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YAK is now friends with Adrian Matala and Half Past Four
Jan 10, 2012
Paul Thurston and YAK are now friends
Nov 1, 2010
YAK updated their profile
Oct 8, 2010
YAK posted a song

 play Aragornnewfinal

Oct 8, 2010
YAK left a comment for Alistair Brew
"Hi Alistair - thanks for accepting ! Hope you like the tunes All the best Martin from Yak"
Oct 6, 2010
YAK left a comment for Chris Phillips
"H Chris, Thanks for the add ! - Checked out Earthstone on Progarchives!! - will you upload any samples to this page? All the best Martin"
Oct 6, 2010
YAK and tim lane are now friends
Oct 5, 2010
YAK and Progressive Rock Hall of Fame are now friends
Aug 21, 2010
YAK is now friends with SPIN XXI KAKAO Figueiredo, SUPERNAL ENDGAME and Druckfarben
Aug 17, 2010
Webmaster left a comment for YAK
"Thank you for your support. "
Jul 2, 2010
Theories of Prog-ability left a comment for YAK
"Glad to meet you here @ Power of Prog. Thanks for the add & greetings from Orlando, FL Brian AKA Theories of PROG-ability "
Apr 7, 2010
YAK is now friends with Chris Gill, Matt Stevens and Andrew Roussak
Apr 6, 2010
Matt Stevens left a comment for YAK
"Like your music - let us know if you need a support act!!"
Apr 4, 2010
YAK and Theories of Prog-ability are now friends
Apr 2, 2010
YAK left a comment for Kingsreach
"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 !"
Apr 2, 2010
Kingsreach left a comment for YAK
"O yea and we saw Nick at Kamelot in London on Sunday."
Apr 1, 2010

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I am the following; a
Fan of Music, Band, Musician, Song Writer, Label, Recording Studio, Other
Style of Prog
Symphonic Rock, Also a fan of other genres of music
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

You can invest in a copy of the new album at www.yaksongs.com/joty4.html
Influences or Favorite Bands
Camel, UK, Genesis, Yes, Bo Hannson, Steve Hillage,
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At 12:44pm on July 2, 2010, Webmaster said…

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At 4:34am on April 7, 2010, Theories of Prog-ability said…
Glad to meet you here @ Power of Prog.
Thanks for the add & greetings from Orlando, FL
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At 8:42am on April 4, 2010, Matt Stevens said…
Like your music - let us know if you need a support act!!
At 7:27pm on April 1, 2010, Kingsreach said…
O yea and we saw Nick at Kamelot in London on Sunday.
At 7:26pm on April 1, 2010, Kingsreach said…
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!
At 7:17pm on March 31, 2010, Kingsreach said…
Haha, what about looking at pics? I'm just looking, even as we speak, I'm just looking..mind you my tongue is out on the floor drawling. Might have to resign myself to the Litlle Phatty......
At 2:58pm on March 31, 2010, Lill said…
Hi thanks for the friendship, great music ,,,,,,,:))
At 12:25pm on March 31, 2010, Kingsreach said…
Welcome to the site btw!
At 12:25pm on March 31, 2010, Kingsreach said…
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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