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Chrs Judge Smith
Latest News - Music News
Monday, 18 September 2006
Chrs Judge Smith, co founder of Van der Graaf Generator and more recently the force behind the remarkable Curly's Aiships album has released a brand new CD entitled "The Vesica Masage".

This album is a new department for Judge and is an entirely instrumental work containing a unique blend of relaxing yet melodic music.

The JUDGE-SMITH.COM website has free samples from every track of the CD to listen to, and to those who are understandably wary of anything that might be classified as New Age Music, Judge has the following comment to make:

.........I can promise you there are no endless drones, and no pan-pipes, didgeridoos, tribal chanting, sounds-of-the-rain-forest, or whales. The album is the result of a long process of composition that has been as challenging and rewarding for me as anything I have ever attempted. I thought that I might be able to make a decent job of it, but I had no idea that such great tunes would fall out of the sky for me to use. There are a few melodies here that are as good as anything I've ever done….......

Last Updated ( Monday, 18 September 2006 )
Iona - The Circling Hour
Latest News - Music News
Monday, 18 September 2006
The brand new album Iona 'The Circling Hour' is now in stock and available from the Iona website (www.iona.uk.com) where you can also hear mp3 extracts from all the tracks.

The band have also just added an extra UK tour date to their schedule on November 16th and this will be a special 'Circling Hour' album launch concert.

The concert will be held in the newly refurbished St James' church in the picturesque East Yorkshire village of Warter, near Pocklington and about 18 miles east of York.

Doors will open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

The church is to become a centre for concerts and arts events and this will be the first event to take place there since the completion of the renovations. The concert will be candlelit and the venue (which dates back to the 13th century) will lend itself to an especially intimate atmosphere.

Tickets and more info will be available soon via the band's website. All those who pre-order tickets will be automatically entered into a prize draw. Winners will receive some signed Iona goodies. One not to miss!

'I have been putting together another solo project for ages which originally started off as a sort of lullaby thing but as time has passed and new ideas have come along  the project has sort of evolved into a more general contemplative/worship type album. Sort of like lullabies for grown ups which my boys like to listen to as well. Its more of a reflection of my own spiritual journey over the past few years.

Frank from Iona is producing this time so its kind of in his hands as to when it will be completed. I think realistically it will be early next year before completion.

Last Updated ( Monday, 18 September 2006 )
Arena - "Ten years on"
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Thursday, 05 October 2006

In celebration on Arena's tenth anniversary Verglas Music are releasing a 'best of' album called "Ten Years On" . This album is mainly aimed at people who are unfamiliar with the band, but there are a couple of collectible items for the Arena connoisseur, which include a version of 'Empire of a Thousand Days' from the Pride album with Rob Sowden on vocals.

The artwork work for the new album has been created by Contagion / Pepper's Ghost artist David Wyatt and the release date is 30th. of October.


The full tracklisting has now been released and is as follows:

Track Listing:
01: Smoke and Mirrors
02: Skin Game
03: Hanging Tree
04: Butterfly Man
05: Chosen (live)
06: Empire Of A Thousand Days (re-recorded with Rob Sowden)
07: Crack In The Ice
08: Salamander
09: Bedlam Fayre
10: Solomon

The album will be available for release on October 30th, but any advanced orders placed before that date will come signed by Arena founder members Clive Nolan and Mick Pointer.

Meanwhile the band have taken the first steps towards writing for their next studio album.  Clive Nolans says: 'It's a slow proccess, but it has started. I've got a handful of ideas, and we'll be meeting up soon for a writing session. We're not in a hurry for this seventh studio album... we'll just see how it goes.



Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 October 2006 )
Latest News - Music News
Monday, 18 September 2006
Clive Nolan is working on a new project Caamora and this will be a musical based on the novel 'She' by Victorian adventure writer H. Rider Haggard.  The official word is that this epic production will feature guest vocalists, instrumentalists, orchestra and choir, forming a two-hour musical journey. An album will be recorded in the summer of 2007, with a partly staged performance to be filmed in a theatre for DVD in September 2007. The album and DVD box set is planned for release in October 2007.

In the meantime an EP with the title 'Closer' is set for release later this year to give a taster of what is to come.  This EP will contain 5 tracks and is due out towards the end of the year.

'Closer' tracklisting:

1. Half Moon Street – This is a reworking of a Shadowland song.
2. World Somewhere – This song was written as part of the 'She' project.
3. Sacrifice – A wonderful new orchestrated version of the Strangers on a
                   Train song.
4. The Bonding – This song will feature on the 'She' album.
5. Closer - This track has been written especially for the EP

Happily the official website is now up and running and is packed with a wealth of information and pictures so please take a few moments to check it out.

Last Updated ( Monday, 18 September 2006 )
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