Kindred Spirit Band - News 2017
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Band Gig Reviewed in Prog Magazine
A reviewer for Prog Magazine, Fraser Lewry, came to our Old Mill, Plumstead gig on September 23rd and the review is now out in Issue 81 of Prog Magazine, which has sold out on line but is still available in good retail outlets. Here is a quote from the review,
"the music is genuinely ambitious, with thoughtful, grown-up arrangements. Samuels' subtle guitar work underpins everything, while Martin Ash's dazzling violin and Stevie Mitchell's flute and sax lead the way. Ash is particularly entertaining, with a shaggy hair/beard combo and a proclivity for leaping about. It all sits somewhere between Solstice, Lindisfarne and The Moody Blues, and the first half highlights include the wistful, whimsical Children of the Stars, and a version of Wolves At The Gate that feels genuinely cinematic, even in these surroundings".
Band Rock @ A New Day Festival
We played to a massive crowd at "A New Day Festival" on Saturday 26th August and completely sold out of albums on the merchandising stall on the day! Over the rest of the day a number of people stopped us to tell us how great they thought we were and, since our spot, we have been contacted by a number of reviewers, magazine editors and venue organisers, all showing interest in our band! Here are some comments we received from new fans made following our performance at the festival.
"Never heard of your band until the New Day Festival last weekend. After a few minutes listening I had to get off my arse, leave the beer tent and walk down the hill to the front and watch the whole set!! I wondered why you weren't higher up the set list."
"Find of the festival for me! The set was too short. Would have like at least another 15 minutes."
Ian Ralph Huckin
"Love this band"
Kim Fletcher (Mott The Dog)
Elaine has written a special song and envisages a project to raise global awareness of the growing issue of world overpopulation with its exacerbating effects on the unsustainablilty of modern, human lifestyles on planet earth. The continued growth in human population on our planet is going to accelerate global warming, with its increasingly erratic and more violent weather systems as well as rising sea levels. It will also compound the already serious impacts of pollution plus overuse of natural resources, which is causing the extinction of entire species!
Elaine has already shared the idea with local and national environmental groups, such as "SWLEN" (the South West London Environmental Network) and "Population Matters", who have all said they like the song.
She will be recording the song professionally, with the Kindred Spirit Band (including string quartet arrangements) this winter and has been contacting university animation students across the world, who might be looking for a worthwhile project to work on, for their courses this coming academic year. She hopes to have a number of video animations to accompany the song, to share with the world by next spring / summer.
The song has been recorded as a basic demo and been released on the special project web page. If you would like to see the lyrics, have a listen to the demo version and keep an eye on the progess of the project, click here for the page, which Elaine will keep updated.
Band Score a First at Fleet Festival on August 5th
Relive the day and watch the video...
Four Play Festival @ The Acoustic Couch, Bracknell, April 8th 2017
with Multi Story, Jade Vine & Spriggan Mist
At the Four Play Festival, our drummer, Alan (who has since dropped back to being a dep drummer) was unable to make it due to illness. We still did a good job without him though, even though it gave us a more exposed sound and Clive produced a super video of "beast inside" song "Run Red". Have a listen and see how we sounded! There are lovely solos from Catherine and Martin captured in this video!
Review of the Four Play Festival from Neil Mach, AdPontes
Nineteen73 Live Festival @ The Robin 2, Bilston, April 2nd 2017
with Magenta, Cairo & Midnight Sun
The band kicked off this super day long festival at the Robin 2, Bilston to a room of hard core prog fans, winning them over especially when Martin leapt off the 4 foot high stage unexpectedly towards the end of the final number, rocking out on the violin! Legendary prog rockers, Magenta, were really, brilliant and Midnight Sun and Cairo were very, very good too! You will find some video footage of Martin's leap and a gallery of photos on our Kindred Spirit Band Facebook page.
Curved Air Support @ Claygate Festival
The band had a great night on March 12th at Claygate Festival with a packed and appreciative crowd. Legendary prog rockers, Curved Air, were awesome! Click on the link for a page with more description, photos and see the Kindred Spirit Band performing at this gig!
May 2017 video release:
Kindred Spirit Band @ Four Play Festival
Prog Mag Feature
The Kindred Spirit Band, full page, "Limelight" feature, written by Rachel Mann, is out now in the February edition of Prog Mag.
If you would like to read a PDF of it, click on the magazine image below.
And here it is on the on line Prog Magazine Features page Teamrock where an album track, from the "Phoenix Rising" album, illustrating the "folk rock meets classical with a scientific edge" tag has also been given.
Martin Ash Unleashed!
Our exciting, electric violin player, Martin Ash, jumped off the front of the stage at our first gig - to the surprise of the rest of the band - and ran about amongst the audience - still playing his solo! If you take a look back at the 2016 News page, you can see him doing this!
He will often "go wild" at gigs to the delight of audiences. Up until now though, he has been tethered with a lead from his violin to his effects pedals. Excitingly, he has just become unleashed; he has acquired a wireless system for his electric violin and will be able to wander freely!
I wonder what the maximum distance between the transmitter and receiver is?
Latest in the shock story!
In the last couple of weeks Future Publishing has stepped in for Team Rock and Prog (plus the other magazines they produce) have been resurrected! A photographer has been assigned to do a photo shoot of the Kindred Spirit Band shortly and the full page feature is back on! Read more about the story..