as well as writing lyrics for Arena and producing or co-producing several other bands' albums. In an interview he claimed that the only reason he can manage so many projects at once is that he has no life outside music.
In 1998, he played synth solos on Ayreon's album Into the Electric Castle; and again in 2000 on Universal Migrator Part 1: The Dream Sequencer on the song "2084", sung by Lana Lane and Universal Migrator Part 2: Flight of the Migrator on the song "Into the Black Hole", which was sung by Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden, with backing vocals by Lane.
In 1999 Nolan teamed up with Oliver Wakeman to create the progressive rock album Jabberwocky. This album was released under Verglas label.
A vast array of artists was involved in this project, including Peter Banks (Yes), Peter Gee (Pendragon), Ian Salmon (Shadowland, Janison Edge) on guitar and Tracy Hitchings (Quasar, Gandalf, Strangers on a Train, Landmarq) vocals. Rick Wakeman narrates the piece. Some vocal parts are performed by Michelle Young.
In 2002, Nolan and Wakeman followed up Jabberwocky with a musical adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles, also featuring Tracy Hitchings on vocals, with Karl Groom (Shadowland), Arjen Lucassen and Peter Banks on guitars, Peter Gee and John Jowitt (IQ) on Bass and Tony Fernández on drums. Vocalists playing characters in the story include Robert Powell as Doctor John Watson, Bob Catley as Sir Henry Baskerville, Michelle Young as Mrs Laura Lyons, and Ashley Holt as Doctor James Mortimer. This is the last project the two have worked on although a third has been in discussion for some time.
In 2003 Nolan wrote lyrics for Edge of Sanity's "Crimson II".
Nolan has performed a number of concerts with Nick Barrett, Pendragon's lead singer, as Nolan & Barrett, playing what they describe as stripped-down versions of songs by Nolan's bands using only acoustic guitar, electric piano and vocals. One of such concerts was released on DVD as A Rush of Adrenaline (2006).
Nolan is currently working with Polish singer Agnieszka Swita in the project "Caamora".
The two have released EPs Closer (2006), Walk On Water (2007), Embrace (2008), and a double-CD and DVD rock opera She (2008), a musical version of the 19th-century novel She. In 2008 the duo released An Acoustic Anthology entitled Journey's End - a double CD live album with Caamora concerts from all over the world.
Nolan collaborated with Dragonforce on all their studio albums, singing backing vocals and occasionally playing extra keys.
Nolan has recently announced that Shadowland has been reformed for a European tour that will take place during 2009 to promote a "best of" compilation album and record a live DVD.