Aug 03 2018

Big Big Train | Merchants OF Light

In September 2017 Prog stalwarts Big Big Train played three concerts at London’s Cardogan Hall just of Sloan Square.  I was lucky enough to have been one of the passengers on the Saturday presentation of which i enjoyed every minute. It must have been very gratifying for the band to have luminaries such as Steve …

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Jul 04 2018

Southern Empire | Civilisation

Civilisation is the second album by Australian band Southern Empire and i have been looking forwards to getting my hands on a copy for review so a big thanks to Ann at GEP for my promo copy. Having previously reviewed a four disc box by Unitopia the band from which Southern Empire was born from …

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Jun 07 2018

Yuka & Chronoship | The Ship

One of the few labels i dislike the most is Prog Metal closely followed by Prog Metal itself. However, every once in a while i am sent an album that i don’t as readily reject as swiftly as i would normally especially with traces and traits of said sub-genre.  Such an album recently turned up …

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May 03 2018

Adam Holzman | Truth Decay

Been keeping my eye on Adam Holzman since watching him his keyboards play with Steven Wilson’s band a few years back on the Raven That Refused To Sing tour. I thought then as i do now that there is something special about Adam’s playing which left me wondering how i never came across him before. …

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Apr 25 2018

April’s show

Join me Steve Petch on ARFM Rock Radio this Sunday 29th April at 2pm -4pm. I will be playing music from Prog legends Camel, Keith Emerson, King Crimson and Marillion. New music from the boys up North Riversea, John Holden, the rather brilliant Adam Holzman and The Swan’s Chorus. All this and much more. For …

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Apr 15 2018

The gig economy.

No no no, nothing to do with Uber taxi’s, motorbike couriers or pizza delivery drivers. I refer to the cost of attending gigs and the law of diminishing returns. Most gigs incur travel costs and sometimes the cost of an overnight stay especially should you live as i do in the North East were many …

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Apr 08 2018

Ra, the continuing dynasty

       Tyneside musician Tony Patterson is about to embark on the continuing dynasty of his 2006 album Ra. Many will remember the epic Egyptian feel of Tony’s eponymous album which to this day remains a firm favourite with me. As Tony has only just announced that work in the studio has just begun there is …

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Apr 02 2018

Progmeister Facebook Page

Finally, the Prog calendar seems to be slowly creeping into life unlike spring. Having enjoyed the fine performance of Steven Wilson and his band of top notch minstrels in late March heralds the start of my gig attendance for the year. Lots to look forwards too though including Jethro Tull, Marillion, Camel and Barclay James …

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