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Published on 9th February 2015

GB3, Iona, Dave Bainbridge and Celestial Fire tours

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Multi-instrumentalist Dave Bainbridge will be hitting the road, in many guises, starting off in March with some solo gigs, followed by performances with GB3, Iona and the Celestial Fire Band…

GB3 are British guitarists

Paul Bielatowicz (Carl Palmer Band, Neal Morse Band, Mike Portnoy, Paul Gilbert, Les Paul) “A reputation for doing the seemingly impossible” – David Mead (Guitarist Magazine)
Dave Bainbridge (Iona) “Dave’s fluid, emotional guitar playing, epic keyboard work and expansive compositions combine into one of this generation’s most powerful and original musical voices.”
John Kellogg (5.1 producer for Chicago, Foreigner, Black Crows, Deep Purple, ELP etc)
Dave Brons “Dave Brons is an imaginative player with a great groove. I loved hearing his unique take on my music when we played together and look forward to hearing a lot more music from him”
Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Carl Verheyen, Joe Satriani)

With special guests
Simon Fitzpatrick – Bass (Jennifer Batten, Carl Palmer Band) “Simon Fitzpatrick is a guy who constantly pushes himself to see what can be done on bass” Kevin Johnson (No Treble)
Collin Leijenaar – Drums (Jordan Rudess, Neal Morse, Derek Sherinian, Mike Portnoy, Steve Hackett, Spock’s Beard etc) “Collin’s playing on my new album ‘Celestial Fire’ was just incredible!” Dave Bainbridge

Three British guitarists combine for an eclectic mix that will appeal guitarists and music fans alike.
How about combining epic, emotive, symphonic rock music with reinterpretations of well loved classical pieces played with unbelievable dexterity and traditional Celtic reels, jigs and airs translated into powerful electric guitar explorations? Throw in some atmospheric soundscapes, virtuoso solo piano, loopstation jamming on bouzouki, plus one of the most accomplished, jaw dropping solo bassists on the planet (the WHOLE of Bohemian Rhapsody on solo bass?!) and an internationally renowned drummer and you begin to get the picture. Not just for guitar geeks; a GB3 concert is an engaging, compelling musical experience for anyone who loves music that challenges the usual stylistic boundaries. Virtuosic, yes, but also inspiring, entertaining, moving and uplifting.

GB3 Guitar on Tour! from Dave Brons on Vimeo.

Dave is very excited to announce the first confirmed gig for his new band ‘Celestial Fire’. Dave explains: “I’ve been itching to be able to play the music from my new solo album live, but most of it is just too complex for me to do on my solo gigs, requiring a full band. I’m pleased to announce our first live booking as a band at the Summer End Festival on 2nd October. We’ll be playing music from both of my solo albums as well as some Iona tracks that have rarely (or never) been played live. We hope to add more dates soon and we’ll keep you posted!” The band line up includes Sally Minnear (vocals), Dave Brons (guitars), Collin Leijenaar (drums), plus a bass player (tbc).

02/05/15: De Boerderij, Zoetermeer [NL]
03/05/15: W2 Poppodium, Hertogenbosch [NL]
08/05/15: Trading Boundaries, Fletching [UK]
09/05/15: The Wesley Centre, Maltby [UK]
10/05/15: Music Nation, Leeds [UK]
*NB The Leeds date is a Masterclass featuring performances by the band members and a unique opportunity to ask the band about their music, career, playing techniques etc.

13/05/15: Stadthalle, Altenkirchen [DE]
14/05/15: Himmelszelt, Herbrechtingen [DE]
15/05/15: Friedenskirche, Brunswick [DE]
16/05/15: Stadthalle, Hofheim Am Taunus [DE]
17/05/15: Event Kelter, Knittlingen [DE]

21/03/15: The Storehouse Coffee Shop, Skegness (with special guest Hannah Holland – vocals)
10/07/15: TBA Northampton (with special guest Sally Minnear – vocals)
11/07/15: TBC (with special guest Sally Minnear – vocals)
12/07/15: TBC (with special guest Sally Minnear – vocals)
17/07/15: TBC (with special guest Sally Minnear – vocals)
18/07/15: TBC (with special guest Sally Minnear – vocals)

02/10/15: Summers End Festival, Chepstow

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