Not so happy new year

2021 started pretty much as I expected it to following the none events that were Christmas and new year. Like many, the worry of severe financial problems in my case none pandemic related, the brake down of a family relationship and saddened by a family death I was already finding it very hard to stay …

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Can Dance A Little | Carrie Melbourne

Carrie Melbourne first come to my attention a few years back when I was given an album on which she was playing Chapman stick. Carrie’s husband Doug whom I have had the pleasure of meeting on a few occasions is a fine keyboard player and features here as boards man and producer. Carrie Melbourne is …

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The Progmeister’s top ten albums of 2020

  To quote Austin Powers whilst commenting on the 1980’s, “There was a Flock Of Seagulls and that was about it”. With regards to live music and the dystopia brought about by the pandemic I would agree with him. However, what I have experienced is the rich musical diversity and talent that emerges from many …

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Reflection, the best medicine.

Trying times, we are living in brothers and sisters. Like everyone in the world I suffer the same uncertainties, worries and concerns imposed by this unseen foe and the management of it. Living through the financial difficulties whilst trying to filter out fact from conspiracy is certainly taking its toll. Unable to get elaborate dental …

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Kashgar | Artefact

    Of the many artists that turned up in my inbox recently none intrigued me more than Marcus Taylor. Marcus is a guitarist/multi-instrumentalist in Ontario Canada who may be known to some from his collaboration with keyboard player Ben Bell and drummer James Chapman in Broken Parachute?   Marcus was kind enough to send me …

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Crisis? What crisis?

Strange days mate! A phrase I’ve heard a lot lately and said to me many times over the summer. Indeed, they are having been my stock reply. Difficult times for many people including myself and loved ones. Like many I spend too much time filtering conspiracy theory from what may be fact? I do have …

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David K and Organic | Mr Passive Progressive

  Within certain genres of music if you aren’t one of the upper echelons then it is difficult in the present climate to make your mark. With what many know as Prog or Prog Rock it began with E.L.P.  Pink Floyd, Yes, Genesis and King Crimson. Their legacy continues with band like IQ, Marillion, Pendragon …

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The Tangent | Auto Reconnaissance

When one thinks of Progressive rock music one thinks of the seventies and fanciful tales of far off lands, of being close to the edge down by a river where confusion could well be your epitaph. It was easy to immerse your psyche in a Roger Dean landscape where dragons come out of the sky …

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