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6 Questions – dave bainbridge

Martin Hudson asks Dave Bainbridge 6 Questions Dave Bainbridge is another of the musicians well known to Classic Rock Society people over the years and also for being part of more than one band over the those years. However, the one band that does come to mind immediately is Celtic rock band Iona. Their first […]

CD Review – Steve Howe – Love Is

Steve Howe returns with his first solo studio album since the all instrumental Time in 2011, but now selecting to alternate the tracks between instrumentals and songs. That works too. Steve is, of course, an incredible instrumentalist but he also writes really good and thoughtful song lyrics which seem to balance this release perfectly. The […]

CD Review – Pattern-Seeking Animals – Prehensile Tales

Pattern-Seeking Animals is an American prog-spinoff group formed in 2018 by Ted Leonard, Dave Meros, John Boegehold, and, Jimmy Keegan, all of whom are members of, or have worked with, Spock’s Beard. Prehensile Tales is the band’s second album, keeping up a promise from members of the band when they started out to release an […]

Roots in August

Mhairi Hall – Airs Mhairi Hall’s long awaited solo album is offers peace and sanctuary to all listeners. Ambient sounds from nature, archive recordings and layers of warm harmonium wrap around Mhairi’s beautiful piano interpretations of Scottish slow airs. A beautiful album of traditional and traditional-inspired tunes arranged and delivered in a delightfully non-trad and […]

Book Review – Steve Hackett – A Genesis In My Bed

There’s quite a library of Genesis related books building up, including in recent years those written by band members such as Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford. So, it’s good to see guitar ace Steve Hackett publishing his autobiography. He is widely recognised as one of the prime prog guitarists, alongside Steve Howe, Robert Fripp and […]

6 Questions with Steve Hackett

Martin Hudson asks Steve Hackett 6 questions. Steve Hackett is a rock superstar that is no stranger to the Classic Rock Society stage be it as a performer, awards night presenter or simply as a member of the audience. He is a nice guy that when stood in the crowd is always willing to chat […]

Cd review : Galahad – Following Ghosts

Expanded Edition (GHR3CD6) – 3 CD set When describing some progressive rock bands it can become something of a tough ask and some fans, even today, live in the 70s making describing a band like Galahad a tad difficult. I have always said they are probably the most progressive of progressive bands. I can go […]

6 Questions with John Young

Martin Hudson asks John Young 6 Questions; maybe 7! It had been quite a while since I had last spoken to John Young, these days better known for being the founding member of the band Lifesigns, a band I knew little about. My little knowledge of this band was mainly down to my handing over […]

CD REVIEW – Virus by Haken

by Aaron Gidney Oft-heralded as the ‘new Dream Theater’, it’s hard to believe this is Haken’s sixth studio album in ten years, and eighth release if you’re counting the Restoration EP and the L-1VE releases. Straight off the back of a successful support slot on Devin Townsend’s European Tour, the band appear to be firing […]

Three colours dark – the science of goodbye

Firefly Music Here’s an album that brings together again former Karnataka personnel Rachel Cohen (vocals) and Jonathan Edwards (keyboards) along with Tim Hamill and several guest appearance including the vocal talents of Steve Balsamo. The songs are co-writes by Rachel and Jon with a cover of Richard Thompson’s Ghosts In The Wind added to the […]

From Beatles to Blondie, Bowie to blackheart, with brass knobs on

A little carousel of music memories daftwriter@yandex.com This a book of personal music anecdotes totally from a punters point of view and not necessarily looking at the gigs themselves. It is an amusing journey from the 70’s to today with stories of the journey to the gig and the resultant visual experience. It is extremely […]

CD REVIEW: Asian Death Crustacean – Baikal

London experimental metal 4-piece Asian Death Crustacean have released their debut album, Baikal. It’s a showcase album, wearing their breadth of influences on their proverbial sleeves: extreme progressive metal, electronic/ambient music and underground jazz. Named after the world’s oldest and deepest lake in the vast expanses of Siberia, the album’s title was chosen to evoke […]

CD REVIEW: Cover to Cover Anthology (Vol.1-3) – Morse, Portnoy, George

The third of their Cover To Cover series of albums (‘Cov3r To Cov3r’) comes in July 2020 at the same time as the release of ‘Cover To Cover Anthology (Vol. 1 – 3)’, collecting all 3 instalments together over 3 discs., with the first two albums being newly re-sequenced and remastered, and with brand new […]

Roots in July

Michael McDermott – What in the World Possibly one of America’s most rated, unknown songwriters, he’s a rock and roll/singer-songwriter tour de force. “I could have been a contender,” Michael sings, not out of pity but defiance.: a glorious middle finger to those gods who picked him as boy wonder three decades ago and then […]

CD REVIEW: Others EP – Frost*

by Aaron Gidney It’s been almost exactly four long years since the last Frost* offering – 2016’s fantastically diverse Falling Satellites following various periods of hiatus and inactivity. The Others EP is a stop gap offering from Jem Godfrey and co, prior to the release of the much anticipated 13 Winters anthology artbook and album […]

Rick Wakeman and The English Rock Ensemble – The Red Planet

Rick Wakeman and English Rock EnsembleThe Red PlanetRRAW What better way to lift the Corona depression that to travel to Mars with Rick Wakeman and the band. After his sojourn with the piano albums Rick has returned with a typically excellent piece of keyboard led inspiration joined by Dave Colquhoun on guitar, Lee Pomeroy on […]

6 Questions with Rick Wakeman

Martin Hudson asksRick Wakeman6 Questions To use Rick’s own words, “I’m a pensioner now.” So with the Covid 19 crisis still upon us these are scary days for him and for all the older folks among us, me included. With wife Rachel having her own health issues it became a double problem where both were […]

CD REVIEW: A Visit to Zoetemeer – Tiger Moth Tales

Pete Jones, long-time mastermind behind Tiger Moth Tales, first came to the fore with his excellent debut Cocoon. I still recall my “interview” with him for CRS’s magazine “Rock Society” where I could barely get a proverbial word in – two questions and Pete filled the whole article! And with a heavy heart I have […]

CD REVIEW: The God-Shaped Void – Psychotic Waltz

California-based progressive metallers Psychotic Waltz are back with all five members from the group’s first three albums, A Social Grace (1990), Into the Everflow (1992), and Mosquito (1994). Psychotic Waltz got their start in El Cajon (a suburb of San Diego) in 1986, initially known as Aslan. Over the next six years and three albums, […]

CD Review: How do We Want to Live? – Long Distance Calling

Long Distance Calling is a post-rock band from Münster, Germany, formed in 2006 and they have something actually almost unheard of – a longevity as an almost totally instrumental band with numerous albums: Satellite Bay (2007), Avoid the Light (2009), Long Distance Calling (2011), The Flood Inside (2013), Nighthawk (2014) and Boundless (2018). So this is the next step in their multi-faceted career: 7th studio album ‘How Do We Want To […]

6 Questions – John Mitchell

Martin Hudson asks John Mitchell 6 questions John Mitchell is the brain behind the band project Lonely Robot. After the success of the trilogy, Please Come Home, The Big Dream and Under Stars we might have thought that was it and time to move on but John had a trick up his sleeve. It was […]

Roots in June

Joe Edwards – Keep on Running In the small town of Devizes in rural Wiltshire was the local blues/cellar bar, offering a great education in the art of intimate and stripped back acoustic roots music. And thus inspired, Joe Edwards began to play covers of his favourite Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and B.B King songs […]

Jethro Tull – The Prog Years Tour

An announcement from Jethro Tull: 27th May 2020: We are sorry to announce that the Jethro Tull – The Prog Years UK tour in 2020 will be postponed to September 2021.  Due to the current uncertainty of putting on large events in the UK, we feel that the responsible and safest option for our fans, band and […]

CD Review: Hansan – Nattflykt

It’s always interesting to see what past experiences have brought an artist to the certain point when an album is released. Sofia Karolina Talvik is a singer-songwriter from Gothenburg whose first album ‘Blue Moon’ was released in 2005. Her nordic folk style is delicate and rustic, her crystal clear voice melancholic and ethereal.  A year […]

CD Review: Lesoir – Mosaic

In 2019 Lesoir toured as ‘special guests’ of Riverside and were inspired to write this new album, their fifth.  Recorded in the winter of 2019, the result is an emotional, less angry offering than previous albums and seeeks to capture their dynamics, recreating the energy of their live performance. Strengthened by producer duo John Cornfield […]

Yes Reschedule UK Dates

YES announce re-scheduled UK dates, due to the coronavirus pandemic, for The Album Series 2021 Tour. The tour was originally scheduled to kick off this month in Liverpool – it will now begin on 16th May 2021 in Manchester. The show will feature their 1974 Relayer album in its entirety together with a selection of […]

CD Review – Three Colours Dark – The Science Of Goodbye

The Science of Goodbye is the debut album release from Three Colours Dark, a new project from Rachel Cohen and Jonathan Edwards. It is their first writing/recording collaboration in sixteen years, since their partnership as two of the founding members and songwriters of the award-winning original line-up of Classic Rock Society favourites Karnataka. Following the […]

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