The first album « Oddity » was full of promises for the start of an epic journey but it is on stage where he starts to carve his signature – costumes, make-up, psychedelic atmospheres, humour and sensuality. Yes, you think of Genesis, of Alice Cooper and David Bowie, of Led Zeppelin and Pink-Floyd too. But eventually, you will no longer think of anybody else.
Following the release of the highly anticipated « Torn Apart », featuring special guest Steve Hackett (Genesis), the « Tearing the Tour Apart » hit the road in Europe and Franck reinforced his show as one of the most irresistible in the rock scene. 2017 saw the release of a live DVD/BluRay of the tour, which, after about 100 dates, ended with a standing ovation on stage of the Loreley « Night of the Prog » festival in front of 6000 people.
Carducci, as Master of Ceremonies, leads his Rock ‘n Roll Circus where each of his players embodies a side of his music. Who can explain how a 12 string guitar extra neck would be added to a bass guitar, how a powerful guitar riff would go with a hot belly dance, or a Mellotron solo would end up in a duel with a didgeridoo? Who can also explain how Achilles, guitar and sword in hand, would kidnap a sensual Alice from her Wonderland?
However, let them pick you up and take you in the palm of their hands – you won’t want to leave until the very last note of the concert. Your senses will not be given a second of rest while these characters take you to a place where dreams are kings, emotions are queens and musical genres are crossed with no borders.
September 2017 was the start of « On The Road to Nowhere » where the band won the « Best Overseas Band » award from UK magazine « Classic-Rock Society ».
Immerse yourself into the spectacle and let yourself go as you embark on a journey into a colourful, flamboyant and fun musical universe, which is open and accessible to all.
Christophe Obadia : Electric Guitar, Didgeridoo, Bass-Pedal
Olivier Castan : Keyboards
Mary Reynaud : Theremin, Rainstick, Tambourine, Vocals
Nino Reina : Drums, Backing Vocals
Steve Marsala : Electric + Acoustic Guitars, Backing Vocals
With music that is ‘as epic and as beautiful as it is possible to get’ (Scream Magazine), The Emerald Dawn are a multi-instrumentalist, symphonic progressive rock quartet, who combine elements from classical music, jazz and rock to produce their own original, distinctive and exciting sound—a sound that is cinematic, experimental and powerful. Usually haunting, often stunningly melodic and always highly atmospheric, the music of The Emerald Dawn paints images or tells stories that stimulate the imagination and takes the listener on unforgettable musical journeys.
Originally formed in Edinburgh, the St Ives-based band comprises
Tree Stewart (keyboards, flute, acoustic guitar and vocals),
Ally Carter(guitar, saxophones and vocals),
David Greenway (fretless and fretted bass guitars)
and Tom Jackson (drums). For their second studio album, ‘Visions’,
The Prog Mind ranked Stewart number 7 in the best keyboards performances of 2017 while ranking Carter number 6 in the best guitar performances.
In February 2019 The Emerald Dawn released their third studio album, ‘Nocturne’, to rave reviews:
‘…as wondrous as only a near-masterpiece can be.’*** Dmitry M. Epstein;
‘This is a sheer delight to listen to, one of those albums that gets inside your soul and is one that you will keep with you for life. … I love this album.’ The Progressive Aspect;
‘A wonderful must have album, full of passion, drama, and majestic instrumentation throughout…’
‘“Nocturne” displays musical prowess that will leave your heart in your throat’. The Prog Mind.
The Emerald Dawn will not only be performing compositions from their three studio albums but will also be providing a glimpse of some of their forthcoming album: ‘To Touch the Sky’.
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.
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.
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