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' What a delight it is to welcome old friends Solstice back to the forefront of
progressive music. Andy Glass' guitar playing on their latest album Spirit
is a pure joy to listen to' - Classic Rock Presents Prog
Music has given us so much over the years and never more so than when creating and performing with Solstice. Something about the experience and the energy from those who are into the music is just so uplifting.
We remember being totally amazed by the vibe at our very first gig in 1980, and that generosity of spirit from the audience has been there, sustaining us and drawing us back, ever since.
So here we are in 2010 with a new studio album, Spirit, and, finally, a line up that really feels like home.
Solstice were an unlikely band to succeed in 1980s Britain. Yet because of their
unique vision, audiences in search of an alternative to the shiny ‘product’ of the music industry revelled in the band’s performances at all the major festivals and sell-out tours, on which they made the legendary Marquee club their home.
In spite of this live success, bolstered by BBC sessions and national music press coverage of an unprecedented level for a then-unsigned band, by the close of the 80s the members had dispersed to pursue successful careers in session work, soundtracks and elsewhere, leaving only the independent Silent Dance album to keep the memory alive.
Interest generated by a CD reissue in the nineties led to a Solstice renaissance, with two studio releases – New Life and Circles – and a live album – The Cropredy Set – documenting their return to the big festival stage.
Pursuing an intense involvement with traditional music, guitarist Andy Glass once more put the band on hold in order to put his energies into the critically-acclaimed 3sticks, but things have once again come full circle. A long-awaited DVD release of the Cropredy performance set the stage for a renaissance in 2007, with the entire back catalogue being remastered and issued in greatly expanded ‘Definitive Edition’ form, tapping into the current ascendance of musicians mixing traditional influences with contemporary elements, drawing a wider audience for a band who the cognoscenti have loved for decades.
This rich musical heritage provides the foundation for the next stage of the band’s development. With club and festival dates in the UK and, for the first time, mainland Europe, Solstice are playing to a larger audience than ever before, including – the latest in a tradition of bizarre gigs – to the Queen at the new Milton Keynes Stadium. Whilst Her Majesty was unavailable for comment, an unconfirmed rumour suggests that Prince Harry has ‘Time for a Toke’ on his iPod. And for the future? With coverage in a number of major music magazines and the new studio album, Spirit, getting consistently great reviews, things are looking very bright indeed.
The new live album Kindred Spirits, with artwork by the top UK Marvel artist Barry Kitson and liner notes from Steven Wilson, is out now on Festival Music.
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