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Viriditas | Lee Abraham | Paul Garthwaite

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Time: Sunday 7.00pm
Cost: £10.00 in Advance

Viriditas (acoustic)

With the overwhelmingly positive response to the release of the band’s first album ‘Red Mars’ and subsequent live shows, the band are working hard on the next release in the trilogy ‘Green Mars’, with a smattering of single track releases leading up to the event.

The second album will be a double length feature, with a multitude of stylistic evolutions from ‘Red’. With the band lineup firmly settled in the three vocalist form this will be much more of a feature in ‘Green Mars’ as will become obvious with the first single release ‘The Spinner’ in late 2019.
With that said there are still plenty of instrumental sections, the double length album giving plenty of opportunities for the ebb and flow of the many moods and themes set in Kim Stanley Robinson’s novel of the same name.
Jubilant in moments of discovery, Despairing in moments of loss, Confusion and Mysticism in equal measure as songwriter Mike Bridge follows the emotions, traditions and events throughout the novel, not so closely that you need to read the book to enjoy it, but with an affinity of emotions and desires that any listener may appreciate.

Hampshire based Progressive Rock group Viriditas formed in 2018. A collection of vibrant, dynamic and unpredictable songs form the debut album ‘Red Mars’. The album is based events from the book of the same name by author Kim Stanley Robinson.
The second double album in the trilogy ‘Green Mars’ is currently well underway and looking to be released in 2020.

Yes we are still looking for a keyboard player…

Lee Abraham

Lee Abraham is a musician, guitarist and producer from southern England. A music fan first, Lee took up guitar and songwriting in his mid teens and played in a number of bands playing both covers and original material throughout his formative years. He can still be seen playing guitar in local pubs with ‘Rock wth a sax’ covers band ‘Something Else’


In 1999 Lee took up recording and song production and started to record his song ideas. With his writing featuring both a classic AOR and progressive rock sound, early releases found a small audience online

In 2005 Lee successfully auditioned the position of bass player for UK proggers Galahad. Many UK and overseas tours followed and Lee featured on their 2006 release Empires Never Last. A stunning gig in Katowice in Poland also in 2006 was released as a live DVD, Resonance. The band’s legendary performance at the ROSfestival in Philadelphia in 2007 was released as the live album Sleepless in Phoenixville. 

 In 2009 he parted ways with Galahad to concentrate on songwriting and production releasing many successful CDs with many prog luminaries guesting on the discs with him. Dec Burke, Simon Godfrey, Mark Colton and Martin Orford to name a few.


 In May 2017 Lee was invited to re-join Galahad, this time as lead guitarist. Through late 2017 Lee recorded all the guitars to the Galahad album Seas of Change which was released in January 2018. All through 2018 and into early 2019 Galahad supported the album with live gigs in England, Scotland, Wales, Poland, Norway and the Netherlands. 

2019 his solo projects followed with Comatose, a progressive rock concept and single track album with a running time of 47 minutes. The album follows a storyline developed by Lee and takes the listener on a journey of both despair and hope. The album was critically acclaimed by many fans and media outlets alike.

And finally here we are in 2020 and what a year it has been so far!  If there were any good to come of this pandemic, Lee was determined to write and record a new album and he’s done just that! Written and recorded in just under 9 weeks, Harmony/Synchronicity sees Lee once again releasing an album different to the last. The album contains 7 brand new songs with vocal contributions from Simon Godfrey, Marc Atkinson, Peter Jones together with Galahad bandmates Mark Spencer and Stu Nicholson. Gerald Mulligan once again joins on drums.


Paul Garthwaite

The search never stops

I started playing guitar and drums in my mid teens. I was listening to every style of music I could from Motorhead to Mozart. I started to play Bass in some bands as well as guitar in others. I could not decide which instrument to concentrate on!

It was at this early stage that I realised that I wanted to hear something that had both guitar and bass registers.I was also studying classical guitar at this time and this style forms the basis of my technique. I think I am a musical schizophrenic because the sounds I like to hear sometimes lean towards sounds that are not associated with the guitar.

I studied guitar and bass at Leeds college of music and this was a fantastic environment in which to learn. I was exposed to a lot of new styles of world music, and avant-garde as well as getting deeper into jazz, rock and classical music. I also started to study singing. I was listening to Debussy, Ravel, Liszt and Scriabin etc, alongside Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Duke Ellington and Keith Jarrett as well as studying Indian music.

This experience had a huge influence on my fretless style not so much as in the choice of notes but in the way sitarists really make their instruments sing at every dynamic. I have always been fascinated by solo guitarists such as Segovia and Joe Pass and I had the good fortune to see Issac Guilory when I was 19. This experience changed my life. He had everything great songs ,great voice immaculate arrangements and quite simply one of the finest musicians I have ever had the pleasure to see. I saw him play about 40 times and every time he was stunning.


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