Music, Prog Music!Posted by nick Wed, June 02, 2010 23:35:29
Firstly I'd like to say a huge thank you to all of you who have found me here! It's great to see so many of you already using the forum and signing my mailing list too!!
Farewell Mostly Autumn
As many of you may already know my final performance as front-woman with rock band Mostly Autumn took place on 2nd of April this year and was filmed for a now soon to be released DVD.
I hope the film captures the true spirit of what was a thoroughly emotion drenched evening, super charged, in my opinion, with some of the band's most energetic performances to date. Last week took me to Fairview studio's where I sat in on the mixing sessions for the audio with Bryan Josh and John Spence and the audio alone stands up to being some of the best ever captured during my time with MA and I'm sure the visual aspect, which none of us have yet seen will only enhance this further. Keep an eye on http://www.mostly-autumn.com for news on its' release date.
I've been somewhat quiet publically for a month or two, but since having announced my plans to depart from Mostly Autumn my feet have barely touched the ground! Alongside working very hard on writing for my new solo venture, I have also been involved with some very exciting side projects too...!
For many years now I have worked on and off musically with my dear singer, song-writing, guitarist friend Simon Snaize.
Simon moved to the USA for quite some time though we always sought each other out upon his return and so have both contributed in the past to each other's demo's and noodles over the years. This time Simon came back long enough to put together a couple of albums...
The second of which, Simon has asked me to sing on and we are due to begin the sessions for which very soon. The album is an eclectic collection of songs with a very tight and beautiful concept which should take the listener on a journey through shades of very English folk a la Nick Drake and Sandy Denny, through almost Bluegrassy Americana, to Classical waltz type pieces with even the odd Tango thrown in! It's possible you may get to hear the odd drum bash, or whistle toot upon which too as Simon is interested in adding some of what each contributor has to offer. Nice. An album I can't wait to hear!
Back in February I was approached by producer Tzfat who invited me to collaborate with him and 20 year old Rob McAndrews for an album the pair are working on and is due for release in March next year under the project title Maidu. Back in February I wrote lyrics for and sang on the as yet untitled track which is due for release as Maidu's first single on 4th October this year.
Maidu can be described as being somewhat akin to similar artists Eskmo and Flying Lotus with the addition of melody - hence my involvement, and are being loosely termed as belonging to the Dubstep genre although being more 'glitchy, tripped out music infused with dub'.
Working with Maidu gave me a real chance to experience a totally different style of music as a writer and performer. As you know I love so many different types of music and am always willing to explore new avenues, so on hearing the track and being given the brief, I happily accepted! Click here [ http://www.heatherfindlay.net/downloads/SwainAsd.mp3 ] for a little taster. More info as I get it...
Closer to home, Liam Davison, long term member of Mostly Autumn and dear friend has asked me to collaborate with him on his forthcoming album 'A Treasure Of well Set Jewels'.
Liam asked me to write lyrics for and sing on album track 'Once In A Lifetime' which is a beautiful piece with a gorgeous concept. I accepted Liam's offer and recorded a guide vocal for which a couple of weeks ago now and am due to record the final version during the album sessions sometime in the next month or so. Working with Liam was so effortless and the collaboration came together very quickly, the album is to be recorded at Fairview with John Spence so I am expecting it to all be as comfy as a pair of old slippers. (If I were to ever wear any that is!)
On a personal note, I am over the moon to share with you the news that Ian, Harlan and I are expecting baby Findlay-Loftus number two, who is due on Oct 28th :)
So, on to the fully 'Moi' bit! As you already know the main thing I've been doing this year is writing and writing and recording demos and writing some more!
I am happy to report that I have come up with a lot of material that I am really and truly happy with. My musical relationship with Chris Johnson has effortlessly gelled into being a wonderful partnership of unspoken wavelengths and relentless creativity regardless of whatever the angle, genre or flavour of my new material has so far been. To this end and testament to Chris's limitless talents behind the mixing desk, and with each instrument, noise, effect, or idea he has so far thrown at the material, I have asked him on board to co-produce my project.
Given that the new material has differed so very much from track to track I have decided at this point, rather than try to squeeze and mould a collection of very different sounding songs on to one album and expect them to live happily ever after for album's sake, I am going to release a series of EP's compiling of around 4 or 5 tracks each. Each EP will then have its' own feel entirely. From artwork; format; personnel to of course content! This I find to be a really fresh and invigorating way to work; a way that allows me to push outside of the usual boundaries a bit and to get excited over lots of different feels and special formats and all in a relatively short space of time too.
So, the first EP is likely (although not definitely) to be called Phoenix. Its' character is dark, quirky, bohemian, rocky and very vibey! Oh, and did I say rocky? Well, that too!! I am still a tidsy bit undecided as to who I will be asking on board in the rhythm section department at the minute, although I am thoroughly excited to announce that guitarist Dave Kilminster will be joining us for EP number 1! For those of you that don't know him, he is a bit of a guitar-hero/god/meister! And fortunately, friend too so we probably won't have to gold-plate the studio bathroom taps... this time! :) Seriously though I first met Dave many years ago through Anne-Marie Helder, furthermore, on stumbling upon him (not literally you understand) at the Roger Waters after-show in Malta 2006, we became very good friends and have come to realise we have a lot of common ground in terms of musical tastes and indeed sense of humour so I can't wait to get jamming! The sessions with Dave are to take place before his departure for the forthcoming, all new RW tour which begins in late August this year.
I plan to see 'EP number 1' released sometime in September. More updates soon!
Time to love you and leave you...
Thanks so much for being so supportive and for your patience through my silent moments too!
Take care all and see you soon!
Music, Prog Music!Posted by nick Thu, April 08, 2010 08:26:09
TV and Radio shows with Mostly
Mood: Mostly Spring-ish
Categorie: Films, tv, celebs.
This Friday the Dutch week starts ;-)
Friday 09-04 21:00 - 22:00 hours (Mostly Autumn + radio interview)
http://www.omroepgroesbeek.nl/ and more proggy tunes.
Sunday 11-04 21:00-22:00 hours, radio interview with Bryan Josh
Tuesday 15-04 16:15 hour radio interview with Olivia
Wednesday 16-04 16:00 hours
http://www.tvl.nl TV Limburg
TV with 3 acoustic songs NEW!!!
Friday 16-04 rond 16:00 hours (live + interview).
100410 Gloucester Guildhall UK with Olivia Sparnenn as frontlady
Dutch April tour:
140410 Bibelot Dordrecht www.bibelot.net
150410 De Kade Zaandam www.kade.nl
160410 Auw Kerk Bunde (Maastricht) www.roosterrockpromotion.com
170410 Metropool Hengelo www.metropool.nl
180410 W2 Den Bosch www.w2.nl
New cd ready for pre-sale: "Go Well Diamond Heart" at http://www.mostly-autumn.com.
This is the last week you can win the live albums at http://www.mostlypink.net.
Pictures of Heathers farewell show:
Thanks to Howard, Don & Rob.
Heather can be found at http://www.heatherfindlay.net please visit her new great looking site.
See you next week?
Love and slippers,
Nick the webmaster and whatever is needed.
RPWL 10.04.10 De Boerderij Zoetermeer
RPWL 11.04.10 BluesCafe Apeldoorn
Mangrove & Knigh Area 14.05.10 De Nieuwe Nor Heerlen
Mangrove acoustic 21.05.10 Gigant Apeldoorn.
Music, Prog Music!Posted by nick Sat, February 13, 2010 13:04:21
This week i posted the video "Another Brick in the Wall", at least a cover of two Canadian boys who are original from Iran.
This photo made available by World Press Photo in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Friday, Feb, 12, 2010, shows World Press Photo of the year 2009 by Italian photographer Pietro Masturzo, showing women shouting on a rooftop in protest at the presidential election results in Tehran, Iran, June 24, 2009. This material is for single publications in print or for a temporary online publication, and may be used exclusively to publicize the 2010 World Press Photo contest and exhibition. It may not be published as part of an article or any other item that contains no direct link to World Press Photo and its activities without prior permission from the photographer or agency.
Peace and cozy Valentine,
Music, Prog Music!Posted by nick Tue, February 09, 2010 15:25:34
Written by Matt.
Another Brick In The Wall cover to raise awareness of Iran
Written by Matt
Sunday, 07 February 2010
Blurred Vision, headed by two Iranian Canadian brothers, have recorded a cover version of Pink Floyd's
"Another Brick In The Wall, part II", in support of the youth and freedom movement
in Iran, and to help galvanise the international community to stand in solidarity with the youth of Iran,
fighting a repressive regime to gain their freedom.
Having gained the approval of Roger Waters to record the track, which is subtitled "Hey Ayatollah,
Leave Those Kids Alone!", the song is the band's first commercial release, produced by legendary rock
producer Terry Brown and released by Canadian independent label, C12 Records (distributed by EMI Records).
The video, shown below, was a collaboration with acclaimed filmmaker Babak Payami to visualize their
interpretation of the song:
The video is posted at the band's website, http://www.blurredvisionmusic.com, if you are unable to view it above. The musical and visual treatment goes beyond dramatizing the realities of countries like Iran in our times. The music video emphasizes the importance of citizen journalism in transporting the bitter realities of another remote part of the world, while it warns of its implications on us in the safety of our homes far away.
"Another Brick" highlights the realities of musical optimism and the relentless, universal drive towards liberty and freedom, while documenting the world's first electronic revolution. The music video punches through the traditional boundaries of highly-polished visual styles into a brave new realm of raw, organic and mixed formats - both visually and thematically.
Alice Cooper biographer Jeffrey Morgan noted this about Blurred Vision's recording: "Rarely in the history of rock 'n' roll does a cover version come along that actually dares to exist at the right reactionary time. By cleverly updating Pink Floyd's 1979 iconic protest anthem "Another Brick In The Wall" exactly thirty years to the month that it was originally released, Blurred Vision are wielding their activist music as an irresistible force irrevocably set in motion to shake up the staid conventions of repressive regimes and show solidarity with common street soldiers everywhere. Thanks to Blurred Vision, the revolution will be downloaded."
The brothers were interviewed on CNN, and you can view the interview at CNN.com. http://amfix.blogs.cnn.com/2009/06/22/brothers-from-iran-sing-about-change/
Nick from the lovely South of the Netherlands
Music, Prog Music!Posted by nick Sat, February 06, 2010 10:21:49
It's madness in the Netherlands...
gigs raining down in this tiny country.
This is my wishlist, of course i can't, will not go to this whole klingbeng, í got family, friends and something to do that pays my bills... believe they call that "work".
So here a list from some proggy events in the Netherlands. The ones with ** i'll try to be there. Please shake hands if you're there too.
And if you've some tickets left over; please mail me.
Oh- i got tickets, for free, for you ;-) http://www.mostlypink.net ;-)
A complete list of proggy bands on tour you'll find at this spot.
(with Bryan Josh on guitar)
25/02 Spirit of 66 Verviers Spirit of 66 Verviers BE **
26/02 De Boerderij Zoetermeer De Boerderij Zoetermeer (festival with Focus and others)
27/02 Bluescafe Apeldoorn Blues Cafe Apeldoorn **
Live video "Hollow".
04/03 Zoetermeer, De Boerderij
06/03 Uden, De Pul
7/03 Spirit 66 Verviers **
05/03 The Pink Floyd Sound Auw Kerk Bunde **
14/03 Gazpacho De Boerderij Zoetermeer
28/03 Gazpacho Verviers
19/03 Karmakanic & Beardfish Ittervoort, CC De Mortel
22-03-10 Paris Bercy
24-03-10 Berlin O2
25-03-10 Berlin O2
27-03-10 London O2
28-03-10 London O2
xx/04 Within Temptation in the whole Netherlands
10/04 RPWL Zoetermeer, De Boerderij
11/04 RPWL Apeldoorn tbc **
18/04 RPWL Verviers (B), Spirit of 66 *
12/04 Uriah Heep Heerlen, Parkstad Limburg
13/04 Uriah Heep Zoetermeer, De Boerderij
02/04 farewell gig Heather Findlay Leamington Spa UK.
14/04 Mostly Autumn - Bibelot **
15/04 Mostly Autumn - De Kade
16/04 Mostly Autumn - Auw Kerk Bunde**
17/04 Mostly Autumn - Metropool **
18/04 Mostly Autumn - W2 Popcollectief *
23/04 Riverside, Pure Reason Revolution, Jolly 013 Tilburg
26/04 Ultravox Amsterdam, Paradiso
01 May Mangrove & Magenta De Boerderij Zoetermeer
02 May Magenta & Mangrove; W2 Den Bosch **
Video "I'm a Live".
08 May Transatlantic Köln Germany
14 May Mangrove & Knight Area: de nieuwe Nor Heerlen **
18 May Pendragon Verviers *
18 May Jethro Tull 013 Tilburg
20 May TransAtlantic 013 Tilburg
24 May Steve Hackett Mezz Breda
25 May Steve Hackett De Boerderij Zoetermeer
23 May Steve Winwood & Eric Clapton Antwerpen
29 May Steve Winwood & Eric Clapton Gelderdrome
(at my site you'll find the setlist + fab videos). (mad!!!).
28-29-30 May PinkPop
19/06 Muse Nijmegen, Goffertpark
If you've more dates, please add!
Free tickets for: Breathing Space, Mostly Autumn, The Pink Floyd Sound, Beardfish, Karmakanic, Magenta, Mangrove, Knight Area, Brainbox!
I'll close the Breathing Space & Mandalaband competition next week. Added a new competiton of Knight Area, fabulous cd and a signed copy of Mostly Autumns latest release (with Heather Findlay).
Have a great weekend,
Nick from the lovely South of the Netherlands
PS Who knows who this backing band is?
Live Doogie White with?
Music, Prog Music!Posted by nick Sun, January 24, 2010 16:31:19
From the Rolling Stones:
"In two months Genesis will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but fans hoping to see Peter Gabriel sing with his former band for the first time in nearly 30 years are probably in for a disappointment. “As far as I know, I’m definitely not going to sing,” Gabriel tells Rolling Stone. “I learned at our last reunion [in 1982] that you can’t just get up there. You have to rehearse.” Gabriel is actually not even positive he’ll be able to attend the March 15th induction ceremony in New York, since he’ll be in the midst of rehearsing for a European solo tour. “I’m trying to find a way to do it,” he says. “It’s not easy. If I can work it out, I’ll go.”
Chapter & Verse: photos from Genesis’ oral history.
Five years ago Gabriel held a meeting with the classic Genesis lineup of Phil Collins, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford and Steve Hackett to discuss a possible staging of their 1974 prog-rock epic The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway. “Initially I was open to it,” Gabriel says. “But then it seemed to be growing. I know what it’s like once you’re in it — these things tend to expand. I always describe it as going back to school, since this was a school group for me. It’s a fun place to visit and see your old friends, but its not a place you want to live.” Might he be open to a reunion show at some point in the future? “Phil has had trouble with his wrists and his back, so it’s pretty unlikely,” he says.
The group is actually more likely to collaborate on a possible movie project, Gabriel says. “The only thing that might happen is that some people talk about a film of the Lamb Lies Down On Broadway. If it is to happen, we might work together on that. We’ll see.”
For more from our interview with Peter Gabriel, including info about his upcoming solo tour and his new covers album Scratch My Back, check out the next issue of Rolling Stone, out February 3rd."."
The new cover album of Peter Gabriel will see the daylight end of this month.
Peter Gabriel is bringing 'Scratch My Back' to select venues in the New Blood Tour (2010) - Peter Gabriel, orchestra, no drums, no guitar.
22-03-10 Paris Bercy
24-03-10 Berlin O2
25-03-10 Berlin O2
27-03-10 London O2
28-03-10 London O2
28-04-10 Montreal Bell Centre
02-05-10 New York Radio City
07-05-10 Los Angeles Holywood Bowl
Check out his website for more details: http://www.petergabriel.com.
And if you need some love, check out this YouTube with Peter Gabriel, Nick Mason, Troy Donockley, Midge Ure, and and and;
Pleas keep lovin',
Music, Prog Music!Posted by nick Tue, January 19, 2010 14:49:08CRS Award Winners 2009
Best Male Vocalist - Peter Nicholls, IQ
Best Female Vocalist - Christina Booth, Magenta
Best Keyboard Player - Clive Nolan, Arena and more
Best Bass Player - John Jowitt, IQ and more
Best Drummer - Scott Higham, Pendragon
Best Guitarist - Nick Barrett, Pendragon
Best Album - Frequency by IQ
Best Track - Questioning Eyes by Breathing Space
Best CRS Gig - Pendragon
Best Band - IQ
Best New Band - DeeExpus
Roots Musician of The Year - Troy Donockley
Music, Prog Music!Posted by nick Tue, January 19, 2010 14:46:36
Sorry to start my blog with a sad journey.
But is it really sad news? Mmm at this moment "yes" but i guess that all things move forewards and we'll surprised by the new musical devellopments of Mostly Autumn and Heather Findlay.
So here we go:Heather Findlay left Mostly Autumn
after 13 years of a great musical journey.
Heather Findlay was together with the band leader and founder Bryan Josh the driving force in this ProgRock Band.
She had excellent songwriting skills that moved the emotional songs to a higher level.
And besides that she grew out to a great performer, with an beautiful voice.
Saw her the first time in 2001 at the famous Spirit of 66 in Verviers. And i was falbbergasted, Heather was maybe a bit shy and not used to perform, but the act and the songs rocked the cozy venue. And a fabulous cover of Comfortably Numb made me think i heard David Gilmour saying and playing with a angel...
In that time i run a site devoted to David Gilmour and all his side projects, think 40 pages or so... but then i started to add Mostly Autumn and all my cd's in my wardrobe (humptie dum... me i'm just a lawn mayer...
.) and all time favourites. Now the site is 500 page big and too long. And i became their Europian Agent, whatever that means ;-)
So yes a band that stole my heart.
Olivia Sparnenn will take over the lead vocals. Olivia Sparnenn is their background singer since 2005, London. A great gig by the way and where i met some friends, of course Troy Donockley (who will be an item of this blof too) and the young lover birds Rachel Jones and Matthew Cohen.
Olivia took over the lead vocals last year in de nieuwe Nor (the new Jail) in Heerlen and the Pul in Uden, when Heather had to fly home to take care of familie bussiness (her Harlan was just a few mounths young).
These were one of the most remarkable gigs i experienced. Of course i missed Heather, her charisma, her style. But Olivia did a great job, a bit shy, uncertain, but great and the band? They were in flames, jeemie they were like a vulcano...
So i'm convinced that the upcoming live shows without Heather will be smashing, different but smashing.
You'll find Heathers "farewell letter" and Bryans comment on that athttp://www.mostlypink.net
Her farewell gig will be:
02.apr.2010 Assembly Rooms, Leamington Spa
I wish Heather and Bryan and his band a great successful musical journey thru the woods of shrinking violets and beyond.
Nick from the lovely South of the Netherlands.
140410 Bibelot Dordrecht NL
150410 De Kade Zaandam NL
160410 Auw Kerk Bunde
170410 Metropool Hengeloo NL
180410 W2 Den Bosch NL
150510 Shepherds Bush Empire LondonWishbone Ash, Mostly Autumn and Panic Room.