Joel Cummins (Umphrey’s McGee)

11I recently had the good fortune to speak to Joel Cummins, keyboard player with American band Umphrey’s McGee, freshly returned to the US after a three-night stint in London, England.

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Rob Reed

reedWhat Rob did next, after the Kompendium and Magenta albums, Magenta’s bass player Rob Reed is releasing an album that is very personal to her him, a Mike Oldfield and Tubular Bells inspired epic called “Sanctuary”.  DPRP’s John Wenlock-Smith caught up with Rob recently and he had this to say about this new album

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The Psychedelic Ensemble

201055tpeWith a fourth release coming up it is high time for an interview with The Psychedelic Ensemble, after receiving raving reviews for the first three releases we all are wondering what is up next.

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Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull)

Ian-Anderson---Alex-Pavlou-_3389edit2Being ever the courteous man I expected him to be, the phone rang 9:30 sharp and as I answered the call, there was the unmistakable voice of Ian Anderson asking me whether he was phoning to a landline. As I answered “Yes, most certainly” a “Good” was muttered and we ventured into the interview.

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Harvest

Interview_Harvest_2 (3)A good friend from Spain, called Rafa, noticed the Progdreams III festival that I was going to had Harvest on the line-up. He congratulated me on that and urged me to do an interview. And although I was not familiar with the band, I’m glad I followed his orders!  So here I am at a table of the cosy venue’s café, a few hours before the show, facing singer Monique van der Kolk and Jordi Prats (lead guitar). And Toni Munné (bass) on my left.

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Alan White – YES

alanwhite7409876Alan White has been a member of Yes since 1972 joining after the classic Close to the Edge album but just in time forYessongs, prior to joining Yes he was the drummer in John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band appearing on three albums with the legendary ex-Beatle, some forty years on he still fills the same drum stool despite all the comings and goings throughout the years only Alan and Chris Squire have remained constant, On the eve of their world tour where they will play three classic albums in their entirety DPRP’s John Wenlock-Smith took time to speak with Alan White about these shows and future prospects for Yes

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Neal Morse – Transatlantic

Neal_Morse_thumb_201402In the second part of our Transatlantic special we bring you DPRP’s Basil Francis in conversation with the indefatigable Neal Morse. Keen eyed readers may notice that we asked both Neal and Pete some of the same questions – we’ll pull these together on Facebook later in the week.

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Pete Trewavas – Transatlantic

Pete_Trewavas_thumb_201402In a first instalment of Transatlantic we bring you Marcel Hartenberg’s interview with Pete Trewavas. Tune in tomorrow at the same time for Basil Francis in conversation with Neal Morse!

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Adam Warne – Synaesthesia

AdamWarne0214_thumbVoted ‘Top Tip for 2014′ in Prog Magazine, Synaesthesia have just released their eponymous debut album. DPRP’s Basil Francis was able to catch up with 20-year-old lead singer, keyboardist and founding member Adam Warne to share a few words regarding the band.

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Adrian Belew

Adrian BelewFor the past 40 years, American multi-instrumentalist Adrian Belew has been one of the pioneering artists in experimental rock. Mostly known by prog fans for being a member of King Crimson since 1981, Belew has also worked with many other talented artists from Frank Zappa and David Bowie to Talking Heads . Soon, he will tour Europe with The Crimson ProjeKCt celebrating the music of King Crimson. DPRP’s Basil Francis was able to get the low-down on this new tour and discuss Belew’s philosophy of music.

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