Prog double header with:
Doors 6.00pm Live on stage 7.00pm
Until recently, The Gift were regarded by those in the know as ‘the best kept secret’ in progressive rock. Back in 2006, their first album ‘Awake And Dreaming’ wowed the ‘Prognoscenti’ with its heady mixture of ‘70s style and contemporary soundscapes. Then there was silence...until the band reformed a few years ago. Originally signed to Cyclops Records, the band joined the ever growing Bad Elephant Music roster in 2013. Then their long-awaited second album "Land of Shadows" emerged on the 5th of May 2014. It was another ambitious song suite packed with strong melodies, incisive lyrics and instrumental ‘tours de force’. The album took the listener on a true musical journey with tracks like "The Comforting Cold", an ambitious epic about the near-death experience. As vocalist and songwriter Mike Morton said upon its release: "Don’t come to us for songs about cars and girls."
BEM re-released ‘Awake And Dreaming’ in February this year to mark its 10th anniversary, re-mastered and repackaged with stunning new artwork. It caused a real stir in the UK, and The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Italy (in particular) were quick to join the growing calls for ‘more Gift’! In October of this year The Gift will release their 3rd album, ‘Why The Sea Is Salt’. Now, with the arrival of new keyboard player Gabriele Baldocci, a world renowned classical pianist, and original guitarist Leroy James returning to the fold, the music has risen to a whole new level. Add to this key contributions from both Steve Hackett and Antony Phillips of Genesis fame, both close friends and supporters of the band, and you have a force to be reckoned with.
There is a Progressive Renaissance happening right now and The Gift are at its vanguard.
Lineup - Mike Morton (vocals), David Lloyd (guitar), Leroy James (guitar), Stefan Dickers (bass), Gabriele Baldocci (keyboards) and Neil Hayman(drums).
TIGER MOTH TALES is essentially the brain child of nottinghamshire based musician and writer Peter Jones, who has been involved in the music industry performing around the UK and recording his own material since the late 90s.
Pete, (33) was born on October 6th 1980. At fifteen months Pete lost his sight due to Retinoblastoma. From an early age he was into all things musical and at the age of four had his first piano."Music has always been a huge part of my life. How much of that was influenced by my sight loss it's impossible to say, but i've always had a knack of picking up music by ear pretty quickly." (Pete)Throughout his school years he took part in all kinds of musical activities ń school plays, music festivals and concerts. One of the highlights of his young life was winning the junior final of BBC’s ‘Song for Christmas’ in 1988. Around this time he started to be aware of the music in the charts and was also influenced by music his parents listened to. Artists such as Phil collins, Paul McCartney and George Michael were big influences, along with bands including Queen, Genesis, the Beatles and the Carpenters.
Peter composed from an early age, usually in the form of improvisations which he would capture on his cassette recorder.
"I would often write songs or instrumentals around a story or event. Sometimes these could be quite long pieces with unconventional structures. I suppose I always had a free form approach to composing, and although I didn't know it at the time, I was writing music with progressive leanings from the age of eight well in to my teens." (Pete) Pete studied music and music technology and performed in bands singing and playing jazz, swing, rock and classical pieces. He specialised in the piano and recorder, achieving grade 8 in both. Other instruments include keyboards, guitars and bass, alto sax, whistles and various percussion. Also he became more confident with vocals and throughout his later school years he fronted various bands and gave many solo performances. By the time he completed his A levels he was gigging in local venues, performing pop covers and a few original songs. His writing style had moved more in to a conventional pop genre, though he experimented with many styles both modern and classical. On leaving school in 1999 he formed the successful duo ‘2 to Go’ with friend and vocalist Emma Paine. Over the next ten years they became one of the most successful duos on the circuit performing at clubs and corporate events around the UK and abroad. During that time they were finalists in the BBC's Star For A Night in 2001 and ITV’s ‘The X Factor’ in 2004. They went on to appear in the National Arena X Factor Tour which followed in 2005. Pete continued to perform as part of 2 to Go and as a solo performer. He also wrote and recorded many original works. In 2010 Pete had his first official album release with "Look At Me Now". This self penned and produced album was a collection of songs from the previous 10 years, including different Genres b