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10/08/2022: HRH Prog 13 postponed until April 2023 along with a change of venue

HRH Prog 13

In an email the HRH Team write:

“We are writing to you as we are currently experiencing some logistical and operational challenges putting on this show at the scheduled venue in Leeds. We also are having some issues with fans and bands travelling in who are experiencing huge price hikes in travel. As nearly 29% of our fans are fly ins we think it would be better to reschedule to another date where they can buy in advance and not pay treble the costs.

Its hard to make these decisions but ultimately our primary mission is about supporting and keeping Progressive rock alive.”

The rescheduled HRH Prog show will now be held at the 02 Academy Sheffield on 14th & 15th April 2023.

This will also impact on the line up HRH comment: “We are in the process of reconfirming all bands and will advise of final slots once its 100% finished.”


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10/08/2022: Steve Hackett The Devils Cathedral live video teaser

Steve Hackett has uploaded live teaser footage of The Devil’s Cathedral, taken from his latest studio album, Surrender Of Silence and taken from the forthcoming Genesis Revisited Live: Seconds Out & More, scheduled for 2nd September 2022, via InsideOut Music.

Steve recently spoke to TPA about the forthcoming release of the live album of last year’s Seconds Out and More tour on 2nd September and looked forward to the Foxtrot at 50 UK tour through September and October. Steve also reminisced about the past, his fellow musicians and the creative process behind his music… You can read the full interview HERE on TPA

SOURCE: Steve Hackett

08/08/2022: Red Bazar to release new studio album next month

Red Bazar will release their fifth album Inverted Reality on 30th September 2022 through White Knight Records…

“Red Bazar formed in 2007 as an instrumental trio featuring Andy Wilson on guitar, Paul Comerie on drums and Mick Wilson on bass and keyboards. The line-up released two albums, ‘Connections’ and ‘Differential Being’, and a three track EP, ‘Beyond The Ice Storm’. The releases were well received by audiences and critics alike and the band developed a reputation for their live performances. To expand on the sound, the band recruited keyboard player Gary Marsh and soon after teamed up with singer and multi-instrumentalist Peter Jones.”

The Inverted Reality album launch featuring the current line-up of Andy Wilson, Paul Comerie, Mick Wilson and Peter Jones takes place at Mansfield’s The Old Library on Saturday 15th October 2022. Support for the event will be Tiger Moth Tales.

SOURCE: Red Bazar

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06/08/2022: Malcolm Galloway to release new solo album

Ahead of the release, and taken from Malcolm’s forthcoming ‘classical minimalist’ instrumental album Patterns, is the opening tune Kites and Darts

Following the July release of The Confidence Trick, the sixth album from Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate, multi-instrumentalist Malcolm Galloway is set to release his sixth solo album, Patterns which contains thirty minutes of new material, plus a retrospective two hours of some of Malcolm’s favourite solo tracks.

Commenting on the album Malcolm says: “I entirely understand if some people who like my rock music don’t like my classical/minimalist music. On the other hand, if you like the bits between the songs in our Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate albums, wish they were much longer and obsessively developed small fragments of melodic material into slowly evolving emerging patterns, and/or don’t like my singing, then it is plausible you might like these instrumental pieces.”

Patterns is currently available to pre-order, along with 4 preview tracks on Bandcamp.

Malcolm recently spoke to TPA’s David Edwards and you can read the full interview HERE on TPA.

SOURCE: Malcolm Galloway

04/08/2022: Hawkwind call time on Hawkfest


After thirty years Hawkwind reveal that this year’s Hawkfest will be the last one. Hawkfest 2022 will be held across two venues, the Winter Gardens and Johnny’s, both on Marine Road, plus a small outdoor space, on the seafront at Morecambe.

Dates: 9th September – 11th September 2022
Venue: Morecambe Winter Gardens, 209 Marine Road, Morecambe, LA4 4BU
Line-up: Hawkwind | The Crazy World of Arthur Brown | Curved Air | Soft Machine | Ginger Wildhearts And The Sinners | The Membranes | Son of Man | The Blackheart Orchestra | Tosh | Prime Sinister| Dust Mice | and many more TBC

SOURCE: Hawkwind

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03/08/2022: The Blackheart Orchestra announce new studio album release in September

The Blackheart Orchestra announce that their new album Hotel Utopia will be released both digitally and on CD on 23 September 2022 via Ceandar Records. The CD version will comprise of a deluxe 8-panel, 24 page lyric book format, and a gold vinyl double album version shortly after. Today sees the first music to be released from the album – The Tide

TBO comment: “We are so proud of the album that has taken us nearly three years to conceive, to write and record, to photograph and design and now, finally, to bring to you.”

The thirteen tracks look to discuss – “What happens after life? Whether we believe in God with a capital G, with a small g or believe in no g at all, Hotel Utopia is a collection 13 songs that discusses our fear of the mystery of the moment the light goes out. Or does it?

It’s a record that doesn’t attempt to answer that question but provokes the listener’s thoughts while holding their hand along a musical journey that meditates on our fears and fantasies of ‘heaven’ stopping off en route at murder, suicide, the end of the world and reincarnation as we all approach the unknown mystery of our own personal Hotel Utopia.”

The Blackheart Orchestra will be introducing Hotel Utopia during their 18 date tour of the UK.

SOURCE: The Blackheart Orchestra

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02/08/2022: Big Big Train release Summer Shall Not Fade trailer

Big Big Train have announced the release of Summer Shall Not Fade – Live At Loreley, a Blu-ray & 2CD set their performance at the Night Of The Prog festival on 13 July 2018 in Germany. Today sees the release of the official trailer…

Gregory Spawton says of the show: “Loreley was a real coming of age experience for Big Big Train as a live band. The stars aligned perfectly for us. It was a truly magical night with the band performing brilliantly and a wonderfully welcoming audience as they and we enjoyed the glorious outdoor setting.” Gregory’s sentiments are shared by drummer Nick D’Virgilio: “I have been blessed to play some amazing shows with Tears For Fears, Cirque du Soleil, Spock’s Beard and many others during my career. But the BBT show at Loreley was off the charts. It’s hard to believe that this was only our eighth performance together. Every second was simply awesome.”

The thirteen song set runs to over two hours. It includes classic material from English Electric, Folklore and Grimspound studio albums, and fan favourite deep cuts Kingmaker and Summer’s Lease. The performance features the full Big Big Train live band, including the late David Longdon, plus a five-piece brass section and is made even more remarkable by the fact that it was only the band’s eighth live show in this incarnation.

The show features the late David Longdon on vocals and flute. Rikard Sjöblom, the band’s guitarist and keyboard player, remembers David’s performance well: “David was an absolute star, his vocal performance and the way he commanded the stage were both extraordinary. Loreley is an amazing record of our precious time together with him. The show is one of the highlights of my life.”

01. The First Rebreather
02. Folklore
03. A Mead Hall In Winter
04. Kingmaker
05. Summer’s Lease
06. Brave Captain
07. Prelude & Fugue
08. Judas Unrepentant
09. The Transit Of Venus Across The Sun
10. The Permanent Way
11. East Coast Racer
12. Drums & Brass
13. Wassail

The audio for Summer Shall Not Fade has been mixed in both 5.1 and stereo by Big Big Train’s resident sound engineer, Rob Aubrey and is scheduled for release on 14 October 2022.

SOURCE: Big Big Train

02/08/2022: Jeff Berlin’s Jack Songs tribute finally released

Jeff Berlin’s long awaited tribute to his good friend Jack Bruce titled Jack Songs was released today. Featuring a impressive array of gust performers: Sammy Hagar, Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, Gregg Bissonette, Gary Husband, Eric Johnson, Bill Frisell, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Alex Ligertwood, Scott Henderson, Marcus Miller, Ron Carter, Tony Levin, Michael League, Nathan East, Mark King, Bruce Guttridge, Billy Sheehan and Johnny Hiland!

Jack Bruce, best known for his work with classic rock group Cream as well as his critically acclaimed solo work passed away in 2014. Jeff Berlin, who has been called “the greatest bass player in the world”, was a personal friend of Jack’s and wanted to record his songs in remembrance of how Jack helped Jeff to find his own musical path.

Jeff Berlin comments, “Recording the music of Jack Bruce has been the most emotional recording project of my career. Jack was the greatest bass influence I ever had. In the center of his music were these strange and wonderful bass lines weaving in and out of the key, reaching for resolutions and finding them, again, and again. Jack’s playing was a living evolving improvisation.”

“‘Jack Songs’ isn’t a cover CD, not in the literal sense. Except for a couple of tunes from his Cream period (arranged in ways that should surprise people) most of the songs on this CD come from other periods in Jack’s musical life after Cream. Jack’s solo career represented a multitude of musical styles. This recording will be a new revamp of some of those songs, some of the best music that I heard from one of the greatest musicians of the last fifty years.”

SOURCE: Glass Onyon PR

02/08/2022: Potter’s Daughter to release new EP Weighted Keys

Potter’s Daughter (Dyanne Potter Voegtlin) have announced the release of their latest EP, Weighted Keys, which will be available in both digital and CD formats on 19 August 2022.

The EP features “three songs were dear to Dyanne during three different phases of her life”:

Potter’s Daughter - Weighted Keys EP1. Night of the Swallow – a semi-acoustic version of Kate Bush’s dramatic song from her album, “The Dreaming” (from Dyanne’s time in NYC, when she first discovered Kate Bush)

2. Catherine – a solo piano rendition of Tom Kelly’s elegant song from his album, “Spinning Through Eternity” (from the present time, in honor of Nickie Harte Kelly and the entire prog community who so warmly welcomed Potter’s Daughter and Octarine Sky)

3. That Song About the Midway – a semi-acoustic version of Joni Mitchell’s beautiful song from her 1969 album, “Clouds.” (Dyanne first heard the song at age 16, right after joining her first professional band, and has loved the song since)

The EP will be released by Melodic Revolution Records [MRR] on 19 August 2022, and available both digitally, and as a CD.

SOURCE: Glass Onyon PR

01/08/2022: Cleopatra Records announce the release of Synthesizer Classics

Synthesizer Classics contains eight re-imaged versions of tracks by a plethora of renowned keyboard players including Rick Wakeman, Derek Sherinian, Geoff Downes, Patrick Moraz, Thijs Van Leer, Larry Fast & Nite Jewel. Also featured is Jordan Ruddess who late last month released a version of Giorgio Moroder’s Chase, taken from the 1978 film Midnight Express…

The new collection features all exclusive and brand new recordings by such world-renowned pros as Rick Wakeman, Asia’s Geoff Downes, Focus’s Thijs Van Leer, and Larry Fast, who along with several others, have reached back into the past and recreated classics by Kraftwerk, John Carpenter, and more!

01. Tubular Bells – Derek Sherinian
02. Magic Fly – Rick Wakeman
03. Pulstar – Geoff Downes
04. Chase – Jordan Rudess
05. Oxygene (Part 4) – Patrick Moraz
06. Escape From New York – Thijs Van Leer
07. Tour De France – Nyte Jewel
08. Visitors – Larry Fast

“Some of the most heralded and widely-respected keyboardists on the planet have gathered together on a unique collection to offer their fresh new takes on some of the tracks that laid the foundation of electronic music and influenced thousands of synth-sational artists and players! Ever wonder what Mike Oldfield’s groundbreaking “Tubular Bells” might sound like in the hands of Dream Theater keyboardist Derek Sherinian? Or think that Moody Blues/Yes keyboardist Patrick Moraz would do a fantastic version of Jean-Michel Jarre’s superb “Oxygene?” Well, wonder no more as Synthesizer Classics has come to answer all of your synth-related prayers!”

SOURCE: Glass Onyon PR

01/08/2022: Glass Hammer reveal teaser clip for At The Gate

At The Gate, is the third album of the Skallagrim trilogy, is set for release on 7 October 2022. The new album follows Dreaming City (2020) and Skallagrim – Into The Breach (2021), bringing the story of the ‘thief with the screaming sword’ to its conclusion.

Steve Babb comments: “Expect another 70’s metal-influenced project but also promises a return to the symphonic-prog sound the band is best known for.” adding “So, for those who love our newer, edgier sound, they won’t be disappointed. But I’ve brought back the pipe organ, the choirs, and the sweeping ballads for those who miss the sounds of our earlier albums. I think it works, but the fans will be the ones to decide!”

For At The Gate vocalist Hannah Pyror is back to front the group and is joined by bandleader Steve Babb, keyboardist Fred Schendel, and drummer Aaron Raulston. In addition, vocalists Jon Davison (Yes) and John Beagley (Life In Digital) will contribute as well as guitarist Reese Boyd.

SOURCE: Glass Hammer

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