Steve Petch

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Franky Valentyn Project | All In A Dream

Franky Valentyn is an Australian musician based in Blacktown amidst Sydney’s west suburbs. The fact that Franky is a self taught musician with no formal training or ability to read music hasn’t prevented him from being a successful multi instrumentalist and musical director. Proof that talent triumphs over academia.  Having written and recorded music for …

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