**The Blackheart Orchestra had to pull from the date due to illness, please contact the ticket outlet that you purchased tickets from for a face value refund**
I Am The Manic Whale
Ben Hartley: drum kit, percussion, vocals
Michael Whiteman: bass guitar, bass pedals, 12 strings guitars, vocals
John Murphy: keyboards, murphatron, vocals
David Addis: acoustic, classical and electric guitars, vocals
Michael and David met at secondary school and have been making music together in various guises for over 20 years. They met Ben a few years later and John relatively recently. The first album, Everything Beautiful In Time was released in December 2015. Since then the band have undertaken a string of live performances, which have been very well received. Their second album, Gathering The Waters was released in October 2017.
I Am The Manic Whale are unashamedly a progressive rock band. Whilst making similar timbral choices to many of the great progressive artists, particularly Genesis, Big Big Train, Spock’s Beard and Neal Morse, I Am The Manic Whale is hopefully also able to bring something new to the table. Their intelligent thoughtful lyrics touch on a range of unusual and interesting subjects from a fresh modern perspective; from science fiction to the history of printing, from the decay of a derelict swimming pool to the mobile artistic and engineering creations of Dutch artist Theo Jansen, known as Strandbeests.