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.