Written by RogorMortis
Tuesday, 24 September 2013
Band annoncements for RosFest 2014
Caravan announced for ROSfest 2014
Legendary UK bands CARAVAN have agreed to sign up as one of our three headliners for ROSfest 2014. With a history going back to 1968, Caravan is one of a dwindling amount of bands around that merits a description as living legends. They were one of the two principal bands in the Canterbury Scene, a movement that saw bands blending elements from progressive rock and fusion with whimsical lyrics, quirky instrumental movements and a distinct English sound - but often without any major superficial likeness shared between the bands subscribed to this style.
Caravan peaked commercially early on, with 1971's "In the Land of Grey and Pink" their best-selling album. Their early 70's albums in general are all considered classics today, and while they never made much of an impact in the UK or US in these early days their stature have continued to grow following the resurgence of interest in progressive rock. Following spells of inactivity in the 1980's and 90's Caravan have been a mostly going concern since 1995, albeit with a number of line-up alterations along the way. The current incarnation of the band dates back to 2010 and consists of Pye Hastings, Richard Coughlan, Geoffrey Richardson, Jan Schelhaas, Jim Leverton and Mark Walker.
Twelve years have gone by since Caravan had their last triumphant return to the US at Nearfest. That concert was quite the historical event and artistic triumph, and we suspect that when they appear at ROSfest on May 2nd 2014 it will be an event just as magnificent. That Caravan will be promoting their first new studio album since 2003 the proverbial icing on the cake. We just hope that they manage to bring along enough copies for the sales table, for their sake as well as their fans. It is a truly great pleasure to announce the appearance of living legends Caravan at ROSfest, and we're counting the days to their appearance at Gettysburg just as eagerly as their most dedicated fans.
Red Sand announced for ROSfest 2014
We're pleased to announce that Canadian band RED SAND has agreed to perform at RoSfest 2014. The band was formed in 2003 by guitarist Simon Caron, he and his fellow band mates have steadily released studio albums and performed live since then, earning themselves a good reputation in their native Canada in particular.
The current incarnation of Red Sand includes Simon Caron (guitars, keyboards), Pennsylia Caron (piano, keyboards), Mathieu Gosselin (bass), Danny Robertson (drums) and Steff (vocals). The band has six albums to their name as of 2013, of which "Cinema du Vieux Cartier" is the most recent. Red Sand tends to be compared to the likes of Marillion, Pendragon and Arena, all of them bands the core of our audience tends to know very well indeed, and we felt it was about time to introduce them to this fine Canadian band now in 2014.
Those among our audience with affection for traditional Neo Progressive Rock will have a concert to look forward to when Red Sand enters the stage as the second band on Sunday May 4th 2014. A quality band that have proven their quality as a live and studio entity over time, and a band that will be a pleasant surprise for those unaware of them prior to RoSfest 2014.
Fright Pig announced for ROSfest 2014
The case of US band Fright Pig is a curious one. We received their album, loved what we heard through and through, and started to check for information about the band. And came up empty. We have mailed with them, spoken with them, but we don't know who they actually are. But with a debut album like the one they have made themselves, we knew we had to book them for ROSfest 2014.
With references to pork and pigs aplenty, the main man of this band have oinked about this project in a manner that most certainly documents that this isn't a creation from someone residing in a pigsty. Not that there are too many of those in Fright Pig's stated home location of New York. But the Fright Pig have gathererd his pigions and have agreed to venture out from the barnyard and all the way to Gettysburg to prove that he and his porcine underlings can impress just as much on stage as they can on their debut album and their tongue-in-cheek press releases. One might say that this is a case of bringing home the bacon, in a more or less literal sense.
For new bands that we feel will truly amaze and surprise our audience, we have a slot well known by our regular audience. The opening slot on Sunday morning is reserved for these cases, and we call this part of ROSfest the church of prog. While there may be a remote danger for occasional grunts, oinks and trottering on stage, rest assured that whatever swineish antics Fright Pig decides to bring along, the music will be excellent. Even if we fell for the temptation to do a bit of hog-baiting with this announcement.
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