2012 News


17th Dec Oliver appears on Great Ormond Street Charity Single...
13th Dec Ravens and Lullabies album press release...
29th Nov Ravens and Lullabies tour report...
29th Nov Oliver & Gordon backstage movie...
29th Oct Few more reviews from the Ravens and Lullabies tour...
23rd Oct More reviews from the Ravens and Lullabies tour...
1st Oct Ravens and Lullabies tour reviews added...
26th Sept First night of the Ravens tour excerpt on new YouTube channel...
14th Sept New interview with Oliver...
11th Sept Help promote the 'Raven's & Lullabies' tour...
6th Sept August/September news update...
5th Sept 3 more shows added to the tour...
31st July King Friday full album released...
18th July Oliver's memories of Jon Lord...
13th July July news update...
6th July Oliver Wakeman & Gordon Giltrap Tour press release...
7th June Oliver and Rick Wakeman to perform one off concert...
1st May May Newlist Update...
28th Jan Oliver Wakeman and Gordon Giltrap
24th Oct Oliver appears on the new Yes Live From Lyon album...

5th March

March Newlist Update

As another month has passed by I thought I'd write a short update on what is going on in my music world at the moment!

Although from the outside all seems relatively quiet, behind the scenes there has been a lot of activity and hopefully it will all come to fruition soon and we'll have exciting news on the way!

Oliver & Gordon

It has been quite a hectic month with more writing going on for the new album - although we had to stop for a week or two as Gordon had quite a few concerts and I moved house! (I'm currently writing this with a huge pile of audio and midi leads on the floor which I know all need to be re-plugged in for the studio to be operational!)

However, this week, work will resume as there has been a real momentum building with this project. Gordon and I have been talking about the other musicians we would like to have involved in the project and have some interesting ideas at the moment bubbling away. We have found an artist whose work seems to fit the project beautifully and we have also have a theme and title for the album as well as plenty of music!

There are currently lots of shows being discussed and dates are starting to be booked so keep checking back for more info.

Social media

As some of you may know, I recently joined Twitter and have started to tweet regularly on all thing musical. It is a really enjoyable way of keeping followers in the know much quicker than the monthly updates and so if you would like to follow my 'tweets' simply follow me @OliverWakeman. These feeds also go directly to the website, the Facebook page and the MySpace site so you can still see what's happening.

Awards night

Many of you may be aware of the Classic Rock Society and all the great work it has done helping and promoting various bands over the years.

It was, up until recently, being run by my good friend Martin Hudson who in recent years passed over the reins to Miles and Steve. I was lucky enough to win the award for best keyboard player on three separate occasions but this year was slightly different as I was invited to be the special guest and hand out the awards!

I traveled up on Saturday afternoon and met up with Martin which gave us enough time to catch up and carry out an interview which will be in the next magazine hopefully. It was a really enjoyable interview as it was the first of the year and covered a multitude of subjects from Yes and Strawbs through to the new projects.

We then had a great meal prepared by Martins lovely wife Sharon and we then had a quick bit of time to get changed for the evening. Martin and I then headed off to drive to the venue (playing him some of the demos for the Cultural Vandals album on the way - which he really liked!).

I arrived at the venue and it was great to meet up with so many people I haven't seen for such a long time. Amongst the guest on the evening were Paul Manzi (from my band), Steve Hackett (solo and ex-Genesis), Bryon Josh and Olivia Sparnenn (Mostly Autumn), Rob Reed and Christina Booth (Magenta), Nick Barrett (Pandragon), Clive Nolan (Arena, Pendragon), Mick Pointer (ex-Marillion, Arena), John Michell (It Bites, Arena), John Jowitt (IQ, Arena) as well as many others.

The awards ceremony started with a brief chat and a couple of stories from myself and then we moved onto handing out the awards which went pretty smoothly! One moment which was particularly amusing was when Steve Hackett won best guitarist, this was because Steve had given me one of my awards in 2008! We will hopefully have some photos of the evening appearing on the website soon.

I then managed to spend a bit of time chatting to various fans and friends before heading to the pub with Martin for a quick strong coffee before I started the long journey back home. I had a great night and apparently Gordon and I have been booked to play for the CRS in October!

YouTube

BlueDot music have made my track 'Sahasrara' (from the Chakras album) the featured video this month on the Blue Dot YouTube channel.

Anyway, that's all for the moment, more news when we have it! All the best, Oliver


1st February

Website overhaul and Twitter

Many of you may have noticed the major change to the website over the last day or so. There are a few more tweaks to come but the new look seemed like a good idea for the new year!

Besides the obvious graphical changes, you may have noticed the twitter feed that is now present on the front page. To quote Oliver - "Last year I received emails from quite a few people asking when I was going to start 'Tweeting'. I decided that, as I wasn't touring and just writing by myself, I didn't want to join up and then start tweeting about nothing in particular and so I decided to wait.

However, the new album with Gordon Giltrap made me rethink my decision as I thought it might be nice to start tweeting at the beginning of a project. This would give me the opportunity to explain some of the insight into recording a new album from scratch in short, interesting (hopefully!) bursts via Twitter. Hopefully those who kept asking me to 'Tweet' will now join me on Twitter so I don't end up tweeting to no-one!"

If you would like to follow Oliver on Twitter, you can do so by clicking on Oliver's name at the top of the Twitter feed on the front page, clicking the Twitter button in the footer of the site, by visiting Oliver's Twitter page or by clicking this button...


28th January

Oliver Wakeman and Gordon Giltrap

We are proud to announce that Oliver and the world renown guitarist Gordon Giltrap have started work on a new collaboration. The album is in its very early stages but things are already progressing very quickly and there is a lot of enthusiasm (and music) flying around at the moment.

Gordon and Oliver first met during one of his Dad's Christmas concerts where they both performed back in 2009. Gordon recently contacted Oliver with the offer of performing on his next solo album but this soon changed into a full scale collaboration. The final tone of the album hasn't been decided upon yet as both are keen to let the music lead the way but it will certainly be a welcome addition to both their catalogues!

The following is taken from Gordon's website - "On the creative front I am currently collaborating with that outstanding keyboard player Mr Oliver Wakeman. He and I are working together on my first 'rock' album since the late 70's.This project will see a return to my 'Prog Rock' roots, and the prospect of working with a man considered by many to be one of the best in the business truly excites me!"

The guys are also planning to perform live together and so there is a lot to look forward to - watch this space!


20th January

Oliver's track 'Sahasrara' available on YouTube

There is now a dedicated playlist of a selection of Oliver's music on the BlueDotMusic YouTube channel. The latest addition is the track 'Sahasrara' which appeared on the album 'Chakras'.

This piece and the full album are now available on iTunes.


19th January

Oliver announced as Guest presenter at Classic Rock Society Awards night

Some of you may be familiar with the Classic Rock Society in the UK. It has been running for many years now tirelessly supporting musicians and putting on concerts as well as releasing a bi-monthly magazine.

Each year there is an awards ceremony and awards are handed out to the musicians voted for by the readership. Oliver was fortunate enough to win the best Keyboard Player award on three separate occasions!

This year, however, Oliver has been asked to be the guest presenter at the awards and hand out the awards to the lucky winners. It should be a great evening and Oliver is looking forward to meeting up with lots of old friends!

More information about the Classic Rock Society can be found on their website which is www.classicrocksociety.co.uk


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