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Gig review: MARTIN BARRE BAND (50 Years of Jethro Tull) – Floral Pavilion, New Brighton, Wirral, 2 June 2019

MARTIN BARRE BAND (50 Years of Jethro Tull) – Floral Pavilion, New Brighton, Wirral, 2 June 2019

The International Guitar Festival Of Great Britain, held annually for many years, has been a showcase for some of the world’s finest players. Sadly, it has lost its focus a little in recent years with acts appearing that have no … Continue reading

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Album review: RED BAZAR – Things As They Appear

RED BAZAR - THINGS AS THEY APPEAR

White Knight Records    [Release date: 26.01.2019] Whilst much of music these days drifts aimlessly in a reality-TV-induced slough of mediocrity, progressive rock appears to be in rude health – bucking the trend with a slew of tremendous albums released … Continue reading

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Album review: RPWL – Tales From Outer Space

RPWL - Tales From Outer Space

Gentle Art Of Music  [Release date: 22.03.19] You know what it’s like. You go to a gig and there’s a couple of support bands and you’re thinking to yourself “these are quite good” – then the main band comes on … Continue reading

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Album review: PINN DROPP – Perfectly Flawed

PINN DROPP - PERFECTLY FLAWED

Music & More Records  [Release date: 18.01.2019] When I saw Pinn Dropp were another progressive band from Poland – home to some of the finest progressive music released in the last ten years – I was hoping Riverside, Believe, Satellite. … Continue reading

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Album review: STEVE HACKETT – At The Edge Of Light

STEVE HACKETT - At The Edge Of Light

Inside Out  [Release Date: 25.01.19] I mentioned in my 2015 GRTR! review of Steve Hackett’s ‘Wolflight’ album how his star has been in the ascendency as a result of his wonderful live shows showcasing the Genesis back catalogue. Such has … Continue reading

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Album review: RIVERSIDE – Wasteland

RIVERSIDE - Wasteland

Inside Out  [Release date: 28.09.18] The death of Riverside guitarist Piotr Grudzinski in 2016 hit the band really hard. Not only was he one of a ‘band of brothers’ and an exceptional guitarist, he was part of a band that … Continue reading

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Album review: STEVE KILBEY – Sydney Rococo

STEVE KILBEY - Sydney Rococo

Golden Robot Records [Release date: 23.11.18] Has anyone else noticed a trend lately to drench perfectly good music in an avalanche of overly high-in-the-mix orchestration? I don’t know why so many top artists are doing this – is it an … Continue reading

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Gig Review: STEVE HACKETT – Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 3 October 2018

STEVE HACKETT - Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 3 October 2018

This new interview with Steve Hackett was broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on the eve of his UK orchestral tour. The hour special includes tracks from several albums included in the retrospective box set released in October 2018. … Continue reading

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Album Review: FERNANDO PERDANO – Out To Sea

FERNANDO PERDANO - Out To Sea

Cherry Red Records [Release date: 04.05.18] There are not that many rock guitar players who can really carry off an instrumental album. Once you get beyond Satriani, Jeff Beck, Vai and Malmsteen the list tails off and, in the field … Continue reading

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Album Review: YUKA AND CHRONOSHIP – Ship

YUKA AND CHRONOSHIP - Ship

Cherry Red Records [Release date 11.5.18] Yuka Funakoshi is a Japanese keyboard virtuoso who would certainly give any of Sherinian, Rudess or Norlander a run for their money and, together with her band of exceptional session men, Yuka and Chronoship … Continue reading

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Album review: GIN BLOSSOMS – Mixed Reality

GIN BLOSSOMS - Mixed Reality

Cleopatra Records [Release date: 22.06.18] Back in the late ‘80s, early ‘90s I was turned on to the jangling guitar sound of American “college radio” by my discovery of two bands – REM (before they hit paydirt) and The Gin … Continue reading

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DVD review: TOMMY EMMANUEL – Music Gone Public

TOMMY EMMANUEL - Music Gone Public

CGP Sounds/Music Gone Public  -  [Release date: 10.02.17] Tommy Emmanuel, for those not in the know, is surely one of the finest exponents of the acoustic guitar on the planet. The affable Aussie has released a fair number of DVDs … Continue reading

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Album review: VICTIM OF ILLUSION – Invisible Light

VICTIM OF ILLUSION - Invisible Light

Self-released  -  [Release date: 20.6.17] Time was that if it was prog it was British. And the Brits had it more or less all their own way for a good part of the late sixties through to the late eighties. … Continue reading

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Album review: THE CHURCH – Man Woman Life Death Infinity

THE CHURCH - Man Woman Life Death Infinity

Unorthodox Records  –  [Release date: 27 .10.17] Back in the day – and the day was the mid eighties to early nineties – The Church became my favourite band following the release of a series of fabulous albums that, despite … Continue reading

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Album review: MACHINES DREAM – Black Science

MACHINES DREAM - Black Science

Progressive Gears  –  [Release date: 16.05.17] With the notable and towering exception of Rush, Canada has not exactly been renowned for its contributors to the field of progressive rock. That, however, is very much on the change with bands such … Continue reading

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Album review: ANATHEMA – The Optimist

ANATHEMA - The Optimist

K-Scope [Release date: 09.06.17] Having moved on from their dark metal roots into progressive rock loveliness with the wonderful ‘We’re Here Because We’re Here’ album in 2010 and its magnificent follow-up ‘Weather Systems’ in 2012, Anathema somewhat divided opinion with … Continue reading

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Album review: RPWL – A New Dawn

RPWL - A New Dawn

Gentle Art Of Music [Release date: 14.07.17] RPWL are one of the finest purveyors of intelligent, meaningful progressive rock currently plying their trade in Europe and seem to be making a habit of releasing a superb album and following it … Continue reading

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Album review: THEA GILMORE – The Counterweight

THEA GILMORE - The Counterweight

WMW/Cooking Vinyl  [Release date 02.06.17] So what’s a girl to do? She’s got bills to pay just like the rest of us, so is this the moment that Thea Gilmore drifts into the mainstream? From the release of the bile-spitting … Continue reading

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Gig review: PANIC ROOM – Citadel Arts Centre, St Helens, 2 June 2017

Panic Room - The Citadel, St.Helens, 2 June 2017

Tour preview broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, 4 June 2017 (9:47) It is two years since I last saw Panic Room, and, musically, what a difference two years can make. Back then, the band played a fantastic ‘double … Continue reading

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Gig review: MAGENTA – The Citadel Arts Centre, St. Helens, 13 May 2017

MAGENTA - The Citadel Arts Centre, St. Helens, 13 May 2017

With the band celebrating fifteen years together and with a fabulous new album to promote, Rob Reed’s Magenta completed their (all too) short Spring tour in front of a suitably appreciative audience at The Citadel in St. Helens – a … Continue reading

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