Reviews, news and assorted thoughts about music, with a strong emphasis on the British grass-roots progressive rock scene. Which, if you still believe the old clichés, is all about twin-necked guitars, capes and Mellotrons, and twelve minute songs about Hobbits. Only the latter is more applicable to power-metal these days. All opinions expressed here are my own.

X Factor is the musical equivalent of the burning of the library of Alexandria.

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Latest Posts


Best Albums of 2016 – Part One

It’s that time of year again, when music bloggers go through the year’s releases and highlight the best of the year. Continue reading

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Judas Priest – 10 of the best

The Guardian Music Blog has another one of mine in their Ten of the Best series, this time for The Black Country’s finest. Continue reading

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F.E.A.R and Loathing at The Royal Albert Hall

Marillion have announced a show at The Royal Albert Hall on Friday 13th October 2017. Tickets go on sale on Monday 5th December,

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Papillon tour dates

Papillon, the acoustic duo of violinist Anna Phoebe and guitarist Nicholas Rizzi have a number of live dates scheduled across Spring and Summer 2017 Continue reading

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Cairo and Luna Rossa

Cairo start their live career with a bang in London and Leicester, with a beautiful support from Luna Rossa Continue reading

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Music News


Lazuli UK Tour Approaches

French prog legends Lazuli, described as “Medieval blacksmiths from the future” hit the UK beginning this weekend. Continue reading

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Glenn Hughes announces new 2017 tour

Following the cancellation of his co-headline tour with Living Colour, Glenn Hughes has announced a new tour of smaller club venues. Continue reading

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Mark Rowen album promo

A short teaser promo for “Radience”, the forthcoming album from former Breathing Space guitarist Mark Rowen Continue reading


Coming Soon….

… to a Merch Desk near you…

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Lonely Robot, Touchstone and Ghost Community for Trinity 2

After the success of Trinity in 2014, the all-day progressive rock charity show at Leamington Assembly, they’re doing it again. Continue reading

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Talking Points


Can you sum up Prog in 50 albums?

Prog Magazine have a listicle that attempts to show the history of prog in 50 albums. Do you agree with their choices? Continue reading

Fish Islington Assembly


Something of a rant about the lack of information on stage times and curfews from many provincial venues. Continue reading


Cult heroes: Mostly Autumn

It’s both a great honour and more than a bit scary to be asked to write about a favourite band for the online section of a national newspaper, Continue reading

Heather and Livvy, Gloucester Guildhall

Mostly Autumn – Ten of the Best

Another Ten of the Best for a band which have featured a lot on this blog ever since the beginning. Continue reading


The Ignobles of Rock Lyrics

Noel Gallagher deserves it, but Classic Rock magazine are missing the point about Dio. Just don’t mention Great White. Continue reading


Record Reviews


Rebecca Downes: Be:Live

A record of the electrifying 2016 live shows that feels like a Greatest Hits set. Continue reading


Riverside – Eye of the Soundscape

An ambient compilation that references Tangerine Dream as earlier records were to Porcupine Tree. But again it’s far more than a pastiche. Continue reading

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Impressive début by the Cardiff band playing music on the blurred boundary between contemporary jazz and the experimental fringe of progressive rock. Continue reading

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The Windmill – The Continuation

Released back in 2014, this album by Norwegian symphonic proggers has a sense of melody that lifts them beyond generic Euro-prog Continue reading

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Unearthed Elf – Into the Catacomb Abyss

Despite singing about finding vials of holy water in ancient, cobweb-laden mausoleums, this is far more than just a dungeon crawl set to music Continue reading


Concert Reviews


Mostly Autumn – Leamington Assembly

Like the Panic Room weekend earlier in the year was an event that amounted to far more than just another regular gig. Continue reading

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Chantel McGregor at The Tropic at Ruislip

Some photos of Chantel McGregor at The Tropic at Ruislip a few days ago, a part-seated gig in a small club in the West London suburbs. Continue reading

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Alex Cromarty at Cambridge

2016 Cambridge Rock Festival – Part Three

The final day of the Cambridge Rock Festival with Mostly Autumn, Heather Findlay and Odin Dragonfy, plus the legendary Curved Air and Focus. Amongst others. Continue reading

Jo Ash of Derecho

2016 Cambridge Rock Festival – Part Two

Saturday of the Cambridge Rock Festival, Featuring Derecho, 4th Labyrinth, Hekz, Hazel O’Connor, Anne-Marie Helder and Carl Palmer Continue reading


2016 Cambridge Rock Festival – Part One

The first three days of the Cambridge Rock Festival, featuring Don Airey, Doris Brendel, The Mentulls, Rebecca Downes, Voodoo Vegas, Haze and more. Continue reading

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