JUMP return to the south coast following a well-received appearance at the Talking Heads last May. This irrepressible six-piece has a back catalogue of thirteen independent albums and whilst JUMP has worked and toured with many of the biggest names in progressive rock, the band defies easy categorisation. It would be fair to say that JUMP fuse many musical elements to create a unique chemistry that is delivered in a hugely entertaining presentation, fronted by master storyteller John Dexter Jones. A short biography of a band with a near 30-year history is impossible but tour supports and appearances with artists such Marillion, Fish, Midge Ure, IQ, Pallas, Spocks Beard, Rick Wakeman, Steeleye Span etc etc gives some indication of the esteem in which this independent troupe is held.
Reviewing the band’s recent appearance at Resonate Festival at the O2 in Islington, PROG Magazine reported that…
“According to frontman John Dexter Jones, openers JUMP are no more a Prog band than a cat. However, they unfailingly know how to work a crowd. Animate, articulate and amusing, the Bangor bard leads the folk-rock infused stalwarts through a roistering set that includes new numbers: the nostalgic, wistful Heroes We’d Be and the full-on rant Breaking Point.”
Whilst of the same show, The Progressive Aspect said…
“A cracking start with Jump leaving the audience rocking on their heels – no prisoners were to be taken. Jump have been around for 25 years plus, but you wouldn’t know it from the exuberance of their delivery; slick, professional, and John Dexter Jones is entertaining in every aspect you want from a front man. Songs of this and that, from those areas that only progressive music ever seems to touch. I loved the set, and I hope that my first experience of Jump is not my last.”
For more information visit www.jumprock.co.uk
The Far Meadow is a five-piece progressive rock band from London. Always associated with the best, just lately TFM has been keeping especially good company, stepping out with the likes of Caravan, Carl Palmer, Curved Air, Focus, Gong and Uriah Heep. With Marguerita Alexandrou’s dramatic and distinctive vocals, Eliot Minn’s enchanting and captivating keyboards, and Denis Warren’s impossibly radiant guitar work, all underpinned by the incredible rhythmic weave supplied by Paul Bringloe and Keith Buckman, TFM forges an astonishing and exciting array of musical textures.
Drawing from yet-to-be-released Foreign Land (coming soon on the Bad Elephant label), the much-vaunted 2016 cd Given The impossible, and Where Joys Abound (2012), TFM’s explosive live set is peppered with classics, including the sensational epics Travelogue and Foreign Land, while songs such as Sulis Rise, Himalaya Flashmob, Prove It and The Seamless Shirt herald a new and revelatory era.
With a stunning new album on the way, and the experience of knockout shows across Europe, plus upcoming appearances countrywide to include The Cambridge Rock and Summer’s End
festivals, be sure to catch The Far Meadow at The 1865 as they road-test the next wave of scintillating symphonic classics.