Climax BLUES BAND
JACKIE LYNTON BAND
ZAL CLEMINSON's SIN DOGS
Derek William Dick, better known as FISH (born 25 April 1958), is a Scottish singer-songwriter and actor. He achieved prominence as the lead singer and lyricist of the neo-progressive rock band Marillion from 1981 until 1988. In his solo career he has explored contemporary pop and traditional folk and rock.
Music critics have acknowledged Fish for his voice, which has been described as both “distinct” and a “conflation of Roger Daltrey and Peter Gabriel”, while his lyrics have been praised as “poetic prose”. Fish was voted number 37 in the greatest voices in rock by Planet Rock listeners in 2009.
Fish plans to retire from live performance soon, so it goes without saying we are absolutely thrilled that he has chosen to grace A New Day with his presence in 2019 as our Friday headliner.
CURRENT LIVE BAND
Fish – Lead Vocals
Robin Boult – Electric/Acoustic Guitars
Steve Vantsis – Bass Guitars; Keyboards; Backing Vocals
John Beck – Keyboards; Backing Vocals
Gavin Griffiths – Drums
JETHRO TULL’s MARTIN BARRE & BAND with special guests Clive Bunker and Dee Palmer Perform CLASSIC JETHRO TULL Martin Barre, Jethro Tull’s guitarist since 1969, returns for a very special performance of Classic Tull music with the addition of Tull founder member CLIVE BUNKER and long-time Tull arranger and associate DEE PALMER. This is going to be FANTASTIC! Martin was the guitarist with Jethro Tull for 43 years until they disbanded, his sound and playing having been a major factor in their success. Album sales have exceeded 60 million units and they continue to be played worldwide, representing an important part of classic rock history. Martin's guitar playing has earned him a high level of respect and recognition; he was voted 25th best solo ever in the USA and 20th best solo ever in the UK for his playing on 'Aqualung'. His playing on the album Crest of a Knave earned him a Grammy award in 1988. As well as numerous Jethro Tull albums, Martin has worked with many other artists including Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, Gary Moore, Jo Bonamassa and Chris Thompson and has shared a stage with such legends as Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin. Since the demise of Jethro Tull Martin has toured the world with his fantastic band, releasing several critically acclaimed albums along the way.
We didn’t have them in 2018, and you made your feelings known! Sorry…
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 it enters the studio to record Focus 11 and prepares to go out on the road again for a World Tour, in support of the new album, and as it builds up to its 50th Anniversary.
Thijs van Leer - Hammond-organ, flute and vocals
Pierre van der Linden - drums
Udo Pannekeet - bass
Menno Gootjes – guitar
The Climax Blues Band of today carries the same standard of quality as it did when the band formed back in the late 60s and achieved such great success and recognition through the 70s and 80s, huge selling albums like FM / Live and Gold Plated, the 1976 hit single Couldn’t Get It Right (from Gold Plated) and I Love You in 1981, the reputation carrying right through until the tragic death of founder member Colin Cooper in 2008.
Colin’s death could have meant the end of Climax Blues Band but his desire was for the band to continue creating the fine blues blend that the band has been associated with since its formation, and that desire has been accepted with relish by the remaining members of the band. George Glover has been at the keyboards in Climax since 1981, very much part of the nucleus of the band, Lester Hunt on guitar joined in 1986, drummer Roy Adams in 1987 and Neil Simpson on bass in the early 90s. This solid unit has flown the Climax flag with tremendous passion and style. Now there is a spring in their step, taking the band forward and already pleasing crowds throughout Europe, the ‘seamless’ transition in carrying on creating the unique Climax sound is the result of hard work, disguised by a band having a great time making music….
Graham Dee was recruited in 2012 to front the band. With his own distinctive style and a pedigree on the blues scene which included performing with The Blues Collective, The Red Lemons and joining ex-Feelgoods in The Lone Sharks as well as session vocals and voice coaching, at the same time Chris ‘Beebe’ Aldridge took on the saxophone duties with a fresh and exciting dynamic sound, both adding their own dimensions to the musicians that have carried the flag for Climax as a unit for over 15 years, in Les’s case over 25 years, and George for over 30 years.
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. (Special thanks to Fred Baker who deputised when Hugh was ill).
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
Jackie Lynton has been famous more times than most of us have had hot dinners! He has played and recorded with a stellar list of true rock legends: Jimmy Page, Ritchie Blackmore, Screaming Lord Sutch, Big Jim Sullivan, Albert Lee, Rick Parfitt, Dick Taylor and most of Jethro Tull including guitarist Martin Barre and founder members Ian Anderson, Mick Abrahams and Clive Bunker. He started his career as a young ballad singer in the late fifties and early sixties - in the same shiny suited genre as the young Billy Fury - he had chart hits with All Of Me, Teddy Bears Picnic and Somewhere Over The Rainbow.
As the sixties progressed Jack expanded from the ballad style (at which he is still a mean exponent) into the blues and rock style which he really loves best, and he wound up as the front man for The Savoy Brown Blues Band, becoming the cover hero for their legendary LP "Jack The Toad". Jack has always been a bit of a poet, and during the late seventies he struck up a songwriting partnership with Rick Parfitt of Status Quo; the lyrics of many of Status Quo's headbanging hits come from Jack's pen. His next venture into the public eye was as lead singer for Diesel - a band created by the Quo's drummer, John Coghlan. During the nineties Jack became a familiar background figure in "The Queen Vic" as an extra in TV's Eastenders.
He is still writing and recording songs and he still commands an amazing vocal talent for blues and rock'n'roll. His fame and respect among fellow musicians is legendary. Almost anyone you meet on the music scene will have a story about him - usually rude! His association with the music business over the years means he is often called on by the BBC to participate in documentaries about such colleagues as Long John Baldry, Dave "Screaming Lord" Sutch and others. He is a consummate entertainer and - if the audience is right - will pepper his performance with blue jokes. This respect from his peers means that he has always managed to attract an amazing array of talent to his band - you can judge for yourself at A New Day Festival that the current line up of The Jackie Lynton Band is nothing short of excellent.
Kangaroo Moon was formed in Bellingen, Australia. After touring extensively around Oz, they then headed for the UK in '92. Then began the "Summer Hopping" between Blighty and Oz - with tours in the USA and mainland Europe thrown in for good measure.
The band are completely addicted to festivals and love being on the road, playing what they themselves describe as ‘Psycheceltic folk fusion’.
Kangaroo Moon are:
Elliet - violin, trumpet and vocals
Mark - didgeridoo, keyboards, whistles and vocals
David - guitar, bouzouki, mandolin and vocals
Gem, Matt, Myke and Mike - drums and percussion
What a delight it is to welcome old friends Solstice back to the forefront of progressive music.’ - Prog Magazine Soaring violin and guitar weaving around delicately passionate female vocals, underpinned by driving rhythmic complexity - Solstice were an unlikely band to succeed in 1980s Britain.
Yet because of their unique vision, audiences in search of an alternative to the shiny 'product’ of the music industry revelled in the band’s performances at all the major festivals and sell-out tours, on which they made the legendary Marquee club their home.
In spite of this live success, bolstered by BBC sessions and national music press coverage of an unprecedented level for a then-unsigned band, by the close of the 80s the members had dispersed to pursue successful careers in session work, soundtracks and elsewhere, leaving only the independent Silent Dance album to keep the memory alive.
There was a Solstice renaissance in the 90’s, with two studio releases – New Life and Circles – and a live album – The Cropredy Set – on A New Day Records, documenting their return to the big festival stage. This rich musical heritage provided the foundation for the next stage of the band’s development. In a period of unprecedented output for the band a further three albums have been released. 2013 saw the release of their fifth and arguably best studio album, Prophecy. Once again Barry Kitson provided stunning artwork and, to complete the circle, longtime fan and prog lord, Steven Wilson, contributed three superb remixes from the original multi-track tapes of the 1984 debut ‘Silent Dance’.
Playing first with Iron Maiden then Samson before launching his own band, Barry Graham Purkis (AKA Thunderstick) has been a legendary part of the NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) scene since the late 70s.
Now Thunderstick is back – with a brand new album ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’. Thunderstick delighted the audience at A New Day 2018, drawing a huge crowd despite their early Sunday slot, and we are delighted to welcome them back.
Zal Cleminson: Lead Vocals/Guitar
David Cowan: Keyboards/Backing Vocals
Nelson McFarlane: Bass Guitar
Willie McGonagle: Guitar/Backing Vocals
Scott Cowie: Drums
Zal Cleminson, former guitarist with Sensational Alex Harvey Band and Nazareth, returns with his new high octane 5 piece rock band - SIN DOGS!!