Despite being told recently that Farnham's Music In The Meadow, summer gig series, on the bandstand at Gostrey Meadows was able to go ahead, after a further look at the government guidelines, it seems it will not now be possible and this gig is sadly cancelled after all!
Thinking was that families would be able to sit in their household groups and the band would need to have few enough members that they could also socially distance themselves from each other in the bandstand. The council had proposed marking circles on the grass for household / bubble groups to sit in to maintain the required distancing and ensure numbers stayed in control.
The council say it seems dreadfully unfair that the event cant go ahead when pubs are able to open inside and outside with no numbers restriction! They were ready to paint the circles onto the grass so there were designated bubbles for each family but it appears gatherings of over 30 are not permitted as well as live music! Many musicians (including Elaine) have received no income from live music or financial help from the government since the lockdown began and there is the very real possibility that venues which used to support live music will cease to exist if the unfair hammering of live music continues much longer!
Special Radio Feature
On Tuesday, July 14th the Kindred Spirit Band's latest album 'Elemental' is going to have a whole radio show devoted to it!
Bob Prigmore broadcasts his global 'Tunesday' progrock shows via progrock.com.
You can listen to this and join members of the band live in the chat room from 7pm UK time, which is 1pm (USA CS time).
Come and join in the show at https://progrock.com/
Welcoming Band Members
The Kindred Spirit Band line-up has adjusted since the lockdown. We welcome new bass player, Paul Critchfield, who has played with us once before and you may recognise him from Alan Clayson's band, "Clayson and the Argonauts". Our legendary drummer Les Binks will be our main drummer and talented Stevie Mitchell will be our main flute and sax player. Elaine Samuels and Martin Ash are the band members remaining unchanged.
We can't wait to be back playing live for you! Hopefully you'll see us at a live gig before the end of this year!
Our remaining 2020 gigs are still uncertain at the moment with the ongoing Covid 19 lockdown. Several gigs have already been postponed until 2021. Take a look on the gigs pages to see how things are shaping up!
Live Global May Festival
The Kindred Spirit Band were invited to perform at Bob Prigmore's live, global, prog rock festival, presented by Beat Route Radio and with artistes from all over the world taking part! The festival will ran from 2pm - 10pm over Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th May. It will be raised funds for the East Northants Community Services, who provide food banks and homeless shelters local to the radio station.
Given the inability of artistes to perform together during lockdown, Elaine represented the Kindred Spirit Band with a special 30min acoustic set. She will be performed live from her front room 'arena' (ha ha) at 15:20 on the Saturday!
There was a great write up about this festival in PowerOf Prog
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Find out more about the Elemental album
Band Self Isolating
Elaine and the Kindred Spirit Band, like the rest of the world's population, are self isolating!
Many of our gigs are cancelled or postoned. Check the gig lists for the latest information.
Booked For Cambridge Rock Festival 2020
The Kindred Spirit Band have just been booked to play at the Cambridge Rock Festival, on the Sapphire Stage (Stage 2) on Sunday 21st June 2020, at 11am. This looks like being a great, four day festival. Come and join us! Find out the full line up and buy your tickets from:-
Special Environmental Song
Elaine was approached in January 2020 to write an anthem type of song for the Extinction Rebellion group (XR).
She has now written the song and it can be viewed below.
Elaine has written many environmental themed songs, which can be found on all of the Kindred Spirit Band albums.
This premiere of the song was recorded at Elaine's January 19th 2020 open mic, with help from friends and musical colleagues, with no rehearsal, shortly after having written it! So it is a bit rough around the edges but Elaine wanted to get it 'out there' for environmental campaigners everywhere to use as soon as possible, as time is running out!
Extinction - Wake Up! - song video
And here are the lyrics:-
Extinction Wake Up! - lyrics
By E Samuels 12/01/2020
The temperature's rising wake up!
The ice caps are melting wake up!
The storm is coming wake up!
The land is flooding wake up!
We face extinction join the call!
We face extinction save us all!
The temperature's rising wake up!
The trees are burning wake up!
The animals are dying wake up!
What are we doing? - wake up!
If your house were collapsing in the middle of the night you would welcome a wake up call.
This planet is your home and it is being destroyed; So wake up before you lose it all...
Our consumption is growing wake up!
With habitat destruction wake up!
Our pesticides are spreading wake up!
And the bees are dying wake up!
The earth is choking in rubbish wake up!
The air filled with toxins wake up!
The seas filled with plastic wake up!
What are we doing wake up!
The threat of extinction's real and with us now .We must act urgently, it's clear.
We need our world leaders to wake up and create green changes or we disappear...
It's an extinction rebellion, extinction rebellion rpt.
The Kindred Spirit Band have just been booked for a MAJOR Music Festival, to perform in August! It is the fantastic "A New Day Festival", in Faversham, Kent.
We are a truly unique progfolkrock band! If you want to book us for an event go to our "Contact" page.
"Folk rock meets classical with a scientific edge"
Rachel Mann, Prog Magazine
Our new brand new album "Elemental" is starting to get some great reviews:
"an ingenious and advanced folk-rock album...Written for a species that is about to be lost in the fires".
Neil Mach, Rawramp Magazine
"'Elemental' is a very enjoyable disc... A folky Fleetwood Mac"
"And as for the new album.... CRACKING. Not joking in saying deserves album of the year".
Chris Davenport, professional photographer
The new Kindred Spirit Band album, "Elemental" launched at All Hallows Church Hall, Twickenham, on Saturday, November 2nd. The new album has 11 original tracks and a bonus cover number. The front cover can be seen (left) and the rest of the album art has been designed and produced by Elaine herself. Read more about everything connected with the album on the "Elemental" page. You can order a copy of your album from this page too!
Money from sales of the new album was donated to the excellent, local charity, "Home Start". We raised nearly £80 for the charity on the night!
The title track, "The Alchemyst", from "Elemental" featured on the cover mount CD of the September issue of Prog Magazine, issue 102 .
'Prog' is a glossy, global magazine, which prog rock lovers can either purchase in well known high street shops, like WH Smiths, or subscribe to. 'Prog rock' is actually quite a wide catchment of musical genres, most usually synonymous with the qualities of virtuosity of musical skill, the expansive nature of lyrical themes and more unusual melodic and rhythmic structures, which can result in longer that average track lengths!
The response from putting our "Alchemyst" track "out there" will be exciting for us, since the last time we placed the title track of our previous album, "Phoenix Rising" on a cover mount CD of Prog magazine, our albums were purchased globally and we picked up distribution in the UK and abroad! It also lead to enough exposure for the band to be featured in Prog Magazine, in turn leading to some high profile festival gigs!
Recording of the new, Kindred Spirit Band album at Skyline Studios resumed from 18th May!
The six remaining tracks now only need Martin Ash's overdubs on violin and viola (and possibly some more mandolin), some vocals from Catherine, extra percussion and finishing touches before mixing and mastering!
The last six tracks are:-
1. Make A Change - a positive song with a foot tapping, world music vibe.
2. Need Your Love - a cosmic experience, based around the Philip Pullman, 'Northern Lights' trilogy, with an with Eric Clapton rock feel.
3. No Smoke Without Fire - the bluesy rock number which won the March song competition. See more below.
4. Alchemyst - an epic, scientific, historical and intriguing number, which Elaine wrote after reading about the life and work of the astrologer, alchemist and advisor to Queen Elizabeth 1st, Dr. John Dee.
5. Vikings - another epic piece, laced with myth and featuring a Viking invasion and battle. It has a Game of Thrones feel in places and some interesting time signature changes!
6. Feelin Good (a cover made famous by Nina Simone and Muse, which we have made our own and which fans have asked us to record.)
The final touches to the recording are being made in August and work begins on the CD artwork from now!
Alleya is a currently London-based musician working in a variety of creative and unique experiences. Her current work includes performance and composition with South-East London band Lucien Chase and solo bookings. She recently performed on The X Factor UK in an all female ensemble supporting singer Grace Davies. Alleya began learning violin at a young age, studying under Margaret Escobar and later with Emelinda Escobar. Her professional studies began at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where she earned her Bachelors Degree in Violin Performance.
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New Song Wins Competition
Elaine's new, "No Smoke Without Fire" song will be featuring on the band's forthcoming, new album and recording of the album at Skyline Studios continues from 18th May! Exciting! Click the link to hear the song as performed at the competition:-
Tour Kicks off in July
Last year the Kindred Spirit Band recorded the first half of the new album including a very special population song.
The song hopes to explain why the growing global population is so damaging to our future and how the people of the world can act in a positive way, without the need to wait for government action (which looks like coming too late to prevent environmental disaster)!
Please have a listen to the song and share, share, share the web page for this song.....
Band Go Down A Storm at HRH Prog Fest 7
A five hour drive saw us arrive at Hafan Y Mor Caravan Site in beautiful (and sunny) Pwllheli, North Wales on November 17th. Following two radio interviews, for HRH Prog Radio and Midlands Metalheads Radio, the band played a 95min spot on Stage 2 (overlapping with headliners, Hawkwind, on Stage 1, but capturing the attention
of a packed crowd)!
Garry Foster, presenter of the "Unchained & Prog Rock Files" (101.8 WCR FM) said,
"Your set was a real highlight of the weekend. Id never seen you guys live before.....
loved the set from start to finish, the camaraderie on stage between you guys was magnificent!!!"
Garry said this about his impression of the Kindred Spirit Band at HRH Prog Festival (click to hear this audio clip from his programme)
If you would like to see lots more photos and view a video with some antics from Martin Ash, take a look at the band Facebook Page
Rock Society Magazine Feature
Here is the first page of our three page feature in Rock Society Magazine. If you want to read the whole article, you can obtain your copy here
First Batch of New Tracks Ready!
The band have been back at Skyline Studios since February 2018 recording six new numbers (see details of the numbers below). Check out the recording process we went through here.
We now have six, new song tracks to release as singles via digital downloads or to add to a physical CD, if we decide there are enough people wanting a physical CD to justify the cost of manufacturing one. We have created approx 1 minute clips of each one for you to have a listen to them, below!
Jez Larder at Skyline Studios
Shall we make a new CD?
We are still deciding whether to make a physical CD album, to present our newly recorded songs or whether to just have digital downloads. You can influence this decision.
If you want a CD speak up and join our "New Album" list. If you join the list you will be the first people to get the physical album (if it comes out, for a £10 fee). You don't need to pay anything "up front" and you will get exclusive access to extra audio and video of the recording and creating process in a special, extra "New Album" newsletter, being dispatched monthly!
Whatever happens, we plan to record another 6 tracks (only 2 of which have yet to be written) and we hope to be ready to do this in the autumn, ready for a possible album launch in late January / early February.
Please note that some problems were experienced with joining this list, which have now been fixed!
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Twickenham Arts Centre
Since the Kindred Spirit Band were going to be performing at it on March 23rd and quite a few people she spoke to seem unaware of it, Elaine has written an article about Twickenham's spectacular new arts centre, to help introduce it to everyone. She has written it like a tour around the centre with excellent photographs by RP Photography Solutions. Take a look below.
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Music Legends and the Kindred Spirit Band
Following the passing of music legend, Ray Thomas, one of the original members of the Moody Blues, who the Kindred Spirit Band met at their concert with "Blue Onyx", in December 2010, at Leatherhead Theatre, Elaine has written the article below describing the musical legends who have been drawn to the Kindred Spirit Band since their formation after the dawn of the new millenium.Read the article
Elaine received an inspirational email from a new fan just before New Year's Eve, and felt compelled to write the article below , which she hopes will inspire everyone for 2018!
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