IZZ Guitarist Paul Bremner Set to Release New Studio Album “The Witness”

Paul Bremner Witness CoverNew York, NY – IZZ guitarist, Paul Bremner’s new studio album, The Witness, is scheduled for release on April 26, 2016. IZZ fans have grown to associate Paul’s distinctive and melodic guitar playing with the “IZZ Sound”. Paul has earned the respect of the progressive rock community by writing such memorable songs as “Light From Your Eyes”, “Illuminata” and co-writing the IZZ classics “Late Night Salvation” and “Can’t Feel the Earth, Part II,” among many others. Paul’s new studio album of 10 songs showcases both his dynamic guitar playing and his penchant for writing emotional music and lyrics.

“I am thrilled to release this collection of songs” says Bremner. “They feature a wide range of moods and emotions and I think IZZ fans will find them intriguing and satisfying.”

The first track of the album “From Here I Can See the Horizon” features a powerful and exciting lead vocal performance from Anmarie Byrnes while the emotionally charged “Warm” spotlights a hauntingly beautiful lead vocal from Laura Meade. The energetic fury of the title track “The Witness” features Brian Coralian on drums while Greg DiMiceli is showcased on several tracks including the jazz/funk-inspired “No Remorse”.

Tom Galgano, who sings lead vocals on several tracks and who engineered and co-produced the album with Bremner notes, “Every song on this album is different and yet they are all connected by Paul’s unique guitar sound and songwriting. It’s been an absolute pleasure working on this album – in fact in many ways it’s been like working on an ‘alternate’ IZZ record.”

The last track on the album, “Last Exit Before Toll” comes in at over 20 minutes and encompasses the full range of Bremner’s musical palette. “I am very happy to include this extended piece which I hope will take the listener on a journey; and I am happy that it features all of my IZZ band mates.”

Paul Bremner’s The Witness will be available for purchase on iTunes, at Amazon.com and at your favorite online retailer on April 26, 2016.

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WOLVERINE Sign Sensory Records to Release 5th Album

Wolverine 2016Laser’s Edge division, Sensory Records, announces the label’s signing of Swedish progressive metal kingpins, WOLVERINE, for the Summer release of the band’s mighty fifth studio full-length release, Machina Viva.

A natural progression from Communication Lost, released in 2011 via Candlelight Records, Machina Viva invites the listener into the harmonious yet portentous and sullen musical dimensions of WOLVERINE with perhaps their most dynamic album to date. From the fourteen-minute epic and powerful “The Bedlam Overture” and the dark electronic landscapes of “Machina”, to the naked and organic nature of “Pile of Ash” and “Sheds,” Machina Viva is the next step in Wolverine’s explorations in the progressive field. Recorded and produced by WOLVERINE in various locations throughout Sweden during the Autumn and Winter months of late 2015 and early 2016, Machina Viva was mixed at Spacelab Studio in Germany by Christian “Moschus” Moos (Everon, Haken, Delain, Cloverseeds), and mastered by Grammy Award winning audio engineer Bob Katz.

Laser’s Edge/Sensory owner Ken Golden states of the signing, “WOLVERINE has been on my radar since their first release, The Window Purpose, back in 2001. I’ve followed their progression through the years and I’m honored to have them on the Sensory roster.”

Issues WOLVERINE on signing with Sensory Records, “We are very happy to work with someone like Ken and Sensory that has a genuine passion for and interest in the kind of music that we play.”

Machina Viva is being finalized for early Summer worldwide release; stand by for a confirmed release date and more on the album in the days ahead.

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​AGENT FRESCO WINNING TWO ICELANDIC MUSIC AWARDS

Agent Fresco 2016With a total of six nominations – one more than superstar Björk – Icelandic alternative rockers Agent Fresco went to the price ceremony of the Icelandic Music Awards. It turned out to be a great evening for the band from Reykjavik with winning the “Album Of The Year” award for their current album “Destrier” as well as the “Singer Of The Year” award for frontman Arnór Dan Arnarson.

“We’re incredibly honoured to be a part of the vibrant and inspiring Icelandic music scene and we thank you all for the mad support throughout the years!” declares the band in an official statement.

Previously graphic designer Dóri Andrésson won the “Best Artwork” award from the Association of Icelandic Graphic Designers for his work on “Destrier”. Furthermore the official music video for the single “See Hell” – which was produced by Freyr Árnason and Gísli Þór Brynjólfsson – won the award for “Music Video of the Year” at the Icelandic Listeners Awards.

Tourdates:
27.05. CH, Aarau – Kiff Fest
01.07. ES, Barcelona – Be Prog My Friend Festival
19.08. UK, Bristol – ArcTanGent Festival
20.08. UK, Newhaven – Hevy Fest

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IRENE JANSEN Guests On Waves of Destruction, Marking Her First Studio Recordings In 10 Years!

Irene Jansen 2016One of the most powerful female vocalists in the genre, Irene is well known for her work with Ayreon, The Theater Equation and Star One, and of course as younger sister of Nightwish vocalist Floor Jansen with whom she performed many times. Check out Irene’s comments and lead vocals in the fourth album teaser.

To top this great news: Irene will also be lead vocalist of the Alarion live formation at the special album releaseshow, June 3rd in Boerderij Cultuurpodium, Zoetermeer, The Netherlands! Get your copy of the album, or ticket for the live releaseshow, through the Alarion IndieGoGo crowdfund campaign now! –>> http://igg.me/at/Alarion (already up to 130%!)

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MAGMA Documentary In Crowd-funding Process

To Life, Death and Beyond – The Music of Magma

by Jennifer Unruh

A movie about the music of MAGMA is now seeking for financial support.
Pledge here!

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Presale of BAROCK PROJECT’s Live Album Available Soon

Barock Project - Vivo CoverStarting from 5th April to 5th May, the italian prog-rock band launches the pre-sale of new live-album. Two live cds featuring an unreleased track to celebrate a decade of music writing and four studio albums

On May 23, 2016, Barock Project will release VIVO, their first live album (the fifth in Barock’s overall discography) to celebrate ten years of music writing and as a follow-up to four studio albums. Each Barock Project’s album has been greatly appreciated by Italian and foreign press. VIVO will be the fifth release by BP, following a successful studio album Skyline(2015), sold in 34 countriesIn addition to the live tracklist, enriched by a memorable version of Genesis hit Los Endos, VIVO includes an unreleased bonus studio track: My Silent Sea.

Two cds for two full hours of music – will feature all the BP hits and shows the musical evolution of composer/leader Luca Zabbini and his band. VIVO has been recorded during the 2015 Skyline Tour: Skyline achieved overwhelming appreciations, many journalists all over the world acclaimed Barock’s ability of playing progressive-rock combining tradition with a new direction. Vittorio De Scalzi (New Trolls founding member) and special guest in Skyline, publicly appointed BP as symphonic-prog heirs in continuation of his work with the New Trolls and their Concerto Grosso albums.

Pre-order is very easy: check out Barock Project webshop barockproject.net/shop

Exclusive promotional price of €16,00 (instead of €19,00).

 

VIVO tracklist:

CD 1
Back to you                              7:26
Coffee in Neukolln                    8:33
Save your soul                         6:30
Fool’s epilogue                         8:56
Inside my dreamer’s eyes       11:23
Un altro mondo                        6:45
Duellum                                   8:46
Los Endos                                6:44

 CD 2
Overture                                  3:54
Gold                                         8:39
Roadkill                                     6:28
Skyline                                     11:02
The silence of our wake             10:50
The longest sigh                      8:23
BONUS: My silent sea               9:06

 Barock Project

Luca Zabbini – piano, keyboards, acoustic guitars, vocals 
Luca Pancaldi – lead vocals
Eric Ombelli – drums
Marco Mazzuoccolo – electric guitars
Francesco Caliendo – electric bass
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Melodic Revolution Records Offers Pre-Sale of “The Rain” by Kristoffer Gildenlöw

The Rain to see a worldwide release on April 7th 2016 in both CD and Digital formats via Melodic Revolution Records and will be available as a pre-sale on March 29th 2016 for a limited time at a special low price.

Gildenlöw’s eleven year career as bass player in the progressive rock band Pain of Salvation set the wheels in motion for his solo career, which took flight with release of his debut album RUST (2013), paving way for The Rain. In addition to vocals, Gildenlöw performs a wide range of instruments and uses carefully selected guest musicians – adding strings, accordion and church organ – to make this album come to life.

The Rain – Track List:

  1. After The Rain pt. II
  2. Holding On pt. I
  3. Seeking The Sun pt. I
  4. Seeking The Sun pt. II
  5. Worthy
  6. Holding On pt. II
  7. See it All
  8. Peripheral Memory
  9. Breathe In, Breathe Out
  10. In the Evening
  11. It Was Me
  12. Drizzle
  13. She
  14. All For You
  15. The Funeral pt. I
  16. The Funeral pt. II

 

Album Line-up:

Kristoffer Gildenlöw: Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Piano, Keyboards, Bass Guitars, Double Bass, Percussion, Glockenspiel

Lars Erik Asp: Drums & Percussion (Gazpacho)
Paul Coenradie: Electric Guitar (Valentine, Aniday)
Fredrik Hermansson: Piano & Electric Piano (Pain of Salvation)
Anne Bakker: Violin, Viola & Vocals (Blaze Bayley)
Maaike Peterse: Cello (Kovacs, Ayreon, Kingfisher Sky)

 

Special Guests:

Norman Ebicilio: Vocals on Drizzle
Cees Pouw: Accordion
Theo Teunisen: Church Organ
Popkoor Zuilen: Choir
Rienk Speelman: Conductor

Recorded, Mixed and Produced at New Joke Studios (NL) by Kristoffer Gildenlöw except: Drums Lars Erik Asp Recorded at Anywhere Studios (NO), Guitars Paul Coenradie Recorded at Legacy Studio (NL) by Patrick Terwee, Keyboards Fredrik Hermansson Recorded at Livingroom Studios (S) and Additional Cello Recorded at Here’s Johnny Studios (NL). Mastered at Fine Tune Mastering Studio (NL) by Peter van’t Riet; Artwork by BlackLake Design (NL)

 About The Rain:

The deep tones of how the mind fights against itself resonate throughout this powerful and poignant work by Kristoffer Gildenlöw. A brilliant effort after his highly acclaimed first solo release: Rust (2013); a thematic album which delved into the realities of aging and one’s perspectives on past, future and ultimately reconciliation with life choices. Again, Gildenlöw has chosen a heavy subject for the theme of The Rain; which is a concept album that examines the life of a man in later stages of dementia who struggles with his own reality, perceived through the metaphor of rain and clouds.

The gentleness of the piano passages oppose the angst and turmoil which lie beneath. The gentle pace at which the album progresses is reflective of the destructive force of the disease upon the man, and you find yourself at the tipping point with the track, ‘Breath In, Breath Out’. It is through this lyrically beautiful song that the realization of the end becomes apparent; leaving the listener grasping for the beauty captured in the mind’s eye.

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Finnish melodic rockers Burntfield on tour in The Netherlands

Burntfield

Helsinki-based Melodic Rock band Burntfield embarks on a 3-date tour in The Netherlands in April 2016.

Burntfield is a new, fresh and interesting melodic rock-band from Helsinki, Finland. In their music they combine elements from hard rock through hints of AOR and blues to progressive rock, reaching for a vibrant and organic sound. By mixing vintage and modern and sharing the vocal and songwriting responsibilities, strong melodies and diverse compositions are born.

Burntfield started in late 2012, and have released an EP Organic Waves (2013), an online
single Let It Die Away (2014) and most recently the EP Cold Heat (2015), which has drawn positive interest internationally, with great reviews and radio plays in eg. The Netherlands, Belgium, England, Germany, France and the U.S.A.

“We are really enthusiastic about bringing the Burntfield bandwagon to The Netherlands, and look forward to some memorable melodic rock celebrations out there”, guitarist-singer Juho Myllylä comments.

Tour dates:

10/04/2016
Musicon, The Hague
+ Support TBA | showtime 21:00 www.facebook.com/events/1502390866736176

11/04/2016
The Waterhole, Amsterdam showtime 20:30 www.facebook.com/events/1564946323824395

13/04/2016
CC Muziekcafé, Amsterdam
Doors 20:00 | showtime 20:30 | Followed by Wonderful Wednesday JamSession 21:30 – 01:00 www.facebook.com/events/1062649793786496

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Curved Air Legend Darryl Way Releases New Prog Album “Myths, Legends and Tales” – OUT NOW!

darryl way - myths legends and talesLondon, UK – Darryl Way is the co-founder of CURVED AIR, a trail blazing rock violinist and composer. “Myths, Legends and Tales” is Way’s latest PROG album which takes its inspiration from some of the mythologies (both ancient and present day) which have inspired him.

“Myths, Legends and Tales” is a mixture of instrumental Symphonic Rock and Songs. The inspiration for the instrumental pieces comes from the mystical world of Greek Mythology, whereas the songs are a mixture of observations about the world we live in and stories and events that have been inspirational.

“As a rock violinist I have always been searching for that elusive sound, turn of phrase and means of expression that would give the electric violin a legitimate voice in the idiom of rock music. With this album, I feel that I have come closer than ever before to achieving this goal. ‘Myths, Legends and Tales’ is another attempt by me to fly the flag for ‘Prog Rock’. I’ve raised the flag up the mast as far as I am able and can only now hope, that it will be seen and appreciated by the devoted fans of this neglected genre.” – Darryl Way

The album features full length prog tracks which will appeal to Curved Air fans and new listeners who have been enjoying Way’s return to the music industry in a burst of fresh creativity.

Track Listing:

1. APOLLO (RACING AGAINST THE SUN)
2. ORPHEUS AND THE UNDERWORLD
3. WHATEVER HAPPENED?
4. DOVE OF PEACE
5. STRANGE GOINGS ON
6. APHRODITE
7. THE ICE MAN
8. CRUSADER
9. HELTER SKELTER
10. PROMETHEUS CHAINED

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Frontiers Music Announces the Release of WITHEM’s new album, entitled “The Unforgiving Road” On June 3rd.

Withem is an upcoming Progressive Metal band hailing from Norway who are inspired by the likes of Symphony X, Pagan’s Mind, Dream Theater and Circus Maximus, concentrating heavily on melodic, memorable hooks, but still with plenty of stunning and virtuoso instrumental sections. The band debuted with “The Point of You” in 2013, gathering excellent reviews from several music websites, blogs and magazines from all over the world. The release was followed by European touring with Pagan’s Mind, Circus Maximus and Seventh Wonder, and performances at both ProgPower USA and ProgPower Oslo, always with an extremely positive reception.

The new album, “The Unforgiving Road” sees the band perfecting their style. WITHEM’s gripping, melody-driven songs avoid the clichés and pitfalls of overly dramatic instrumental sections and sheer senseless complexity and instead center on creative interplay between the musicians, while the unique vocal range of Ole Aleksander Wagenius gives the band a distinctive touch. Just like the debut album, “The Unforgiving Road” was produced and mixed by guitarist Øyvind Voldmo Larsen at his own Lionheart Studio, boasting powerful and bombastic production values with plenty of moments for the listener to notice the most subtle intricate parts of the songs.

The Unforgiving Road is a the culmination of almost a year worth of composing, recording and producing. We didn’t want to rush things after the first album, to avoid the usual pitfalls of “sophomore albums,” says WITHEM guitar player and producer Oyvind Larsen “The challenges we encountered while writing and recording can only be matched with how rewarding it feels after everything is set and done!”

Øyvind once again took the helm for most of the composition and the whole scope of recording, mixing and producing, and we can’t wait to hear everyone’s reactions after they listen to the end result,” adds new bassist Miguel Pereira. “We are looking forward to start promoting The Unforgiving Road with live shows right after the album is out, and meet all our friends and fans throughout the world.”

Tracklisting of “The Unforgiving Road” includes:

  1. …Intro
  2. Exit
  3. In The Hands Of A God
  4. The Pain I Collected
  5. Riven
  6. C’est La Vie
  7. The Eye In The Sky
  8. Arrhythmia
  9. In My Will
  10. Unaffected Lov
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THE JELLY JAM Present New Album “Profit”

Header: Jelly Jam Profit

The Jelly Jam will release their epic new album Profit on 27th May 2016 via Music Theories Recordings.

The Jelly Jam, featuring DREAM THEATER’s John Myung, WINGER/DIXIE DREGS‘ (live) Rod Morgenstein and KING’S X Ty Tabor, will return in 2016 with a new album and their first ever world tour.

Profit is a glorious and affecting cinematic experience; full of suspense, the record follows the heroic yet daunting journey of The Prophet who, inspired by a deep sense of responsibility embarks on a mission to try and save the world, to open the eyes of Those Who Will Not See.

TY Tabor says the concept of the album is “a fight between progress and jobs at all cost and not thinking about any future payment that are going to have to be made.” He continues:  “Each JELLY JAM album is very different and we are most definitely discovering new ground. The first album was pretty straight ahead in its nature and vibe. The second album was more about the songwriting and had a very different feel. By the time we got to ‘Shall We Descend’, we were all at different musical places. It had more of a darker edge to it, but we finally realized that we had tapped in to something that was unique to us. There really is no JELLY JAM ‘sound’.

“In order to make ‘Profit’ the strongest album, we recorded a lot of excess music and chose songs that work together towards the general story idea. Musically and sonically, we started experimenting a lot further than we had before. It stands on its own as an album beginning to end with a purpose. It’s not just a bunch of songs thrown together. It’s an entire journey through a story.”

Profit’s track list:
01. Care
02. Stain On The Sun
03. Water
04. Stop
05. Perfect Lines (Flyin’)
06. Mr. Man
07. Memphis
08. Ghost Town
09. Heaven
10. Permanent Hold
11. Fallen
12. Strong Belief

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Todd Rundgren’s “Box O’Todd” Limited Edition Live Box Set To Be Released

Todd Rundgren’s BOX O’TODD Limited Edition Live Box Set To Be Released

Box O'ToddLos Angeles – Purple Pyramid records will be releasing a special limited edition collector’s box titled BOX O’TODD featuring previously unreleased live in-studio recordings from the early ’70s by legendary guitarist/songwriter/producer, Todd Rundgren! All shows were originally broadcast on the radio at the time.

This unique box features both stripped down solo performances by Rundgren as well as full band recordings with The Hello People, and includes some of Todd’s most well-known songs including “Hello, It’s Me,” “I Saw The Light,” “It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference” and many more!

In addition to three full-length CDs, the box set comes with a 20-page booklet featuring a full set of insightful liner notes by Dave Thompson and full color photos plus a signature guitar pick, 3 collectible pins, and a backstage pass!

Track List:

DISC 1 – Live From Philadelphia 1971 with the Hello People (originally broadcast on WMMR-FM)
1. Banter & Soundcheck
2. Believe In Me
3. Lady On The Terrace
4. I Got My Pipe
5. It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference
6. Rock All Over Again
7. Everybody In The Congregation
8. Broke Down & Busted
9. Tonight I Wanna Love Me A Stranger
10. Ooh Baby Baby
11. Hold Me Tight (Excerpt)
12. Before I Grow Too Old
13. Be Nice To Me
14. I’m Feelin’ Better
15. The Ballad (Denny & Jean)

DISC 2 – Ultrasonic Studios 1972 with the Hello People (originally broadcast on WLIR-FM)
1. Broke Down & Busted
2. Georgia Swing
3. Outside Love
4. Piss Aaron
5. A Dream Goes On Forever
6. I Saw The Light
7. It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference
8. Feels So Good to Be Alive
9. Mad Red Ant Lady
10. Blaze
11. Lady On The Terrace
12. Slut

DISC 3 – Counterpart Studios Cincinnati 1973 with Utopia (originally broadcast on WKRQ-FM)
1. Intro
2. I Saw The Light
3. A Dream Goes On Forever
4. Piss Aaron
5. Lord Chancellor’s Nightmare Song
6. Hello It’s Me
7. Banter
8. Utopia Theme
9. Black Maria
10. Hungry For Love
11. The Ikon (Segments)

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Australian Prog Artist Ben Craven To Release Third Album “Last Chance To Hear” Featuring Guest Contributions By William Shatner and Billy Sherwood

Ben Craven - Last Chance to Hear
Brisbane, Australia – Australian cinematic progressive-rock singer-songwriter Ben Craven is releasing his highly anticipated third album “Last Chance To Hear”. The new release features guest contributions by YES legend Billy Sherwood and iconic actor William Shatner (yes, Capt. Kirk himself!!!). A new single titled “The Remarkable Man” is available for immediate download when pre-ordering the album. It’s an imaginary theme song from a spy thriller movie franchise.

Says Ben, “ ‘Last Chance To Hear’ is loosely inspired by the end of the music industry as we knew it. There’s never been a time when so much new music was being made by so many people and being listened to by so few people. The concept of paying for new music is now alien to a lot of the audience. Digital downloads have made physical media virtually obsolete. Streaming services mean that anybody making new music is now competing with the whole history of recorded music. And the album format is in danger of becoming extinct. There’s never been a time full of more ‘opportunity’ than now. So I made an album about it.

“The new album is a logical progression from my previous album, ‘Great & Terrible Potions’. The arrangements are more confident and more purposeful. But probably the biggest difference is that there are fewer vocals on this new one. ‘Last Chance To Hear’ is more about having the confidence, and presumably the competence, to let the music do the talking.”

The obvious question is how did Ben recruit such iconic artists as William Shatner and Billy Sherwood to guest on his new album? Ben explains, “I was not my first choice to perform the vocals on ‘Spy In The Sky Part 3’. I pored over the melody and the lyrics to get them just right. But when I finally ran through the completed lyrics in my head, I could only imagine a speaking voice.

“Immediately I thought ‘William Shatner!’ and loved the idea. Then reality kicked back in and I got on with the job of singing my own vocals. Except the idea never went away. It kept nagging and eating away at me, like all good ideas do. And here I was willing to give up my own vocal performance on the most dramatic piece of music on the album! So I had to stop ignoring it.

“I reached out to Billy Sherwood who as you know produced William Shatner’s last album, the excellent ‘Ponder The Mystery’. Billy would have been my first and only choice to record the session. I asked him if he thought the concept of having Shatner appear one of my songs would even be possible. Amazingly, everyone agreed, and Billy is the one who actually made it happen.

“Deep down I felt a lingering terror that the music might collapse under the weight of a William Shatner vocal performance. But I suspect Shatner realized the opposite. He played the lead vocalist role perfectly, as boldly and grandly as the music aspired to be. It is an awesome combination and he brought the track up to a new level altogether. I love it.”

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HAKEN Reveal Song “Initiate” from New Album

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David Gilmour Returns to Pompeii

 

David Gilmour will play 2 shows in Pompeii – 45 years after Pink Floyd recorded live movie at historic amphitheatre

David Gilmour will play two shows in Pompeii this year, a politician has confirmed.

The former Pink Floyd leader will return to the historic Italian town 44 years after the band recorded their iconic live movie Live At Pompeii in its amphitheatre.

But unlike the 1971 performance, an audience will be present, with a capacity of 2000 on each of two nights.

Italian culture minister Dario Franceschini tweeted last night: “Agreement reached. After 45 years, David Gilmour will play again at Pompeii on 7 and 8 July.”

The Floyd performance came about after director Adrian Maben visited the 2100-year-old structure when it was empty, and decided that its ambience would lend itself to a concert recording. It was also thought that the absence of an audience would offer a counterpoint to live films of the time such as Woodstock and the Rolling Stones’ Gimme Shelter.

Gilmour is currently touring in support of solo album Rattle That Lock, released last year. He plays in the US and Canada over the coming weeks then returns to Europe in June, with four nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall in September.

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