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The Kindred Spirit Band has a completely original take on the Folk Rock / Prog Rock genre, weaving thrilling electric violin and flute with compelling and uplifting stories, driving rhythms and "haunting and bewitching" female vocals. They are a five-piece band featuring guitar, two classically trained , virtuoso, lead instrument players (on violin and flute / sax), dynamic drums and bass guitar and laced with jigs, reels and duelling improvisations.  


The heart of the band sound is Elaine Samuels' beautiful vocals, powerful, "perceptive and intriguing" songs and guitar work.

The band soars into a rock stratosphere with classically trained, exciting and charismatically eccentric,
Martin Ash
's thrilling and beautifully melodic violin playing, which takes on the role of the more usual lead electric guitar during the rockier moments.

Stevie Mitchell's (and sometimes Catherine Cooper's) expert and vibrant, classically trained flute & saxophone playing  complements and plays both around and alongside the violin melodies, bursting into "Tullesque" solos, and their lovely vocals harmonise well with Elaine's.

Paul Critchfield (also with Clayson and the Argonauts) is their new bass player and the legendary Les Binks (ex Judas Priest, Roger Glover and many other famous names) is their excellent drummer.

  Martin Ash, Elaine Samuels, Catherine Cooper, Les Binks, Mike Hislop at "A New Day Festival" in August 2017 


The Kindred Spirit Band really began taking off in 2016, having been "discovered" by the wider Prog Rock world in April and being featured in the Classic Rock Society magazine and many others with some great reviews of their most recently released album, “Phoenix Rising”. This has already lead to album distribution in Germany and Japan as well as the UK and offers of some great gigs for 2017. Since then, they have featured in Prog Magazine and Rock'N'Reel Magazine, on their cover mount CDs, been picked to support legendary prog rockers, Curved Air, at Claygate Festival, Magenta at the Nineteen73 Live Festival, Bilston, and were given a spot at the prestigious "A New Day Festival", Kent and a full page feature in Prog Magazine, in 2017.

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Martin Ash, Mike Hislop, Aleem Saleh, Elaine Samuels, Stevie Mitchell at "Nineteen 73 Live" in April 2017