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British blues-rock quartet Ten Years After originally consisted of Alvin Lee, guitar and vocals; Chick Churchill, keyboards; Leo Lyons bass; and Ric Lee, drums. The group was formed in 1967 and signed to Decca in England. Their first album was not a success, but their second, the live Undead (1968) containing "I'm Going Home," a six-minute blues workout by the fleet-fingered Alvin, hit the charts on both sides of the Atlantic. Stonedhenge (1969) hit the U.K. Top Ten in early 1969. Ten Years After’s U.S. breakthrough came as a result of their appearance at Woodstock, at which they played a nine-minute version of "I'm Going Home." Their next album, Ssssh, reached the U.S. Top 20, and Cricklewood Green, containing the hit single "Love Like a Man," reached number four. Watt completed the group's Decca contract, after which they signed with Columbia and moved in a more mainstream pop direction, typified by the gold-selling 1971 album A Space In Time and its Top 40 single, "I'd Love to Change the World."
John Coghlan joined Francis Rossi and Alan Lancaster in their newly-formed band ‘The Spectres’ in 1962. The group went through a series of name changes, including Traffic Jam, before becoming Status Quo in the late 60s when Rick Parfitt also joined the line-up. In the years that followed, a string of chart-topping albums.
What’s in a name? Well, quite a lot it would seem. Tygers of Pan Tang (the name was appropriated from a Michael Moorcock novel) began their career playing the pubs and clubs of their native north east and ended it with a sold out tour of Japanese concert halls. Or so it was thought.
When Bob Richards and George Jones left MAN in 2008 they decided they would continue to play the band's music, with George Jones's father Micky Jones being the founding member they saw it only right that he continued the family legacy.
"One of the last things my father ever said to me was, it’s up to you now to keep my music alive, I loved the music of MAN and Micky was a huge influence musically, there was no question about it really."
The past few years have seen Blackbeard's Tea Party play at festivals as diverse as Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival, Fariports Cropredy Convention, The Rainforest World Music Festival in Borneo and many more. Their most recent album Reprobates has been met with high praise in the folk press, earning a 5 star review in R2 Magazine whilst fRoots named it convincing and essential. With this growing reputation, its hardly a surprise that they are one of the most in-demand bands on the folk circuit.
Playing first with Iron Maiden then Samson before launching his own band, Barry Graham Purkis (AKA Thunderstick) has been a legendary part of the NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) scene since the late 70s.
Now Thunderstick is back – with a brand new album for 2017 ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’.
Folk Rock that breathes new life into the spirit of Woodstock!!
Gareth Howells, Louis Howells, Mark Finn, Dillon Hughes, Nathan Shervill, Daryll Thomas
Gareth Howells is a singer songwriter and founding member of the band, who writes, plays acoustic guitar and sings in Bemis. Mark Finn is a versatile lead guitarist with many decades of experience in various different bands. Louis Howells adds vocal harmony and rhythm guitar to the mix. Dillon Hughes is a bass player with the kind of bass playing that fills up the sound just by itself and has been with the band since 2013. Darryl and Nathan are fantastic drummers that have been drumming with Bemis since 2012.
Texas-raised Londoner who learned to play in Austin, perform in Los Angeles, craft songs in Nashville, and put it all together in London.
A multi-instrumentalist with a rich and soulful voice often compared to Jeff Buckley. Described by France's Crossroads magazine as "the revelation of the year or even the decade".
Original blend of progressive folk, rock, flamenco, classic, bluegrass and jazz sensibilities have seen Rodney tour the US from coast to coast and travel across China, India, Africa and Europe, where his reputation as an outstanding live performer has led to turns supporting the likes of Billy Sheehan, Jack Johnson, Angelique Kidjo, Pentagram, Shair'n'Func, Show of Hands and Francis Cabriel.
“Leave to cross France from end to end, because this is what we call a real discovery. A contemporary musician as innovative as the Boulez was in his time” (Paris Moves)
“Rodney Branigan is one of the most amazing artists you will ever see. Not simply because he is unique, but rather because he is impossibly talented” (Music Connection Magazine)
Until recently, The Gift were regarded by those in the know as ‘the best kept secret’ in progressive rock. Back in 2006, their first album ‘Awake & Dreaming’ wowed the ‘Prognoscenti’ with its heady mixture of ‘70s style and contemporary soundscapes. Then there was silence...until the band reformed a few years ago. Originally signed to Cyclops Records, the band joined the ever growing Bad Elephant Music roster in 2013. Then their long-awaited second album “Land of Shadows” emerged on the 5th of May 2014. It was another ambitious song suite packed with strong melodies, incisive lyrics and instrumental ‘tours de force’. The album took the listener on a true musical journey with tracks like “The Comforting Cold”, an ambitious epic about the near-death experience. As vocalist and main songwriter Mike Morton said upon its release: “Don’t come to us for songs about cars and girls.”
BEM re-released ‘Awake & Dreaming’ in February 2016 to mark its 10th anniversary, re-mastered and repackaged with stunning new artwork. It caused a real stir in the UK, and The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Italy (in particular) were quick to join the growing calls for ‘more Gift’. In October 2016 The Gift released their 3rd album, ‘Why The Sea Is Salt’. Now, with the arrival of new keyboard player Gabriele Baldocci, a world renowned classical pianist, and original guitarist Leroy James returning to the fold, the music has risen to a whole new level. Add to this key contributions from both Steve Hackett and Antony Phillips of Genesis fame, both close friends and supporters of the band, and you have a force to be reckoned with.
There is a Progressive Renaissance happening right now and The Gift are at its vanguard.
Lineup - Mike Morton (vocals), David Lloyd (guitar), Leroy James (guitar), Stefan Dickers (bass), Gabriele Baldocci (keyboards) and Neil Hayman(drums).