Featured Artist of the Week // Billy Sherwood

William Wyman “Billy” Sherwood (born March 14, 1965, Las Vegas, Nevada) is a musician, record producer, and engineer.

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Biography

Family

Sherwood comes from a musical family which includes his father Bobby Sherwood, who was an actor, musician, and big band leader, his mother Phyllis, a singer and drummer, and brother Michael, a keyboardist and singer. His godfather is the late Milton Berle. Billy has a wife, Michi.

Lodgic

Sherwood’s music career started when he joined a band called Lodgic formed by Michael. Billy played bass and sang, while Michael played keyboards and sang back up. Lodgic also included Guy Allison on keyboards, Jimmy Haun on guitar and Gary Starns on drums. They eventually moved the band to Los Angeles in 1980. After many years of trying to get things together, they recorded their debut album Nomadic Sands, released in 1985.

World Trade

Lodgic eventually broke up, and Billy Sherwood put together a new band with Guy Allison. They recruited guitarist Bruce Gowdy and drummer Mark T. Williams to form World Trade. They recorded their self-titled debut in 1989, with Sherwood taking on the roles of engineer, mixer, and producer again, along with his band duties as bassist and lead singer.

Yes and other projects

Then, Sherwood and Gowdy were asked to come and jam with Chris Squire, Alan White, and Tony Kaye of Yes. Singer Jon Anderson and guitarist Trevor Rabin had left the band and the idea was for Sherwood and Gowdy to replace them in the band. Rabin returned to the band, but demos were recorded by a line-up of Squire, White, Kaye, Rabin and Sherwood. However, Yes were to merge with Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe and Sherwood was relegated to the role of side musician, appearing on one track of the subsequent album Union. Like Trevor Horn before him, Sherwood was uncomfortable with the idea of replacing Anderson as the front man of Yes, but he struck up a friendship with Squire that would lead to work with him throughout the next 20 years.

During the hiatus of Yes, Squire put together the Chris Squire Experiment, having Sherwood as the lead singer while playing some guitar and keyboards. Sherwood then went on to record a project called The Key with guitarist Marty Walsh, though they would not release the album until 1997.

Behind the board, Sherwood worked with Motörhead, Dangerous Toys, and Paul Rodgers (formerly of Bad Company) as producer and engineer. Sherwood also guested on Toto’s Kingdom of Desire album, singing and playing bass. He also produced a couple of tribute albums, including Jeffology, a tribute to Jeff Beck. Sherwood then joined Yes on tour as an additional musician, playing guitar and keyboards for their tour in support of Talk.

Sherwood got back together with his band mates from World Trade and released Euphoria in 1995, with Jay Schellen replacing Williams on drums. After this, he worked with a multitude of artists. Most of his work was as producer, mixer and engineer, including on more tribute albums: Dragon Attack, a tribute to Queen; Salute to AC/DC; and Crossfire, a tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Sherwood would co-produce, engineer and mix the new studio tracks for Yes’s Keys to Ascension and Keys to Ascension 2 albums. Sherwood started work on a third album by World Trade, but the band would fall apart. He would later use much of that material as his debut solo album The Big Peace, released in 1999.

After the two Keys to Ascension albums, Rick Wakeman left Yes. Sherwood’s friendship with Chris Squire would then lead him being asked to join the band again. The material that they had written together was used as the basis of what would become Open Your Eyes, released in 1997 by Yes. Sherwood played guitar and keyboards. Igor Khoroshev would join the band before the tour as the keyboardist leaving Sherwood to playing guitar and supplying backing vocals.

After returning from the tour, Sherwood and Yes returned to the studio to record The Ladder. During this time too, Sherwood and Squire started putting the finishing touches on their album Conspiracy, largely based on the Chris Squire Experiment material, which was released while Yes was on tour in support of The Ladder in 2000. Billy also took time to perform on his brother Michael’s album Tangletown, released in 1999.

Yes recorded a show during The Ladder tour in Sherwood’s hometown of Las Vegas at the House of Blues. This was released as an album and DVD titled House of Yes. Then after the tour, an announcement came that Sherwood was no longer a member of Yes.

After his departure from Yes, Sherwood worked with Chris Squire to release Conspiracy, including some work they composed together some years before. Following that, Sherwood composed his first solo album called The Big Peace in which he played most of all the instruments and also produced. The album was a sort of back to basics of his progressive roots.

In 2003, Sherwood released another album with Chris Squire, the project becoming known as Conspiracy. The album was titled The Unknown.

More recently, Sherwood has been working on further tribute albums, notably Back Against the Wall and Return to the Dark Side of the Moon, tributes to Pink Floyd’s The Wall and The Dark Side of the Moon respectively. The latter includes a new track recorded with Tony Kaye.

In 2007, a new band with Sherwood, Alan White, Tony Kaye and Jimmy Haun was announced, called Circa. With the release of their debut album Circa 2007 and a live DVD concert, Circa has played various live dates. White left the band and was replaced by Jay Schellen.

Sherwood is also credited for writing the theme song for the online anime series, Kung Fu Jimmy Chow.

In August 2008, Billy Sherwood’s released his third solo album, At the Speed of Life, for which he received an award that year as the best Progressive Rock Producer.

On January 14, 2009, Circa self-released on the Internet its second studio album, Circa HQ. This time, White was not available due to his commitments with Yes (who had begun a new tour). Sherwood’s long time friend, collaborator and drummer, Jay Schellen, replaced White on the album. After a short international tour, Sherwood and co. started another project with former Toto singer, Bobby Kimball. Kimball, Sherwood, Tony Kaye and Jimmy Haun formed new band, Yoso, with a debut studio album in April 2009. Haun later abandoned the line-up (in order to focus on his work for adverts). He was replaced by Yes tribute band guitarist, Johnny Bruhns. Schellen chose to focus on his work in Asia Featuring John Payne and, after a number of other drummers, the band toured with Scott Connor on drums. Yoso then disbanded. Sherwood also released his fourth solo album, Oneirology.

In 2011, CIRCA: returned with a new line-up of Sherwood, Kaye, Bruhns and Connor, while Sherwood released his fifth solo album, What was the Question?. In 2012, Sherwood wrote, produced, arranged and performed on The Prog Collective, an album featuring vocal or instrumental contributions from many of the progressive rock artists he had worked with over the years. He reprised the concept with a similar collection of artists for Epilogue, released in 2013.

On October 8, 2013, they released the official video to William Shatner’s record Ponder The Mystery, followed by a sold out tour with CIRCA. Ponder The Mystery also features appearances of Steve Vai, Robby Krieger, Al Di Meola, George Duke, Vince Gill, Dave Koz, Rick Wakeman and Edgar Winter. He also played with Alan Parsons Project.

Sherwood appeared along with William Shatner in the Season 14 premiere of Hell’s Kitchen where they met blue team as part of their reward for winning the signature dish challenge.

On May 19, 2015, it was officially announced that Chris Squire would be undergoing treatment for Acute erythroid leukemia, and that Yes would continue their 2015 North American tour with Sherwood filling Squire’s role. After Squire’s passing on June 27, 2015, Sherwood—as well as other members of Yes (both former and current)–made a public statement expressing his grief. In regards to his new role as the now-permanent bassist for Yes: “Chris said to me, ‘play the music, be yourself and make me proud’. It’s my true desire now [to] live up to his wishes.”

On 11 January 2017, it was announced via Asia’s Official Facebook that Sherwood would be filling in for John Wetton for tour dates in the spring of 2017 while Wetton underwent chemotherapy. Weston died on 31 January 2017.

Discography

Solo albums

  • The Big Peace (1999)
  • No Comment (2003)
  • At the Speed of Life (2008)
  • Oneirology (2010)
  • What Was the Question? (2011)
  • The Art of Survival (2012)
  • Divided by One (2014)
  • Collection (2015), compilation with two exclusive tracks
  • Archived (2015), album sold at Yes concerts during their 2015 tour, availability on Sherwood’s website in 2016
  • Citizen (2015)

With World Trade

  • World Trade (1989)
  • Euphoria (1995)

With Lodgic

  • Nomadic Sands (1985)

With Yes

  • Open Your Eyes (1997)
  • The Ladder (1999)
  • House of Yes: Live from House of Blues (2000)
  • Also: production, songwriting and various instruments on Union (1991), and mixing on Keys to Ascension (1996), Keys to Ascension 2 (1997), Heaven & Earth (2014), Like It Is: Yes at the Bristol Hippodrome (2014) and Like It Is: Yes at the Mesa Arts Center (2015)

With Conspiracy

  • Conspiracy (2000)
  • The Unknown (2003)

With Circa

  • Circa 2007 (2007)
  • Circa Live (2009, + DVD 2008)
  • Circa HQ (2009)
  • Overflow (2009)
  • And So On (2011)
  • Live From Here There & Everywhere (2013)
  • Valley Of The Windmill (2016)

With The Prog Collective

  • The Prog Collective (2012)
  • Epilogue (2013)

With Yoso

  • Elements (2010)

Solo Production Credits

  • Back Against The Wall (2005)
  • Return to the Dark Side of the Moon (2006)
  • Songs of the Century: An All-Star Tribute to Supertramp (2012)

Other Appearances

  • Deep Purple – Slaves and Masters (1990)
  • Yes – Yesyears (1991)
  • Yes – Union (1991)
  • Regulators – The Regulators (1991)
  • Toto – Kingdom of Desire (1992)
  • Motörhead – March ör Die (1992)
  • Air Supply – The Vanishing Race (1993)
  • Paul Rodgers – Muddy Water Blues: A Tribute to Muddy Waters (1993)
  • Dangerous Toys – Pissed (1994)
  • Various Artists – Supper’s Ready (1995)
  • Various Artists – The Moon Revisited (1995)
  • Various Artists – Tales From Yesterday (1995)
  • Pam Thum – Faithful (1995)
  • Air Supply – News from Nowhere (1995)
  • Yes – Keys to Ascension (1996)
  • Def Leppard – All I Want Is Everything (1996)
  • Various Artists – Crossfire: A Salute To Stevie Ray Vaughan (1996)
  • Yes – Keys to Ascension (1997)
  • Various Artists – Dragon Attack: A Tribute To Queen (1997)
  • Paul Rodgers – Chronicle (1997)
  • The Key – The World is Watching (1997)
  • Treason – Treason (1997)
  • Ratt – Collage (1997)
  • Carmine Appice – Guitar Zeus (1997)
  • Flambookey – Flambookey (1997)
  • Various Artists – Thunderbolt-A Tribute To AC/DC (1998)
  • Michael Sherwood – Tangletown (1998)
  • Regulators – Bar & Grill (1998)
  • Quiet Riot – Alive and Well (1999)
  • Carmine Appice – Guitar zeus: Japan (2000)
  • Yes – Keystudio (2001)
  • Fear Factory – Digimortal (2001)
  • Carmine Appice – Guitar Zeus: Korea (2002)
  • Jack Russell – For You (2002)
  • Todd Rundgren – Todd Rundgren And His Friends (2002)
  • Medwyn Goodball – Anam Cara
  • Various Artists – Pigs & Pyramids-An All Star Lineup Performing The Songs of Pink Floyd (2002)
  • Ignition – Ignition (2003)
  • Various Artists – Bat Head Soup-A Tribute To Ozzy Osbourne (2003)
  • Asia – Silent Nation (2004)
  • John 5 – Vertigo (2004)
  • Larry Klimas – Retro-Spec(t) (2004)
  • Michael Schenker – Heavy Hitters (2005)
  • Various Artists – Back Against The Wall (2005)
  • Edgar Winter – The Better Deal (2006)
  • Various Artists – Return to the Dark Side of the Moon (2006)
  • Various Artists – An ’80s Metal Tribute To Journey (2006)
  • Various Artists – Lights Out: The Ultimate Tribute To UFO (2006)
  • Various Artists – An All-Star Tribute To Lynyrd Skynyrd (2007)
  • Graham Russell – The Future (2007)
  • Hollywood Roses – Dopesnake (2007)
  • Various Artists – 70’s Box: The Sound Of A Decade (2007)
  • Julie Francis – Lucky Penny (2008)
  • Various Artists – Led Box: The Ultimate Tribute To Led Zeppelin (2008)
  • Various Artists – Big Movies, Big Music Volume 1 (2008)
  • Various Artists – Big Networks, Big Music Volume 2 (2008)
  • Various Artists – Big Networks, Big Music Volume 9 (2008)
  • Various Artists – Ultimate Holiday Party Volume 1 (2008)
  • Various Artists – Ultimate Christmas Party Volume 2 (2008)
  • Various Artists – Ultimate Christmas Party Volume 3 (2008)
  • Various Artists – A Tribute To Thin Lizzy (2008)
  • Various Artists – Abbey Road: A Tribute To The Beatles’ (2009)
  • Eureka – Shackleton’s Voyage (2009)
  • Various Artists – An All-Star Salute to Christmas (2010)
  • Nigel Briggs – Unwind (2010)
  • Mars Hollow – World in Front of Me (2011)
  • John Wetton – Raised in Captivity (2011)
  • Flaming Row – Elinoire (2011)
  • Michael Schenker Group – By Invitation Only
  • Sonic Elements – XYZ—A Tribute to Rush (2012)
  • Jay Tausig – Pisces (2012)
  • Various Artists – Songs of the Century: An All-Star Tribute to Supertramp (2012)
  • Various Artists – Black on Blues – A Tribute to The Black Keys (2012)
  • The Fusion Syndicate – The Fusion Syndicate (2012)
  • Edison’s Lab – Edison’s Lab EP (2012)
  • Blackburner – Planet Earth Attack (2012)
  • Nektar – A Spoonful of Time (2012)
  • Nektar – Time Machine (2013)
  • Days Between Stations – In Extremis (2013)
  • Sons of Hippies – Griffones at the Gates of Heaven (2013)
  • William Shatner – Ponder The Mystery (2013)
  • Dale Bozzio – Missing In Action (2014)
  • Spirits Burning – Starhawk (2015)
  • Time Horizons – Transitions (2015)
  • Leon Alvarado – The Future Left Behind (2016)

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Althea // Featured Artist of the Week

Althea

About
Althea formed in Milan from an idea of the guitarist Dario Bortot and bassist Fabrizio Zilio with the object of developing a free-of-schemes progressive metal rock project. With the entrance in the line up of the keyboardist Marco Zambardi the band produced a number of demo tapes and played live in many venues in northern Italy, also participating in several musical contests.
With Sergio Sampietro on drums and Alessio Accardo on vocals joining the band, the Althea line up stabilized and the group resumed live performances in several of the Milan clubs, including the LiveMi event in Piazza Duomo.

With this formation, the band composed and recorded new songs that after an intense amount of work in the recording studio, became part of the “Eleven” EP, released in February 2014.
Eleven received outstanding reviews from local and international press and the band played live extensively in iconic locations, including Colony club.

In 2016 the band went back into the studio to record the new full length concept album “Memories Have No Name”, a 16 songs concept album spacing from progressive metal, rock and experimental ambient sections to be released in January 2017.

Members
Dario Bortot (Guitar)
Fabrizio Zilio (Bass)
Marco Zambardi (Key and Loops)
Sergio Sampietro (Drums)
Alessio Accardo (Vocal)

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Featured Artist Of The Week // Textures

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In 2003, the year of the launch of TEXTURES’ debut album Polars, the first reactions start to stream in: “This is the best metal album that’s ever come out of the Netherlands” according to the Dutch music magazine Oor. The standard is set. TEXTURES, once just a promising up-and-coming band from the South of the Netherlands, has now emerged, 3 albums later, as an established name in the worldwide metal scene.

The band’s fourth album Dualism — on the band’s new home Nuclear Blast — is groovier, catchier, and the production even grander than its 2008 predecessor Silhouettes. The band’s trademark mix of expertly crafted brutality, melody, freaky, innovative rhythms and catchy vocals is still intact, with Bart Hennephof and Jochem Jacobs’s expertly crafted sonic… um… textures and the unruly heavy-hitting of drummer Stef Broks creating the perfect metal cocktail. The climaxes of the songs on Dualism have been elevated to a higher level, partially due to the contribution of their new keyboard player Uri Dijk and new frontman Daniel de Jongh (ex-Cilice) who, as far as his sound goes, is every bit the talent as his predecessor Eric Kalsbeek.

Once again, the band took total control of every facet of the album. Everything was recorded at Split Second Sound, the new Amsterdam-based studio belonging to Jacobs, who produced the album. The band also handled all their own artwork and merchandising, which was designed by bassist Remko Tielemans.

The last album, Silhouettes, received worldwide acclaim from the international press. Everybody from Europe to the U.S. to India could sing along to the song “Awake,” which received strong support from online metal communities and got prime time airplay on Radio 3 fm (NL), Radio 1 (UK) and Triple J (AU). The video clip got airplay on MTV in Europe and Russia, and VH1 in India. In the Netherlands TEXTURES reached the Album Top 100 for the very first time. The band played at Graspop in Belgium, the Great Escape in the UK, Tuska in Finland, Hellfest in France and Lowlands in their home country the Netherlands and also toured with Arch Enemy and All That Remains, among others.

In 2009 the band flew to Bangalore to play India for the first time — where they’d just been featured on the cover of India’s most prestigious rock magazine The Rock Street Journal – and delivered an explosive headline performance for over 5,000 fans. Exactly a year later they return for another festival, dazzling the University of New Delhi where the band was welcomed by throngs of thousands once again.

With two new band members, a new record label and a new album TEXTURES will be hitting the road once again, touring all over the world in support of the album and going places where they’ve never been before, both literally and metaphorically.

MEMBERS:
Daniel de Jongh – vocals
Joe Tal – guitars
Bart Hennephof – guitars
Stef Broks – drums
Remko Tielemans – bass
Uri Dijk – synths

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The Tea Club // Featured Artist of The Week

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The Tea Club is a band from New Jersey consisting of Patrick McGowan (vocals/guitar/keyboards), Dan McGowan (vocals/guitar/keyboards), Jamie Wolff (bass/violin/cello), Joe Dorsey (keyboards) and Dan Monda (drums).

In 2008, the band was discovered by producer Tim Gilles (Anthrax, Taking Back Sunday, Hades, Bear vs. Shark, Thursday), who recorded, produced, and mixed their first album at Big Blue Meenie Studios. “General Winter’s Secret Museum” was released in July 2008. The album included original artwork by Dan and Patrick McGowan, with an album cover by artist Kendra DeSimone.

Following a brief East Coast tour, The Tea Club returned to Tim Gilles and Big Blue Meenie Studios to record their second album entitled “Rabbit“ which was released on October 9th 2010. The album featured guest keyboardist Tom Brislin (Yes, Renaissance, OK Go, Meatloaf, Camel).

Like General Winter’s Secret Museum, the album cover was painted by Kendra DeSimone and featured original artwork by Dan and Patrick McGowan. Rabbit was met with very positive reviews. The Organ ‘zine praised The Tea Club for being a band that is ”not afraid to nail their colours firmly to their mast and fly directly in to the face of fashion”. Indie Music Reviewer said that Rabbit ”can appease any listener of just about any genre”, giving the album 5 out of 5 stars.

They spent the rest of 2010 and 2011 touring the East Coast, including performances at the ProgDay Music Festival in North Carolina, the Philly Film & Music Festival, and the NJ Proghouse Music Series. Reviews and articles about the band were featured in publications such as Metro Philly, Indie Music Reviewer, Origivation, and JUMP. The band also released several homemade music videos for songs from the Rabbit album. They ended 2011 by opening for Jimmy Gnecco of the band Ours in Philadelphia.

In early 2012, The Tea Club once again returned to Big Blue Meenie Studios to record their third album with producer Tim Gilles. Following these sessions, the band was invited to support Beardfish on their mini-tour of the United States in May 2012.

The Tea Club’s third album, “Quickly Quickly Quickly”, was released on November 15th, 2012. Once again, the album cover was done by Kendra DeSimone with artwork by the McGowan brothers. Quickly Quickly Quickly was met with overwhelmingly positive reviews and made several “Top Albums of 2012” lists. Dangerdog Music Reviews called the album “wildly inventive”, while Instrumentali.com said that “The Tea Club has taken the dormant rock beast and tied a choke chain onto it.” Conor Fynes of The Metal Observer had this to say in his review of Quickly Quickly Quickly: “Although 2012 was a year host to output of impressive records from some of progressive rock’s finest, The Tea Club just may have topped them all.”

In 2013, The Tea Club travelled to Canada to perform two 90 minute sets at the Terra Incognita Festival in Quebec City. In August 2013, the band toured the United States with Thank You Scientist. The tour included a performance at Indie Music Reviewer’s IMR Music Festival 2013 in Atlanta, GA.

The Tea Club spent 2014 writing and recording at Big Blue Meenie Studios. These recordings became The Tea Club’s fourth album, “Grappling”, which was released on November 17, 2015. Grappling was met with critical acclaim, with many reviewers calling it the band’s greatest achievement, solidifying the band as a major presence in progressive rock.

2016 The Tea Club supported HAKEN in September on part of their “Affinity” Tour of the USA. The Tea Club also announced the upcoming release of the Grappling Graphic Novel, a 6-issue comic book series that elaborates on the stories told in the lyrics of their Grappling album. Written by Patrick McGowan with artwork by Dan McGowan and Kendra DeSimone, the first issue will be available October 10th, 2016 In December the band has embarked on a support tour of Thank You Scientist.

Website: http://www.theteaclub.net
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theteaclubband/

 

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Clive Nolan // Artist of The Week

Clive Nolan is a British musician, composer and producer who has played a prominent role in the recent development of progressive and symphonic rock.

Clive Nolan

Born in Gloucestershire, he was a pupil at Wycliffe College and King’s School, Gloucester. He completed his B. Mus and M. Mus degrees at London University where he studied composition, orchestration and conducting. He has been the regular keyboard player in Pendragon (1986–present), Shadowland (1992–present), Strangers on a Train (1993–1994), Arena (1995–present) and Caamora (2006–present) as well as writing music and lyrics for Arena, Shadowland, Caamora and numerous other projects.

Nolan is the founder member of The Caamora Theatre Company formed to produce and perform the musicals of Clive Nolan. The premiere of ‘She’ took place in Katowice Wyspianski Theatre in Poland in October 2007. Subsequently, full theatrical performances of ‘She’ were performed in January 2010 in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, followed by the eight-man ‘She in Concert’ variation in Holland in September 2011. In February 2012 theatrical version of ‘She’ debuted in the UK in Cheltenham Playhouse Theatre. Recently, the revived theatre shows were performed again at the Cheltenham Playhouse in September 2015 during the anniversary event, “The Fire and the Quest”. ‘She in Concert” was also performed in Germany in 2015 and Holland in 2016.

He was voted Best Keyboard Player by Classic Rock Society in the years: 1995, 1996, 1998, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015 and 2016. In 2010 the Bolivian government awarded him with the title of Honorary Visitor to Santa Cruz, Bolivia for his theatre work in the city of Santa Cruz. In 2013 he was awarded with the Polish MLWZ “Golden Lexicon Award” for Outstanding Achievements in Music for his musical ‘Alchemy’.

Nolan released his second musical ‘Alchemy’, with libretto based on the composer’s original story, early in 2013. In February 2013 the live show was recorded for the DVD at the famous Wyspianski Theatre in Katowice, Poland. The full theatrical shows of ‘Alchemy’ were performed by the Caamora Theatre Company at the Cheltenham Playhouse Theatre in September 2013. In 2013 and 2014 the concert version of ‘Alchemy’ headlined musical and theatre events in the UK and Holland. In August 2014 ‘Alchemy’ was performed over a week at the Jermyn Street Theatre in the London Off-West End. In november 2014, ‘Alchemy’ returned in a concert version to be performed in Reichenbach, Germany. Recently the musical was once more performed at the Cheltenham Playhouse as part of “The Fire and the Quest” festival.

 

Clive Nolan with Arena

Studio

  • Songs from the Lion’s Cage (1995)
  • Pride (1996)
  • The Visitor (1998)
  • Immortal? (2000)
  • Contagion (2003)
  • Pepper’s Ghost (2005)
  • The Seventh Degree of Separation (2011)
  • The Unquiet Sky (2015)

Live

  • Welcome to the Stage (1997)
  • Breakfast in Biarritz (2001)
  • Live & Life (2004)
  • Arena: Live (2013)
  • Arena: XX (2016)

EP’s

  • The Cry (1997)
  • Contagious (2003)
  • Contagium (2003)

Compilations

  • Ten Years On (2006)

Videos/DVDs

  • Caught in the Act (2003) (live)
  • Smoke & Mirrors (2006) (live)
  • Rapture (2011) (live)
  • Arena: XX (2016) (live)

Clive Nolan with Pendragon

  • The Jewel (1985)
  • Kowtow (1988)
  • The World (1991)
  • The Window of Life (1993)
  • The Masquerade Overture (1996)
  • Not Of This World (2001)
  • Believe (2005)
  • Pure (2008)
  • Passion (2011)
  • Men Who Climb Mountains (2014)

Clive Nolan with Shadowland

Albums

  • Ring of Roses (1992), reissued with two extra tracks (1997), remastered with bonus tracks (2009)
  • Through the Looking Glass (1994), reissued with one extra track (1997), remastered with bonus tracks (2009)
  • Mad as a Hatter (1996), remastered with bonus tracks (2009)
  • A Matter of Perspective (2009)

DVDs

  • Edge of Night (2009)

Box sets

  • Cautionary Tales (2009)

Clive Nolan with Caamora

  1. Clive Nolan & Agnieszka Swita – Closer – CD – 2006
  2. Caamora – Walk on Water (Mini-Album) – CD – 2007
  3. Caamora – Embrace (Single) – CD – 2008
  4. Caamora – Journey’s End… An Acoustic Anthology – 2CD – 2008
  5. Caamora – She – 2CD / 2CD Digipak / 3LP – 2008
  6. Caamora – She (Live) – DVD / DVD+2CD / 2CD – 2008

Clive Nolan with Strangers on a Train

  1. The Key – Part 1 – The Prophecy – Verglas 1990
  2. The Key – Part 2 – The Labyrinth – Verglas 1993

Clive Nolan and Oliver Wakeman

  1. Jabberwocky – Verglas 1999
  2. The Hound of the Baskervilles – Verglas 2002

Clive Nolan with Casino

  1. Casino – Verglas 1992

Clive Nolan with Neo

  1. Broadcast (DVD) – Metal Mind 2007

Clive Nolan

  1. Skeletons in the Cupboard -Archive – Vol 1 – Verglas 2003

Clive Nolan with Gandalf’s Fist

  1. A Forest of Fey 2014
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Francis Dunnery // Featured Artist of The Week

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ABOUT FRANCIS DUNNERY

Francis Dunnery operates as a Multi-Media Artist. His work combines music, humor, video, literature, performance art, philosophy and blistering electric guitar. Although impossible to pigeonhole, his work always reflects his deep commitment to personal Freedom and Individuality.

Francis first hit the public stage back in the eighties as lead vocalist and guitarist for the progressive rock band ‘It Bites’. He has since gone on to have a very successful musical solo career spanning thirty years. During this time he has written, produced and performed music with some of the most successful artists of his time, artists such as Led Zeppelin’s singer Robert Plant, guitar legend Carlos Santana, Squeeze’s stalwart Chris Difford, Stone Roses’ singer Ian Brown, R&B superstar Lauren Hill, Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett as well as guesting with a host of bands and artists such as Yes, Hootie and the Blowfish and The Syn. Francis is accomplished in his own right, turning out ten engaging albums of original yet diverse composition and three DVD’s.

Alongside his music career, Francis is also a long time student of philosophy, logic, psychology and astrology. Francis was a pioneer in offering online consultations via Skype as early as January 2004, six months after Skype was launched, a practice that still continues successfully to this day.

Francis is also the president and founder of ‘The Charlie and Kathleen Dunnery Children’s Fund’, a charity he set up to honor his parents.  The CKDCF is dedicated to children’s health and wellness providing grants and donations that directly benefit the children of West Cumbria, England.  Every October, Francis and his friends from around the world, gather in Cumbria for a benefit concert and charity walk in support of the CKDCF.

A serial risk taker, in 2005 Francis broke new ground once again when he initiated his House Concerts Series, offering his fans the opportunity to host  intimate evenings of music, psychology, philosophy, astrology, all topped off with his tremendous humor. The shows became so popular that Francis has performed approximately a hundred and fifty shows a year for the past twelve years. He has taken these unique, inspiring and entertaining shows to front rooms throughout the world!  Places as far reaching as New Zealand, Australia, UK, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, France, Spain, Italy, Holland, Switzerland and Germany as well as every corner of the USA and Canada. The House Concert shows have become an international phenomenon. Although his style can be brash and at times irreverent, he’s also capable of singing achingly beautiful music.

In February 2016 Francis launched ‘The Francis Dunnery Radio Show’ on the Progzilla internet radio station. The show is steeped in expansive and progressive subject matter as well as expansive and progressive music and humor.

Present day, Francis is more than ever committed to the personal freedom and individuality of himself and his audience. He continues his studies towards his psychology doctorate at East Stroudsburg University and plans on dying when he’s around ninety six.
Bio by Kate Stauffer 2016

Francis Dunnery Solo Albums

Welcome to the Wild Country (Virgin Records, 1991)
Fearless (Atlantic Records, 1994)
One Night in Sauchiehall Street (Cottage Industry 1995) [live]
Tall Blonde Helicopter (Atlantic Records, 1995)
Let’s Go Do What Happens (Razor and Tie Records, 1998)
Man (Aquarian Nation, 2001)
Hometown 2001 (Aquarian Nation, 2001) [live]
The Gulley Flats Boys (Aquarian Nation, 2005)
There’s a Whole New World Out There (Aquarian Nation, 2009) [re-recordings and covers album]
Made in Space (Aquarian Nation, 2011)
Frankenstein Monster (Aquarian Nation, 2013)
Vampires (double album) (Aquarian Nation, 2016) [It Bites re-recordings album]

Francis Dunnery Singles
 
“American Life in the Summertime” (Atlantic Records, 1994)
“What’s He Gonna Say?” (Atlantic Records, 1995)
“Homegrown” (Atlantic Records, 1995) Australia
“Too Much Saturn” (Atlantic Records, 1995) USA/ UK Promo only
“The Way Things Are” (Atlantic Records, 1995) USA Promo only
“I Believe I Can Change My World” (Atlantic Records, 1996) Europe/ Australia
“Spiritual” (Atlantic Records, 1996) US Promo only 12″
“My Own Reality” (Razor & Tie, 1998) Promo only
“Riding on the Back” (Razor & Tie, 1998) US Promo only
“The Wounding & Healing of Men” (Aquarian Nation, 2003) US Promo only
“Good Life” (Aquarian Nation, 2005) US Promo only

Francis Dunnery DVDs
 
Live at the Union Chapel – credited to Francis Dunnery & Friends (Aquarian Nation, 2004)
In the Garden of Mystic Lovers (Aquarian Nation, 2008)
Louder than Usual (Aquarian Nation/Flying Spot Entertainment, 2010)

It Bites Albums
 
The Big Lad in the Windmill (Virgin Records, 1986)
Once Around the World (Virgin Records, 1988)
Eat Me in St. Louis (Virgin Records, 1989)
Thank You and Goodnight (Virgin Records, 1991)
Live in Montreux (It Bites, 2004)

It Bites Singles
 
“All in Red” (Virgin Records, 1986)
“Calling All The Heroes” (Virgin Records, 1986)
“Whole New World” (Virgin Records, 1986)
“Old Man and the Angel” (Virgin Records, 1987)
“Kiss Like Judas” (Virgin Records, 1988)
“Midnight” (Virgin Records, 1988)
“Still Too Young to Remember” (Virgin Records, 1989 – remixed and reissued 1990)
“Underneath Your Pillow” (Virgin Records, 1989 – remixed and reissued 1990)
“Sister Sarah” (Virgin Records, 1990)

It Bites DVDs
 
Live in Tokyo (It Bites, 2004)

The Sin Albums
 
Big Sky (Alliance Records, 2009)

Guest Appearances and Session Work
 
Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe – Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe (1989, Arista Records) – backing vocals.
Robert Plant – Fate of Nations (1993, Es Paranza) – rhythm guitar on ‘Come into My Life, lead guitar on “Promised Land.”
Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998) – guitar on “Every Ghetto, Every City” & “Nothing Even Matters.”
Santana – Supernatural (1999) rhythm guitar on “Do You Like The Way?”
Ian Brown – Music of the Spheres (2001, Polydor Records)- guitars on all tracks, also co-wrote “El Mundo Pequeño.”
Big Big Train – The Underfall Yard (2009) – guest lead guitar on “The Underfall Yard.”
XII Alfonso – (as-yet-untitled triple album based on the life of Charles Darwin) (due autumn 2011) – guest guitar on one unspecified track.
Steve Hackett – Genesis Revisited II (2012) – lead vocal songs Supper’s Ready, Dancing with the Moonlit Knight.

As Producer
 
Chris Difford – I Didn’t Get Where I Am (Aquarian Nation, 2002) – also co-wrote and played guitars and keyboards on all tracks.
John & Wayne – Nearly Killed Keith (Aquarian Nation, 2002 – also co-wrote and played drums and organ on all tracks)
Stephen Harris – Songs From The Mission of Hope (Aquarian Nation, 2002 – also co-wrote and played guitar, piano and Mellotron on all tracks.)
John Gilmour Smith – “The Story We’ve Been Sold” (Aquarian Nation, 2010; also co-wrote, and sang on several tracks)
Discogrophy from Wikipedia
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