1999 News


7th December Verglas Music announce that esteemed actor Robert Powell will provide narration on the forthcoming Nolan/Wakeman project, 'The Hound of the Baskervilles'. Collaboration on this project is due to start shortly.
3rd December Oliver has been commissioned to write the new 'audio signature' for pro-audio company Allen & Heath. This will be used in their new software products, website and marketing materials. Sharp-eyed observers will also be able to spot Oliver pictured on the cover of the (printed version only) brochure for the GS3000 Studio Mixing Desk. For further information contact David Kirk, PR Manager, or Debbie Maxted, Marketing Manager.
28th November Oliver was interviewed by Martin Hudson of the Classic Rock Society. This interview will be appearing in the January issue of 'Wondrous Stories'. For further information on this publication, email martin.hudson2@virgin.net
28th November Oliver attended yesterday's Classic Rock Society Awards night, a very memorable evening for all those interested in Classic Rock. The awards were handed out to the victors by Steve Hackett of Genesis fame. Peter Banks was also there and a few photos of the three were taken, which we hope to reproduce on this site soon.
Oliver was asked to accept the award for 'Best Drummer' on behalf of Nick D'Vigilio of the rock band 'Spock's Beard', who was unable to attend as he lives in America! The evening finished on a highlight of Steve Hackett taking to the stage for an impromptu blues performance with Peter Banks on bass.
Oliver did very well at the awards, being nominated for 'Best Keyboard Player'. (He came 7th out of about 60!). 'Jabberwocky' was voted '11th Best Album of the Year' and the 'Heaven's Isle' re-release was voted '22nd Best Album of the Year'.
Oliver wishes to express his thanks to all the people who voted for him and his music.
27th November Oliver will be at the Classic Rock Society's Awards Night at the Oakwood Theatre, Rotherham. Hopefully some of the other musicians from 'Jabberwocky' will also be there... If you manage to pick Oliver out of the crowd, go and tug his hair, say 'hello' and tell him how much you like his web site!
November The forthcoming "Hybrid" album has been mixed. For further information on release dates, etc. visit the Hybrid website at http://www.hybrid.force9.co.uk. Legend has it that there's an audio file featuring Oliver there...
October Oliver begins work on proposed new 'Myths & Mythologies' album. Scheduled release date not yet available!
28th September 'Jabberwocky' reenters as the seventh best selling CD in the October issue of 'Wondrous Stories'. Editor Martin Hudson lists the Heaven's Isle re-issue in his five 'Most Listened-to CD's' that month.
14th September Oliver records session for the new "Hybrid" album due for release later this year. A solo was recorded for the track "Moving Lights", and the piano section from the track "Man in the Moon". This album is produced by Dave Boland along with Clive Nolan and Karl Groom, the 'Jabberwocky' production team.
1st September The track "Dangerous World" from 'Jabberwocky' appears on the front-cover CD of the Greek music magazine "Metal Invader"
1st September Two tracks from 'Heaven's' appear on the Australian radio show "Spectrum".
26th August Oliver's music appears on the Verglas music sampler "Dreams and Visions". The tracks featured are "The Mission" from 'Jabberwocky', and the title track from 'Heaven's Isle'.
26th August 'Heaven's Isle' re-released!
1st August Two page colour spread in the Greek music magazine "Metal Invader" featuring an in-depth interview with Oliver about the 'Jabberwocky' album and the 'Heaven's Isle' re-release.
28th July 'Jabberwocky' was the fifth best selling CD in the July issue of 'Wondrous Stories'
28th June 'Jabberwocky' was the fourth best selling CD in the June issue of 'Wondrous Stories'
27th June Oliver appears with "Smokestack" at the Bideford Music Day Festival.
28th May Oliver appeared with "Smokestack" at the Royal and Fortesque Hotel, Barnstaple as the opening act in the North Devon Jazz/Blues Festival. Smokestack are also booked to play at Mr. Bertie's on Tuesday 1st June.
29th April 'Jabberwocky' was the third best selling CD in the April/May issue of 'Wondrous Stories'
21st March 'Jabberwocky' was the third best selling CD in March's issue of 'Wondrous Stories'
18th March After two months of excellent sales, Verglas Musichave given Oliver & Clive the go-ahead to begin work on a new project. At present, it looks like it could be based on Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes novel - "The Hound of the Baskervilles".
It is hoped that most of the cast from'Jabberwocky' will feature but a few new faces may join the fold.
6th March "Smokestack", the R&B band that Oliver guests in, are booked to appear in the North Devon Jazz/Blues festival during May '99.
21st February 'Jabberwocky' was the third best selling CD in February's issue of 'Wondrous Stories'
9th February Oliver & Clive Nolan were caught on film for BBC1 news whilst at the launch of Rick's new epic -'Return to the Centre of the Earth'.
7th February Two additional tracks for the 'Heaven's Isle' re-issue have now been finished. "The Outward Journey" and "If A Picture..." were recorded and mixed by the original Heaven's Isle team at The Opus Suite in North Devon. The Verglas re-release is due for a late spring/early summer release.
5th February ‘The Mission' from'Jabberwocky' is featured on the cover CD of Classic Rock Magazine's March/April Issue. The magazine also contains a review and a half-page advert.
1st February Cranium Musicof New Zealand have made'Jabberwocky' February's featured album of the month.
21st January The original CD version of 'Heaven's Isle' was the seventh best selling CD in January's issue of 'The Classic Rock Society's journal 'Wondrous Stories'
11th January 'Jabberwocky' has been released!
January Oliver and father Rick were recently spotted at Heathrow airport chatting about various father/son things. 'Wondrous Stories' magazine received a letter from a Wakeman fan who saw the duo at Heathrow saying how pleasant Rick was when asked for an autograph.
January 1999 The Lewis Carroll Society have published the'Background to Jabberwocky' story (featured on this website) in their January issue of'Bandersnatch'.
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