Multi award-winning folk singer Seth Lakeman releases his new album ‘A Pilgrim’s Tale’ on February 7th 2020, in a year that marks four centuries since The Mayflower ship departed the UK. Seth was raised and still lives on Dartmoor, within sight of the sea at Plymouth, from where the Puritans sailed on the Mayflower in 1620.
The album, which tells the epic and soulful tale of the Pilgrim Fathers, features contributions from bass player Ben Nicholls, Seth’s sister-in-law Cara Dillon, dad Geoff Lakeman, folk musician Benji Kirkpatrick and is narrated by actor Paul McGann.
Charismatic singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman has been touring around the world for the last 2 years with rock legend Robert Plant, playing as part of his band The Sensational Space Shifters as well as playing shows with his own band and solo.
After touring ‘A Pilgrim’s Tale’ in February 2020, Seth will be at festivals through the Summer playing songs from throughout his back catalogue including from the Mercury Prize nominated ‘Kitty Jay’ (recorded in his kitchen for £300) and the follow-up gold selling ‘Freedom Fields’.
John Etheridge - Theo Travis - Roy Babbington - John Marshall
"Soft Machine Legacy” was launched in Turkey in Oct, 2004. The intriguing line-up of Elton Dean, Hugh Hopper, John Etheridge and John Marshall was a coalition of 4 long-time servers in different eras of the legendary group Soft Machine, but who had not played before as a unit. With the enthusiastic management of MoonJune in New York - the band quickly established a recording and touring schedule in Europe playing a repertoire of new originals and some vintage pieces. Highlights including appearances at the Umbria Jazz Festival and Leverkusen Jazz Festival (televised).
In 2006 came the sad death of Elton Dean, whose place was taken by young blood Theo Travis, who has a continuing association with Gong and was thus perfectly sympathetic to the music.
After a long illness, Hugh Hopper sadly passed away in 2008. A decision was taken to continue with Roy Babbington - thus reuniting 3/5ths of the 1975-77 line up that recorded the acclaimed "Softs" album.
Since then the band has recorded an acclaimed album ‘Burden of Proof '(2013) and continued to tour widely often with the legendary Keith Tippett.
From the beginning of 2015, it was decided to drop the “Legacy” and tour again as Soft Machine
A very welcome return to a fantastic band that graced the very first A New Day Festival back in 2016, providing their unique mix of "punky space krautrock"... we couldn't have put it better ourselves!
One Bloke, One Mandolin
Billed as STEViE SIMPSON – One Bloke One Mandolin, Stevie Simpson has been playing regularly at motorcycle rallies and festivals all over the UK since 2000 receiving some great reviews and picking up new fans at every gig.
STEViE has released six studio albums: ‘…. a little further down the line’, ‘Too Poor For Trailer Trash’, ‘Ride’ ‘Garage Songs’, ‘Some Days Are Diamonds’ and ‘Fair Travels & Fine Times’ released in September 2017, between them containing seventy-three original recordings. In 2013 he put out a live CD, recorded at The Assembly Rooms in Derby when supporting Simon Friend’s Seismic Survey.
‘…. a little further down the line’ is STEViE’s Nebraska – Blue, Back Street Heros custom bike magazine
He has headlined at The Clarence Park Free Music Festival and appeared at The Acoustic Festival Of Britain, The Bulldog Bash, Americana, Weyfest, Beautiful Days, Off The Tracks, Watchet, Wickham Festival, Bearded Theory, Blissfields, Something Else In The Dean, Westport’s Folk & Bluegrass Festival in Ireland, Pullman City Country Music Festival in Bavaria, Germany and the Akaciju aleja bard festival near Kaunas in Lithuania along with many gigs around the UK and Germany.
For a good few years he has, amongst many gigs, regularly played/compered marquees for the National Association for Bikers with Disabilities (NABD) at their rallies and became a patron of the NABD in 2010.
‘Probably the hardest working musician on the biker circuit’ – Rick Hulse, Chairman of the NABD
He has shared billing with Status Quo, Jethro Tull, Dave Edmunds, Dr Feelgood, Kathy Mattea, The Levellers, Breed 77, The Answer, The Damned, Fun Loving Criminals, Wilko Johnson, Hawkwind, Asleep At The Wheel and John Otway, The Stranglers, Leatherat, Dumpy’s Rusty Nuts, The Bad Shepherds, Focus and Ricky Warwick to name but some.
Flutatious are a feisty, Celtic-inspired, psy-folk band blending soaring melodic flute, flying fiddle, spacey guitars and groovy beats! They have built up an incredible reputation with their live performances and their (until now) self-produced albums are constantly in demand at festivals around the country.
Flutatious came to the attention of the Magick Eye Records label when company founder, Chris Hillman, saw them playing a storming set at one of their festival appearances. Magick Eye released the four track Flutatious EP Fluctuations to great acclaim. The EP included a remix from another Magick Eye label act, the legendary Astralasia.
Due to the positive reactions to the EP release, Magick Eye arranged for Flutatious to record a brand new album with renowned producer John Mitchell in his Outhouse Recording Studio.
The album called Festival, is now available at Magick Eye Records.
Following the release Flutatious are on the road debuting their new music for your pleasure!
The band would like to thank everyone who has danced and contributed to such an amazing ten years. It has been said that ‘Flutatious will have you dancing like a paper bag in a wind tunnel…’
MICHELLE DEVONSHIRE…classically trained flautist.
BILL FORWELL…untrained upside down bass guitarist.
STELLA FERGUSON…violin player extraordinaire.
ANDY FAULKNER…Mr. subtle guitar.
MALCOLM BAILEY…bangs pots and pans and skins and things.
The CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN
THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN
Arthur Brown first came to prominence in swinging London in 1967, after spending some time on the Paris underground scene Arthur was quickly signed to Track Records at the instruction of The Who’s Pete Townshend and released the single Devils Grip, regarded by some as the record that gave the birth of Heavy Metal.
Arthur is best thought of for his 1968 Number one single Fire that still gets regular airplay all over the world and has been covered by the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Die Krupps, The Prodigy and The Who.
Arthur's next band Kingdom Come performed as the main act at the first filmed Glastonbury Festival in 1971 and in 1973 Kingdome Come was the first band to release an album using a Drum Machine.
Artists such as Peter Gabriel, Alice Cooper and Bruce Dickenson site Arthur Brown
as a major influence on them and in this Arthur's fifth decade in music the fire is far from out.
Arthur's most recent album Voices Of Love had major critical acclaim and Arthur received the Classic Rock magazine showman of the year award.
He stole the show with his early afternoon performance at A New Day in 2018 and we are thrilled to welcome him back in 2020.
With their unique brand of progressive rock, Focus manifested themselves at the start of the '70s as the most successful and appreciated of all the Dutch pop-rock exports. Fronted by founding member Thijs Van Leer, and best known for their hits “Hocus Pocus”, “House of The King” and “Sylvia”, as well as critically acclaimed albums 'Moving Waves', 'Focus 3' and 'Hamburger Concerto', the iconic Dutch music masters are back with their tenth album, which is guaranteed to please their legions of fans!
After a comeback in the early 2000's, which resulted in the well-received albums 'Focus 8' and 'Focus 9', the band regrouped with a fantastic new line-up. Along with Thijs van Leer on vocals, flute and keyboards, back on the drums is famed Focus drummer Pierre van der Linden, who joined the group on their second album 'Moving Waves' in 1972. Internationally renowned for his rhythmic skills, Pierre remains a defining factor in the Focus sound. Guitarist Menno Gootjes, who participated in Focus at an earlier stage, and acclaimed bass player Udo Pannekeet, complete the band's current line-up. Recently, Focus's biggest hit "Hocus Pocus" was used in a 4-minute Nike commercial before the World Cup broadcast. Focus music can be regularly heard on Top Gear and Saxondale on TV in the UK.
A new Focus era has arrived! There is a rejuvenated passion amongst the band as celebrates its 50th Anniversary.
Legends and pioneers of World music in the UK from the 70's, back with a bang this year with a brand new, critically acclaimed album and line-up.
Gregg Kofi Brown: lead vocals ,backing vocals, Bass guitar
Robert Bailey: keyboards
Kari Bannerman: lead guitar
Angie Amra Anderson: percussion
Faye Jones: lead vocals, backing vocals
Paul Bilson : trumpet, backing vocals
Shagzy Olusegun: saxophone
Stephen Asamoah Duah
Vambo’s inspiration stems back to the hard rock of the 70s, at the same time they remain contemporary in both songwriting and recording.
Vambo are – Jack Stiles, vocals, a compelling stage presence with an undeniable centre stage magnetism and a powerhouse voice and range to match. Pete Lance, guitar, a captivating performer coupled with outstanding, natural guitar playing skills. Steve Price, drums, a superb technician and the driving force behind the power and the subtleties that are Vambo trademarks. James Scott, bass, an outstanding musician, his fluid and imaginative bass lines underpin every vambo performance adding energy, quality and depth.
Their material is organic, dynamic and overflowing with raw energy and power reflecting the outstanding musicality within the band. Great, original rock music performed by 4 musicians of the highest calibre.
"Pure class" - Classic Rock
"The second coming of rock" - Kerrang
"Infectious melodies" - Planet Rock
THE PARADOX TWIN
Originating in Berkshire and fronted by main songwriter Danny Sorrell, The Paradox Twin are a five-piece progressive rock quartet who released their debut album The Importance of Mr Bedlam in June 2018.
Talking about the concept of the 7-song opus that has tracks ranging anywhere from 6-10 minutes long, Danny explains that he is, “influenced and inspired by conspiracy theories and the idea that humans on Earth are being controlled by extra-terrestrial beings.” The lyrical content of the album can be linked to various alien conspiracy theories and different ideas on the topics of otherworldly seers are gradually unveiled throughout this fine piece of work.
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STEVE HARLEY & COCKNEY REBEL
We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Steve Harley and his band COCKNEY REBEL to A New Day. The remarkable string of classic hits, most notably the constantly played "Come Up A See Me - Make Me Smile", is sure to bring the festival to a memorable climax.
Ripped jeans, cowboy boots, long hair and make-up, Collateral are a band that look and sound like a stadium rock band. When the band started out, they were known as the Angelo Tristan Band, with front man Angelo and bass player Jack forming the nucleus of the band. Since then, almost 5 years ago, they have worked tirelessly to grow the act, the fanbase and the bands profile.
In true rock and roll style, the ride hasn't been easy for this four-piece, but their sheer grit and determination have seen them overcome obstacles and go from strength to strength. The past few years have been no exception, but, with the recent addition of new members Todd Winger (guitar) and Ben Atkinson (drums) and the release in May 2018 of their debut single 'Midnight Queen', this band have really stepped up their game and are now starting to attract the attention they deserve.