Since taking up the reins of RoSFest, the new Board of Directors has frequently reiterated its desire to take the festival forward for many years into the future. Its motto “Music. Culture. Community” represents the foundations on which the festival is built and the Saturday night headlining act was specifically chosen to epitomise just what RoSFest stands for by bringing together the past, present and future of music in a single performance. Jon Anderson, a rock legend in his own right, with a career spanning over four decades, will be joined on stage by young and highly-talented musicians from the Paul Green Rock Academy. In Jon’s own words “Paul Green is such a character… he’s a real sweetheart, but he really drives them. He gets them Since taking up the reins of RoSFest, the new Board of Directors has frequently reiterated its desire to take the festival forward for many years into the future. Its motto “Music. Culture. Community” represents the foundations on which the festival is built, and the Saturday night headlining act was specifically chosen to epitomise just what RoSFest stands for by bringing together the past, present and future of music in a single performance. Jon Anderson, a rock legend in his own right, with a career spanning over four decades, will be joined on stage by young and highly talented musicians from the Paul Green Rock Academy.
Jon Anderson requires little introduction, a founding member of Yes, his entire discography includes numerous solo albums and collaborations with a whole array of artists making him one of the most prolific musicians of our time. His 15th studio album released in 2019 and aptly titled ‘1000 Hands’ due to the numerous guest appearances that went into its creation, embodies a musical journey like no other.
The Rock Academy on the other hand is a “rock school dedicated to serious musicians” founded by American record producer, film producer, director, screenwriter, singer-songwriter, music teacher, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, Paul Green. Students aged 10-18 are selected based on their dedication to music, showmanship, love of performing, and ability to rock with actual pros.
Jon Anderson’s collaboration with the Academy dates back to 2005 and together they recently concluded an 11-city tour in the U.S.
We’re absolutely delighted to be able to reveal the amazing artwork created for us by multi-award-winning British illustrator, author, and musician Martin Springett ( https://martinspringett.com/ ). Martin has beautifully incorporated the Festival’s traditional sun symbol, which has appeared on every RoSFest poster since the very first edition, the newly adopted frigate bird emblem, representing perseverance and strength which reflects our commitment and determination to take the festival into the future, and the personification of Spring bursting forth from a fabulous bloom.
Martin has been an illustrator of fantasy book covers and children’s picture books since 1984, when he illustrated the covers for Guy Gavriel Kay’s classic fantasy trilogy, The Fionavar Tapestry. Martin’s Fionavar covers were published worldwide and are still in print.
He has won the Aurora Award for fantasy illustration, the Ruth Schwartz Award in the children’s picture book field for The Nightwalker, and was nominated for the Governor Generals Award for his illustrations in Richard Thompson’s book, Who. Other book titles featuring Martin’s illustrations include Mei Ming and The Dragon’s Daughter, The Follower, and Too Many Suns.
As a writer, Martin authored and illustrated his first book, Jousting with Jesters in 2006. In 2011, Fitzhenry and Whiteside published his Breakfast on a Dragon’s Tail: And Other Book Biteswhile Kate & Pippin: An Unlikely Friendship (2012), written by Martin and featuring photographs by his sister, Isobel, has won numerous accolades including The Blue Spruce award.
As a musician, Martin recorded his first album in 1969; Under the Mountain is a setting of J R R Tolkien’s poems from Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. As the founding member of The Gardening Club, he has released six albums under that name plus four solo albums.
After already announcing three bands for their 2022 line-up (King’s X, Lobate Scarp, and Ten Jinn, for any of you who may have missed previous announcements), RoSFest has added another name to the bill: Robert Berry’s 3.2. This new addition seems to suggest that the new Board of Directors is definitely out to make quite an impression in its mission to steer the Rites Of Spring Festival forward into the future.
Guitarist, vocalist, and record producer, Robert Berry, released the album The Rules Have Changed under the name of 3.2 in 2018. Initially, a project embarked upon with Keith Emerson as a follow-up to the 1988 album To The Power Of Three by 3, Berry was, alas, left to complete the album on his own following Emerson’s death in 2016.
The recent 2021 release, Third Impression, albeit considered more of a solo album, ends quite fittingly, with the superb track, Never, the last song Berry wrote with Keith Emerson, a touching tribute to one of the world’s finest keyboard players.
The 3.2 live line-up features Robert Berry on bass and lead vocals, Paul Keller on guitars, Andrew Colyer on keyboards, and Jimmy Keegan on drums.
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