Dec 14 2010

Guy Manning Interview

I am really pleased to announce that Guy Manning will be headlining at the forthcoming one day prog festival in Teesside next March. Here’s what he had to say when todders caught up with him recently.

1.Your new album “Charlestown” is …

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Dec 06 2010

Nines Stones Close | Traces

A CD sized package arrived from the Netherlands recently at Progmeister Towers.  Upon opening it I was presented with the latest album by Nine Stones Close for review.  It was accompanied by an extra disc containing acoustic renditions f…

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Nov 30 2010

Steve Hackett | The Sage, Gateshead

Travelling North from Teesside to Gateshead wasn’t a sensible thing to do taking the horrendous weather conditions into consideration, but, it had to be done. For this I must thank Ian Kerr, Progmeister’s prolific photographer for driving us the…

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Nov 27 2010

RetroGenesis | Darlington Arts Centre

Braving the snow and icy roads of Friday 26th of November myself and good lady set out for Darlington to catch Retro-Genesis perform at the Darlington art centre. On arrival we were stricken by the similarity of the building to Chaterhouse which…

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Nov 14 2010

Dec Burke | Destroy All Monsters

I must confess to knowing little about Dec Burke and when we received “Destroy All Monsters” for review I was intrigued to say the least. My first impression whilst I was driving with it playing in the car was one of surprise and appreh…

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Nov 09 2010

Manning – Charlestown


Living as I do in a town that has just hosted the biggest tall ships gathering in Europe, I was very much at home with the nautical theme to the title track of “Charlestown”. Reading the brief synopsis within the CD booklet al…

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Oct 12 2010

Manir Donaghue | Reflections


Every now and again fate plays a hand in a new discovery.  Whilst recently embroiled in another matter, Manir Donaghue and I discussed the virtues of many other musicians before he modestly mentioned his own work.  Manir has kindly…

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Sep 24 2010

Transatlantic | The Whirlwind

To many Transatlantic followers a review of this album is old news.  It comes as no surprise to them all just what a feat of brilliance The Whirlwind is.  However, the virtues of Transatlantic somehow passed me by and it wasn’t …

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