Due to contractual reasons Focus have had to withdraw from the inaugural HMS Prog sailing in March this year. Prog reveal their replacement will be Italian legends PFM…

“PFM join a bill featuring Caravan, Geoff Downes, Roger Dean, Pendragon, Cairo, Martin Turner (performing both Argus AND There’s The Rub) and Prog Editor Jerry Ewing are all lined up to appear, giving a series of performances and talks. There will also be a day time gig in Amsterdam on the Saturday, with all transfers supplied.”

The two day event departs from Hull and sailing to Amsterdam between 2nd & 4th March 2018. Visit the HMS Prog website for more details


07/01/18: The first HawkEaster 2018 bands announced

Dates: 30th March – 1st April 2018
Venue: The Alhambra Theatre, 56 Marine Road West, Morecombe, LA4 4EU
Info: Hawkwind

Hawkwind | TOSH | Membranes | Son of MAN | Evil Blizzard | TFATD The Fierce And The Dead | Tarantism | Erin Bennett | Screeech Rock | and more TBA…

Visit the TPA UK Festival Page for this event and more from across the prog spectrum.

06/01/18: Ray Thomas ~ RIP

Ray Thomas, founder member, flautist and vocalist of the Moody Blues, passed away suddenly at his home in Surrey on Thursday 4th January 2018. Ray Thomas and Mike Pinder founded the Moody Blues in the early 60s along with Denny Laine, Graeme Edge and Clint Warwick. However in 1966 the line-up changed with Justin Hayward and John Lodge replacing Denny and Clint. “The musical style of the group changed dramatically with the incorporation of the Mellotron into their sound, along with Ray’s evocative flute playing.”

“In the mid 1970s Ray recorded two successful solo albums; “From Mighty Oaks” (1975) and “Hopes Wishes and Dreams” (1976). The Moody Blues success continued into the 1980s. Ray’s song “Veteran Cosmic Rocker” (from 1981’s “Long Distance Voyager”) highlighted Ray’s marvellous sense of humour.

Ray remained with the Moody Blues until 2002 when he retired from the band due to health issues. Despite mobility issues, Ray continued to play and record occasionally, contributing a new song, “The Trouble with Memories” to a 2010 boxed set release of his two solo albums and more recently to the John Lodge album “10,000 Light Years Ago” in 2014. In 2017 it was announced that the members of the Moody Blues, including Ray Thomas, were to be inducted in to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.”

SOURCE: Esoteric Recordings

05/01/18: Kayak launch animated video ahead of their new album release

Kayak launch an animated video for La Peregrina, the second single to be taken from their aptly titled Seventeen album, which will be released on Friday 12th January 2018.

Ton Scherpenzeel comments: “‘La Peregrina’ is the story about the merciless passing of time and the vanity of man, as observed by the legendary pearl that represents eternal beauty. It watches the rise and fall of kings and serves to enhance the status of queens who wear it, and knows all their secrets. An intriguing idea that inspired me to write this longest epic – the album version is almost 12 minutes long – on the new KAYAK album.”

SOURCE: InsideOut Music

Read TPA’s review of Seventeen HERE.

05/01/18: Cuneiform Records – a new era

“For decades, Cuneiform Records proved that a small, indie record label releasing avant-garde / art music could be as professional and sustainable as a major label that releases mainstream pop. But today, in a changed climate caused by digital revolution, all species of record labels are endangered. Cuneiform looks forward to your support as it devotes 2018 to exploring how to adapt to a radical new environment.”

“Steve Feigenbaum is the brains behind Cuneiform. He is in charge of A&R (curating Artists & Repertoire), in addition to overseeing all business and legal matters, including sales, distribution, manufacture, licensing for media and more. For 2018, Steve will take a year sabbatical to determine what direction the label could or should take to be viable again in the future. Because sales of recorded music in every format – digital, cd, lps – have dramatically declined for everyone in the music industry, it is no longer feasible for us to run a record label in the same manner as we have for the past 35 years. For Cuneiform, 2018 will be a year to rethink, retool and evolve the label.”

You can read the full article HERE

SOURCE: Cuneiform Records

02/01/18: Aranis call it a day

Flemish acoustic avant-rockers Aranis have decided to call it a day, mainly, it would appear, for financial reasons…

In a statement the band comment: “As you know, aranis has been working for almost 16 years with programs with their own compositions or edits of music from others (like-minded) composers. We went on many partnerships with various groups and band, and played around 400 concerts…” which took them to many countries.

Continuing: “In the present political climate, it is unfortunately no longer sustainable for aranis to grow as a group. We set the bar high for ourselves and try to challenge ourselves again and surprise our public.”

The band are planning a few farewell concerts and will be announced shortly.

01/01/18: Andy Poole departs from Big Big Train

In a brief statement founding member Andy Poole announces the he has parted ways with Big Big Train and is “…ready for new and exciting adventures”.

The band responded by saying they: “would like to thank Andy for the significant part he has played in the band’s journey and we wish him well in his future endeavours”.

Big Big Train will continue with the seven-piece line-up of D’Virgilio / Gregory / Hall / Longdon / Manners / Sjöblom / Spawton alongside the five-piece BBT brass band led by Dave Desmond.

For future live performance, the band have recruited an additional musician to assist the band with keyboard and guitar work. An announcement will be made in due course.

01/01/18: John Payne and Erik Norlander announce the Dukes Of The Orient

Dukes Of The Orient will release their eponymous, debut album on 23rd February 2018. The album, which has been ten years in the making, features John Payne on vocals and bass guitar along with keyboardist Erik Norlander. The album also includes guest performances from Jeff Kollman, Guthrie Govan, Moni Scaria and Bruce Bouillet on guitar, Molly Rogers on strings and Jay Schellen on drums.

John Payne says of the album: “With Dukes of the Orient we have dug deep with analog soundscapes, superlative musicians and song-driven epics. Add to this the masterful artwork of Rodney Matthews and a journey that started with the supergroup ASIA, we give you the next chapter, one we are extremely proud of.”

“Dukes of the Orient has its origins in 2007 as “ASIA Featuring John Payne,” a band that continued on after ASIA keyboardist, Geoff Downes, left the band to re-form the original 1982 lineup. Payne recruited Norlander to join Guthrie Govan and Jay Schellen for tour dates in the US and initial recordings, some of which endured to appear on the Dukes of the Orient album here.

Govan left the band to form The Aristocrats and was replaced by guitarist Bruce Bouillet followed by Jeff Kollman and Moni Scaria. The final lineup resulted in the track, “Seasons Will Change,” released as a video in 2013 and also now appears on the Dukes of the Orient album.”

Tour dates, in support of the new album, are expected to be announced shortly …

01/01/18: Peter Hammill European tour dates for 2018

Peter Hammill will be touring in Europe in the early part of 2018, starting in Belgium, The Netherlands and Sweden in March and April. He will conclude April’s tour dates with seven UK shows before moving into May with the recently added shows in Germany. Peter will be doing two nights in each of the following cities: Nuremeberg, Dortmund and Berlin – and he plans to do two entirely different sets for each pair of shows.

Peter Hammill European Tour 2018
10/03/18: 4AD, Diksmuide [BE]
12/03/18: Zonnehuis, Amsterdam [NL]
13/03/18: Parkvilla Theatre, Alphen [NL]
06/04/18: Palladium, Malmo [SE]
07/04/18: Kulturhuset, Stockholm [SE]

20/04/18: Queen Elizabeth Hall, London [UK]
24/04/18: Òran Mór, Glasgow [UK]
25/04/18: Stoller Hall, Manchester [UK]
27/04/18: St Luke’s Church, Brighton [UK]
28/04/18: St Luke’s Church, Brighton [UK]
29/04/18: The Lantern, Bristol [UK]
30/04/18: Junction, Cambridge [UK]

21/05/18: K4 Festsaal, Nuremberg [DE]
22/05/18: K4 Festsaal, Nuremberg [DE]
24/05/18: Piano, Dortmund [DE]
25/05/18: Piano, Dortmund [DE]
26/05/18: Quasimodo, Berlin [DE]
27/05/18: Quasimodo, Berlin [DE]

SOURCE: Peter Hammill

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