A NEW DAY 2023
Iconic British psychedelic pop legends The Zombies have returned to celebrate their long-awaited Induction into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. After receiving their 4th nomination in 5 years, the support for The Zombies’ induction among the public and their peers was undeniable - the band placed 4th in the public online poll with over 330,000 votes, while even fellow nominee John Prine called for their induction before his own in a Billboard interview. On March 29, 2019 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, The Zombies joined Stevie Nicks, Radiohead, The Cure, Def Leppard, Janet Jackson, and Roxy Music as the 2019 Class of The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Fittingly, the Induction Ceremony took place exactly 50 years to-the-day after The Zombies’ classic “Time of the Season” first hit #1 on the charts in America.
Never content to only look back, and despite a busy touring schedule, The Zombies are also in the studio recording the follow-up to their 2015 Billboard-charting album, Still Got That Hunger. Led by founding members, vocalist Colin Blunstone and keyboardist Rod Argent, The Zombies’ 21st-Century line-up features Steve Rodford on drums, renowned session guitarist Tom Toomey, and the newest member, Søren Koch, who joined the band following the untimely passing of their beloved bassist Jim Rodford (formerly of ARGENT and The Kinks) in early 2018.
The band’s live performances, described by Rolling Stone as “absolutely triumphant”, take fans on a journey through time, from their early hits…their 1968 masterpiece Odessey & Oracle…post-Zombies solo favorites…right to today with Still Got That Hunger.
The second U.K. band following the Beatles to score a #1 hit in America, The Zombies infiltrated the airwaves with the sophisticated melodies, breathy vocals, choral back-up harmonies and jazzy keyboard riffs of their 1960’s hit singles “She’s Not There” and “Tell Her No.” Ironically, the group broke-up just prior to achieving their greatest success – the worldwide chart-topping single “Time of the Season,” from their swan-song album Odessey & Oracle, ranked #100 in Rolling Stone’s ‘500 Greatest Albums of All Time'. To this day, generations of new bands have cited The Zombies’ work as pop touchstones, and the band continues to be embraced by new generations of fans.
Following the break-up of the original band, lead vocalist Colin Blunstone went on to develop an acclaimed solo career (with hits including "Say You Don't Mind," "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted", and “Old & Wise” with Alan Parsons Project) and keyboardist/songwriter Rod Argent rocked ‘70’s arenas with his eponymous band ARGENT (“Hold Your Head Up,” “God Gave Rock ‘n’ Roll To You”), but the legend of The Zombies continued to take on a life of its own. By the start of the new Millennium, Blunstone and Argent were inspired to resurrect The Zombies.
The explosive release of Still Got That Hunger proved that Zombies fever is stronger than ever, with premieres at Rolling Stone, Mojo, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian Speakeasy, and Spin, alongside special broadcast performances, including Later…With Jools Holland, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Conan, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, CBS Saturday Morning and AOL Sessions. Moreover, it marked a historical moment on the Billboard charts, as The Zombies’ critically acclaimed album Odessey And Oracle re-entered the Billboard 100 forty-eight years later at the same time as Still Got That Hunger!
The band’s 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction marked a major triumph in their 5-decade career, but you can be sure they will not rest on their laurels. The Zombies story continues on….!
A campfire at the Stonehenge free festival in 1983 witnessed the birth of Ozric Tentacles. It was there that composer and band leader Ed Wynne (guitar & keyboards), and brother Roly Wynne (bass), who were performing in a group known at the time as ‘Bolshem People’, along with drummer Nick 'Tig' Van Gelder (Jamiroquai), stumbled upon keyboardist Joie Hinton. After a session of warming their bones and discussing imaginary breakfast cereals, the group went to perform an impromptu late jam session. Over the course of what became an epic six hour performance, an audience member inquired as to the name of the band. Randomly thinking back to the group’s former conversation, visions of ridiculous mythical mueslis entered Ed’s mind, and consequently he replied; “Ozric Tentacles”.
From that very first jam session, a musical compatibility was evoked that has since been a trademark of the Ozric Tentacles. It's a signature blend of hippy aesthetics and raver electronics with spiraling guitars, textured waves of keyboards, midi, samplers, and super-groovy bass and drum rhythms. The band swiftly claimed their place as a staple of the UK's burgeoning festival scene, and are now credited as one of the influential musical linchpins of the scene's re-emergence.
Following Tom’s departure, Ed found himself forced to fill the sonic gap by focusing more on his own synthesis and keyboard skills. This shift would prove not only to be a comfortable success for Ed, swapping seamlessly between guitar and keyboards, but the ethereal sounds of his Sequential Circuits Pro-One synth, and Roland D-50 keyboard would essentially become a molecular base of Ozrics’ DNA.
Throughout the early 1990's, constant touring of the UK helped the Ozric Tentacles to build a tremendous national fan base on a grass roots level. In 1991 the band’s first and only single was released. “Sploosh!” scored the group a #1 in the indie charts, and spilled the band into the mainstream. Travelers were suddenly trendy and free festivals were attracting tens of thousands of people.
With the band's 1993 release "Jurassic Shift," which debuted at #11 on the British indie chart and climbed into the Top 10 in the National Album Charts, the Ozrics eventually won over the adulation of mainstream press, and found themselves heralded in publications such as NME and Melody Maker. It was, and still is, an astonishing accomplishment for a band with no celebrity status, and no major record label backing. Over the years Ozrics have toured extensively both at home and abroad, performing regularly throughout Europe, Asia, North America, and South America. Ed’s influences are rooted in ethnic scales and the native music of many continents, rather than from any particular artist and this is continually illustrated in the twists and turns of each piece and the varying sounds used in their construction.
Ozric Tentacles returned to their Dovetail label for 1995's Become the Other. Ed Wynne's brother Roly, whose later life was plagued with difficulties, died by suicide in 1999, a tragic development for the Wynne and Ozric families. However, the band forged ahead, closing out the decade with the release of “Waterfall Cities” that year, and during the summer of 2000, the Ozrics resurfaced with “Swirly Termination”.
By 2004's “Spirals in Hyperspace”, Ozric Tentacles were largely guided by sole original member Ed Wynne, who was responsible for guitar, keyboards, and beat programming on the studio effort, which nevertheless included appearances from previous Ozrics contributors but the release in 2006 of “The Floor's Too Far Away” continued the trend of Ed Wynne's domination of the band.
Through 2021 and the early part of 2022, Ed and Silas Wynne toured as Ozric Tentacles Electronic before overseeing the reformation of a full live band to embark on a joint headline UK tour with fellow space rock band GONG in the autumn of 2022.
Steve Hillage & Miquette Giraudy
Psychedelic legends System 7 (Steve Hillage & Miquette Giraudy) draw on their rich musical catalogue that includes many acclaimed dance music remixes and collaborations, and some elements that reach back to their early Gong material. With the added ingredients of Steve’s celebrated psychedelic guitar and Miquette’s unique ambient keyboards they create a powerful and exhilarating set that will move proceedings along with a bang.
“System 7 is a band based around Steve Hillage and Miquette Giraudy.
We released our first System 7 record in August 1990, and since then have released 11 albums and a string of singles with some classic remixes.
We are one of the few techno groups to feature the electric guitar (with the sound often heavily processed), and to have a female synthesiser player.
We have been part of the development of Techno and Ambient music for many years, and our mission is to continue with that process.
Many of our tracks are made with guest collaborators - DJs and members of other groups.
We have developed a live performance approach that is a bit more extreme than our records, with tougher beats and hypnotic live echo loops.
Since 2005 we have also developed our chill out and downtempo sister project Mirror System
We oppose frontiers and rigid divisions, both within the music scene and in the world at large. We feel part of a musical movement of dance-based rhythms and psychedelic ambience that embraces the whole planet, and through our friends and collaborators we seek a network of highly creative people.”
Caravan was formed in Canterbury, England in 1968 by Pye Hastings (guitar/ vocals), Dave Sinclair (keyboards), Richard Sinclair (bass/vocals) and Richard Coughlan (drums).
The four had previously played at various times with a local band, The Wilde Flowers, which also featured Kevin Ayers and future Soft Machine members Robert Wyatt and Hugh Hopper.
Their debut album, entitled ‘Caravan’ was released late in 1968. It was favourably received by the critics and the debut single, Place of My Own was described as having a ‘gripping compulsion’ with ‘scintillating organ work’. John Peel played the album regularly on his radio show ‘Top Gear’.
A second album saw a move from Verve, as they had closed down their rock/pop division and Decca took up the cause. September 1970 was the release date for ‘If I Could Do It All Over Again, I’d Do It All Over You’. At this time relationships within the band were strong. They got on well and they looked on course to succeed as a band.
Still together as a unit, the band recorded ‘In the Land of Grey and Pink’ which was released in September 1971. By now a loyal fan base was developing and they were playing some prestigious gigs, for example in front of 250,000 in Rotterdam. The album was described as ‘virtually faultless’ and the band looked set fair for national and international recognition. At this crucial point, Dave Sinclair decided to leave. As Pye Hastings explained, ‘Dave was developing faster than the rest of us and I think he was getting frustrated at seeing other bands of dubious talent getting greater financial reward. The management must have been beside themselves: the band were getting somewhere, a new album is released and the main player decides he is off.’
In February 1973, another shake up occurred. John Perry, who Pye had previously invited to join the band, signed up on bass and Dave Sinclair agreed to rejoin to make an album and take part in the tour to follow. The album, ‘For Girls That Grow Plump in the Night’ was a return to form, with practically every track written by Pye Hastings. The New Musical Express described the album as, ‘Superior pop music, full of taste, craftsmanship and hard work.’ Melody Maker pitched in, ‘There’s no track that’s less than satisfying. A chart album I hope: the band deserve a break.’
The band then got the chance to try something a little different and recorded an album with the New Symphonia, for which Pye wrote a couple of new tunes. Simon Jeffes of Penguin Cafe Orchestra arranged some of the music, with the bulk of the ‘charts’ arranged by Martyn Ford, with contributions from Don Gould.
With Dave Sinclair firmly re-established in the band, an album was put together. This was originally to have been titled ‘Toys in the Attic’, but they were beaten to it by Aerosmith and had to make do with ‘Cunning Stunts’, which featured Dave Sinclair’s song-writing far more heavily.
Terry King the band’s old manager signed them up to his own Kingdom Records and a tour and album followed: ‘The Album’, which was released in November 1980. With Dave Sinclair in tow and Geoffrey Richardson guesting, they managed a few prestigious dates including a full house at London’s Dominion Theatre.
All went quiet again however and the band went to ground, although a reunion album was released in July 1982 entitled ‘Back to Front’, featuring the original line up augmented on some tracks by Mel Collins on saxophone.
With the band members concentrating on other pursuits, it was inevitable that things would quieten down again and the departure of Richard Sinclair on other musical projects added to this. The discovery of old tapes left over from a recording session in 1977 (with Richard Sinclair on Bass), led to a revival of interest and the release of this material under the title of ‘Cool Water’ in 1994. Pye Hastings and Dave Sinclair had done some live dates with a band called Mirage and were therefore ‘up for it’ at the suggestion by HTD records to record a brand new Caravan album.
‘The Battle of Hastings’ emerged in the Autumn of 1995, with the participation of Pye Hastings, Richard Coughlan, Dave Sinclair, Geoffrey Richardson, plus Jim Leverton on bass- an old friend of Geoffrey’s. This marked a true return to form for Caravan, with the songwriting of Pye Hastings back to its very best and the contribution of Dave Sinclair on keyboards, plus his songwriting ability evident on a cracking song, ‘Travelling Ways’ which ultimately gained radio airplay in Britain as well as turning up in Ireland’s Top 40 as a charity single recorded by a group of High School students. A further Caravan recording was released in April 1996, a remake of early classics entitled ‘All Over You’.
In 2013 to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the legendary album ‘For Girls Who Grow Plump In The Night’, the band went back on the road again for an exclusive UK tour in January and once again played many festivals across Europe.
They continue to tour the world and are still a very exciting live act, and we are proud to welcome them back to A New Day in 2023.
Jacqui McShee's PENTANGLE
GERRY CONWAY - FAIRPORT CONVENTION/JETHRO TULL
ALAN THOMPSON - JOHN MARTYN / RICK WAKEMAN
SPENCER COZENS - RITA COOLIDGE / JOAN ARMATRADING
GARY FOOTE - SMOKEY ROBINSON / JOAN ARMATRADING
Rooted in the ethos of the original Pentangle, the modern incarnation features the best musicians playing the best music.
Known for their brilliantly successful combination of traditional and non-traditional, Pentangle forged a whole new era in folk. Jacqui McShee's Pentangle continues thus and over the decades has further refined the music and performance, constantly amazing and delighting audiences at gigs and festivals.
The original band played such stellar gigs as the Isle-of-Wight festivals (1969 & 1970), Newport Folk Festival, Fillmore East and West, Carnegie Hall and The Royal Festival Hall. Going way beyond traditional folk they created a new music rooted in jazz, folk and blues. It was no surprise that Pentangle were billed alongside greats such as Miles Davis, Hendrix, The Grateful Dead, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Dylan and The Band.
Pentangle founder member Jacqui McShee is the central link right back to the first days of the original band. Subsequent line-ups have always featured her unmistakeable voice and approach with the best contemporary players interpreting the songs and music in ever more diverse ways.
Pentangle is: Jacqui McShee (vocals); Gerry Conway (drums and percussion); Spencer Cozens (keyboards, sequences, backing vocals); Alan Thompson (bass guitar, backing vocals); Gary Foote (saxophones).
Jacqui McShee’s Pentangle is one of the most respected bands on the live music circuit. Four virtuoso instrumentalists fuse folk, jazz, and other influences into a rich and sophisticated sound – the perfect vehicle for Jacqui’s rich smoky voice.
Jacqui McShee first performed professionally during the mid-1960s folk revival. She co-founded the original Pentangle with guitarists John Renbourn, Bert Jansch, bassist Danny Thompson and percussionist Terry Cox (Renbourn and Jansch were already renowned virtuoso players).
Pentangle soon became one of the foremost names in British progressive music. Their eclectic experimentation drew audiences from the rock, jazz and folk scenes with a repertoire which included ballads, blues classics, jazz standards and reworkings of rock and pop material. Pentangle’s third LP, Basket of Light reached number five in the album charts and Light Flight was a hit single. With a few personnel changes, the band worked through the 1970s and 80s.
The current line-up’s genesis was in the mid-1990s: Jacqui McShee formed a new trio with Gerry Conway on percussion and Spencer Cozens on keyboards. Conway had worked with Fotheringay, Cat Stevens, and Richard Thompson.
The trio’s first album was titled About Thyme and among the featured guests were Ralph McTell and John Martyn. About Thyme reached the top of fROOTS magazine’s British chart: the reviewer wrote: “McShee used to sound so fragile you feared she’d break – now she has an earthiness in her voice that gives her performance even more passion.”
With the addition of saxophonist Jerry Underwood and bass guitarist Alan Thompson, the ensemble was renamed Jacqui McShee’s Pentangle. The new band still defied categories, still spanned genres and still drew on an eclectic repertoire. Pentangle’s music continues to be characterised by improvisational virtuosity and a masterful melding of jazz and folk influences. The five-piece’s first studio release, Passe Avante, was soon followed by a live concert album, At The Little Theatre, both on the Park Records label.
Following the death of Jerry Underwood, saxophonist Gary Foote joined Jacqui McShee’s Pentangle in April 2004.
FROM THE JAM
The words legend and icon are sometimes used too frequently these days but not when being used to describe Bruce Foxton. Since the punk explosion during the summer of 1976 when, as a part of The Jam, Bruce Foxton’s thumping bass lines exploded onto London's live music scene. The next year the anthemic “In the city” album and single were released to the record buying public and the shockwaves sent out by the music of The Jam lives on today. He was recently voted by readers of NME as the 7th Most Influential Bass Player, which shows the high regard he is held in by fans, musicians and the music press alike.
In The Jam, Bruce and drummer Rick Buckler were the driving force, power and rhythm section behind singer, guitarist, and songwriter Paul Weller. Bruce's versatility is evident, taking lead vocals on "David Watts" (The Kinks) and writing "News Of The World", which to this day appears as the theme to the BBC’s Mock the Week show and has introduced his work to a new generation of fans. Perhaps Bruce’s most notable work "Smithers-Jones", the story of the city executive who soon finds he has been chewed up & spat out, is just as pertinent today as it was in 1979 when he wrote it for the Setting Sons LP.
After The Jam split in 1982, Foxton pursued a solo career. He had a hit with the single "Freak" and collaborated with other musicians, until he got the call from Stiff Little Fingers' Jake Burns, staying with SLF for fifteen years, recording four albums, namely, Flags and Emblems, Get a Life, Tinderbox, and Guitar and Drum.
Bruce toured with Bruce Watson, Mark Brzezicki (Big Country) and Simon Townshend (The Who) in 2006 as The Casbah Club supporting The Who in
the U.K and Europe promoting their album "Venustraphobia."
In May 2007 From The Jam toured the UK to sold out venues. Since then they have toured the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand as well as some dates in Europe.
Bruce is again friends with Paul Weller which he emphasises is more important than music.
Having said that, Paul asked Bruce to perform on his Wake Up The Nation album and join him on stage at the Royal Albert Hall on 25th May 2010, to a rapturous standing ovation from the audience.
“No one could quite believe what they were seeing, it was history in the making and grown men had tears in their eyes” said one fan.
With From the Jam, Bruce has a hectic touring schedule and is in demand across the world and continues to SELL OUT venues.
Anna Phoebe & Aisling Brouwer
“There is the idea that classical music always connotes a certain image of gracefulness or elegance, but it can be more gritty and raw…”
“When we play, that’s when AVAWAVES becomes alive - it’s like a separate entity which is greater than the sum of its parts …”
AVAWAVES are rooted in cinematic narratives, evoking emotional journeys of the heart and mind. Consisting of prolific violinist Anna Phoebe and pianist/producer Aisling Brouwer, AVA is an entity of turbulent imagination born from the intuition and maverick spirits of two compelling performers. The upshot of this collaboration is the debut album ‘Waves’, released on One Little Independent Records (Björk, Ásgeir, Manu Delago) last summer.
Never conforming to expectations and yet instantly accessible, the music composed by these two creative visionaries is a sonorous consequence of two opposing forces determined to carve their identities into each other’s lives. To watch them interact on stage is a mesmerising experience, distilling the ebb and flow of their musicianship into an addictive and captivating intensity.
Both performers have achieved considerable success in their own right. Anna Phoebe is an accomplished violinist and composer on cross-genre collaborative projects, including poetry, dance, film, TV, art and science. She has played around the world with names as diverse as Roxy Music, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the Royal Ballet School and Jethro Tull. She recently recorded with Jools Holland and will be a guest on his next solo album.
Aisling Brouwer is a composer, producer and pianist who specialises in writing music for visuals, film & TV. Aisling recently scored the anti-racist punk feature film ‘White Riot’ which has been screening in cinemas around the world after winning the Grierson Award for Best Documentary in 2019 as well as the Special Mention Crystal Bear at Berlinale 2020. Other work includes series for BBC, Discovery Channel, Channel 4, as well as campaigns for the United Nations & Dior. AVA is about the fusing of creative energy - with each other, with nature, with dreams and ultimately with each privileged listener encountering their stunningly fresh sound.
Formed in 1972, the original Geordie line-up included: Vic Malcolm (lead guitar), Tom Hill (bass guitar), Brian Gibson (drums) and Brian Johnson (lead vocals). Their first single, "Don't Do That" broke into the Top 40 of the UK chart in December 1972. In March 1973, Geordie released their debut album, Hope You Like It. Trying to compete with such British glamrock outfits as Slade and Sweet (Geordie supported the former on a UK tour, as well as the latter at a concert at the Rainbow Club, London in March 1973), they achieved UK Top 10 status with "All Because of You" (April 1973) and had a UK Top 20 hit with "Can You Do It" (July 1973). They also had several appearances on TV, including 15 appearances on Top Of The Pops, one of which was in November 1972.
After their 1976 album Save the World, frontman Johnson left for a solo project, and later began to perform as Geordie in a new line-up, sometimes also called Geordie II, in which he was the only original member. The band signed a recording contract in 1980, but finally folded that spring when Johnson replaced Bon Scott in AC/DC. After AC/DC's lead singer Bon Scott died in February 1980, AC/DC chose Brian Johnson (whose vocal talent had previously been praised by Scott) to take over lead vocal duties. Johnson first appeared with AC/DC on their 1980 album, Back In Black
In 1982, the original Geordie, but without Johnson, re-grouped as a quintet and went on to record an album titled No Sweat in 1983 with new singer Rob Turnbull and additional guitarist David Stephenson. Critically acclaimed but with no major success, they disbanded for the second time. They re-grouped in the middle of 1980s, but Malcolm left, and they later changed their name to Powerhouse, to release an eponymous album in 1986, before disbanding indefinitely.
At the end of 2001, during an AC/DC hiatus, Johnson had a one-off reunion, for a short UK tour, with Geordie's 1977–80 line-up, performing largely hard rock cover versions. They were known as Geordie II.
In 2018 two of the original founding members, bassist Tom Hill, and drummer Brian Gibson relaunched Geordie with a new line-up that includes Mark Wright on vocals and Steve Dawson on guitar.
2023 and Geordie are back with a bang, and a stonking new album!
FRANCK CARDUCCI & THE FANTASTIC SQUAD
The first album « Oddity » was full of promises for the start of an epic journey but it is on stage where he starts to carve his signature – costumes, make-up, psychedelic atmospheres, humour and sensuality. Yes, you think of Genesis, of Alice Cooper and David Bowie, of Led Zeppelin and Pink-Floyd too. But eventually, you will no longer think of anybody else.
Following the release of the highly anticipated « Torn Apart », featuring special guest Steve Hackett (Genesis), the « Tearing the Tour Apart » hit the road in Europe and Franck reinforced his show as one of the most irresistible in the rock scene. 2017 saw the release of a live DVD/BluRay of the tour, which, after about 100 dates, ended with a standing ovation on stage of the Loreley « Night of the Prog » festival in front of 6000 people.
Carducci, as Master of Ceremonies, leads his Rock ‘n Roll Circus where each of his players embodies a side of his music. Who can explain how a 12 string guitar extra neck would be added to a bass guitar, how a powerful guitar riff would go with a hot belly dance, or a Mellotron solo would end up in a duel with a didgeridoo?
Who can also explain how Achilles, guitar and sword in hand, would kidnap a sensual Alice from her Wonderland?
However, let them pick you up and take you in the palm of their hands – you won’t want to leave until the very last note of the concert. Your senses will not be given a second of rest while these characters take you to a place where dreams are kings, emotions are queens and musical genres are crossed with no borders.
September 2017 was the start of « On The Road to Nowhere » where the band won the « Best Overseas Band » award from UK magazine « Classic-Rock Society ».
After the release of his 3rd opus « The Answer » in November 2019, Franck hit the road again in 2021/2022 with his “Fantastic Squad” for « The Answer Tour » with a highlight supporting Sting in front of 15 000 people.
Immerse yourself into the spectacle and let yourself go as you embark on a journey into a colourful, flamboyant and fun musical universe, which is open and accessible to all.
Rosalie Cunningham’s intriguing career story began at the age of just 12 when she first picked up a guitar with serious intent. “Even before then,” she says, “I was picking out melodies on the piano and writing little songs, but developing a real interest in the guitar was the catalyst to forming my first band at school, Suzie’s Lip, when I reached 13.”
The eldest child of a musician/journalist father and yoga teacher mother, Rosalie grew up with her three siblings in an environment where music was constantly in the air. Fascinated by The Beatles, Slade, Syd-era Pink Floyd, Bowie, Small Faces, Genesis and Black Sabbath, her creativity first reached the wider public in 2007 when she founded her first professional band, the all-female, Gothic-psychedelic outfit Ipso Facto, releasing three singles and a mini album, supporting Magazine and The Last Shadow Puppets on tour, and becoming the new darlings of the UK and European festival circuit.
After Ipso Facto’s split, Cunningham immersed herself in the session world, guesting with numerous bands and artists, and appearing on TV programmes including ‘Later… With Jools Holland’, ‘BBC Electric Proms’ and NBC’s ‘Jay Leno Show’ in the USA, however, the burning urge to cultivate her own music was never far away.
In 2011, wearing her psychedelic influences even more proudly, her next move was to launch the internationally acclaimed band Purson. Purson frequently toured the UK, Europe and North America – with the likes of KISS, Ghost and Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats – and featured regularly on BBC 6 Music. The band also had the honour of winning several major accolades. Hailed as Best New Band and being awarded Best Début Album in Terrorizer magazine’s 2013 readers poll, Purson was shortlisted at Classic Rock’s 2014 Rock Roll Of Honour event in Los Angeles. In 2015, the band won the Vanguard award at the Progressive Music Awards in London.
“My first solo album was a significant step in my maturing as a musician and songwriter” bucolic ambience of ‘Butterflies’ is a Blackbird-esque nod to the artist’s ultimate creative hero, Sir Paul McCartney. Recorded in three different studios, the album’s organic feel was a testament to Cunningham’s ability to work with almost exclusively
analogue equipment, lending a nostalgic warmth to songs like ‘House Of The Glass Red’ and ‘Nobody Hears’, but with a clarity and maturity that marked its contemporary take on the classic.
“It’s been a long journey but as I speak [in late August 2021], we are very close to the finish line with this second album. It will be titled Two Piece Puzzle and its release is planned for February 2022.” What can fans expect from this forthcoming long player? “Being so close to its creation, it’s really difficult for me to explain, other than say that I’m constantly refining my approaches to songs and the way they are voiced on record. Those who know my work may spot some familiar themes but I think the production sounds more focused, intimate and confident this time.“
Ahead of the album, Cunningham is looking forward to returning to the road with a September and October ’21 UK tour featuring Levee on guitars and bassist Alpha Michelle, along with new band members Bo Walsh on drums, and Fi & Dave Dulake from Tuppenny Bunters on keyboards.
Playing first with Iron Maiden then joining and figure heading the band Samson, [a line-up that included a young Bruce Dickinson on vocals] and prior to launching his own band, Thunderstick was, and has always been, a legendary part of the NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) scene since its conception in the late 70s. Thunderstick the band has recently celebrated its 40th Year Anniversary. Embracing the ‘Theatrical Rock’ genre, each show performed endeavours to take its audiences on a journey of escapism and originality wherever they play.
The full Thunderstick band line-up is:
Vocals – Raven Blackwing
Raven started her career as a solo artist working many venues across her native Kent. Enigmatic performances and unforgettable vocals soon attracted enquiries from rock bands nationwide she could’ve landed any number of vocal positions. She was ‘headhunted’ by Thunderstick. Her many stage personas displayed within a Thunderstick show are both mesmerising and hypnotic. She was made for theatrical rock. Once you see her you won’t forget her. The Raven has most definitely landed.
Bass - Rex Thunderbolt
Another familiar face on the Kent music scene, bass-player Rex has been a core part of the reborn Thunderstick band since 2017, playing on the well-received album Something Wicked This Way Comes as well as all the live gigs played when Thunderstick returned to the stage. A consummate performer and awesome presence on stage.
Guitar – Pete Pinto
Pete started playing guitar at the age of seven teaching himself. He has toured worldwide with many bands - a true professional. Playing Rock guitar has always been his first love...Appearing on ‘Guitar Star’ on Sky Arts, getting down to the last 20 players from 600 entrants… ! Now playing lead guitar for Thunderstick he is once more rocking stages.
Guitar – Dave Butters Dave (DI) Butters
A Rock’n’Roll Guitar ‘Gunslinger’ from the age of five. Thunderstick is the first twin guitar line-up that Dave has played in and has totally immersed himself in the specific technique it requires for a two guitar assault. A true lover of theatrics within rock Thunderstick is a perfect home for his talent.
Drums - Barry Graham Purkis aka Thunderstick
Barry Graham Purkis’s alter ego Thunderstick became the icon of the NWOBHM scene in the 1980s. Playing with both Iron Maiden and Samson until forming his eponymously named band. A songwriter, lyricist, arranger and producer in his own right he has led Thunderstick the band over four decades. The first performer to experiment with the anonymity of ‘Mask Rock’ now inhabited by many others such as Slipknot & Ghost. He is a true original.
Lindisfarne emerged from Tyneside in the 1970s and quickly carved out a unique place for themselves as one of British rock’s most original bands. Their pioneering sound, combining acoustic instruments like mandolin and fiddle with their electric blues roots, proved the perfect medium to deliver the catchy, memorable songs provided by the band’s resident writers Alan Hull and Rod Clements. Their first hit, the Clements-penned Meet Me On The Corner, paved the way for their classic Fog On The Tyne to become the UK’s top-selling album of 1972.
LINDISFARNE’s unforgettable songs, powerful live performances and unpretentious style ledto worldwide success and an enviable reputation as festival favourites, and the annual Christmas concerts they presented in their native Newcastle became the stuff of legend.
The original band finally called it a day in 2003, but now LINDISFARNE are back with a classic six-piece line up of long-time members fronted by original founder-member Rod Clements (vocals, mandolin, fiddle, slide guitar) and Alan Hull’s son--law Dave Hull-Denholm (vocals, guitars). With a repertoire of much-loved songs like Meet Me On The Corner, Fog On The Tyne, Lady Eleanor and Run For Home and a reputation for live performance second to none, LINDISFARNE’s power to galvanise festival and concert audiences remains undimmed and is guaranteed to get the crowd on its feet and singing along.
Slim Chance is a tight band of good friends, which has evolved around three original members of Ronnies Lane’s band - Steve Bingham, Charlie Hart and Steve Simpson. They are now regularly joined by Brendan O'Neill, Billy Nicholls, and Geraint Watkins, and together they deliver a unique and entertaining show, both joyous and of a high musical calibre.
The Slim Chance extended family consists of a host of wonderful musicians whose contributions will always be greatly appreciated: Jim Cregan, Colin Davey, Alun Davies, Des Horsfall, Malcolm Hoskins, John Lingwood, Frank Mead, Nick Pentelow, Jim Russell, James Walbourne and Graham Walker.
Ronnie always jokingly claimed that he found the musicians for Slim Chance in the pages of Exchange and Mart. In 2010 Charlie Hart and Steve Simpson trawled the streets of South London and miraculously found three more ex-Slim Chancers who were all keen to sign up again to the quest for Ronnie's musical holy grail. By gigging round the country the line-up has gelled into a fine band and become a powerful entity in its own right.
The aim is to create a show which celebrates the range of Ronnie's later music: to take this show to people in village halls and clubs, festivals and theatres at home and abroad; and eventually, joined by numerous friends, to resurrect the Passing Show itself.
The Line Up
STEVE SIMPSON vocals, guitar, mandolin and fiddle, has worked with Frankie Miller, Eric Bibb, Roger Chapman, and played on Ronnie Lane's Slim Chance, One for the Road and See Me.
CHARLIE HART vocals, fiddle, accordion and keys, has played with Pete Brown, Ian Dury, Eric Clapton and worked on Ronnie Lane's Slim Chance, One for the Road, Rough Mix, See Me, Rockpalast.
STEVE BINGHAM vocals and bass, played with Geno Washington, the Foundations, Colin Blunstone, worked on Anymore for Anymore, played bass on The Poacher and toured with the Passing Show.
GERAINT WATKINS vocals and keys has played with Carl Perkins, Nick Lowe, Van Morrison, released his own albums and joined Slim Chance for the 2004 Ronnie Lane Albert Hall concert.
BRENDAN O'NEILL, drums, has worked with Rory Gallagher, Nine Below Zero, Glen Tillbrook to mention a few. Brendan knew Steve Mariott and is highly respected for his all round musicianship.
BILLY NICHOLLS, vocals, mandolin and acoustic guitar, knew Ronnie well as he and the Small Faces played on each other's records back in the Sixties. Since that time Billy has been a prolific and successful songwriter and singer and has also worked extensively with The Who.
NINE BELOW ZERO
Since their formation in 1977 NINE BELOW ZERO have developed a reputation as one of the best blues bands in the country. Their high energy live act was already well established by the time they signed to A&M RECORDS in 1980 and was forever captured on their classic live album 1980’s LIVE AT THE MARQUEE. Legendary producer GLYN JOHNS subsequently worked with the band on 1981’s DON’T POINT YOUR FINGER and they became a familiar sight on seminal TV shows like THE OLD GREY WHISTLE TEST, THE SOUTH BANK SHOW and memorably performed ‘’11+11’’ on the very first episode of anarchic comedy hit THE YOUNG ONES. High profile tours with THE WHO and The KINKS followed and although their musicianship was reaching new heights 1982’s THIRD DEGREE was the last album released by the classic line-up. During this hiatus Dennis formed the soul/pop outfit THE TRUTH producing two Top 20 singles in the UK and a Top 5 R&B hit in the US whilst Mark Feltham went on to become one of the most sought after harmonica players in the session world. The band made a triumphant return in 1990 to celebrate their 10th anniversary with an all new rhythm section consisting of BRENDAN O’NEILL (Drums) and GERRY MCAVOY (Bass) from RORY GALLAGHER’s band.
We are delighted to welcome Nine Below Zero back to A New Day, with the 4 piece line-up of Dennis Greaves, Mark Feltham, Sonny Greaves and Ben Willis.
EDDIE & THE HOT RODS
EDDIE & THE HOT RODS
One of the most highly influential and recognisable names from the English Rock scene, Eddie & The Hot Rods have enjoyed a career that has now spanned nearly 40 years.
Although often categorised as one of the founding fathers of the punk era, they were simply interested in playing loud, fast, in your face Rock ‘n’ Roll rather than bad mouthing the Queen or fermenting anarchy. The energy and attitude certainly endeared them to the punks, but the hard and fast style that made Eddie & The Hot Rods one of the most exciting bands of the era has never really dated or gone out of style.
Eddie & The Hot Rods were included in the Mojo Top 100 of most influential bands and they are often cited as an inspiration for many upcoming new bands.
Unfortunately, in October 2019 came the awful news that founder member Barrie Masters had passed away at the age of only 63 after a legendary career at the sharp end of the band. Decisions about the Band's future were soon overtaken by the arrival of the global Covid-19 pandemic, which effectively halted all live music activity for the next 18 months.
Thanks to the enduring appeal of the music, support from their fans and a never failing desire to get out there and make some noise, the band have decided to continue with a limited touring schedule and always, with the utmost respect for Barrie's memory.
Now fronted on Vocals by Ian 'Dipster' Dean with Simon Bowley on Drums and Richard Holgarth on Guitar, this line up has been the core of The Hot Rods for the last 20 years. Joined by Bassist Mic Stoner, ex Chords) they continue to serve up a high energy mix of those classic Eddie & The Hot Rods songs including “Teenage Depression”, “Quit This Town”, “Life On The Line”, “Gloria” and the Top Ten UK “Do Anything You Wanna Do”, alongside newer songs taken from their last two studio albums, including “Better Without You”, “Bad Time Again” and “Why Should I Care”.
Recently, Eddie & The Hot Rods have been seen out and about on tour with Stiff Little Fingers (2019) and previously with Status Quo on their 2012 arena tour. They're also often found sharing the stage with old friends like Nine Below Zero, Dr Feelgood, Dept S, The Members and From The Jam. As well as regular trips to Europe and Japan they completed their fifth USA tour a couple of years back.
Whether it’s in an Arena, Theatre, Club or Festival, Eddie & The Hot Rods always deliver a blisteringly energetic blast of proper Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Gypsy Pistoleros are a thrill-a-minute collection of melodic eye-patch swagger that smells of exotic spices and forbidden concubines. The Gypsy Pistoleros sound like Hanoi Rocks, if Hanoi Rocks were sultans and snakecharmers- Sleazegrinder - Classic Rock Magazine
"This, actually, is as good as sleaze ever got in the last decade. Gypsy Pistoleros were, and still are, a breath of fresh air. You will never hear another band like this. They are the greatest flamenco sleaze glam band ever. And that’s just a fact. If you don’t believe me, listen to this." Paul Thorley Maximum volume music
GYPSY PISTOLEROS are "The World's Greatest Flamenco Sleaze Glam Rock 'N' Roll band Ever!" ! Combining their truly unique mix of flamenco rumba which gleefully collides with old school punk and rock 'n' roll riffs!!
Gypsy Pistoleros are still something truly unique and interesting in today’s predictable musical landscape. A sound and style that mixed sleazy glam rock with flamenco influences and a shout out to Mexican folklore and Spanish tendencies.
The sound is flamenco in a head on collision with punk/rock riffs, pounding bass and thrashing drums. The songs span madly in the best rock 'n' roll tradition with big hooks, attitude, and sleaze. Yet those flamenco breaks got into your head and refused to leave - this hybrid rocks.
This mongrel offspring of fiery flamenco passion and gritty gutter glam, the Gypsy Pistoleros' were born roamin' somewhere between Barcelona and Birmingham, brought into the world to a soundtrack stack-heeled anthems of sleazy ‘70s America. Standing alone in musical ancestry and sum sound, they were one one of those most rare acts who can honestly claim the tag 'unique'.
The insane inspiration came from frontman and songwriter Gypsy Lee Pistolero who began wielding this unique sound whilst living in Zaragoza (Spain) whilst supporting The Ramones in 1993.
The Gypsy Pistoleros have always had a reputation for danger and played five Rocklahoma festivals 2007-11, in Oklahoma, USA , where they appeared alongside Motley Crue, Guns n Roses, Poison, ZZ top, Twisted sister, Faster Pussycat, Vain, Papa Roach, Whitesnake, Skid Row, Black Label Society. Normally closing each night!
They have toured extensively, playing with the likes of L.A. Guns, Faster Pussycat, Adler’s Appetite, UFO, Motorhead, Ratt, Dogs D'amour, Dirty Penny, Bang tango, Wrathchild, Vains Of Jenna, Twisted Sister, Poison, Vince Neil, Bang Tango, Skid Row, Slaughter, Faster Pussycat, Dokken and ZZ Top.,
Troy Redfern combines the rawness of Hound Dog Taylor, the free-form approach of Sonny Sharrock, the firebrand playing of Johnny Winter and the technique of Dave Hole, mixed with the ghost of Elmore James.
He's a passionate, intense, free spirited indie blues artist whose ferocious slide guitar style twists and turns timeless themes and ideas to his own ends. In the studio, the multi instrumental slide guitarist and producer is a one man band who painstakingly pays attention to the minutiae of his tone, the imaginary arrangements and noir filled lyrics. As a band leader he's trusting enough to know that wherever his spontaneity takes him he has a locked in rhythm section that will push him to the limit while also giving him a safety net. Back in the studio, he does it all himself, and it's hard to grasp his unrelenting energy.
He's a musical visionary unafraid to trample on the boundaries of restricting labels. His talent spans ferocious slide playing, thoughtful production, passionate vocals and an approach to contemporary indie blues that references delta blues roots, while turning familiar emotions, themes and riffs from a bygone era into a broad based contemporary musical template.
Troy ushers us into a restless, musical journey that spans big musical vistas. He's a guitarist for whom tone, feel and grooves are his working tools and while his songs range from a whisper to a scream, he performs a balancing act between pure spontaneity and deep grooves.
His music is physical, engaging and emotive and worthy of hip references like indie blues, except it's backed up by real substance and stretched to the limit by virtuoso solos. When you listen to Troy Redfern you're buying into a new world vision where his high energy approach uncompromisingly hits you in the guts before making a cerebral connection.
Pete Feenstra - Blues Matters Magazine
THE ZAC SCHULZE GANG
Formed in Gillingham in 2021, The Zac Schulze Gang have been storming the south-east scene with a mixture of up-tempo blues, rock and pop originals and covers ranging from the 50s to present. Drawing influence from artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Beatles, The Who, Dr. Feelgood, Rory Gallagher, Eagles, 10cc and many more.
MYTHRA are one of the original New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) bands. They formed in the second half of the 1970s and recorded their legendary 'Death & Destiny EP' in 1979. Based in the North East of England, MYTHRA has been cited as an early influence by Lars Ulrich of Metallica and they are still very much active on the current international Metal Underground scene.
MYTHRA are a strong and energetic live act and contain three original members from their early days. The line up is: John Roach (guitar), Alex Perry (guitar), Maurice Bates (bass), powerhouse drummer Phil Davies joined in 2015 and Kev Mcquire took over vocal duties in 2019.
Since their successful reunion show at the Brofest UK festival in February 2015, which attracted fans from across the world, MYTHRA have released three albums and played a number of high profile European Festivals. These include: 'Keep It True' XIX in Germany, 'HRH NWOBHM' in the UK, 'Metalcova' in Spain, Brofest in the UK (again) 'Up The Hammers' in Greece, 'Heavy Metal Maniacs' in the Netherlands, South Trooper in France and in October 2017 they made their triumphant first appearance in the United States at California's 'Frost & Fire III' Festival.
MYTHRA released their last studio album 'STILL BURNING' to great acclaim in April 2017 on High Roller Records. Recorded in the autumn of 2016 and produced by Bart Gabriel (Crystal Viper, Cirith Ungol), it has all the power expected of NWOBHM plus a very contemporary sound and feel. The new songs are going down a storm at live shows alongside classic tracks including: 'Killer', 'UFO', 'Overlord' and 'Death & Destiny'.
MYTHRA were sensational at A New Day 2021, and we are delighted to welcome them back, with a brand new album to celebrate.
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 available at Magick Eye Records.
In March,2020 the band went down to Propagation House, Devon to record ten new tracks for their latest album. ‘Through Space and Time’ was produced by the legendary Swordfish of Astralasia and features ten new tracks available from our Store page at www.flutatious.co.uk/store/. Flutatious are hoping to be back on the road soon, debuting their new music for your pleasure!
The band would like to thank everyone who has danced and contributed to such an amazing twelve years. It has been said that ‘Flutatious will have you dancing like a paper bag in a wind tunnel…’
PHIL CAMPBELL & THE BASTARD SONS
Formed in 2016 by long-time Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell, with his three sons, Tyla, Dane and Todd, with new vocalist Joel Peters joining last year. The spirit of Motorhead lives on with this mighty band from Wales, and they are guaranteed to kick up a storm this year at A New Day..
GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA
ABOUT THE GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA
MEET OUR PERFORMERS
Through an arrangement with Glenn Miller Productions in New York, veteran band-leader Ray McVay has put together an orchestra we feel the maestro would be proud of were he here to see it.
The exact stage line-up devised by Glenn had been maintained, consisting of the leader, five saxophones, four trumpets, four trombones and three rhythm plus a male and female vocalist. The singers perform both individually and as part of The Moonlight Serenaders vocal group. The Uptown Hall Gang – an outstanding Dixieland group drawn from members of the orchestra is also featured.
The Band's library comprises of more than 200 scores, many of them from the original library, which includes the great arrangements from both the civilian and Army/Air Force orchestras. The library features contributions from the world's greatest arrangers including Jerry Gray, Billy May and Bill Finegan.
Back in the big band era of the 1940's, any dance band worth its salt had a distinctive signature tune. The theme of the Glenn Miller Orchestra was and remains, Moonlight Serenade. Interestingly though, Glenn Miller originally wrote the music of the song as an exercise for a music arranging course. He composed it long before he had organised his orchestra and today Moonlight Serenade is considered a standard in the field of popular music. Its popularity as an instrumental continues undiminished.
From the Czech Republic
The band Cuprum formed in 2007. Its sound is deeply rooted in the 70ies progressive-rock, but mingled in it are alternative guitar tunings of the folk-rock acoustic guitar, blues guitar and art-rock flute reminiscent of Jethro Tull and Traffic, the arch-instrument of psychedelic rock, the Hammond organ, and the thundering sound of toms the likes of which were typical for the whole generation of drummers like Keith Moon, Ginger Baker and Barrymore Barlow. Among the main influences are Iron Butterfly, Jethro Tull and Caravan – and of course the Czech legend „Kuře v Hodinkách“. Yet Cuprum is never a parody and never a pretentious imitation: their time may be decades after the style flourished but their place is beside, not behind, the bands of the early 70ties – a fresh and green shoot of a now mostly withered tree. Cuprum produce their own material: songs with lyrics moody and haunting, or bawdy and tongue-in-the-cheek, and lush and dramatic instrumentals that allow the members to release their musical demons with abandon.
THE IDES OF SEDITION
The Ides of Sedition are a band of thoroughbred pedigrees when it comes to original British Punk Rock.
With a performance of early Chelsea & Heartbreakers songs, played by a line up that was there from the beginning.
Chris Bashford and Geoff Myles: ex-Chelsea original members have joined forces with guitarist Matt Kellett: ex-Johnny Thunders and The Fallen Angels, and Drummer Chris Bell: ex-Hugh Cornwall Band, Gene Loves Jezebel and Spear of Destiny.
They perform a set that explodes with a purity and energy that is as important now as it ever was.
An trio of outstandingly talented singer/songwriters from Banbury. Occasionally teamed with John Carter as The Chocolatiers... maybe a guest appearance at A New Day is on the cards??
That lil' old band from Essex
ZZ TOPPD HIT THE ROAD IN 2023 CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF ‘ELIMINATOR’
After a very successful year in 2022, ZZ TOPPD are back in 2023 on the U.K wide ‘Eliminatour’.
With 2023 being the 40th anniversary of the bands classic ‘Eliminator’ album, we will be performing the album in its entirety along with a set of the bands greatest hits.
Reverend Billy T: Guitar/Vocals
Dusty Chill: Bass/Vocals
Frank Bored: Drums
A Tribute To CAMEL
Skylines is an exciting new band playing the music of the legendary progressive rock band, Camel.
The 2023 shows will feature excerpts from Camel’s classic The Snow Goose, a forty minute piece based on the famous book by Paul Gallico.
The Snow Goose is Camel’s best known and loved album, an eclectic mixture of rock, jazz rock, and classical, it shifts through many different moods; from soaring guitar solos and thundering drum fills to atmospheric keyboards and reflective pastoral passages, it has rightly earned its place at the very top of progressive rock’s pantheon of all-time greats.
Skylines’ set will also feature top tracks from Camel’s classic albums such as Breathless, Rain Dances and many more.