7/16/15

On September 18, 2015, Frontiers Music SRL will release ALL OUR YESTERDAYS, the tenth studio album from Blackmore’s Night.

On September 18, 2015, Frontiers Music SRL will release ALL OUR YESTERDAYS, the tenth studio album from Blackmore’s Night, the world’s number one Renaissance act and one of the most popular folk-rock bands in the world.

ALL OUR YESTERDAYS will be released in the United States on a variety of formats: CD, CD/DVD and Digital versions on September 18 and in LP and Box Set configurations on October 16. Please note these are U.S. release dates.

Pre-orders for the CD, CD/DVD and Digital versions are available on Amazon.com here: radi.al/BlackmoresNightAmazon and the Digital version on iTunes/Apple Music here: radi.al/BlackmoresNightiTunes.

DETAILS:
* CD/DVD Deluxe edition includes the full album plus a DVD with music videos for "All Our Yesterdays” and “Will O’ The Wisp,” plus an extensive interview with Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night on the making of the new album.
* 2LP vinyl edition with a gatefold sleeve.
* Box Set Limited Collector’s edition includes CD/DVD deluxe edition, 2LP, tshirt (L size ONLY), poster, lithograph.

Blackmore’s Night vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Candice Night says, “There’s a theme to ALL OUR YESTERDAYS’ chosen songs that focuses on the attitude of living in the present, and looking toward the future, because we are, indeed, enriched by our past. My main theme and inspiration has always been nature and folklore from around the world.”

Candice Night and Ritchie Blackmore’s lives and creative journeys have taken them through different characters and songs from a variety of times in history. That is part of the attitude in the song "Where Are We Going from Here,” about a traveling minstrel’s journey through life and age.

The title track (and also the first single and video), “All Our Yesterdays” echoes the sounds of Candice’s Russian roots, while a new song written by Germany’s George Hesse is an old-style, fiddle-driven instrumental with the Welsh title “Allan yn y Fan” (meaning “Out There”). Ritchie’s heritage includes family from Wales.

The album also includes stunning instrumentals: the acoustic guitar piece, “Queen’s Lament” and the dramatic “The Darker Shade of Black” that spotlights violin and guitar.

Elsewhere on the recording, “Earth Wind and Sky” is a delicate ode to nature. “The Other Side,” a latter-day folk dance joins two jigs that Candice sings: “Coming Home” and the supernatural-themed, “Will o’ the Wisp.”

ALL OUR YESTERDAYS gets further inspiration from Candace and Ritchie’s home town, where they take part in community folk nights during which the neighbors share guitars and songs, and sing melodies that have come from a variety of times in their own history. That’s how they fell in love with songs of various radio formats of years gone by. The album includes the Linda Ronstadt hit “Long Long Time” (penned by Gary White); the Mike Oldfield song, “Moonlight Shadow;” and an inspiring Maypole Dance treatment of Sonny & Cher’s “I Got You Babe.”

Blackmore’s Night is a true musical and spiritual collaboration between vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Candice Night and her husband, legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. The two met in 1989 when Deep Purple challenged Candice’s then radio station to a charity soccer match. In 1993 she sang on Rainbow’s DIFFICULT TO CURE tour. They co-wrote four songs for Rainbow’s STRANGER IN US ALL and in 1997 they formed Blackmore’s Night; they continue to play Faire Festivals all over the world.

BLACKMORE’S NIGHT, The Band:
Ritchie Blackmore - electric/acoustic guitars, mandola, hurdy gurdy, nickelharpe
Candice Night - vocals, chanter, cornamuse, shawms, rauschpfeife
Bard David of Larchmont- keyboards
Earl Grey of Chimay- Bass and rhythm guitar
Lady Lynn - harmony vocals, shawm, flute, recorder
Troubadour of Aberdeen on drums

EUROPEAN TOUR DATES:
July 3: Theater am Marientor, Duisburg, Germany
July 5 : Festhalle, Zweibrücken, Germany
July 8: L’Olympia, Paris, France
July 11: Rhein-Main Theater, Niedernhausen, Germany
July 14: Pivovarská zahrada, Český Krumlov, Czech Republic
July 16: Schloss Eyrichshof, Ebern, Germany
July 18: Thiepval Areal, Tübingen, Germany
July 25: Neue Weimarhalle, Weimar, Germany
July 27: Prinzregenttheater, München, Germany

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For additional information please visit:
www.frontiers.it
www.blackmoresnight.com
www.candicenight.com
www.facebook.com/candicenightofficial
twitter.com/TruCandiceNight
Please visit Blackmore's-Night-Official-Site on Facebook:
www.facebook.com/blackmoresnightofficial

7/14/15

The Family Stone Release New Summer Song, “Do Yo Dance” at World Famous Glastonbury Festival June 27th

At West Holts Stage (a main stage) at Glastonbury 60,000 fans were in a funky grove listening to The Family Stone that included such classics as “I Want to Take You Higher,” “Everyday People,” “Dance to The Music,” “Family Affair,” and finale “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin).” Then The Family Stone climbed aboard the Mothership with George Clinton, and supported him on his hits like “One Nation Under A Groove,” a moment France’s website Funk U described as “unprecedented.”

Praise for The Family Stone’s funky two hours at Glastonbury came from the media: THE TELEGRAPH’S Bernadette McNulty writes, “The Family Stone…sound fantastic.” NME praised the group for “getting the crowd dancing to hits including ‘Everyday People’ and ‘Dance To The Music’.” A fan tweeted, “The ‘auld’ dudes are dishing up a masterclass!“

The Family Stone play a few more European festivals: Including The Glasgow Jazz Festival, Worthing Pier, and France’s renown Jazz a’ Vienne. Then the group jets to LAX for Independence Day celebrations: July 3 at Spotlight 29 Showroom in Coachella, and the 4th in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

The tour continues as The Family Stone headlines Hippiefest 2015 from July 9 in Tucson, AZ through October 4 in Waukegan, IL.

Other acts on the Hippiefest 2015 tour are: Rick Derringer, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, Badfinger w/ Joey Molland. Some dates will include Felix Cavaliere’s New Rascals, the Lovin’ Spoonful, and Rare Earth’s Peter Rivera.

In addition to taking credit as the first-inter-racial band, with male and female instrumentalists in Rock & Roll history, The Family Stone features a new lead singer—Phunne (pronounced “Fun”), daughter of trumpet player Cynthia Robinson and Sly Stone (founder of Sly and The Family Stone).

Cynthia, along with other founding members saxophonist Jerry Martini and drummer Greg Errico are leading the energetic group that has received major acclaim in rock music history. The group was inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993., were 2001 R&B Pioneer Award Winners, and inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2007.

The Family Stone’s other members are keyboardist Alex Davis, guitarist Nate Wingfield and bassist/musical director Blaise Sison.

In addition to playing Woodstock in 1969 and being one of the biggest bands in America in the late ‘60s through the ‘mid-‘70s, Sly and the Family Stone pioneered topical and social issues in the 1960s when segregation filled the United States with angst, violence, and headlines. Sly and the Family Stone sang against racism, discrimination and self-hate.

Here are the confirmed dates for the 2015 Hippiefest Tour:
7/9 -- Tucson, AZ, Fox Tucson Theatre
7/10 -- Ferndale, WA, Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa
7/11 -- Kansas City, MO, Crossroads KC at Grinders
7/12 -- San Antonio, TX, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
8/8 -- Morton, MN, Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel
8/13 -- Jacksonville, FL, The Florida Theatre
8/14 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
8/15 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
8/16 -- Orlando, FL, The Plaza Live Theatre
8/20 -- Cohasset, MA, South Shore Music Circus
8/21 -- Hyannis, MA, Cape Cod Melody Tent
8/22 -- Westbury, NY, NYCB Theatre at Westbury
8/23 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
10/2 -- Tarrytown, NY, Tarrytown Music Hall
10/3 -- Joliet, IL, Rialto Square Theatre
10/4 -- Waukegan, IL, Genesee Theatre



6/10/15

J Geils' Magic Dick & Shun Ng Playing New York City's Iridium June 17


Magic Dick (J. Geils Band) and Shun Ng will be playing the Iridium on June 17 at 8:30 pm.
The Iridium is at 1650 Broadway at 51st Street.
Admission is $25.
The venue phone is (212) 582-2121
The website is www.theiridium.com.

Magic Dick,the legendary harmonica player for Boston's legendary J. Geils Band, recently partnered up with guitar and vocal sensation, Shun Ng to create a dynamic, soulful blues duo.  Using acoustic guitar and blues harp (harmonica), the two have created a captivating and thoughtful sound.

Since 1969, Magic Dick has toured the world playing and blowing away clubs and stadiums with the J. Geils Band. He explains the formation of the duo:  "From the moment I first heard Shun Ng's CD FUNKY THUMB STUFF, I knew that a manifest musical collaboration was about to happen. Shun's sound simply made me feel very alive and induced in me a synchronous alignment of musical DNA as if it was his intention as well as mine all along! I helped it along by asking his manager, Ralph Jaccodine to introduce us at his office. A long and enlightening conversation happened on that day of our first meeting and now we are a duo and I couldn't be more delighted."

Shun Ng was born in Chicago, raised in Singapore, and is now based out of Boston. At 24 years old, he is already an international star, a soulful, world-class guitarist, vocalist, and electric performer who in a short period of time, has caught the attention of the top players in the music world including Quincy Jones, who said: "When you see Shun Ng, you won't believe your eyes nor your ears - he belies all stereotypes, all premonitions. I was simply blown away by both his soul and his science - his creativity and his uniqueness is astounding."

Downloadable Flyer of Shun Ng and
Magic Dick's show June 17 in New York City
"In this collaboration with Magic Dick," Shun says, "we wanted to make music in a way that no one had quite done before while remaining grounded in our roots. Magic Dick brings a powerhouse attack with ferocious precision and a killer groove to this duo. I have great respect for him, he has seemingly done it all, but is still constantly trying to push the boundaries of music and chase the best in himself, a true artist. To be working with a true Boston legend is a real privilege."


5/28/15

Former KISS Guitarist Bruce Kulick Releases NEW Album and Single

Bruce available for interviews on new recording 

The Cover for the Single, GOT TO GET BACK by KKB
KKB, Bruce Kulick's first band created back in 1974 with his local friends, singer/bassist Mike Katz and drummer Guy Bois, are releasing a brand new single and CD called “Got To Get Back.” The new single leads off the CD, which continues with 6 more songs they recorded in 1974. The vintage tracks were revisited for 2015, and the original tapes were totally remixed and remastered
Kulick was fortunate growing up in Jackson Heights, NY to find other talented local musicians who shared the same passion for the British Invasion of rock. They lived within blocks of each other, with drummer Guy's basement being the breeding ground for the musical concoction they were creating. The young band rehearsed for months before entering a studio in NYC capturing music that was urgent, intense and compelling. Sadly, with no clear direction for the group to follow the band never played together live, and ultimately went their separate ways. Bruce continued on in the music world, playing guitar with Michael Bolton, Meatloaf, KISS, and Grand Funk Railroad.  
The music KKB recorded in 1974, however, sat idle on a tape in Kulick's closet for many years. In 2008, Bruce bought a TEAC tape deck at a local garage sale and decided to listen to the KKB recording again. He loved it, and shared it with his friends, who all agreed: "You must release this music for people to hear." The vintage tape was transferred and, after some cleaning up of the tracks, KKB 1974 was released in 2008. The limited-run CD sold out quickly.  
An unexpected new chapter for KKB happened in 2013, when Mike found the original session tapes. By using the actual tracks recorded, Kulick had the opportunity to remix, remaster and get creative with this music once again. But the discovery sparked something substantially more interesting than simply polishing up “old” music—the desire for Bruce and Mike to create a new song for KKB, 40 years after its genesis. 
As a result of KKB’s rekindled fire, the trio wrote and recorded a new song, “Got To Get Back," a total throwback to their vintage sound, style and vibe. Each band member recorded their parts in a local studio—Guy in Paris, Mike in New York City, and Bruce in LA. Further adding to KKB’s renaissance, a string quartet, scored by Bruce’s longtime collaborator Jeremy Rubolino, was added to the ballad "Someday," giving the song a shine that couldn't have been imagined in 1974. 
"This music represents a time in my career that I feel helped define the potential of my guitar playing," Kulick says. "It gives me chills to hear it. The interplay with Mike on bass and Guy on drums was expertly executed, filled with passion that defined our age. To think that so long ago I was involved in something this powerful that sat in my closet unheard for nearly 35 years made me furious. My intense desire to share this music that is relevant now, more than ever, is a huge accomplishment. Play it loud and imagine three young men pouring their hearts out making music, never concerned about anything but the music. That was the intention. It was pure, it was real. And now it's available for all to enjoy."   
The record studio in Jackson Heights, Queens used by KKB in 1974.
KKB's music is in the power rock/progressive/melodic rock genre, and Got To Get Back captures styles of a variety of
British bands including Led Zeppelin, Cream, and King Crimson, with arrangements performed in a hard rock trio context. Give it a listen, and see if you agree that this time capsule of music from Kulick's beginnings is totally unique and captivating to your ears.

Songs on the album:
1) GOT TO GET BACK
2) I'LL NEVER TAKE YOU BACK
3) MY BABY
4) SOMEDAY
5) TRYING TO FIND A WAY
6) YOU WON'T BE THERE
7)YOU'VE GOT A HOLD ON ME


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KKB album webpage: www.kulick.net/kkb/

5/10/15

Sonic Voyage Fest Announces Local Opener Mavara in Newmarket, NH on May 24



Fest Bands—Circuline, Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius, and Shadow Eden Look Forward To International Influence Of Mavara 

New Hampshire’s Mavara will be joining Circuline, Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius, and Shadow Eden as opener at the Sonic Voyage Prog Fest at the Stone Church on the 24th of May.
Sonic Voyage Fest runs from 6:30 pm through midnight.
There will also be a series of two afternoon master classes on songwriting and on improvisation for $10. total admission.  
The Stone Church is at 5 Granite Street in Newmarket, NH.
Admission to the Fest is 9.99 in advance at $12 at the door.
The venue phone is 603-659-7700.
The website is www.stonechurchrocks.com.

Mavara is opening the Sonic Voyage Fest at the Stone Church,
Newmarket, NH on Sunday, May 24.
Now based in New Hampshire, Mavara, is Iran’s first premier progressive rock band. The name Mavara translates to “beyond everything you think” in Persian. The band was formed in 2001 by composer/keyboardist Farhood Ghadiri. Also in the group are singer Ashkan Hamedia, keyboardist Anis Oveisi, bassist Sina Khodaiefar drummer James Welch, and guitarist Scott Abene.

The group has released three albums with the most recent called SEASON OF SALVATION. Since arriving in America, the band has been the subject of television programs  on ABC Television and MCTV. The website is www.mavaraband.com

Sonic Voyage is a new, traveling progressive rock festival featuring three modern rock bands: Circuline, and Shadow Eden & Stratospheerius. All three bands have joined forces to create a night of music that dazzles with virtuosity, ignites the senses, and pushes boundaries.

The premiere Sonic Voyage takes place in New England this Memorial Day Weekend.

At the Stone Church there will be master classes between 3 and 5 pm on Songwriting for the first hour and Improvisation for the 4 pm hour

In addition to the Newmarket show, Sonic Voyage Fest kicks off on Friday May 22 at Sully’s Pub in Hartford, CT. 

On Saturday May 23, Sonic Voyage Fest is at Ralph’s Rock Diner, Worcester, MA. Other bands on the bill are Ben Levin Group and Joe Stump’s Black Knight Castle.

INFO ON SONIC VOYAGE'S SPONSORSHIPS FOR VETERANS AND STUDENTS    

The Sonic Voyage Fest is looking for sponsors to pay for the opener and for admission of interested veterans or students who might be going through financial hardships but would feel an event by musicians would help them. Please contact Anne Leighton, who works with Joe Deninzon, at 718-881-8183 if you can either help financially or know a veteran or student who’d benefit from going. 

THE BANDS WHO CREATED SONIC VOYAGE FEST

Shadow Eden, Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius, and Circuline Now Available for Interviews. Please contact Anne Leighton at 718-881-8183

Shadow Eden

SHREDGUY RECORDS recording artist Shadow Eden deliver well crafted, listenable songs which feature virtuoso performances designed to please the ear of musicians and music lovers alike. 

"Shadow Eden combine elements of progressive rock, fusion and guitar-driven metal into well structured, highly musical, and very listenable tunes.”-Shred Academy.

Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius 

Led by electric violinist/vocalist Joe Deninzon (www.joedeninzon.com), who has been called “The Jimi Hendrix of the violin,” Stratospheerius has showcased their “frenzied mélange of progressive rock, jazz fusion and funkabilly” throughout the world. The New York-based group has opened for The Levin Brothers (Tony and Pete), Tim Reynolds, Mickey Hart, and John Scofield… Their live performances are filled with funky dance grooves, rip-roaring guitar/violin jams, and hooks that mix jazz, funk, rock with Gypsy influences. 

Stratospheerius was a winner of the John Lennon International Songwriting Competition, and was named "Best Jam Band" in the Musician's Atlas Independent Music Awards. 

Circuline

What do you get when you take two theatrical lead vocalists, a keyboard player from Juilliard, a musical savant playing guitar, and a drummer with progressive rock in his DNA? The new modern ProgRock band Circuline.  Performing m elodic and cinematic rock for the 21st Century, their original music combines elements of classic progressive rock and modern rock. The "Tribute" part of their show covers British and North American progressive music that was played on the radio in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, such as Yes,  Genesis, Rush, Led Zeppelin, Sound of Contact, and Pink Floyd.


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5/6/15

Please Meet Kalamazoo's Fly Paper



Fly Paper Making New York City debut on May 12
Please welcome the Kalamazoo-based band Fly Paper.  The web site is http://www.flypaperrock.com. 

The group will be making its New York City debut at the Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 1, 196 Allen Street, in New York City on May 12 at 7 PM.  Please note this is a 21 and over venue.  
The website is www.RockwoodMusicHall.com. If you are in the City next week, come on by and we’ll connect. More dates below. 

Fly Paper is a guitar-based, alt-rock and blues band. Leadsinger Micaela Kingslight is the daughter of famous guitar maker John Kingslight. Her singing voice is akin to Sade, Norah Jones, Fiona Apple but with a rocking conviction. Her guitar playing will end up to be a big deal, too.  

At the top of the group’s website, flypaperrock.com, is a player that you can click to hear their recent EP and previous album. I can also send you a zip file of some of their songs.

With soulful vocals, a fusion of fierceness and elegance in its guitar sound, and a high energy rhythm section, Fly Paper continues to inspire crowds throughout the country with songs in the alternative blues-rock genre. 

When she is not on the road, Micaela Kingslight teaches at Kalamazoo College, Crescendo Academy of Music, and the Kalamazoo Academy of Rock.  Fans have heard Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmore, and Jimmy Page influences in her playing. Bassist Joe Chamberlin fills the space between with a style grounded in both modern and classic rock sensibilities. Sam Rice brings to the drums, the rock groove inspired by both the Smashing Pumpkins’ Jimmy Chamberlin and the flair of Buddy Rich, along with saxman/keyboardist Marty McLean.

The group’s current EP, 3X3 has a song, “Sing, Sing, Sing Along” that is its music video, directed by Michigan native Ben Woody.  Ben is a friend and a multimedia graduate student who has been chronicling Fly Paper over the past few years (in addition to documenting a variety of athletic projects that can be seen at GoGriffs.com). The songs include “Sing, Sing, Sing,” “Bigger On The Inside,” and “Say What You Mean” and they tend to capture the band members’ awareness of life, in general, and they can often be found hiking, and Micaela practicing Yoga.

The group has been playing all over the United States with shows from the Florida Keys and Miami to Santa Monica, CA, and Sun Valley, Idaho, to Bremerton, WA. The group is a festival favorite, playing Wild Mountain Faire in Northern California, plus Deadwood Jam, as well as appearing at Michigan's Jamma Wamma Music and Arts Festival, Hoodlilldoo Music Festival, Southwestern Michigan Harvest Festival, and Big Rapid's Cranker's Fest. 
  
Fly Paper have shared the stage with a diverse group of acts including Styx, Stray Cat Lee Rocker, Delhi to Dublin, Mystic Roots, Marcia Griffiths, Jann Klose, Roster McCabe, the4onthefloor, Joe Hertler and The Rainbow Seekers, Josh Davis (from NBCs the Voice) Funktion, and Jamie Lono.

Other music in the group’s history include the fan-funded CD, LIVE AT THE GLOBE THEATER and a DVD.  The group’s debut album, FLY PAPER came out in 2011. In 2013 they released an album, DREAM. 

In 2008, Micaela was awarded the Emerging Artist Grant from the Gilmore Foundation to record her first solo album STILL.  She also won Indiegrrl International Songwriting Contest for her song "Aurora.”  

TOUR DATES 

May 8  LaSalle Kitchen and Tavern, South Bend 
May 10  The Livery, Benton Harbor, MI  
May 12 Rockwood Music Hall, New York, NY
May 16  Mojo’s,  Jamestown, NY  
May 22  The Workshop Brewing Company Traverse City, MI  
May 23  Short's Brewing Company, Bellaire, MI 
May 28  The Filling Station, Traverse City, MI  
May 29, 30 Ore Dock Brewing Company, Marquette, MI  
June 11  Rockford Brewing Company, Rockford, MI 
June 19  The Deck, Muskegon, MI  
June 20  Bell's Brewery, Kalamazoo, MI  
June 25  Celadon Summer Concert Series, Grand Rapids, MI  
August 06  The Mitten Bar, Ludington, MI  
August 07  River's Edge Brewing Co., Milford Charter Township, MI  
August 08  Cow Pie Blues Festival, Caledonia, MI  

4/15/15

Mandala's MIDNIGHT TWILIGHT: 18 Years in the Making


MANDALA, The Band

Rhys Marsh — voice, guitar, mellotron, sitar, rhodes, rebab, pedal steel

Francis Booth — bass guitar
Will Spurling — drums, percussion, tablas

with:
Anna Giddey — violin
Natalie Rozario — cello
Peter Keserue — harmonium

Coming out May 5 is Mandala’s album, MIDNIGHT TWILIGHT on Norway’s Autumnsongs Records (distributed by MVD in North America).

Mandala's debut album, MIDNIGHT TWILIGHT, is an exhilarating combination of Western and Eastern folk music, mixed with heavier forms of progressive rock, all wrapped in an early-‘70s glow.

Mandala was formed in London in 1997, by Rhys Marsh (voice, guitar), Francis Booth (bass) and Will Spurling (drums). Their plan was to create music that represented all things analog, specifically their love of valves, vinyl and VU meters. They wore flares and large-collared shirts with pride, quickly becoming one of the most talked about bands in the college, performing regularly in the weekly foyer, on TV shows and in end of year productions.

By 2005, they had a new sound that encompassed violin and cello, which they presented at concerts across the UK and North America. They recorded and self-released two EPs — one showcasing their ability to rock out, albeit this time with a string section, and the other showcasing their acoustic material. The sound was penned by The Guardian newspaper as “Folk Noir.” At this time also, Mandala’s music was attracting the attention of fans in Scandinavia through MySpace.

The group played hundreds of concerts, though never recorded a full album. In 2006, they decided to call it a day. The band members ended up pursuing other musical projects, Rhys Marsh even moving to Norway to begin a successful musical career there. They remained friends — in fact, in the years between 2006 and 2012, they had grown even closer as friends.

In 2012, the ideas for getting back together were sparked, and in 2014 the band flew to Norway — heading to Autumnsongs Recording Studio in Trondheim. For 10 days they were accommodated in the Autumnsongs building — a solid concrete bunker, with no windows. The time of day quickly became irrelevant, as they set up in the studio to record in the truest way they could: live, together in the same room, surrounded by room mics and lava lamps, allowing the instruments to bleed over each others' tracks. They only time they ventured outside was for dinner, which always ended up being a barbecue, on the mountain next to the studio, during the hours of the MIDNIGHT TWILIGHT.   

From the first playback, they were blown away by the sounds that came through the monitors. They were even tighter as a band than they had been years before. Suddenly, it felt as though the three of them had grown so much as people and musicians that they were able to fully express the songs as they should be heard.

MIDNIGHT TWILIGHT has been 18 years in the making. We hope you agree that it's been worth the wait.

Critics’ responses:

Album Cover for Mandala's MIDNIGHT TWILIGHT.
“Folk-noir”
The Guardian

“Knife-edge atmospheres & Eastern-tinged melodies”
The Independent

“Haunting atmospherics, with an icy edge.”
Time Out

“Atmospheric romanticism”
The Metro

“As if Jeff Buckley met Radiohead in a subterranean cellar”
Musician Magazine

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4/11/15

Sonic Voyage Fest on Memorial Day Weekend, May 22-24, in New England

Sonic Voyage is a new, traveling progressive rock festival featuring three incredible bands: Circuline, and Shadow Eden and Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius. All three bands have joined forces to create a night of music that dazzles with virtuosity, ignites the senses, and pushes boundaries.

The premiere Sonic Voyage takes place in New England this Memorial Day Weekend with modern rock bands Circuline, Shadow Eden and Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius performing on:

Friday, May 22nd, 2015 - Hartford, Connecticut
–Sully’s Pub at  8:00 pm

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 – Worcester, Massachusetts
–Ralph’s Rock Diner at 8 pm
Other bands on the bill are Ben Levin Group and Joe Stump’s Black Knight Castle

Sunday, May 24th, 2015 – Newmarket, New Hampshire
–The Stone Church at 6 pm.
–[opening band TBA] 
There will be master classes between 3 and 5 pm on Songwriting for the first hour and Improvisation for the 4 pm hour at the Stone Church event. We are currently doing this in New Hampshire on Sunday May 24 at the Stone Church.  

The Sonic Voyage Fest also looking for a local from the Newmarket, Dover, Exeter, NH area to be the opening act for the New Hampshire gig.  Those interested in opening for the Newmarket gig should e-mail to Anne@AnneLeighton.com a short note, plus links to performance videos online.  Include contact name, phone number, and website. Deadline is April 24. Note: Only e-mail is the way to contact us for the opener, who will be decided by the 1st of May).

INFO ON SONIC VOYAGE'S SPONSORSHIPS FOR VETERANS AND STUDENTS    

The Sonic Voyage Fest is looking for sponsors to pay for the opener and for admission of interested veterans or students who might be going through financial hardships but would feel an event by musicians would help them.  Please contact Anne Leighton, who works with Joe Deninzon, at 718-881-8183 if you can either help financially or know a veteran or student who’d benefit from going. 

THE BANDS WHO CREATED SONIC VOYAGE FEST

Shadow Eden, Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius, and Circuline Now Available for Interviews. Please contact Anne Leighton at 718-881-8183

Shadow Eden

****SHREDGUY RECORDS** recording artist Shadow Eden deliver well crafted, listenable songs which feature virtuoso performances designed to please the ear of musicians and music lovers alike. 

"Shadow Eden combine elements of progressive rock, fusion and guitar-driven metal into well structured, highly musical, and very listenable tunes.”-Shred Academy.

Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius 

Led by electric violinist/vocalist Joe Deninzon (www.joedeninzon.com), who has been called “The Jimi Hendrix of the violin,” Stratospheerius has showcased their “frenzied mélange of progressive rock, jazz fusion and funkabilly” throughout the world. The New York-based group has opened for The Levin Brothers (Tony and Pete), Tim Reynolds, Mickey Hart, and John Scofield… Their live performances are filled with funky dance grooves, rip-roaring guitar/violin jams, and hooks that mix jazz, funk, rock with Gypsy influences. 

Stratospheerius was a winner of the John Lennon International Songwriting Competition, and was named "Best Jam Band" in the Musician's Atlas Independent Music Awards. 

Circuline

What do you get when you take two theatrical lead vocalists, a keyboard player from Juilliard, a musical savant playing guitar, and a drummer with progressive rock in his DNA?  The new modern ProgRock band Circuline.  Performing m elodic and cinematic rock for the 21st Century, their original music combines elements of classic progressive rock and modern rock. The "Tribute" part of their show covers British and North American progressive music that was played on the radio in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, such as Yes,  Genesis, Rush, Led Zeppelin, Sound of Contact, and Pink Floyd.
Downloadable poster for the Sonic Voyage Tour


Downloadable poster for May 23 Fest in Worcester, MA



4/6/15

Jethro Tull - The Rock Opera


Ian Anderson Presents 8 Shows Only in The USA This November

Ian Anderson celebrates the life and times of the English Agricultural inventor, Jethro Tull, with the announcement of a new series of concert tours beginning September 2015.

The shows tell the story of the original Jethro Tull's life, reimagined as if in the near future and illustrated with Anderson's best-known songs from the rock band Jethro Tull repertoire.

The performance is in a quasi-operatic structure with virtual guests on video and some  additional newly-written songs to round off the elements of the story. 

Heavy Horses, Farm On The Freeway, Songs From The Wood sit alongside Aqualung, Living In The Past, Wind-Up, A New Day Yesterday, The Witch's Promise, Locomotive Breath and other favourites – often with slightly re-written lyrics to better tell the tale.

Accompanied by David Goodier (bass), John O'Hara (keyboards), Florian Opahle (guitar), Scott Hammond (drums) and surprise virtual guests, Ian Anderson begins the touring schedule in the UK followed by Russian, European and South American dates before the end of the year.

DATES:  
November 1: Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL
November 3: Fox Theatre, Detroit, MI
November 5: CITI Performing Arts Center, Boston, MA
November 6: Kings Theatre, Brooklyn, NY
November 7: Academy of Music, Philadelphia, PA
November 8: Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, CT
November 10: Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY
November 11: New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ


3/31/15

Acadian Cousins: Phoebe & Ray Legere

Legere: Phoebe and Ray Release ACADIAN MOON

Legere & Legere's album cover, ACADIAN MOON
He’s a two-time BLUEGRASS ARTIST OF THE YEAR East Coast Music Award winner, and has played with great folk acts including The Band.

She’s a downtown NYC, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and singer, who has played with John Hartford, David Bowie, Billy Joel, Joni Mitchell, Don Cherry, Steve Martin, and Boston, New York and Cleveland Orchestras.

He’s one of Canada’s premiere fiddle/mandolin players. She’s an award-winning songwriter, poet and painter.

And they’re cousins! Legere features Phoebe and Ray Legere. Each carved unique careers in the music world. Phoebe and Ray recently united to pay tribute to their Acadian roots and created a new Ep of Acadian-influenced music. entitled, ACADIAN MOON on Phoebe’s Big Moose record label.  

Phoebe and Ray connected because a family member Léo-Paul Léger, from Moncton, N.B., President of the Famille Legere, googled “Legere.” to see if he could locate any long-lost Legeres displaced during The 1700s’ Great Acadian Diaspora. Léo-Paul found www.phoebelegere.com and invited Phoebe to the Congrès Mondial Acadien.

She put her accordion on her back, hopped on a Greyhound Bus, and sang a song at the reunion, “After about 8 bars, four handsome Legere cousins jumped up and started playing the spoons with me! Everybody was clapping and cheering! It was the greatest party of all time!”

Léo-Paul told Phoebe, she had a Canadian cousin named Ray, who was “the best fiddler in Nova Scotia.” “Leo showed me Ray’s photo. ‘Goodness gracious!’ I said. ‘Ray looks just like daddy when he was young’ So I googled Ray and found  www.raylegere.com. Ray is just so nice and brilliantly talented as you can hear for yourself when you listen to our EP ACADIAN MOON!”

Congrés 2014 was in Edmundston, N.B., “I wrote a song for our family. It’s called ‘L’Acadie.’ I played the song at the reunion.”  Then Phoebe sent the song to a friend in France, who sent it to a radio programmer in Germany, “He loved it, and he sent it to a radio lady in Canada, and next thing you know she called me up and said, ‘This is so great, won’t you and Ray please do some more songs?!’” 
“I called up Ray, ‘May I drive up to Memramcook and play with your band? We’ll record a little album that will be down-to-earth and real, with the flavor of an old-time kitchen party!’”
Well, how could he say no to a cousin!
Songs on the ACADIAN MOON EP are in a mixture of French and English: “Cajun Moon,” and French: “L’Acadie,” “Bel Bel Bel,” and in English: “OK Cupid.”

Please watch “OK CUPID” the first video from Legere at bit.ly/1BUvQ0i . The video is a selfie shot on Phoebe's new Iphone 6.  There were also dance scenes from Phoebe's award winning original musical play Shakespeare and Elizabeth - choreographed by Catherine Turocy.

PHOEBE LEGERE is a songwriter and resident of Maine, and of Acadian and Abenaki (First Nations) descent. She sings, and plays piano, accordion, cello, Native American flute, organ, buffalo drum, synthesizer, guitar and cavaquinjo. She has created the Shamancycle, a giant, 15-person, ride-able Eagle sculpture-vehicle, running on alternative energy. Legere will be performing on the solar stage of the Shamancycle at the San Francisco Makers Fair this May 16th and 17th. At age 16, Phoebe made her Carnegie Hall debut and was signed to Epic Records. Her original song “Marilyn Monroe” was a hit on college radio in 1990, and her accordion song “Amazing Love” was in the Top 40 on Adult Contemporary in 1997. She starred in cult films including Mondo New York and Toxic Avenger 2 and 3. She opened for David Bowie, and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in music in 2000. Phoebe has released 15 CDs of original music, and has appeared on National Public Radio, CBS Sunday Morning, PBS City Arts, and Charlie Rose. She has sung at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and at the Congres Mondial Acadien. Recently Phoebe appeared on HBO, singing her original song about the environment, “Hip Hop Frog” (now available on iTunes).

Based in New Brunswick, Canada RAY LEGERE is the 2003 and 1996 ECMA (East Coast Music Award) Winner for "Bluegrass Artist Of The Year.” One of Canada’s premiere fiddle/mandolin players, the Amherst, Nova Scotia native is a five-time winner of the Eastern Division Bluegrass Awards for both Mandolin and Fiddle, plus the Canadian Bluegrass Awards, Woodstock, Ontario’s Open Mandolin Championship, and the Old Time Fiddle Championship in Sackville, New Brunswick. He has shared the stage or played on recordings by many favorites including David Grisman, Sam Bush, Tony Rice, Jerry Douglas, The Band, Tony Trischka, Doc Watson, Bela Fleck. Ray has recorded on hundreds of sessions, TV SHOWS, and has five solo albums to his credit.

3/13/15

Daevid Allen, Jan. 13, 1938-March 13, 2015


It is with great sadness that we report the passing away of the great Daevid Allen, for many years the leading light in the anarchic collective Gong. Daevid lost his long battle with cancer, and the world is a little less sunlit as a result.

Daevid Allen was the kind of mercurial, inspiring individual whose free-thinking nature positively touched the lives of all who came into his orbit. When the Australian-born Allen first arrived in England in late 1960, he ended up as a lodger in the home of Robert Wyatt’s parents; the first Beatnik to be seen in the Kent countryside. Allen brought a glimpse of a different world and way of living to Wyatt and his friends, and later, as a founder-member of British psychedelic pioneers Soft Machine, added his unique vision to British rock music at the time.

It is as a founder-member of the sprawling collective Gong that Allen will be most closely associated; born out of the Paris Spring Commune of 1968, their debut album Camembert Electrique was memorably released in the UK in 1974 on the nascent Virgin Records label for the price of a vinyl single. Gong were never blessed with a stable line-up; Allen left the band in the mid-seventies, but reformed Gong in the early nineties. The latest Gong album – I See You – was released late in 2014, and was greeted with universally glowing reviews, a brilliant restatement of Allen and the band’s enduring musical and lyrical values.

Although Daevid Allen’s death at the age of seventy-seven is a sad loss, his lasting legacy – an unapologetic desire to live, explore, entertain and inform through his remarkable body of work, outside of the world of the everyday – will live on.

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This is a February 27 video of Daevid performing a piece from Khalil Gibran's The Prophet in Bryon Bay, Australia where poets and artists gathered to help celebrate his life and work.   daevid allen - poet first and last - Pizza Paradiso - 27 Feb 2015 from Planet Gong on Vimeo.

"For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?
And what is it to cease breathing but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?
Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.
And when you have reached the mountaintop, then you shall begin to climb.
And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance."

3/10/15

David Clayton-Thomas Sings SOUL BALLADS His Way

LEGENDARY FORMER BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS LEAD SINGER’S LATEST ALBUM INCLUDES DISTINCTIVE RENDITIONS OF CLASSICS BY RAY CHARLES, OTIS REDDING, SAM & DAVE, AND SAM COOKE
The latest album by legendary vocalist David Clayton-Thomas delivers splendidly on its succinct title. Soul Ballads, now
available in the U.S. on Airline Records after its initial release in Canada (where the singer resides), consists of 10 seminal soul ballads, every one of them expertly interpreted by Clayton-Thomas. If you didn’t know better, you might think these timeless anthems were created specifically for David to wrap his warm, expressive pipes around.

“The keyboard player for Blood, Sweat & Tears for many years during the ‘80s was Lou Pomanti. And he’d been bugging me for the longest time to do an album of all those great songs that we used to do together back in the old bar days, when we played five shows a night on what they called the Yonge Street strip here in Toronto,” says David, who was in the midst of completing his autobiography and about to receive his star on Canada’s Walk of Fame when he decided to make this album. “I didn’t have much new original material. But I called Lou up and I said, ‘Lou, I think the time has come. Let’s do it!’”

In addition to playing piano throughout, Pomanti produced the set in Toronto. “We didn’t go looking for obscure songs that nobody had ever done before. We went looking for those great iconic tunes,” Clayton-Thomas continues. “We decided to do them with a full orchestra: 15 strings, eight horns, rhythm, percussion, the whole bit. And of course, utilizing modern recording studios.” 

Assembling the set list was a labor of love. “They’re just basically songs I’ve always wanted to sing,” David says. “A very challenging album too, because if you’re going to go and put vocal performances up against Otis Redding and Sam Cooke and Ray Charles, you’d better be on your game, you know? Pretty tough competition. But we just set out to basically pay tribute to all those artists and those great songs.”

The set opens with David’s distinctive rendition of Gladys Knight & the Pips’ “Midnight Train To Georgia.” We stuck very close to a lot of the arrangements, but I didn’t want to just clone the arrangements and make it like a cover album,” he says. “We wanted to bring our own thing to it. So since I don’t have the Pips, and I’m a huge Gladys Knight fan--I think she’s one of the greatest singers ever--we decided to do the background parts with the horn section instead.” 

Few 1960s soul anthems pack a more powerful punch than Sam Cooke’s hopeful “A Change Is Gonna Come,” its message resonating strongly with David. “I idolize Sam Cooke, and I had sung ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’ a thousand times in the old days,” he says. “So it just fell right back into place very, very easily.” Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions’ similarly inspirational “People Get Ready” receives a welcome revival on the set as well.

David underscores his love for Otis Redding by revisiting two of his Stax/Volt classics: the tender “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” (which Otis wrote with Chicago soul great Jerry Butler) and Redding’s contemplative posthumous smash, “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay.” “Otis Redding was one of my idols, along with Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland and Ray Charles,” he says. Roly Platt’s harmonica winds plaintively through Clayton-Thomas’ remake of “Dock Of The Bay.” “That’s because I can’t whistle!” David laughs.

 That enduring allegiance to Brother Ray’s catalog is immediately apparent on lavishly arranged treatments of Charles’ versions of “Ruby” and “You Don’t Know Me.” David does a splendid job on Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes’ lush “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” (the original featured Teddy Pendergrass, another timeless soul voice), and really brings the heat on an intense rendition of Sam & Dave’s uplifting Stax classic “When Something Is Wrong With My Baby,” complete with a punchy horn section. 

Transforming Bobby Hebb’s catchy “Sunny” into an after-hours torch number works like a charm. “The song I’m really intrigued with on the album that I like the most and has been getting the most airplay up here in Canada is ‘Sunny,’” he reports. “And that’s a song we did totally different. We did it as a slow ballad, as opposed to the up-tempo version that I had heard.”

Throughout Soul Ballads, Clayton-Thomas’ longtime love affair with each song shines through bright and bold. “I’m a fan of every single artist on that album,” he says. “That’s why I chose the songs. And those are all artists that basically informed my style when I was growing up. One week I’d sound like Ray Charles, the next week I’d try to sound like Sam Cooke!”

Here Clayton-Thomas sounds like no one but himself—the same mighty vocalist whose unforgettable front work on Blood, Sweat & Tears’ “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy,” “And When I Die,” and his self-penned “Spinning Wheel” made the expansive group a full-fledged 1969 juggernaut. 

Soul Ballads and David Clayton-Thomas: what a perfect combination!

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