Ms Amy Birks | All That I Was & All That I Was

Let’s put this out there from the beginning shall we? Kate Bush fans form an orderly clue. For lovers of Kate’s work and style there is now once again a young and vibrant exponent of storytelling and musical theatrics. Ms Amy Birks first came to my attention as singer and song writer with the rather …

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Prog the final frontier.

I write this missive on the fourth anniversary of Keith Emerson’s tragic suicide. An event like so many of his fans and admirers I found very hard to bear. My hero since I was thirteen years old and a huge influence on my future musical interests and obsessions. A man of extremes, hard drinking, flamboyant …

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Steve Hackett Autobiography

  Count the Progmeister in on this one. I have long awaited an official autobiography of Mr Hackett. Available to pre-order from: Hackettsongs Webstore Publication date: 24th July 2020 RRP: £19.99 ISBN: 978-1-912782-38-3 Hardback: 234 x 156 mm, 224pp, plus 8 page photo section July 2020 sees the publication of A Genesis In My Bed …

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Panoply | Transcript

Panoply is the name used by one time Quasar guitarist Kevin Fitzgerald to channel his multi layered compositions of both long and short form musical sketches. According to my copy of The Little Oxford dictionary Panoply means “full armour, complete or splendid array”. Indeed I can see why Kevin would use such a title as …

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Glorious Wolf | Zodiac

Glorious Wolf is the name under which guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Ruud Dielen records some interesting and beguiling music. Ruud contacted me some time ago informing me of an album he was working on and kindly sent me some tasters. So intriguing were they that I played them on my show on www.progzilla.com   . Hailing from …

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Dave Bainbridge and Sally Minnear in the North East

I recieved a call from an old school mate a couple of weeks back asking if i would like to compare a gig he is organizing in my home town Hartlepool up in the North East. I of course tread with caution before agreeing to anything. However, when he told me that it is Dave …

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Putting the year to bed.

In the terminal days of the decade 2019 for me personally presented many personal challenges. So many issues left me battling with depression and physical weakness. Something perhaps not dwelled on or indeed discussed unnecessarily.  As I don my Big Big Train hat and potter in the garden whilst putting it to bed for winter …

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Is It Prog?

Travelling to the HRS Prog weekend in Sheffield recently with my good friend Johnny Blakey of Progwinds fame. He suggested to me that I should include a song or piece of music in my show that begs the question “is it Prog or is it not?” Following a debate about possible contenders we agreed that …

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