Here we have a two-track digital single from one of the best new prog bands around, Kaprekar’s Constant, with all proceeds going to the charity Crisis. While the title cut is a new song, the second “Call It A Memory” was their debut single back in 2017. Their mix of folk and prog, with complex arrangements and layerings, have made Kaprekar’s Constant a great many friends, and their debut ‘Fate Outsmarts Desire’ is simply stunning (to my shame I still haven’t played the follow-up, ‘Depth of Field’, but it is on my list, honest!). These two songs remind me just why I love that album so much, as while the arrangements are huge and complicated there is also a simplicity contained with which make them such a delight. One can certainly see why David Jackson is so involved, and his use of various saxes, flutes, and whistles breaks through to provide an edge while the twin vocals of Bill Jefferson and Dorie Jackson are sublime and comforting. This single should become a new Christmas classic, and by buying it not only will you have an incredible musical experience but you will be helping those less fortunate as well.
News of the Summer’s End Festival at the Drill Hall, Chepstow on 5th to 7th October 2018.
Unfortunately, September Code from Greece cannot now play the festival due to personal issues affecting a member of the band. We are, however, very pleased to announce that Silhouette from the Netherlands have agreed to make a return to the festival having first played in 2013. The band released their fifth album “The World is Flat” in 2017 to great acclaim, and we’re excited that they have agreed to return on Saturday afternoon.
All ticket types remain on sale, although with 80% of tickets now sold, early purchase is recommended.
Saturday or Sunday day £40. Friday £20. Saturday and Sunday £75. Three-day tickets remain on sale priced £90 for a weekend ticket and £110 for a sponsor ticket (which includes a T-shirt)
Friday, October 5th
Moonparticle (International) will be a new name to most, but the band is awash with pedigree. Led by Nico Tsonev (ex-Steven Wilson / Lifesigns), the bands’ debut album “Hurricane Esmeralda” features Adam Holzman, Theo Travis, and Craig Blundell. This exclusive performance may well be the band’s first gig! www.moonparticle.com
Sky Architect One of the most exciting young bands on the progressive rock scene at the moment, with four albums already under their belts, and we’re very excited that Sky Architect have to join us. www.skyarchitect.com
Saturday, October 6th
Lazuli Much-loved French band Lazuli will make their third appearance at the festival following inspirational sets in 2011 and 2013, and recent tours with Fish that have seen the band massively increase its fan base, so we are thrilled to welcome them to the festival for a third time. www.lazuli-music.com
Landmarq We are also delighted to announce the return of Landmarq to the festival – and indeed to live performance – following the recent departure of Tracey Hitchings, now resident in Australia. Currently working on a new album, the band will showcase their new vocalist at Summers End. www.landmarq.net
Frequency Drift (Germany). Switching from Winter’s End to Summer’s End, German cinematic rock band Frequency Drift return to the festival after a spellbinding performance in 2014. Their new album “Letters to Maro” will be released in 2018. www.frequencydrift.com
Silhouette (Netherlands). We are very pleased to announce that Silhouette from the Netherlands have agreed to make a return to the festival having first played in 2013. The band released their fifth album The World is Flat in 2017 to great acclaim, and we’re excited that they have agreed a return on Saturday afternoon. www.silhouetteband.nl
When Mary (Norway). Combining art rock with electronica, When Mary – fronted by former White Willow vocalist Trude Eidtang, who played the festival with the band back in 2006 – released their 2nd album “Tainted” on Huw and Stephen’s Sonicbond label in November 2017. www.whenmary.no
Sunday, October 7th
Magenta Another returning band are Magenta, making a record-breaking fifth appearance at the festival following their rapturously-received 2017 album “We Are Legend”. www.magenta-web.com
Tim Bowness Making his debut at the festival will be art rock legend Tim Bowness and band, who released his latest solo album “Lost in the Ghost Light” in 2017 alongside a deluxe edition of No Man’s remarkable “Returning Jesus” album. www.timbowness.co.uk
Kaprekar’s Constant Also from the UK are emerging Prog collective Kaprekar’s Constant, whose debut album “Fate Outsmarts Desire” has been very well received for its intricacy and history-based songwriting, with favourable comparisons to Big Big Train. The band will feature ex- VDGG woodwind legend David Jackson alongside his vocalist daughter Dorie and ex Level 42 drummer Phil Gould. www.kaprekarsconstant.com
Edensong (USA). With a 13 year history, this New York-based prog band will make their debut at the festival. Their latest album “Years in the Garden of Years” was released on Laser’s Edge in 2016. www.edensongtheband.com
Golden Caves (Holland).Hailed as one of the best young Prog bands to emerge in recent years, Golden Caves’ superb debut album “Collision” was released by Freia Music in 2017. www.goldencaves.com
If you are of a mind to further support Summer’s End, donations to help us organise, promote and pay for the festival are always very much appreciated. Please note, though, that we are not a charity: your donation is simply added to the festival’s income to help us continue booking bands, hiring/buying equipment etc.
Kaprekars Constant is the brainchild of childhood friends, songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Al Nicholson and Nick Jefferson.
Joined throughout its debut album by legendary Van Der Graaf Generator saxophonist/flautist David Jackson, vocalist Dorie Jackson (Francis Dunnery) and ace former Level 42 drummer Phil Gould, the band’s melodic sensibilities, epic arrangements and love of historical subject matter draw inspiration from the likes of Big Big Train and Genesis.
A superb second release on the Uranium Club label.
Bill Jefferson: vocals
Dorie Jackson: vocals and backing vocals
Nick Jefferson: bass, fretless bass, electric guitar and keyboards.
Al Nicholson: acoustic guitar, classical guitar, electric guitar, mandolin and keyboards. Mike Westergaard: keyboards, piano and backing vocals.
David Jackson: saxophones, flutes, whistles and G# bell.
Phil Gould: drums, percussion and ‘dube’.
Paul Gunn: spoken voice.Sean Jefferson: original painting
Sophie Butters: website design.
Will Hesse: photography.All songs written by Nick Jefferson and Al Nicholson.
Produced and mixed by Mike Westergaard.
Formats Digital Downloads Compact Disc Vinyl & Various Bundle Combinations
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