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Panic Room confirm Dave Foster as permanent guitarist

Dave Foster of Panic Room at Bilston Robon 2

After the successful “Wildfire” tour, Panic Room have now confirmed that Dave Foster is joining the band as a full-time member.

Panic Room had not previously appointed a permanent replacement for founder member Paul Davies, who had left the band at the end of 2012.  Morpheus Rising’s Pete Harwood stood in on a temporary basis for the tour in Spring 2013, and Adam O’Sullivan performed with the band throughout 2014 as well as playing lead on the band’s fourth album “Incarnate”.

Dave Foster, who also plays with Mr So and So and The Steve Rothery Band, had previously been announced as playing with the band for 2015, contributing to the soon-to-be-released acoustic album and playing live on the Spring tour. The band had decided to wait until after the tour before making a final decision for the longer term.

Anyone who saw the recent tour will have seen how well he fits into the band. Not only was he adept at playing all of Panic Room’s varied styles from sophisticated jazz-flavoured sounds ro classy hard rock, but just as importantly the chemistry was right. In the end it can’t have been that hard a decision to make.

The band are now planning further tours in Autumn 2015 and Spring 2016, and will be working on a new studio album in the second half of this year.

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Zero She Flies – Small Mercies

Zero She Flies new single is now released as a download from Bandcamp, CDBaby and Amazon.

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Marc Atkinson leaves Ghost Community

Ghost Community LogoGhost Community is a progressive rock supergroup comprising of former and current members of The Reasoning, Riversea, Also Eden and Godsticks, currently working on their début album.

Unfortunately, as announced on the band’s Facebook page, Riversea’s Marc Atkinson is withdrawing from the project because of time commitments.

“It’s with a heavy heart that I had to bow out of my position as lead vocalist for GHOST COMMUNITY. When I first got involved with the project I was expecting it more to be an ‘album based/recording’ outfit rather than a band that was going to be gigging too heavily so I thought I’d be able to juggle the recording work and a few gigs here and there with my already busy and booked solo acoustic live work. As time went on, however, I began to realise that I wouldn’t be able to play as many live shows as the rest of the guys were hoping to perform. I knew that if I stayed with the project I’d eventually be in a position where I’d be letting the rest of the band down and holding them back as far as live work was concerned. So I decided it was in the band’s best interest if I pulled out of the project before we got any further down the creative route. I hope to be still involved with the band in a smaller capacity by helping out with backing vocals for the album and I’m also pleased to hear the group will be hopefully using a few of the vocal melodies I wrote during the initial song writing sessions. I greatly enjoyed my brief time working with the guys in GHOST COMMUNITY and wish them nothing but success for the future… We’re all in this together…”

His replacement will be John Paul Vaughan, who had previously worked with Matt Cohen in the 1990s in a band called Unbroken Spirit.

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IOEarth – New World

She was lost in the forest, when suddenly…. A prog band started playing. IOEarth’s long-awaited third album “New World” is now available for pre-order.

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Big Big Train – Wassail

A new song from Big Big Train, which is well worth a listen.

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Zero She Flies about to take flight

Maria MilewskaZero She Flies, the band that evolved out of Mermaid Kiss are about to release their first music. A download single “Small Mercy” will be released very shortly, to be followed by a four track EP called “The River”.  The release date will be announced in the next few days.

Zero She Flies are:
Maria Milewska – lead and backing vocals, piano, keyboards, flute, sequencing
Jamie Field – guitars
Wendy Marks – cor anglais, oboe, recorders, double bass,
Shane Webb – bass, backing vocals

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Panic Room – Wildfire Tour

Panic Room - Wildfire

Just a few days until Panic Room hit the road for the spring “Wildfire” tour!

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Jess and the Ancient Ones – Come Crimson Death

A band citing major influences as Black Sabbath, Mercyful Fate and ABBA could only come from Finland. Great late-60s psychedelic hard rock feel, well worth a listen if you’re into bands like Purson or Blood Ceremony.

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Cambridge Rock Festival takes a gap year

Chantel McGregor at the 2014 Festival

Announced today by The Cambridge Rock Festival.

To all CRF’s volunteers, crew and dedicated festival goers.

As I announced at CRF14 in my closing address CRF would be different in 2015 due to a major family wedding. My aim was to create a simpler event, possibly across earlier dates maybe even a different venue to allow us to run the festival without creating too much stress for the family by avoiding noise control issues we have been rather unreasonably hit with in earlier years.

My last few months have been spent working on plans for 2015 and negotiating with several possible venues. Sadly the outcome has not been as desired, so I have to announce that we will now be taking a gap year!

CRF will be running a variety of fundraiser events and small festivals throughout 2015/16 which I would ask you to support if you can, so that CRF16 can be set on firm foundations. A crowd funding project may also be forthcoming shortly to aid the fundraising project.

The committee met on Tuesday night and after much discussion we decided the next festival will be August 2016. I will publish dates and prices for 2016 tickets very shortly.

Please accept my apologies for not announcing this sooner but I had high hopes of bringing the CRF to you in 2015 right up to Tuesday afternoon this week but alas it was not to be. The CRF team would not wish to serve up anything less than a top notch event so we have decided to take a break and use the time to raise much needed funds.

Thank you all for your support, without your participation we would not be even considering running a festival again next year. I hope too see you at Springfest 15 in Haddenham or one of our other fundraisers and of course CRF16.

This will be disappointing to some, but isn’t totally unexpected, and is probably for the best. Even the biggest of all festivals, Glastonbury, has the occasionally gap year, and CRF should be back, better and stronger, in 2016.

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Touchstone Announce Farewell Shows

Kim Seviour at HRH Prog

After their roof-lifting performance at HRH Prog in March, Touchstone have announced the dates of their two farewell gigs with Kim Seviour, who is stepping down for health reasons.

They will be a Boston Music Rooms in London on November 20th, and the following night at The Assembly in Leamington Spa on the 20th. Full details will be announced on the Touchstone website.

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