Introducing New Band Members
Michael Sweeney is going to be the Kindred Spirit Band and Duo's new dep violin player, since Marc Weide has moved back to Holland.
Michael is a classically trained violin player and experienced in Irish traditional fiddling.His qualifications include HND professional traditional music performance and
B-Mus (Hons) degree in music. After listening to some of the Kindred Spirit tracks he said,
You can hear Michel playing with the band for the first time at the Richmond May Fair. We were not told that we had this gig until quite recently and our main violin player, Martin Ash, had already been booked with a classical concert!
Aleem played with the Kindred Spirit Band for the first time, in January this year, at the Old Mill, in Plumstead, and came in as a dep player for Alan Barwise. However, Alan has decided he does not want to gig as much now, so is becoming a dep and letting Aleem take over as main drummer with the band.
We are still gigging with our famous drummer, Les Binks, who will be playing with us at our July 21st concert at the Farncombe Music Club. We have not been able to pay Les the income he requires for most of our gigs, which is why he is not in our line-up all the time! Les recently gave an in depth interview to Steel Mill. You can view it below.
Music Glue Web Sites
It seems that "Music Glue" has become the latest "must have" web site for your band, if you want to be taken seriously on the live music scene! Music Glue says about itself that it is "used by artists, managers, labels and merchandising companies to sell music, merchandise, tickets and experiences direct to fans". Perhaps it provides the latest, best way to get interest from audiences! Whatever it is, there are plenty of festivals and events which won't consider you to perform with them unless you have a "Music Glue" web site! We bit the bullet and have produced both a band and a duo web site. Click on the links below and see what you think of them!
April Gig Reviews
Rendez-Vous Tall Ship Regatta
Kindred Spirit Duo - Elaine & Martin
This was a tiring but enjoyable festival and a fun way to spend the Easter Weekend! We had thought we were going to be doing 14 hours of street performing, using my Roland Street cube for my voice and guitar and with Martin dancing about with the passers by while playing the violin. It turned out to be a much bigger affair than that with numerous stage performances and only two street performances over the entire festival!
On the Sunday we watched the Tall Ships sail past on their way to Canada, waving a farewell and Clive shot a video of the ships, putting our rendition (from the weekend's gigs) of "Catch The Wind", my song from the "Dance of Life" album about a sailor getting pressganged, and a selection of hornpipes (including the "Captain Pugwash" theme)! Here it is:-
Clive also made us an "Irish Showreel", to help Martin and I get more duo gigs (since the Irish themes seem particularly popular), which has quite a bit of footage from the Rendez-Vous Tall Ships Regatta stages. Here it is below.
Four Play Festival @ The Acoustic Couch, Bracknell, April 8th 2017
with Multi Story, Jade Vine & Spriggan Mist
At the Four Play Festival, our 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 has produced a super video of "beast inside" song "Run Red", which we have released as our "Video of the month". Have a listen and see how we sounded! There are lovely solos 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.
March Gig Reviews
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!
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..
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