February 18, 2020

Author: Laurence Todd

An ex-teacher and a long-time music obsessive who has a wide and varied taste in music, with favourite acts including Genesis (with Gabriel), Rush, Riverside, Mute Gods, Camel, CSNY and The Beatles, to name a few. His work has appeared in Record Collector, Shindig and Ramzine, For his sins he's also a Spurs fan.

Resonate 2 Festival announced for June 2020

Resonate 2 is the anticipated sequel to 2018's successful Resonate Festival. Resonate was a classic and progressive rock event which took place at the O2 Islington Academy, was a fundraiser for MacMillan Cancer Support and raised healthy funds for the cause. Resonate embraced a broad musical palette, but was mainly about ‘music without boundaries’. Conceived..

MARIANA SEMKINA – Sleepwalking (Kscope)

Mariana Semkina is one half of Russian duo Iamthemorning, alongside virtuoso keyboard man Gleb Kolyakin. They’ve been variously described as being either Neo-Folk or Chamber Prog. You pays your money, etc etc .. but whilst they’re still a relatively unknown quantity in the UK with many Prog fans, nonetheless several publications have given their music..

IAN ANDERSON

I think you can look at many, if not most of the Jethro Tull albums, as containing elements of progressive rock - not necessarily prog, which is a bit more fanciful, but progressive rock. In November 2019, Ian Anderson announced that in September and October 2020, he’d be playing a series of eleven dates across..

JAN AKKERMAN – CLOSE BEAUTY (Mascot)

... if you like hearing musical virtuosos in action, you’ll enjoy what’s included here When the lists of the top guitarists of the 60’s and 70’s are compiled, the familiar names are always included - Clapton, Beck, Page, etc - with a few others following in their slipstream, such as Peter Green, Eddie van Halen..

THE FAR MEADOW

 The Far Meadow are a 5 piece symphonic prog rock band from London who’ve now been playing for five years. They’re a band at the mellower end of the prog spectrum. There’re no lengthy ‘for the sake of it’ guitar/keyboard soloing, or raucous instrumental histrionics, just plenty of virtuoso playing, some epic songs, plus a..

SOULSPLITTER – SALUTOGENESIS

...this album is definitely, almost defiantly, grandiose in its scope and range Salutogenesis is the debut album from Germany’s Soulsplitter, who’re an arts and music community as opposed to a band.  There may be only four people in the actual band but, in the three year gestation period for this album, around fifty people were..