Oliver Wakeman and Clive Nolan Coming to Town

Oliver Wakeman and Clive Nolan have released a lyric video for “Coming to Town” taken from their box set, Tales by Gaslight, which is out on 23rd April. The track is taken from the first album in the box set Jabberwocky and features Bob Catley, from Magnum, on vocals and the late Peter Banks on […]

Strangefish call it a day.

From the official website. We wish to announce that sadly, Strangefish have decided to call it a day. The covid-19 pandemic has been a huge challenge for everyone and we are no exception. It’s also been an opportunity to reevaluate priorities. A result of this it is no longer possible for Strangefish to function as […]


This is the debut album from Reverend and the Makers guitarist/bassist and co-songwriter, who’s also performed with Arctic Monkeys members Matt Helders and Alex Turner, and despite being a prolific performer with Reverend, and touring the world, it’s taken him about 10 years to get round to making his debut. Like other Steel City musical […]

CD REVIEW – Kayak – Out of this World

Kayak formed in Hilversum (Netherlands) in 1972, keyboard player Ton Scherpenzeel and drummer Pim Koopman friends who committed themselves to writing original material. With loads of melodic, symphonic songs in their pocket they recruited fellow music conservatory student Max Werner (vocals) and Johan Slager (guitar). After bass player Cees van Leeuwen joined, the first line-up […]

CD REVIEW – Nine Skies – Return Home (Special Edition)

Nine Skies are a French progressive rock band (from Nice) inspired by many influences: rock, pop, progressive, classical, jazz… and this, their first album “Return Home”, was originally released in 2017 via Anesthetize Productions, revisited in 2018 with alternative versions added. The album relates, through the eyes of the protagonist, lives of different characters in […]

CD REVIEW: Crystal Palace – Scattered over Europe

Crystal Palace, despite the immediate association with the London football team, were founded in Berlin back in the early 1990s. The only remaining founding member today is Yenz, then bassist. Their debut album ‘On the Edge of the World’ was released in 1995 and keyboard player Frank Köhler joined the band in 1998. In the […]


I first encountered psychedelic dance rock trio GU-RU at HRH Prog back in November 2018, and the way they mixed progressive styles with big beats won over the crowd and myself, this, their latest EP is a continuation of that epic sound, which has to be heard to be believed. The trios sound is unique […]


by Aaron Gidney Two-man Progressive Rock project, Whitewater released Universal Medium in 2017 following their signing to the London-based Bad Elephant Music label. Consisting of singer/multi-instrumentalist Stuart Stephens and Percussionist/Programmer Paul Powell, the band’s third album collaborated with Mike Kershaw also of the Bad Elephant music family. The duo formed in 2013 and have developed […]

celebrating 30 years of live prog in south yorkshire

The Spirit of Progressive Rock is pleased to announce that, subject to Government guidelines relaxing, we will be welcoming back live gigs from September. The Pallas gig from 2020 is now rescheduled to 21st September (still on a Tuesday), and we are now also pleased to announce that we will be playing host to Arena […]

Roots in April

Oka Vanga – Oka Vanga This third album from folk/americana duo includes tracks mixed by LA producer Thomas Johansen and mastered by Grammy award winner Steve Fallone. All but 4 tracks were recorded pre-Covid, and the album was completed by iPhone and 8-track! Contributions from guests Patsy Reid (violin, viola, cello) and John Parker (double […]

CD Review – The Strawbs – Expanded Editions: Burning for You/Heartbreak Hill

Esoteric Recordings have released two newly re-mastered and expanded editions of a couple of 1970’s Strawbs albums. In his autobiography, Exorcising Ghosts (Witchwood Media, 2014) Dave Cousins recalls theme:  1978’s Heartbreak Hill, he talks of as “…among the best albums Strawbs ever made…an opportunity to regain the band’s status, especially in North America.”  whereas Burning For You […]

DBA Release Vinyl Edition of Halcyon Hymns

Friday 26th March saw the release of Downes Braide Association’s (DBA) 2LP White Vinyl of their fourth studio album Halcyon Hymns, relatively hot on the heels of the CD release on 5th February. A short while ago it seemed that there was a longer delay in the release of vinyl albums. (As an aside, this […]

CD Review – Thomas Frank Hopper – Bloodstone

Thomas Hopper (1776–1856) was an English architect of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, much favoured by King George IV, and particularly notable for his work on country houses across southern England. Nothing to do with Thomas Frank Hopper. Thomas Frank Hopper. He is Belgian. He is slide guitar through a tube amp. He is old school rock-blues. He […]

CD Review – The Abyss Inside Us – What Words Can’t Say

“We humans have an abyss inside us. The more power people have, the greater the danger.” Helmut Kohl The Abyss Inside Us is the ambient post-rock solo project of Greek multi-instrumentalist Nikos Togaridis. He released his first album under this moniker in 2019, with Earth Two, and in total four albums have been released in the same […]

Notes from the edge – be-bop deluxe drastic plastic

Following their recent remasters series of Be Bop Deluxe studio albums, Esoteric finish their series off with this epic remaster of the bands final studio album 1978’s Drastic Plastic. Released in a definitive edition 6 Disc boxed set containing two DVDs (one of which is the album remixed into stunning 5.1 sound & one disc […]


by Aaron Gidney Internationally acclaimed Cellist/Composer, Jo Quail reissues her 2016 album, ‘Five Incantations’, giving it the deluxe vinyl treatment. For those of you not yet acquainted with Jo Quail, upon listening to Five Incantations, you will find yourself immediately immersed in her dark, sweeping world of looped Cellos fit for a film score of […]


by Aaron Gidney New addition to the Bad Elephant Music fold, The Osiris Club have graced us with a live release from their 2015 appearance at the Roadburn Festival. For those uninitiated to the world of The Osiris Club, they’ve been around since 2013 and are best described as “the best parts of 1970s progressive, […]

Joe Satriani Shapeshifting UK Tour Rescheduled to May 2022

World-renowned guitar virtuoso, Joe Satriani, has rescheduled his Shapeshifting UK Tour to May 2022 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Tickets for his April and May 2021 UK “Shapeshifting” tour dates remain valid for the rescheduled May 2022 dates. “Due to the ongoing pandemic, unfortunately, we have no choice but to again postpone our upcoming UK […]

Yes Reschedule Tour

This just in: Due to Covid restrictions across Europe and for everyone’s safety we need to reschedule our forthcoming European and UK tour dates for 2022. We have managed to reschedule shows in all cities apart from at the Rockhal in Luxembourg.  Sadly, the Rockhal didn’t have available dates to accommodate the show so we are […]


by Aaron Gidney The definitive Frost* retrospective is finally here, and having been teased for quite some time, this boxset nicely ties up all the loose ends that all Frost* fans have been begging for. It’s always nice to review these anthologies because it allows for the body of work to be considered as a […]


by Aaron Gidney Having already treated us to the lavish ‘Eupnea’ this year, PRR have decided to bestow upon us a 2 disc reissue of their now classic debut from 2006. For a band that’s only released three studio albums in 14 years, two releases in 2020 is a massive bonus for PRR fans. Complete […]

Verity White – ungrounded

Released in November on her own bandcamp page, and instead of hitting the road in 2020 (like so many other musicians) Verity and band kept us entertained with lockdown gigs, and this EP, also recorded during lockdown, features 4 new tracks from one of the most exciting female voices in rock. Verity is a familiar […]

DBA Enjoy Warm Winter Sun

Downes Braide Association (DBA) have released a Lyric Video for Warm Summer Sun taken from their album Halcyon Hymns – out now on CD/DVD and 2LP White Vinyl album released on 26th March. Watch the video for Warm Summer Sun here: Christopher Braide says about the track: “The beautiful piano part that Geoff came […]

Kansas To Release Live Album

Kansas, America’s legendary and possibly best known progressive rock band, will release a new live album Point of Know Return Live & Beyond on May 28, 2021. This is the first live album since 2017 for the banb. The band has released a teaser for the live album viewable here: Pre-order for the album […]

CD Review – Boo Hewerdine – Selected Works

Who is he? Who is Boo Hewerdine? Well, I suppose for simplicity you could call him a folk-pop singer/songwriter. Not that anything is simple, is it. More of that later. He first surfaced in 1983 in the Cambridge-based group The Great Divide; two years later, he founded cult favorites The Bible, releasing a pair of acclaimed albums (‘Walking […]

CD Review – Pat Metheny – Road To The Sun

Pat Metheny is generally seen as a jazz-rock or fusion guitarist who errs on the side of jazz more often than not. Over his long and fruitful career, not to say a prestigious one as you don’t receive twenty Grammy awards for nothing, he has produced several albums that would appeal to a prog rock […]

Copyright Abuse

Here at the Spirit of Prog you get original articles exclusively written for us. We aim to forward the cause of Progressive Rock by posting news, reviews and interviews; and when the conditions allow, by hosting live gigs. Sadly, it’s been brought to my attention that other sites are taking our reviews and articles and […]

Oliver Wakeman and Clive Nolan – Why Do You Hate Me?

Oliver Wakeman (Yes, Strawbs) reunites with Clive Nolan (Pendragon, Arena) after 20 years to issue a 3CD Box Set – Tales By Gaslight featuring remastered versions of their ‘future prog classics’ Jabberwocky and The Hound Of The Baskervilles along with a new disc Dark Fables. A lyric video for the new track, Why Do You […]

CD Review – Mediæval Bæbes – Prayers of the Rosary

Incredibly, this is the tenth album from the group formed way back in 1996 by Dorothy Carter and Katharine Blake. There have been many changes over the years, not least the sad loss of Dorothy. She died in 2003 of an aneurysm. Others have come and gone from the ensemble over time too. The band […]

Keith Emerson News

There’s a short flurry of news about the tribute concert for Keith Emerson which took place in 2016. On Friday 5th March at 8.00pm GMT, 12:00pm PST (USA) there will be an up-close-and-personal reunion with the artists who performed at the famed El Rey Theater in Los Angeles in May of 2016 celebrating the life […]


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