Colin Tench Releases Solo Album

Colin Tench best known for his work with Corvus Stone to releases new album “Hair in a G-String (Unfinished but Sweet)” as a solo album under the name Colin Tench Project

Hair in a G-String (Unfinished but Sweet) is available for pre-order and the albums release date is November 30th

According to Tench
“Hair in a G-String” could be labeled Prog before there was Prog. Split this into the written piece “Hair in a G-String” (about 46 minutes) & “Songs not in G” (About 36 minutes) and you’d have a prog album and a melodic rock album I guess. We didn’t do that. We mixed it up. See it as musical interludes between the main action.

Hair in a G-String (Unfinished but Sweet) Track Listing


1. Hair in a G-String part 1 (The opening) 06:25
2. Can’t See it Any Other Way 04:36
3. Hair in a G-String part 2 (The Hairy Part) 06:04
4. The Mad yeti 02:54
5. The Sad Brazilian 07:19
6. And so, Today 04:11
7. Hair in a G-String part 3 (I’m Going Down) 10:09
8. Lisa waltzes back in with no G-String 03:53
9. Lisa’s Entrance Unplugged 03:09
10. Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Screwed 07:32
11. La Palo Desperado 05:54
12. A Beautiful Feeling 05:58
13. Dnieper Summer Day 01:38
14. Part 4b 07:56
15. Part 4b Redux 00:23
16. Bonus Track: Liza’s Waltz with full orchestral arrangements 04:23
Colin Tench Project
Colin Tench: Guitars, Piano, Synthesisers, Drum Programming (Corvus Stone, Coalition, The Minstrel’s Ghost, Andy John Bradford’s Oceans 5, BunChakeze, Odins of London)

Special Guests
Peter Jones: Vocals, Saxophone (Tiger Moth Tales)
Steve Gresswell: Piano, Keyboards, Percussion (Coalition)
Petri Lindström: Bass guitar (Progeland, Corvus Stone, Petri Lindström Project)
Stef Flaming: Percussion, Keyboards, Bass Guitar (Murky Red, Andy John Bradford’s Oceans 5)
Phil Naro: Vocals (DDRIVE, Unified Past, King Friday)
Oliver Rusing: Drums, Percussion (Karibow)
Stephen Speelman: Bass (Unified Past)
Gordon Bennett: Orchestra, Shaving String Section, Horns, Basses
Angelo Hulshout: Fretless Bass
Ian Beabout: Flute
David Knokey: Rhythm Guitar
Gary Derrick: Bass guitar (BunChakeze, Odins of London)
Marco Chiappini: Piano (Gandalf’s Project, Andy John Bradford’s Oceans 5)
Victor Tassone: Drums (Unified Past)
Jay Theodore McGurrin: Drums
Robert Wolff: Drums (Corvus Stone)
Pasi Koivu: Synthesisers, Organ (Corvus Stone)
Sean Filkins: Tamborine (formerly of Big Big Train)
Gary Hodges: Drums (Buckingham Nicks)
Kelly Brown: Keyboards (Ozark Mountain Daredevils)
Tina Sibley (Springfield Symphony)
Kirsten Weingartner (Springfield Symphony)
Ned Horner (Springfield Symphony)
Aleksis Zarins (Springfield Symphony)


Corvus Stone – Corvus Stone Unscrewed
The Minstrel’s Ghost – The Road To Avalon

The Gift Pre-Orders Now Open for 3rd Album “Why The Sea Salt”

Bad Elephant Music is proud to announce that they will be releasing ‘Why The Sea Is Salt’, the third album from London progressive rock band The Gift on 28th October 2016.

‘Why The Sea Is Salt’ consists of six superbly crafted songs, including one bona-fide epic in ‘All These Things’. As always the emphasis is on melody and lyricism, with the core writing team now bolstered by the return of founder member Leroy James and by classical pianist Gabriele Baldocci. Mike Morton’s heartfelt lyrics are at the fore, with themes including love, loss, rampant materialism and the nature of the sea.

The album is also graced by stellar guest performances from ex-Genesis guitarists Steve Hackett and Anthony Phillips, and by Tiger Moth Tales and Red Bazar multi-instrumentalist Peter Jones. The album was mixed by Dave Lloyd, and mastered by Daniel Bowles at Seren Sounds. The sumptuous design is the work of internationally renowned artist Mark Buckingham.


1. At Sea
2. Sweeper Of Dreams
3. Tuesday’s Child
4. The Tallest Tree
5. All These Things
6. At Sea – Reprise (Ondine’s Song)


Mike Morton – lead vocals
Dave Lloyd – guitars and backing vocals
Leroy James – guitars and backing vocals
Gabriele Baldocci – keyboards
Stefan Dickers – bass
Neil Hayman – drums and percussion
Guest musicians on ‘The Tallest Tree’:
Anthony Phillips – 12-string guitar
Steve Hackett – lead guitar
Peter Jones – Irish whistle
All songs written, arranged and produced by The Gift
Recorded at The Facilty, May-July 2016
Mixed by Dave Lloyd
Mastered by Daniel Bowles at Seren Sound Suite

Cover paintings, illustrations and band logo © Mark Buckingham

All pre-orders of the compact disc will come with an exclusive postcard featuring the album cover design, and signed by the band on the reverse. You also get ‘Sweeper of Dreams’ to download immediately.

Abel Ganz The Prog Before Christmas Charity Show

After a very successful show last year Abel Ganz will once again stage their ‘Prog Before Christmas’ event in Glasgow which this year will be held on Saturday December 17th.
Drummer Denis Smith said “last year’s event was such a success with both Tiger Moth Tales, and We Are Kin making the night so special that we started discussing among ourselves whether it might be a worthwhile idea to try and make it a regular, annual event, with special guests invited along each year”. Very soon after we began talking about it we got the news that our dear friend and one of the original founding members of AG – Hugh Carter has been diagnosed cancer. So – this kind of made our minds up for us and we are now organizing The Prog Before Xmas 2016 as a charity fund raising event with all the proceeds going to
Like last year Abel Ganz will be joined by two other Prog acts to round out the bill. John Young from Lifesigns – who will perform a solo spot. Big Hogg from Glasgow
Denis says “we are absolutely thrilled that both these acts have agreed to join us to help make this what we hope will be a memorable night and hopefully together we will also raise lots of money for a very worthy cause. We recently became aware of newcomers [and fellow Glaswegian band] Big Hogg and have all quickly become great fans of their style. Really interesting, great tunes, and definitely a band to watch.
We are all also huge fans of Lifesigns so of course we are all delighted that John has so kindly agreed to come and play for us.
This year, the Abel Ganz set promises to be quite different and a bit of a ‘one off’ performance. Denis explains – “it so happens that before we learned that Hugh Carter was ill both he and the other original founding member of AG, Hew Montgomery, have over the last six months or so been preparing a reissue of the very 1st AG album Gratuitous Flash from way back in 1984. This got me thinking – since I knew this reissue was coming up wouldn’t it be a great idea to try and reunite the original line up of Abe lGanz to play a couple of tunes from Gratuitous Flash at the 2016 Prog Before Xmas event. I knew that this would be something that would be a real thrill for Hugh and when I talked to him about it he was delighted!”
So – this is something I have been working away at the last couple of months and it has proven to be quite a challenge as at least one of the original line up of the band had not been seen or heard from in over twenty years and the rest of the guys have not played together in decades. However, I am happy to say that I have now tracked down every single one of them and once they learned of Hugh’s illness they have all agreed to play at this year’s Prog Before Xmas!!!
So – please spread the news far and wide. This will be the ONLY gig that Abel Ganz will do this year.
Thanks very much and really hope to see as many of you there as possible. Love to all – Abel Ganz