News: Prog Rockers Renaissance return with UK tour in April

Renaissance in concert

Annie Haslam chats to David Randall about Renaissance and the forthcoming tour.  This is an un-broadcast extract from a longer interview that will form the basis of an hour special on Sunday 29 March at 22:00 on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio. (14:56)  Renaissance are Featured Artists at Get Ready to ROCK! Radio. (The interview is now available via the link below).

Interview (March 2015)
Gig review (The Stables, 14 April)

Progressive rockers Renaissance return to the UK in April with a series of dates as part of a European tour.

The band developed from the ashes of the seminal UK rock band, The Yardbirds in the late-1960s but it wasn’t until 1973 that the “classic line-up” recorded their definitive album ‘Ashes Are Burning’.  They were first acknowledged for uniquely blending progressive rock with classical influences and symphonic arrangements.

The band disbanded in the late 1980′s at which time Annie Haslam launched a solo career. In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the original founding of Renaissance, Michael Dunford and Annie decided to form a new touring band in 2009.

Dunford died prematurely in 2012 shortly after the band recorded their first album in 13 years, ‘Symphony Of Light’, which also features guest appearances from Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) and John Wetton (Asia/King Crimson/UK and one-time Renaissance member).

The current personnel of Renaissance include: Annie Haslam lead vocals, Rave Tesar keyboards, David J Keyes bass guitar, Jason Hart keyboards, Frank Pagano drums and Ryche Chlanda acoustic guitars.

Tour dates


9th: VERVIERS (BELGIUM) – Spirit of 66
10TH: ZOETEMEER (Netherlands) – Cultuurpodium Boerderij
11th: DORTMUND (Germany) – Musiktheater Piano
12th: TWIST (Germany) – Heimathaus Twist
14th: MILTON KEYNES, The Stables, Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire MK17 8LU Time tbc Price tbc
16th: LONDON, Union Chapel, 19B Compton Terrace, London N1 2UN Doors 7pm £28.50 (adv) plus bf. 020 7226 1686
17th: FROME, Cheese & Grain, Market Yard, Frome, Somerset, BA11 1BE 18.50 (adv) £22.00 (door). Tickets from b/o 01373 455 420 OR – Raves From The Grave 01373 464 666. Doors 8pm Fully seated event. Support – Amelia Orgill & The Teazle Band
18th: FARNHAM, The Maltings, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7QR 01252 745444 £28/£30 plus bf 8pm
19th: LEAMINGTON SPA, Assembly, Spencer Street, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV31 3NF, £21.50 7pm Ticketline 0871 220 0260
21st: WIMBORNE, The Tivoli, West Borough, Wimborne Minster, Dorset BH21 1LT £20 7.30pm
23rd: BILSTON, The Robin 2, 20-28 Mount Pleasant, Bilston, Wolverhampton WV14 7LJ 01902 401211 £20 (adv)/£22 (door) Time tbc
24th: ST.HELENS, Citadel Arts Centre, Waterloo Street, St Helens, Merseyside WA10 1PX  01744 735436 £20 Doors 7.30pm presented in association with the Classic Rock Society
27th: TEL AVIV (Israel) – Wohl Ampitheatre


1st: GOUVEIA (Portugal) – Gouveia Art Rock Festival

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