2019 saw the John Hackett Band make their European ‘live’ debut at Prog Dreams in Holland, alongside selected UK dates, featuring material from across John’s solo career, the critically acclaimed debut album from the John Hackett Band, ‘We Are Not Alone’ and from the John Hackett-Nick Fletcher album, ‘Beyond The Stars’ (2018), both released by Esoteric Antenna.
2020 sees JHB touring from Edinburgh to Penzance, Holland to Germany with a new album in the pipeline.
Progressive rock flute player, guitarist, keyboard player and singer, John is best known for his work with his brother Steve Hackett, the former Genesis guitarist. Since 1975 he has recorded and toured with Steve in Europe, USA and Japan alongside a career as a solo flautist and session player. He is joined by guitar virtuoso, Nick Fletcher, Duncan Parsons on drums and Jeremy Richardson on bass and vocals.
When they performed John’s Satie-inspired, flute-led number, ‘Overnight Snow’, I was in heaven…the gorgeous ‘Satellite’ was followed by the rock-out ‘Ego & Id’ with its Zeppelin-esque guitar riff. The rousing encore ‘Red Hair’ closed the show and I wanted to see it all again. Roll on next year!”
(Dave Kennedy, Classic Rock Society Magazine)
Co headliners – Haze
Formed in the late 70s by brothers Chris & Paul, they were joined by Paul Chisnell in ’83 and established their reputation as one of the hardest working underground bands of the 80s. The band released 2 LPs, 3 singles & many cassettes, and played over 500 shows around the UK & Europe before disbanding after a farewell concert at Sheffield University in ’88.
The McMahon brothers continued with World Turtle, but reformed Haze in 1998 for a 20th anniversary show, which was released as a double CD on Cyclops Records. For the next 10 years the band played intermittently together, including European tours & festival appearances, but primarily concentrated on their acoustic band Treebeard, who released 2 CDs & were very much in demand on the folk & beer festival circuit.
In 2008 Haze got together again for a couple of 30th anniversary shows, again released by Cyclops Records, and in 2010 toured Italy; one show from this tour was recorded by tour promoter Daniele Castracane and released as the “in that branch of the lake” DVD.
In 2013 the band released a new studio CD of original songs; “The Last Battle” features 14 new recordings by the ‘classic’ Haze line-up of the McMahon brothers and Paul Chisnell, with sisters Cat & Ceri Ashton adding strings & woodwind.
Just before it’s release, drummer Paul Chisnell retired from playing, citing increasingly bad tinnitus for his inability to continue. The band immediately recruited Danny McMahon, son of guitarist Paul, to fill the vacant drum stool. Although only 14, Danny had been playing drums for over 7 years, and has frequently guested with the band at local shows.
The band took part in the 2weeks 2make it video competition in 2013 with ‘The Last Battle’ and in 2015 with a new song ‘Faces on the Wall’, and again in 2018 with an animated video for ‘The Snake’ which won the Scott Sparanza best video award.
In 2018 the band celebrated their 40th anniversary, with, predictably enough, two shows, a double CD and a live DVD, these being the first recordings to feature Danny on drums.
The band have just released their first studio album in 7 years ‘Back To The Bones’ on Gabadon Records on 4th July 2020, and are performing lockdown livestreams every Sunday afternoon to Facebook.com/HazeUK
Despite building their reputation as a progressive rock band, Haze have always drawn on a wide variety of influences, ranging from pop, rock, folk, metal, meandering psychedelic jams to tightly structured prog epics.