TPA News - May 2021

TPA News – May 2021

Latest Prog News from across the progressive music spectrum & updated throughout May 2021

27/05/2021: Winter’s End Festival confirms new dates & revised line up

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In a statemnet from their Facebook Page: “The Winter’s End Festival – which was first due to take place in 2020 – is pleased to announce – finally, that we have settled on a new date for the event, which will be from 7th to 10th April 2022 at the Drill Hall in Chepstow.

There are a few lineup changes from the event originally scheduled for 2020 and then 2021. Tickets originally purchased for the 2020 event remain valid for the new date, of course. We are grateful as always to both the bands are our ticket holders for their support and patience.

Unfortunately, Mostly Autumn have a schedule clash and cannot do this new date, but we are delighted that the new-look Karnataka have stepped into their slot. Alongside bandleader Ian Jones the band features vocalist Sertari and keyboard player Gonzalo Carrera. We’ll be working with Mostly Autumn again very soon!

League Of Lights have several overseas members and are not able to participate on this new date, so their place is taken by Cyan who themselves are unable to take up their slot at Summer’s End 2021 due to a scheduling clash. Rob Wilsher and Paul Ford, due to play the Thursday support slot to Seyes are also unavailable for that date, and we’ll announce a replacement in due course.”

Dates: 7th April – 10th April 2022
Venue: The Drill Hall, Lower Church Street, Chepstow, NP16 5HJ
Info: Winter’s End

THURSDAY: SeYes | plus support

FRIDAY: Subsignal | Red Bazar

SATURDAY: Pendragon | Hayley Griffiths | Also Eden | Midas Fall | Last Flight To Pluto

SUNDAY: Karnataka | Solstice | John Hackett Band | Cyan | Emperor Norton

SOURCE: Winters End Progressive Rock Festival

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21/05/2021: ArcTanGent 2021 postponed till 2022

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In a statement today the ATG team (Si, James & Goc) have sadly had to announce that this year’s festival will not be going ahead. Their statement opens with:

“OK summer lovers, we’re gutted to have tell you that we are finally calling time on ATG 2021. We tried for as long as possible to stay optimistic but unfortunately, like so many other festivals & events who have already cancelled this year, we have had to take the incredibly tough decision to postpone ArcTanGent until August 17th-20th 2022.

On a more positive note confirmed acts for 2022 include: Opeth, Cult of Luna, TesseracT, MONO, Amenra, Maybeshewill, Alcest, Perturbator, Leprous, Enslaved, Caspian, The Locust, Agent Fresco, Oathbreaker, Intronaut, A.A.Williams, Bell Witch, Jo Quail, Svalbard, Mass of the Fermenting Dregs and Blodet. And there’s still one more headliner TBA

The full statement can be READ HERE.

SOURCE: ArcTanGent

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21/05/2021: DanFest 10 – dates and lineup announced

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Danfest’s Danny Mayo has announced the dates and line-up for the tenth edition of DanFest. Once again the venue will be Leicester’s the Musician and the dates for the diary are:

Dates: 26th November – 28th November 2021
Venue: The Musician, Clyde Street, Leicester, LE1 2DE
Info: Danfest 10 (TicketWeb)

FRIDAY: Dakesis | The Amber Herd | Grace And Fire

SATURDAY: Cairo | Also Eden | The Far Meadow | The Moscow Riley | The Comms

SUNDAY: Multi Story | Last Flight To Pluto | Circu5 | Rain | Servants of Science

SOURCE: Danny Mayo

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20/05/2021: Echo Us announce their latest album The Windsong Spires

The Windsong Spires brings Echo Us’ musical journey back to Earth’s atmosphere: weaving ethereal, classical voice with its trademark ambient sound waves. The titles of the two and three part suites form a continuous musical story, and act as an interpretive metaphor for the listener.

Composer and project producer Ethan Matthews began working on the album shortly after the release of the Celtic-themed To Wake a Dream in Moving Water in late 2017. The Windsong Spires is Echo Us’ sixth full-length release.

“In concert with the Celtic waves of To Wake a Dream in Moving Water, hammered dulcimer and bodhran make ample appearance but are augmented by the drumming of Andrew Greene. Andrew recorded drums for 2009’s The Tide Decides and has performed and recorded with numerous Pacific Northwest groups. Windsong Spires features the voice of Charlotte Engler, who has sung with Portland, Oregon bands like Daydream Machine and The Whole Wide World, and frequently performs with choral ensembles Cantores in Ecclesia and Cappella Romana. Charlotte takes lead vocal duties alongside Ethan on the progressive-pop anthem “If You Can Imagine” and others.

Matthew’s mainstay in his early years, Greyhaven, is still known today as one of the pioneering, independent bands of the 1990s progressive metal/rock scene, having combined new age ambient music with progressive metal.

Since 2005 Echo Us has released multiple critically acclaimed albums in the fields of progressive rock, ambient, and world music, collaborated with Grammy-nominated vocalist Henta and others, and received NPR airplay (Echoes Radio, top 25 Oct.-Dec. 2017). In 2012 Echo Us won an Independent Music Award (Best Eclectic) for their album, Tomorrow Will Tell The Story.”

The Windsong Spires will be released 22nd June 2021. CLICK HERE for pre-order information.


17/05/2021: New EP from Linda Cushma’s OXYGENE8 released today

The RHINO collaboration was conceived at the height of the pandemic, during the first quarantine, with all of life-human & beast-scrambling for safety and security. The project took on the soundtrack of the times.

Linda Cushma comments: “Tracks with such vulnerability and heart – you can hear it and even more poignantly for me because these are my friends playing so generously and graciously. I was so touched by that every time a track came in. I am awake thinking tonight of international friends, family and wishing you and all our world’s most vulnerable and endangered beasties safety and calm.”

Oxygene8 features bassist and vocalist Linda Cushma (USA), best known for her work with this experimental ensemble. The project also features guitarist Federico Miranda (Costa Rica), co-founder of the Costa Rican rock band Gandhi & Baula Music, promoting environmental conservation & awareness through music; Tim Alexander, drummer for band PRIMUS, plays tom-toms on the RHINO soundtrack; guitarist Pablo Tato (Spain/UK) is a studio musician that has worked with producers such as Paul Epworth (Adele, Paul McCartney, U2) and now resides in London. The RHINO EP mix & magic by Steve Parrish (USA)

SOURCE: Glass Onyon PR

17/05/2021: Rosalie Cunningham announces UK tour dates

Along with the rescheduled dates, Rosalie Cunningham has added a few new venues to this year’s UK tour…

Rosalie comments: “After what seems like years of waiting for the right time to reschedule, the tour that got rudely interrupted by a certain pandemic last year is BACK ON!”

Rosalie Cunningham UK Tour Poster

14/09/21: SOUTHEND ON SEA The Moonraker
15/09/21: CAMBRIDGE The Portland Arms
16/09/21: LEICESTER The Musician
17/09/21: MANCHESTER Night People
19/09/21: STANHOPE Northern Kin Festival
20/09/21: EDINBURGH Sneaky Pete’s
21/09/21: GLASGOW Nice N Sleazy
22/09/21: NEWCASTLE Trillians
23/09/21: YORK The Fulford Arms
24/09/21: BEDFORD Esquires
27/10/21: BILSTON The Robin 2
28/10/21: WINCHESTER The Railway
29/10/21: LONDON The Lexington
30/10/21: CHELMSFORD Hot Box

Support the tour will be Tuppenny Bunters

Dates have also been added for Europe in 2022 – a full list can be found HERE.

SOURCE: Rosalie Cunningham

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11/05/2021: Big Big Train UK dates for 2022

Big Big Train

Big Big Train have announced, that following the official cancellation of this year’s Ramblin’ Man Fair, that their performance at Aylesbury’s Waterside Theatre on 18th July will now not be going ahead. On the positive side the band will be heading out across the UK in March next year, in support of their new studio album, Common Ground. The band expects to announce North American tour dates shortly.

For the UK tour Greg Spawton (bass, bass pedals), David Longdon (lead vocals, flute), Nick D’Virgilio (drums, vocals) and Rikard Sjöblom (guitars, keyboards, vocals) will be joined by Carly Bryant (keyboards, guitars, vocals), who contributes vocals to Common Ground, Dave Foster (guitars), who plays on two tracks on the new album, Clare Lindley (violin, vocals) and by a five piece brass ensemble led by Dave Desmond (trombone).

15/03/22: Barbican, YORK
16/03/22: Corn Exchange, CAMBRIDGE
18/03/22: Symphony Hall, BIRMINGHAM
19/03/22: The Forum, BATH
21/03/22: Royal Concert Hall, GLASGOW
22/03/22: Bridgewater Hall, MANCHESTER
23/03/22: Palladium Theater, LONDON

Tickets will be on general sale from 14th May 2021.

SOURCE: Big Big Train

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11/05/2021: Ramblin’ Man Fair 2021 cancelled

Ramblin Man Fair 2021

In a brief statement on the RMF website the organisers of the festival have reluctantly cancelled this year’s event.

“With great regret Ramblin Man Fair 2021 will not happen.

We thank everyone for their patience while we held our line until the last possible moment to make an informed decision. The reasons are many but all – unsurprisingly – are linked to the on going Covid related complications that challenge events in the early summer of this year, whether its the lack of government backed insurance scheme, no support from government funds that we applied for, ongoing travel restrictions on major artists, increased costs for crowd safety and potential testing – the list goes on.

Ramblin Man would like to thank all the bands who did put themselves forward and we know that they all share our regret and frustration at the situation. We would also like to thank the Event team at Maidstone council and Mote Park for their patience and understanding through this difficult time. But most of all RMF would like to thank the loyal ticket holders who make the event as special as it is.

Refunds can be accessed via point of purchase on and details of potential rollover and dates for 2022 will be released in due course.

SOURCE: Ramblin’ Man Fair

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08/05/2021: Big Big Train’s Common Ground released in late July 2021

Ahead of the release of Common Ground, scheduled for release on 30th July 2021 on on their own label, English Electric Recordings, Big Big Train release the title track video…

“Recorded during the worldwide pandemic in 2020, Common Ground sees the band continue their tradition of dramatic narratives but also tackles issues much closer to home, such as the Covid lockdowns, the separation of loved ones, the passage of time, deaths of people close to the band and the hope that springs from a new love.

Common Ground finds the band taking in wider musical and lyrical inspiration from artists such as Elbow, Pete Townshend, Tears For Fears, Elton John and XTC, as well as acknowledging their more progressive roots. As ever, Big Big Train will take listeners on a journey, be it waiting for the 5pm pandemic UK press conferences (The Strangest Times) to the library of Alexandria (Black With Ink) to the bottom of the ocean (Atlantic Cable).

Big Big Train has taken lyrical and musical inspiration from periods of history that are recognised as great leaps forward. Now with Common Ground, they are making such a surge themselves.”

Big Big Train - Common GroundTRACK LISTING
Part One

The Strangest Times
All The Love We Can Give
Black With Ink
Dandelion Clock
Part Two
Common Ground
Atlantic Cable

Common Ground, the self-produced new album from Big Big Train released on 30th July 2021. The CD version via their own label, English Electric Recordings, the double LP via Plane Groovy and digitally through Bandcamp and on all major streaming platforms.

SOURCE: Big Big Train

10/05/2021: Strawbs’ Dave Cousins touring announcement

Dave Cousins - StrawbsImage courtesy of Cherry Red Records

Strawbs founder Dave Cousins has issued a statement regarding his ongoing health issues and how this impacts on future live dates and touring.

“In his statement, Cousins says: “I have been in and out of hospital well over 20 times in the last 12 years for various surgeries and routine procedures:

September 2017: I went into hospital for an operation immediately after finishing the recording of The Ferryman’s Curse.

January 2018: Very ill and against all advice, I joined the On The Blue cruise with Electric Strawbs. On returning the UK I spent 16 days in hospital where I had surgery that necessitated six months of recovery. It became very difficult to walk long distances.

April 2019: It took me six months to recover from the organisation and physicality of the Strawbs 50th Anniversary Weekend in Lakewood, New Jersey.

March 2021: Following the recording of Settlement last year, I had long planned major surgery six weeks ago that will require up to six months recovery.

I have kept Strawbs and our support team fully informed of my health issues. I have advised them that the only Electric show I will commit to is a short set at Rock Against Cancer to be held in Wiltshire on 4th September – postponed from last year.

I have it in writing from our agent that all other Electric Strawbs shows this year will be rescheduled. Despite this, I now find that certain venues are still advertising shows. For example, tickets are on sale from Cheese and Grain, Frome, for a full show on 5th September. I have advised the band that my medical constraints will neither allow me to perform two shows together, nor full shows so soon.

My health has to be my first consideration.


SOURCE: Louder

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You can read TPA’s review of Strawbs – Settlement HERE on TPA

06/05/2021: Dream Theater announce the Lost Not Forgotten Archives

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Dream Theater in conjunction with InsideOut Music announce the Lost Not Forgotten Archives. This will see the band’s long-standing Ytsejam Records catalogue reissued, alongside some brand new additions to this special collectors series.

“Ytsejam Records previously played host to Dream Theater’s official bootleg release collection comprising of live shows, demos & studio outtakes from throughout the band’s prolific career. As part of the ‘Lost Not Forgotten Archives’, the entirety of the collection will be reissued on CD, as well as for the very first time on vinyl and digital, with brand new artwork and packaging. The band have also been busy digging into their encyclopedic vault to find some very special, previously unreleased material. The first brand new release in the reinvigorated archival series will be a recording of the band’s start-to-finish performance of their classic second ever studio album, ‘Images and Words’, taken from their performance at Tokyo, Japan’s legendary Budokan venue in September of 2017.

Following this inaugural ‘Lost Not Forgotten Archives’ release, the extensive back catalogue of Ytsejam Records offerings will start to be reissued throughout the next several years. Plenty more previously unreleased material will get its initial publication, presenting an absolute treasure trove of Dream Theater music for fans both old and new to explore.”

SOURCE: Dream Theater Archives

05/05/2021: The Stick Men hit the UK this October

Stick Men - Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto & Markus Reuter

Stick Men featuring Tony Levin Official, Pat Mastelotto & Markus Reuter have four UK shows (with more to come hopefully) this October…

01/10/21: Waterside Arts Centre, SALE
03/10/21: Brundenell Social Club, LEEDS
06/10/21: The Crescent, YORK
08/10/21: Trading Boundaries, FLETCHING


04/05/2021: Robert Fripp and The Grid announce the release of Leviathan in June 2021

Next month sees the release of Leviathan, a new collaborative album from electronic duo The Grid and Robert Fripp, which sees the combining of long-lost Fripp Soundscape session tapes from 1992 and new synth, drums, programming and effects by The Grid.

Recorded in 1992 at Eastcote Studios in West London when Richard Norris and Dave Ball, aka The Grid (via then manager David Enthoven who also managed King Crimson) recorded an ambient electronic session with Soundscape guitarist extraordinaire Robert Fripp.

Norris notes: ‘This was a great honour for us, as both Dave and myself were, and remain, massive fans of Robert’s work. I can remember seeing Robert playing a free session at the Probe record shop in Liverpool when I was at college there in the 80s, playing Frippertronics and answering questions in between. It had a big effect on me – seeing his small mobile intelligent unit in action, a big artist playing in this tiny record shop’.

‘Robert’s craft and musicianship was slightly daunting to us at first, being from a more DIY, post-punk electronic background, but we soon worked out a language to communicate in. “Make it sound like a thunderstorm…”, “I’m going to make a sound like a bomb”, that kind of thing. After every track, Robert would say “Have you got any more?” and seemed to be greatly enjoying himself. He was a very generous guest’.

The resulting Fripp recordings provided material for much of The Grid’s second album ‘456’ and their Top 20 follow-up album ‘Evolver’.

But there was more, much more…

The Grid/Fripp - LeviathanA few years ago, The Grid found some old tapes from these sessions including unreleased tracks they’d demoed that had been forgotten about. A set of long solo drone pieces from Fripp was discovered along with a lost demo track that was then remixed to become ‘A Cabala Sky’ by The Grid / Fripp and released as part of Bill Brewster’s acclaimed ‘Late Night Tales’ compilation series in 2014.

Since then, more Frippertronic / drone pieces from around the same period were unearthed by Fripp’s team, which inspired The Grid to add new synths, drums, programming and effects and create the album ‘Leviathan’.

Inspired by the mythical whale ‘Leviathan’, the biggest prehistoric whale that ever lived, Norris adds ‘I like Philip Hoare’s book “Leviathan”, which is about his obsession with whales and whale watching and the awe of coming into contact with such massive creatures. They are quite mysterious. Their brains are enormous, and we don’t quite know what all the brain power is doing… A bit like Robert, really’.

‘Leviathan’ flows beautifully starting with an expansive atmosphere and sound which certainly feels like the noise coming from the depths of a whales belly – dark ambient / soundscapes gradually building layers and introducing textures and beats over the course of the album.

Leviathan will be released on 25th June 2021 and available as: Double Disc CD/DVD-A | Double Vinyl | Digital


03/05/2021: Marillion postpone European dates and the Port Zelande Weekend

Marillion - photo by Alan JonesPhoto by Alan Jones

Following advice from their European tour agents that the October 2021 concerts in France, The Netherlands and Germany may not be able to go ahead, the band have moved that part of the tour into 2022. New dates to be confirmed soon.

Further disappointment on the Marillion Facebook Page with the announcement that the Port Zelande Weekend, scheduled for March 2022, is to be moved to March 2023.

More positive news on the other 2022 Marillion Weekends in Leicester (UK), Stockholm (Sweden), Lodz (Poland), Montreal (Canada) and Lisbon (Portugal) which will go ahead as planned.

Finally “the UK part of the tour in November looks to be full steam ahead (as much as anyone can be sure of anything at the moment), but all signs are pointing to concerts being permitted with no Covid restrictions in the UK in the Autumn.”

SOURCE: Marillion

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02/05/2021: Gentle Giant’s Free Hand – Steven Wilson remix to be released in June

Gentle Giant’s seventh album Free Hand, originally released in July 1975, is to undergo the Steven Wilson touch. Steven Wilson’s remixed version of Free Hand will be accompanied by custom animated visuals for each track on Blu-ray. The first to be released will be Just The Same

In addition the digipak CD will include the original flat mix, the original 1975 quad mix and an instrumental mix. Also a double vinyl album will be released with both the original flat mix and the Steven Wilson remixed version. The initial first pressing will include a limited edition transparent red version.

“Gentle Giant’s albums featured many songs with both literary subjects as well as social and personal commentary on life as rock musicians. “Free Hand” has more than most. The album’s title & first track was named “Freehand” because the band had just changed record labels and management and felt unshackled by prior contractual obligations. Putting these issues behind them upon its first release, Gentle Giant embarked on an extensive tour of North America and Europe, plus a short tour of the UK, to promote the album.”

Steven Wilson’s “tonal range and painstaking attention to sound quality make “Free Hand” sound as fresh today as it did on first release. A fitting tribute to the compositional skills and expertise of five dedicated musicians.”

Free Hand will be released in several formats: Blu-ray | Double LP | CD Digipack and scheduled for release on 25 June 2021. Pre-ordering is available HERE

SOURCE: Glass Onyon PR

01/05/2021: Bryan Beller talks to TPA

Bryan Beller - The Aristocrats, photo by Daniel Work

Recently Bryan Beller (The Aristocrats) spoke to Kevan Furbank reminiscing on how COVID impacted on their 2020 tour plans and talks about new live album Freeze! Live In Europe 2020

“Dominating the live album is the 19-minute Get It Like That, originally from The Aristocrats’ self-titled debut, that includes Minneman’s tribute to the late (and very lamented) Rush drummer Neil Peart. Bryan said: “He passed just one week before the start of our European second leg, and it was a heavy thing.

“Both Marco and I were heavily, deeply impacted by Rush in our early years, like so many musicians our age. How could you not be? Sometimes we would even jam little bits of Rush tunes in soundcheck. So when we started that leg of the tour, he said something at the first show about Neil, and then played some of Neil’s classic stuff in his drum solo. It went over really well, and it just felt right, so it ended up being a constant part of Marco’s solo on that leg of the tour only, which Guthrie and I supported fully.”

Continue reading HERE on TPA

SOURCE: The Progressive Aspect

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