Saturday, April 16, 2011

All About The Enid

This week the IPRS offers an interview with the leader of the symphonic prog band The Enid, Robert John Godfrey. In the case of The Enid, "symphonic" is a moniker that truely describes their music. Lush, romantic, with hints of World music (in their latest especially), this band is only one to have successfully fused rock based music with the power, dynamics and scale of symphonic classical music. They released their first album in 1976, and have just released their latest, the wonderful "Journey's End" last year. They are presently on tour, so don't miss this wholly original band when they come to a town near you!

They will be at:
Friday May 13th: The Platform, in Morecambe
Saturday June 11th: The Stables, in Milton Keynes
Thursday June 16th: the Key theatre, in Peterborough
Sunday July 24th: in Victoria Park for the High Voltage Festival, in London
Sunday August 7th: at the Cambridge Rock Festival, in Cambridge
Friday August 19th: at the Crescendo Festival, in Saint-Palias-sur-Mer, in France
Thursday September 15th: at the Farnham Maltings, in Farnham
Saturday October 15th: at the Symphony Hall, in Birmingham with a full orchestra, this will be a "not-to-be-missed" gig!

More dates will surely follow.

the playlist is as follows:
1. Judgement Day - Apocalypse (Arise and Shine, 2009)2. A Heroe's Life (Aerie Fairie Nonsense, 1977)
3. O Salome (Salome, 1986)
4. Dark Hydraulic (Tripping the Light Fantastic, 1994)
5. Gallavant (Touch Me, 1979)
6. Prelude / Fantasy / Riguardon (The White Goddess, 1997)
7. Terra Firma (Journey's End, 2010)
8. Malacandra (Journey's End, 2010)
9. Shiva (Journey's End, 2010)
10. The Art of Melody (Journey's End, 2010)
11. Space Surfing (Journey's end, 2010)
12. Sheets from the Blue Yonder (Arise and Shine, 2009)
13. Avalon - Under the Summer Stars (Arise and Shine, 2009)

As always, if you love the music please encourage the artists by purchasing their CDs on their website (link is above). Please leave your comments and suggestions.


  1. Excellent Show. Thanks for this, hopefully will give some coverage to a wonderful band.

  2. I sent this message to The Enid:

    'About 2/3 of the way through the IPRS special. I've been listening to prog half my life (51) and I've never heard any of your music and now I don't know where to begin. Your music just blows me away and is freakin' awesome. I live in Oklahoma, probably why I've never heard your music. I listen to Aural Moon and have seen your name come up but may have to busy to notice. My apologies. I just emailed 2 of my European prog friends I go to ROSfest with and blasted them for not telling me about you. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this wonderful music. '

    Frank, thank you for bringing this music to me. I really enjoy the shows with interviews and I love the fact you podcast this so I can listen to it on the road as I often am. I hope to meet you at ROSfest.

  3. @Peter and @Christopher: Thank you! The Enid is a band more people need to hear about!

  4. @Christopher: I'd love to go to ROSfest, but I haven't got tickets. If I get a call from George roldan saying he's got tickets for me, I will jump on a plane and go ;). You should come to Boston next weekend for K2.

  5. Christopher TeerJune 5, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Just saw this post. I live in Oklahoma City. A jump in an Airplane to Boston is not so easy. :)