"Never tried a phantom.. - my main studio keyboard is a Kurzweil K2600x & the most recent synth I got was a Roland V synth GT. Pity about the passport ! - come to think of it mine expired years ago ! - Would have been fun gigging with Whimwise !"
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Yak were formed in 1982 from the ashes of cult experimantal band "Acid Fantasy".
The line up was Robin Hodder on guitar, Sy Snell on bass, John Wynn on drums & Martin Morgan on keys. Although the band split up in 1984 and never actually gigged in it's short existence, a number of the key rehursals were recorded in lofi on cassette which captured the essence of the music of Yak.
Later, and after what can only be described as a considerable pause during which much tea was consumed, Martin Morgan eventually got round to recording 8 of the original YAK tracks and releasing the collection as the "Dark Side of the Duck" in 2004. This was a solo effort with all the instruments being simulated electronically by Martin.
Re-inspired by the positive web reviews, the original band reformed - bar Sy Snell whose bass had rusted away - with Max Johnson joining to cover the required low frequencies. A rehursal was conducted in Nottingham, albeit Sir Malcolm Sargent was unable to attend, and the jam session was recorded and the highlights released as the live "Does your Yak Bite?" album in 2005.
In 2006 a second jam happened in a cottage in Rutland - the highlights again released on CD as "The Rutland Chronicles".
A third session was booked for May 2007 at the Metheringham Music Factory in Lincolnshire (highly recommended). Unfortunately, Max the basist had double booked with his hairdresser & wasn't able to make it. Some video footage exists of this session which can be downloaded on presentation of a medical certificate.
Following this the YAK myspace was opened and new material was set streaming. This caught the attention of drummer Dave Speight who at the time was playing for Peter Banks (ex-YES) as well as Nick May (Ex-the ENID) and Dave contacted Martin with a view to working together. Between April & August 2008 the "Journey of the Yak" album was recorded and released in November of that year.
YAK caught the attention of the new Progressive Rock Presents PROG magazine and had a track on the CD that comes with the mag in the Oct/Nov 2009 issue. YAK were also featured as a "Threshold Band" in Issue 6 of the Magazine which came out in Jan 2010.
A new CD is planned and will be available at some point !
850 copies of Journey of the Yak have been sold so far & all proceeds go to the Charity "Tower Hill Stables Animal Sanctuary". All production & postage costs are covered privately, so 100% of the CD sale price goes to the Sanctuary where 100% of donations received go towards the feed costs with nothing deducted to cover admin or any other expense
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Yea, I've known Nick for many years. He came to our wedding a few years ago and although we dont see him that often we do meet up now and then. He has asked me a couple of times to fill in on keys for Whimwise but I didnt have a passport at the time. Ive dabbled in keys for many years but have only recently promoted myself to "Keyboard Player" if you know what I mean, and so I nearly had a coronary when he asked me! Anyway, I also havent been playing at all for many months but am about to start and so I'm in the market for a couple of new keyboards, including the Fantom G8, which I am in love with - tried it out again today, wow!
Hi guys, theres a coincidence, I linked my friend Nick May to the site yesterday and he eamiled me today saying the first thing he saw when he looked in was Yak and with the music playing at him haha. And hey, I'm after a Memorymoog, wheredya nick that from?
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