SYD ARTHUR – On And On

Dawn Chrorus 2012

Syd Arthur are a young up and coming band who have been described as being part of the next generation of the early ‘70’s Canterbury scene of whimsical very-English prog bands such as Caravan, Camel and Soft Machine. The “Syd” part of the name is an obvious reference to Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd but the “Arthur” is a more obscure reference to a 1969 album by the Kinks.

Based in Kent the band consists of Liam Magill (guitar, vocals), Raven Bush (violin), Joel Magill (bass) and Fred Rother (drums). The band’s claim to fame is that Raven Bush is the nephew of the wonderful (and Kent gal herself) Kate Bush.

The whole album sounds very similar to me with no track actually standing out or having anything memorable. Everything has a late sixties, early seventies folk/jazz/prog vibe which often reminds me of something from that musical “Hair”…

Well played and pleasant enough album but not my cup of tea at all…the whole album just drifted me by in a haze…

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Phil Berisford


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In this show, first broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on 2 February 2020, David Randall plays a selection of tracks from some of the artists who impressed at this year’s Giants Of Rock event in Minehead (24-27 January).

Featured Albums w/c 17 February (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 NEWMAN Ignition (AOR Heaven)
12:00-13:00 BLACK SWAN Shake The World (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 CORMAC O CAOIMH Swim Crawl Walk Run (indie)

Power Plays w/c 17 February (Mon-Fri)

SHAKRA Turn The Light On (AFM Records)
THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA Transmissions (Nuclear Blast)
RYDERS CREED Lost Soul (Off Yer Rocka Recordings)
FRAMING HANLEY Puzzle Pieces (Thermal Entertainment LLC)
ROBERT HART Mysterious (Escape Music)



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