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Todd Rundgren has released a new studio album – ‘White Knight’ – via Cleopatra Records on 12 May.
The 15-track collection features a dynamic range of original songs by Rundgren, with an incredible array of guests to match, including Dam Funk, Donald Fagen, Daryl Hall, Bettye LaVette, Robyn, Joe Satriani, Joe Walsh, and others.
The songs on ‘White Knight’ – all Rundgren originals or co-writes with some of the album guests – range from hip-hop flecked funk and synth rock to soaring ballads and crisp power pop.
Says Rundgren: “It’s easy to get used to playing to your own audience, even if you are absorbing and experimenting with new ideas. I wanted to collaborate not just for the musical possibilities, but also to play for new audiences and expose my fans to the range of artists I enjoy working with.”
On Sunday 28 May, David Randall chats to Rundgren for his 500th radio show “Assume The Position”. Says David: “Todd’s more recent resurgence in the UK parallels the development of getreadytorock.com as much as the radio station. The album ‘Liars’ in 2004 prompted me to re-evaluate Todd’s music and realise the phenomenal “back catalogue” as much as his contribution to others via production work and songwriting.”
“White Knight is probably his most accessible album in recent years and will hopefully prompt new listeners to set out on a similar voyage of discovery.”
Todd Rundgren will tour throughout 2017 including “Yestival” and later this year with the Ringo Starr All-Star Band.
Photo by Steve Goudie
Summer festival season starts this weekend with Bearded Theory
The sold-out Bearded Theory event at Catton Hall, Derbyshire gets the summer rock music festival season off to a start 25-28 May.
Appearing this year The Alarm, Cast, Madness, Vintage Trouble amongst many others.
The event is closely followed by the Acoustic Festival of Britain, Uttoxeter Racecourse, Staffordshire, 2-4 June. Amongst the acts appearing GRTR! favourites Martin Turner, Chantel McGregor and Nell Bryden along with Fairport Convention, Howard Jones and The Christians and many others.
Forthcoming festivals 2017
We list here a selection of festivals/large events taking place in the first part of the year – if your event is not listed please contact us with the details.
Bearded Theory, Catton Hall, Derbyshire 25-28 May
including SKUNK ANANSIE, SEASICK STEVE, THE ALARM, CAST, MADNESS…
The Acoustic Festival of Britain, Uttoxeter Racecourse, Staffs 2-4 June 2017
including HOWARD JONES, FAIRPORT CONVENTION, MARTIN TURNER…
Stone Free Festival, O2 Arena, London, 17 June
BLUE OYSTER CULT, RITCHIE BLACKMORE’S RAINBOW, SWEET, THE ANSWER, GUN and more…
The Steelhouse Festival, Ebbw Vale, South Wales 29-30 July 2017
including LAST IN LINE, KING KING, SAXON, BROKEN WITT REBELS, STONE BROKEN…
Ramblin’ Man, Mote Park, Maidstone, Kent 29-30 July 2017
including ZZ TOP, KANSAS, DOKKEN, GLENN HUGHES …
MAY – JUNE 2017 (UK)
IRON MAIDEN 4-28 May
PAUL RODGERS/Deborah Bonham 5-28 May
SNAKECHARMER 5-27 May
PANIC ROOM 6 May – 1 July
SARI SCHORR (pictured) 18-27 May
ERIC GALES 27 May – 2 June
THEA GILMORE 30 May-13 June
VINTAGE TROUBLE 31 May-8 June
KING’S X 12-14 June
MOLLIE MARRIOTT Control
Mollie Marriott releases her debut single on 2 June.
Daughter of former Small Faces and Humble Pie singer/guitarist Steve Marriott and step-daughter to singer Joe Brown, Mollie will perform a rare concert at London’s Borderline on Thursday 1st June 2017. Tickets are available from the 24 hour box office and www.thegigcartel.com.
Mollie has spent her music career in the wings, having worked mostly as a backing singer with numerous artists including Oasis and her stepfather Joe Brown.
JOE BONAMASSA This Train
Joe Bonamassa performs “This Train”from his forthcoming live CD/DVD/Bluray/Vinyl release “Joe Bonamassa – Live at Carnegie Hall – An Acoustic Evening.” (Provogue)
ALISON MOYET Reassuring Pinches
Prior to the release of her highly-anticipated new album ‘Other’ on June 16th via Cooking Vinyl, pop legend Alison Moyet has unveiled a video for the recent single ‘Reassuring Pinches’.
‘Other’ was again catalysed by Alison’s fruitful partnership with producer and song writing collaborator Guy Sigsworth, who (as well as having worked with Björk, Goldie and Madonna) also co-created her last album ‘the minutes’, which debuted at # 5 in the national charts and won critical acclaim.
Following the release of ‘Other’, Alison will embark on a worldwide headline tour, including UK and Irish dates from October 27th until November 28th. With Alison’s headline show at London’s Palladium now sold out, a second London show (also at the Palladium) has been added on November 15th, due to huge demand.
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