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What’s happening in the world of prog and other related scenes. News about gigs, record releases, new videos and band changes.

Mostly Autumn Full 2015 Tour Dates

Olivia Sparnenn of Mostly Autumn at the 2014 Cambridge Rock FestivalMostly Autumn have now announced their tour dates for the remainder of the year, taking in venues across the country over the summer and autumn, culminating in four special dates at the end of the year, extended shows that will include “Dressed in Voices” as well as a revival of the Pink Floyd Revisited set from a decade ago.

These four dates include a return to York Grand Opera House, this time on Friday 13th of November, and a special Christmas show at The Assembly in Leamington Spa on Sunday 13th December.

The latter will be the only Christmas show this year, and features an extended bill running from 4pm to 10pm, with details to be announced. Since it’s difficult to imagine Mostly Autumn playing for six hours there will presumably be other bands on the bill.

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Also Eden tour with Silhouette in May

Bristol-based Also Eden have announced a short co-headline tour with Dutch outfit, Silhouette, with one date in The Netherlands and four in the UK, including a first ever visit to Scotland for either band.

The tour begins in Utrecht, after which Also Eden will also appear at the Prog The Castle festival in Heidelberg. The two bands will then play four co-headline dates in the UK.

The dates are:

  • Friday, May 8th – Star Sound in Utrecht
  • Thursday, May 14th – The Railway in Winchester
  • Friday, May 15th – The Railway in Bromley Cross, Bolton
  • Saturday May 16th – The Flying Duck in Glasgow
  • Sunday May 17th – The Thunderbolt in Bristol

More details from the Also Eden site.

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Kim Seviour leaves Touchstone

Touchstone's 2014 Christmas gig at Bilston Robin 2

Sad news from  Touchstone

It is with regret that we announce the departure of Kim Seviour from Touchstone.

Kim has decided to leave due to ongoing medical issues. Here are a few words from her…”I’m sure that this will come as a shock to many people, and for that I’m very sorry. As many of you will know, I’ve dealt with a health condition, M.E for the last five years of being in Touchstone. The condition and the lifestyle changes that it has resulted in, including a move cross-country, have made it impossible for me to commit to Touchstone in the way that it truly deserves. I need to take time to concentrate on my health and getting myself back to peak condition. Who knows what lies ahead after. I love my boys to bits and we’ve shared many amazing adventures, which would have been impossible without the support of incredible music lovers, and friends such as yourselves. I wish the guys the very best and know that they will continue to make awesome music, which I fully support all the way. For those who can make it, I would love to see you and share a drink at HRH, which will be my last Touchstone gig. Thank you so much for everything, I love you all. God bless xxx”

All the band fully accept this situation and support her decision and we know that you will join us in wishing Kim all the very best for the future. We will still be in very close contact. It’s been an amazing journey for all of us and we sincerely appreciate all the fantastic support from our fans and friends, given to us over the years.

Kim will be leaving after our performance at Hard Rock Hell on Friday 20th March, so if you want to get a last chance to see this lineup, it’s a trip to North Wales…!!!

As for the future of Touchstone, there are no immediate plans for a new release; the band is currently on indefinite hold and remaining members will pursue other projects.

At some time in the future the Touchstone phoenix may arise again…;

Kim will be a very hard act to follow with her dynamic stage presence and distictive voice. I first saw her ar her very first gig with the band, supporting The Reasoning at Crewe Limelight.

This incarnation of Touchstone should go out with a bang at HRH Prog.

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The Reasoning call it a day

The Reasoning at Trinity Live in Leamington Spa

Announced today on The Reasoning’s Facebook page:

A very good afternoon to you one and all, I hope you are well? I promise to keep what we are about to say very short, sweet and to the point. It is with a very heavy heart that we impart the following bit of news – The Reasoning have decided to call it day. We part in the knowledge that we have achieved many wonderful and great things as a band and as individuals but, the time has come to be honest and realise that as a musical group, we have explored as much as we can. Though we have enjoyed our journey with you immensely, we have also had occasions where it seemed so tough to carry on and as we approach the 3rd anniversary of the disappearance of our dear friend Owain, this seems like the right time to gently put the band to bed.

We want to thank all the bands, press and fans for the amazing loyalty, support and love. We have done many incredible things, been to many amazing places and played to so many amazing people. Our music lives on with you and in our hearts. This is not the last you will hear of us as musicians but I’m afraid, it is the last you will hear from us as a band. We are all parting on good terms and with firm friendships established. This is a decision we all feel is the best thing for the band and its musical legacy.

Thank you all once again, you will never know how much we truly love you all. Be well, take care and we’ll all see you on the road sometime soon. “The View From Where I Stand Begins To Change, Something Is Happening To Me…….”

The Reasoning xxxxx

It’s always sad news when a band splits. The Reasoning made a significant impact on the prog scene since they emerged at the beginning of 2007, and their first two albums in particular remain classics of the modern prog genre.

Matt Cohen and drummer Jake Bradford-Sharp are now working on a new project Ghost Community with Riversea’s Marc Atkinson, Also Eden’s Simon Rogers and former Crimson Sky keyboard player Moray McDonald. As for the rest of the band, I hope we haven’t heard the last of Rachel’s vocals.

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Secrets of Angels Trailer

Karnataka have released a trailer for their new album “Secrets of Angels”. Pre-orders should ship in early March.

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Lonely Robot Launch Party

John Mitchell, Heather Findlay and Steve Hogarth

John Mitchell held a launch party Lonely Robot’s Please Come Home on Monday 23rd Feb at The Lexington in London. It was a star-studded event, with attendees including Steven Wilson, as well as the many musicians who’s guested on the album, such as Heather Findlay and Marillion’s Steve Hogarth (above)

Heather Findlay duetting with John Mitchell on

Although the event was laregly a meet-and-greet, John Mitchell did play a short acoustic set accompanied by Liam Holmes on piano, and joined by two of the guest singers who’s appeared on the album. Here’s John and Heather duetting on “Why Do We Stay”, one of the album’s highlights.

Kim Seviour singing

Touchstone’s Kim Seviour was the other guest on stage, for the song “Oublette”. The album, perhaps the first essential progressive rock album of 2015, was released on the day of the event, and you can read my review here.

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White Willow cover The Scorpions

Scorpions songs work remarkably well with female vocals and spiralling clarinet.

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Kyrbgrinder announce new album

Kyrrbgrinder - Chronicles of a Dark MachineKyrbgrinder, the dynamic metal power trio fronted by drummer and vocalist Johannes James announce their long-awaited third album “Chronicles of a Dark Machine” on Cherry Red Records.

It’s released on March 2nd, but you can pre-order it now from the above links.

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Panic Room – Velocity

The opening track from Panic Room’s 4th album “Incarnate”, on Reverbnation

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Nightwish – Élan

First taste of the new Nightwish album, with Floor Jansen on vocals and lots of Troy Donockley.

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