HERE ARE THE ACTS FEATURING IN THE SOUNDLE WEEKEND:

Martin Barre
Martin Barre
Martin Barre

Martin Barre, Jethro Tull’s guitarist for over 43 years. His sound and playing was a major factor in their success. Album sales have exceeded 60 million units and they continue to be played worldwide, representing an important part of classic rock history.

Martin’s guitar playing has earned him a high level of respect and recognition. His solos were voted 25th best solo ever in the USA and 20th best solo ever in the UK for his playing on Aqualung. His playing on the album Crest Of A Knave earned him a Grammy award in 1989.

As well as numerous Jethro Tull albums, Martin has worked with many other artists including Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, Gary Moore, Joe Bonamassa and Chris Thompson and has shared the stage with such legends as Jimi Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, and Led Zeppelin.

Band Line Up:
  • Martin Barre - Lead Guitar
  • Dan Crisp - Vocals, Guitar
  • Alan Thomson - Bass
  • Darby Todd - Drums

For more information see Martin's website.
Grace and Fire
Grace and Fire
Grace and Fire

The Grace and Fire story so far...

Grace and Fire formed in 2019 as a new band fusing Progressive Rock with Melodic Hard Rock in a melodic, song-based, accessible format.

Songwriters André Saint and Aaron Gidney first worked together in a previous band, Shadow of Acolyte - writing, recording and touring for two years, culminating in hitting #1 on Amazon's Bestselling Hard Rock and Metal Chart in January 2018 with the release of the Holy Ground EP.

Graham Brown began working with the band at its inception and has worked with Touchstone alumni, Rob Cottingham and Kim Seviour as their drummer of choice, most notably in Rob's new project, Cairo,who released their debut album Say in 2017. Graham also played on Kim's latest release, Recovery Is Learning working with Arena/Frost*/Lonely Robot/It Bites mainman, John Mitchell.

In 2019, Graham also began working with The Paradox Twin. Following Graham’s addition, Tim Ashton then joined the lineup on bass, following stints with UK Neo-Prog Rockers, Galahad - most notably playing on their debut album, Nothing Is Written and their most recent offering, 2018's Seas of Change which comprised one epic 43 minute track. To complete the band, keyboardist Gary Marsh joined in October 2019. Gary is a former member of Red Bazar and Tiger Moth Tales live band featuring the ever-talented Peter Jones.

The band has just completed mixing and mastering their debut album and are preparing for release in 2021. The album consists of ten tracks and is 56 minutes (and 1 second!) of original Melodic Progressive Hard Rock. There are a number of special guests featured and contains soaring guitars, lush keyboard textures and concise song-based writing.

Grace and Fire Line Up:
  • André Saint - Vocals
  • Aaron Gidney - Guitars
  • Graham Brown - Drums
  • Tim Ashton - Bass
  • Gary Marsh - Keyboards

For more information see the Grace and Fire website.
Karnataka
Karnataka
Solstice

From powerful to ethereal, breathtaking to haunting, Karnataka’s music combines a widescreen cinematic vision with epic symphonic rock soundscapes taking the listener on a never to be forgotten journey. Winning plaudits from Radio 2’s Bob Harris, prog icon Rick Wakeman and many others, Karnataka’s storming live performances have entranced and captivated audiences across the UK, Europe and the USA and seen them perform alongside prestigious artists such as Robert Plant and Steven Wilson.

Multiple award winners (Classic Rock Society Best Band, Best Album, Best Song and Best Vocalist) Karnataka embark on a nationwide tour in 2020 with a line-up featuring founder member and bassist Ian Jones, the beautiful voice of new vocalist Sertari, virtuoso keyboard player Gonzalo Carrera, stunning lead guitarist Luke Machin and the exceptional drumming of dynamic sticks man Chris Allan. Expect classic tracks from past albums and brand-new material.

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Sublimely atmospheric. Unashamedly epic. A sense of power and drama hitherto unequalled. A genuinely potent force - Prog magazine
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Wonderful - Bob Harris Radio 2
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A tapestry of kaleidoscopic sounds reminiscent of Pink Floyd and Marillion - Metal Force
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buffer For more information see the Karnataka website.
Kindred Spirit Band
Kindred Spirit Band
Kindred Spirit Band

The Kindred Spirit Band are a five-piece, featuring the perceptive and intriguing songs, haunting and beautiful voice and rhythm guitar work of Elaine Samuels.

They are known for weaving thrilling electric violin or guitar and flute or sax with compelling and uplifting stories, driving bass and drum rhythms and two female vocals.

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One of the best folk rock acts in activity in the UK - Prog Rock & Prog Metal Zine
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The Kindred Spirit Band have evolved, since Elaine began performing as a solo act early in the 1990s. By the early 2000s they established a five-piece framework featuring Elaine and her original songs with an electric lead instrument (violin and / or guitar) player, a wind instrument (flute and / or sax) lead player, a bass guitarist and a drummer.

Over the years, the band members have come and gone, leaving their excellent musical legacies on various of the many recordings, videos and albums. The 2020 Covid-19 Pandemic and lockdowns caused a period of reflection and reassessment for the band line-up of 2019, which has resulted in a metamorphosis and a shiny, new line-up with an exciting team of outstanding musicians.

For more information see the Kindred Spirit Band website.
Solstice
Solstice
Solstice

After 40 years, 2020 feels like we're just starting out. It really does. Our 6th studio album, Sia, is out on GEP, recorded with our incredible new vocalist, Jess Holland. Although recorded remotely, Sia was made with love and care and has left us with an almost unbearable desire to play together live.

Soaring violin and guitar weaving around delicately passionate female vocals, underpinned by driving rhythmic complexity - Solstice were an unlikely band to succeed in 1980s Britain. Yet because of their unique vision, audiences in search of an alternative to the shiny 'product’ of the music industry reveled in the band’s performances at all the major festivals and sell-out tours, on which they made the legendary Marquee club their home.

In spite of this live success, bolstered by BBC sessions and national music press coverage of an unprecedented level for a then-unsigned band, by the close of the 80s the members had dispersed to pursue successful careers in session work, soundtracks and elsewhere, leaving only the independent Silent Dance album to keep the memory alive.

Interest generated by a CD reissue in the nineties led to a Solstice renaissance, with two studio releases – New Life and Circles – and a live album, The Cropredy Set – documenting their return to the big festival stage.

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Music has given us so much over the years and never more so than when creating and performing with Solstice. Something about the experience and the energy from those who enjoy the music is so uplifting. I remember being totally amazed by the vibe at our very first gig at Berkhamsted Town Hall in 1980, and that generosity of spirit from the audience has been there, sustaining us and drawing us back, ever since - Andy Glass
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Following the critical acclaim of 2010 album, Spirit, and it’s live counterpart Kindred Spirits, Solstice released the superb Prophecy on Esoteric Antenna, finally providing the band with a platform they had so long deserved. Support, in the form of three remixes, from none other than prog lord, Steven Wilson, and artwork from iconic Marvel artist, Barry Kitson, helped bring the music to the attention of new ears.

2020 finds Solstice on a high. Sia sounds like a band finally finding it's true voice. New singer, Jess Holland, brings soul and magic to these beautiful songs as Solstice become the band they've always aspired to be. And what perfect timing for Solstice to sign to GEP, a label that understands and loves both the music and the audience and, of course, was founded as a vehicle for IQ who played with Solstice right at the very beginning.

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For more information see the Solstice website.
Stuckfish
Stuckfish
Stuckfish

Formed in Northumberland in 2017, Stuckfish is a collaboration between two great musician friends; singer-songwriter, Philip Stuckey, (Judas Rising, VOTV, Black Sedan, Overkill) and guitarist/composer/producer, Adrian Fisher (Heavy Load, VOTV, Tony Liddle, Thrust, Overkill).

Together they have created melodic rock songs with a progressive twist. The songs are a combination of storytelling lyrics and fascinating, multi-layered musical journeys of the unexpected, with soaring guitars and dramatic vocal harmonies. Stockfish straddle the genres of Prog Rock, Melodic Rock and Alternative Rock with ease.

Second album, The Watcher, is an album of grand fantasy, telling the tale of a true magical family line hunted to near extinction by the dark forces of chaos!

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These are the songs we’ve dreamed of writing and recording, definitely our best work so far - Phil Stuckey
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Joined by experienced and talented musicians, Alan Gibson (keyboards), Phil Morey (Bass) and Adam Sayers (drums) and live shows are planned over the next couple of years in order to showcase music from both the debut album Calling and The Watcher.

For more information see the Stuckfish website.