2013 News - Archive
|5th Nov||New tour story added...
Oliver's Summer's End and Ravens tour story has been added to the website along with Gordon Giltrap, Nick Kendall & Steve Anderson's thoughts from the Summer's End Festival.
You can find it by clicking on the 'Stories' drop down menu above and selecting 'Summer's End Festival & Ravens & Lullabies tour Autumn '13
|2nd Nov||Recent radio interviews available to listen to...
Oliver has been featured on various radio shows recently to promote the current Ravens & Lullabies tour. Please click on the highlighted radio show name to listen.
You can hear last weeks interview on BBC Radio Lincolnshire where Oliver appeared on the Nicola Gilroy afternoon show. Oliver's interview can be heard starting at 1 hour and 10 minutes into the show.
Oliver also appeared on the Gonzo Web Radio show.
|23rd Oct||Ravens & Lullabies one off trio show announced...
Details from the CRS website
|14th Oct||Ravens & Lullabies band footage...
If you were unable to get to the Summer's End festival to see the full live version of the Ravens & Lullabies album then you missed a great show!
However you can now visit Oliver's YouTube Channel to watch a half hour edit of some of the show which is in the Oliver Wakeman & Gordon Giltrap playlist.
|14th Oct||New photo album added...
There is now a new photo album, Number 5 added to the site which has photos from the Summer's End festival and the October tour. More photos will continued to be added.
|13th Oct||Whole radio show dedicated to Ravens & Lullabies...
Roman's World radio show and podcast is now available to download and this weeks episode is devoted to an interview with Oliver and songs from the Ravens & Lullabies album..
If you would like to help promote the tour please feel free to print and place them in suitable (and legal) places.
Thank you in advance if you do choose to help!
|7th Oct||New interviews and 'Ravens & Lullabies' album reviews...
|4th Sept||The 3 Ages of Magick is now available to pre order...
The 3 Ages of Magick (Expanded and Remastered edition) - Oliver Wakeman with Steve Howe is now available to Pre order direct from Cherry Red Records.
The album was originally released 7 years before Oliver joined YES and has been out of print since 2007. This new version includes 3 bonus tracks and an expanded booklet.
The first 1000 will also be in a signed slipcase.
|21st Aug||Oliver to appear on Bob Harris Sunday show...
A while ago we announced that Oliver, along with Paul Manzi and Gordon Giltrap, had been invited to perform a live session for the Bob Harris Sunday Show on BBC Radio 2.
The guys recorded the session a couple of months ago and it will be broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on Sunday the 1st of September at 12.00am.
So either Set your alarm clocks and get up nice and early on Sunday morning or just don't go to bed on Saturday...
Alternatively just catch it on the BBC iPlayer at a later date!
|7th August||The 3 Ages of Magick re-release...
We are really pleased to announce that Oliver's 'The 3 Ages of Magick' album, featuring YES guitarist Steve Howe, is due for re-release on the Esoteric Recordings label on the 30th September 2013.
This album was originally released in 2001 and hasn't been available on general release since 2007, a year before Oliver started working with Steve in YES.
Following the critical sucess of the Ravens and Lullabies album with Gordon Giltrap, it seemed like a perfect opportunity to hear Oliver's work with another classic guitarist 12 years earlier!
This expanded and remastered release features 3 bonus tracks, 'Hit 'n Myth', 'The Faerie Ring' and a demo version of 'The Storyteller' titled 'Dream Weaver'. The album sleeve features a background story on the making of the album as well as unseen photos from Oliver's personal archives.
Pre-order details will be available soon.
|19th July||Tour posters & flyers available to download...
There are new tour posters and flyers to download from the 'Press Media' section of the website (also accessible under the 'Information' tab in the menu above).
If you would like to help promote the tour please feel free to print and place them in suitable (and legal) places.
Thank you in advance if you do choose to help!
|19th July||Giltrap and Wakeman Autumn Tour Press release...
Gordon Giltrap & Oliver Wakeman on the 'Ravens & Lullabies' Autumn tour 2013
October 2013 will see guitar legend Gordon Giltrap and keyboardist Oliver Wakeman performing together for the third leg of their "Ravens & Lullabies" tour. The shows will follow the familiar, well received, duo format of the previous tours.
However there will also be a one-off full band concert as headline artists for the "Summer's End festival" on the 5th October. The band will feature, alongside Oliver and Gordon, Johanne James and Steve Anderson (rhythm section from the rock band 'Threshold') as well as Paul Manzi (Arena & Oliver Wakeman band) handling the vocal duties. This show will feature the '2013 Progressive Music Award' nominated song 'Moneyfacturing' in the set.
Oliver and Gordon will also be performing as a duo on selected dates as special guests of Jon Lees' Barclay James Harvest during November.
In 2012, Gordon contacted Oliver with a request for his keyboards services for an album idea he had. Within 24 hours the initial idea had changed beyond recognition and a full blown collaborative project was in the works. Oliver and Gordon embarked upon this new chapter in their careers and released the critical acclaimed 'Ravens & Lullabies' album on the Esoteric Antenna label earlier this year. The album, a 13 song collection of hard hitting memorable rock pieces coupled with acoustic duets, will be well represented on the upcoming tour. The show also features new arrangements of classic material from both their retrospective careers.
One of the most innovative acoustic guitarists in the UK today, Gordon Giltrap has developed his own unique style, much copied, but never bettered. It is impossible not to be awestruck as he coaxes incredible melodies from his instruments; you almost suspect a second pair of hands. He is well known for his varied musical output and 'Heartsong' (a hit single from the album 'Perilous Journey' in 1977) is instantly recognized as the theme for the BBC TV's long running 'Holiday' programme.
Following ten solo albums in a variety of styles, Oliver Wakeman joined the legendary band 'YES' in 2008, touring with them up until mid-2011. A live CD and triple vinyl release, 'In The Present - Live from Lyon', was a fitting bookend to his period in the band. He also worked with the folk rock band 'The Strawbs' and appeared on their last studio album as well as their 40th Anniversary CD release. Appearing in venues across North and South America, Europe and the UK with YES, Strawbs and as a solo artist, he has become a well respected live performing musician to add to his other talents as composer, songwriter, lyricist, arranger and producer.
Gordon says "When I embarked on this collaboration with Oliver,I had no idea he was such a fine writer of songs. I imagined that whatever we did together would be instrumental in nature, but when I played him one of my pieces he said that it would make a good song!
The next thing I knew the songs were coming thick and fast, and what I thought were pieces that wouldn't really fit into what we were doing, in fact were turned into finely crafted songs that actually meant something and was saying something in a very deep and valid way. In all my years in the business I have never ever been involved in a project of this nature. This album continues to surprise me as does Mr Wakeman."
Oliver adds, "We have had quite a year so far with the exceptional response to the new album. This tour gives us a perfect opportunity to perform some of the new pieces to existing fans and hopefully gain some new ones too!"
The tour starts on the 3rd of October in Tunbridge Wells and closes in Tavistock on the 23rd of November.
So, with their collective histories and talents to draw inspiration from, be prepared for an evening of beautiful compositions, wit and charm from these two virtuosos.
|18th July||Summer's End Bass player announced...
We are delighted to inform you that the bass player for the forthcoming Summer's End festival headlining show will be Steve Anderson.
Many people will be familiar with Steve's current role as bass player for 'Threshold'. This means that Gordon and I will have Threshold's rhythm section for our show as we already have Johanne James drumming!
The band will also feature Paul Manzi (Oliver Wakeman Band & Arena) on vocals.
|15th July||Oliver's interview on ARfm radio show available to listen to...
On Sunday Oliver was the guest on Paul Baker's Soundscapes show which was broadcast on ARfm.
In between playing 'Moneyfacturing', 'Fiona's Smile', 'A Perfect Day' and 'Credit Carnival', Oliver was interviewed by Paul live on air about the 'Ravens & Lullabies' album. They also chatted about some interesting bits of information regarding previous album releases and bands Oliver has worked with.
If you missed the show but would like to hear what was said you can listen again by visiting mixcloud.com ('Moneyfacturing' starts at 25 minutes and 50 seconds and Oliver's interview begins at 33 minutes).
|11th July||New website goes live...
As you may have noticed the website has been give a complete graphical overhaul. The menu structure, content and pages remain as before.
The Interviews, Ravens & Lullabies Reviews and Biography sections have all been updated with new information. A new Photo Album, number 4, has also been added.
The Concerts information can now be accessed by the menu item above as well as being available by clicking the text in the 'Upcoming Concerts' section below.
The social media section has been replaced with icons in the top right of all pages. The MySpace link has been removed due to the site becoming unusable after the recent update to MySpace.
The section for joining the newslist has been moved to the bottom of the 'Latest News' section of the home page.
You may have noticed this nomination button above the social media icons.
The song 'Moneyfacturing' from the 'Ravens & Lullabies' album has been nominated in the 'Anthem' category of the Progressive Music Awards 2013 and you can vote for this track by clicking this link if you wanted to register your support.
|10th July||July Update, Ravens & Lullabies Award Nomination, Radio 2,
Wakeman with Wakeman with Wakeman and Wakeman concert...
Well it's been a busy couple of months.
Firstly there was a two day rehearsal with my Dad, brother Adam and sister Jemma at Blackfriars in Gloucestershire for the Wakeman with Wakeman with Wakeman and Wakeman shows.
These rehearsals were closely followed by 2 shows on the Saturday evening one after the other! It was pretty exhausting but really good fun and the two sold out shows were really well received. It was a beautiful setting and we gave Dad a hard time with the stories we told too...
I will be putting some photos up on the photo album portion of the website soon. The evening consisted of music from all of our careers, for the record I played 'LJW' & 'A Mayfair Kiss' from Ravens & Lullabies and an 8 keyboard version of 'Elizabethan Pirates' from the 'Heaven's Isle' album.
Another rehearsal followed on Sunday, this time with Paul Manzi and Gordon Giltrap in preparation for Radio 2...
Gordon and I, together with Paul Manzi had been invited to record a live session and interview for Bob Harris on Radio 2 and so off to London we went! It was an amazing experience, one which I will remember for a long time. We performed 'LJW', 'Fiona's Smile' and then an acoustic version of 'Ravens Will Fly Away' with Paul Manzi singing.
The album continues to sell well and is still receiving rave reviews which is very rewarding.
Gordon Giltrap & I are also delighted to announce that our track 'Moneyfacturing' from the 'Ravens and Lullabies' album has been nominated in the 'Anthem' category of the Progressive Music Awards 2013
Prog Magazine has scoured the activity in the progressive genre for the past twelve months and come up with what they feel is a perfect representation of the best artists and releases of the last year. Winners will be announced at Kew Gardens on September 3, and the results are decided by a public vote. so if you feel inclined and would like to see us receive the award please vote using the below linkhttp://awards.progrockmag.com/awards/anthem
TOUR & LIVE
Gordon and I will be heading out for another tour of the UK towards the end of the year in 3 different formats. We will be taking our 2 man duo show around to some new venues as well as a few places we've been invited back to. We are also performing a full band show as headliners of this years Summer's End Festival in Gloucestershire. In November we will also be touring our duo show as special guests of Barclay James Harvest which is something we are both really looking forward to. The current dates can been seen in the section below or by clicking the 'Scheduled Concerts tab in the menu...
Thanks as always for your support.
All the best.
|9th July||New in-depth interview with Oliver...
Oliver to perform with Rick, Adam and Jemma Wakeman...
Rick has put together a series of 3 special concerts in Gloucester in June.
Oliver will be joining his dad, his brother Adam and his sister Jemma for a very special performance on the 15th June. For more details please see the full details here.
Ravens & Lullabies review page added to the site...
Reviews have now been added to the new Ravens & Lullabies review page which can be accessed by the reviews link above or here.
March Update, Ravens & Lullabies, Peter Banks and PROG magazine...
It's been a couple of months since I last wrote an update about what has been going on in my music world and reading about the passing of Peter Banks this morning has prompted me to sit down at the computer keyboard.
I thought that I would start with a few thoughts about Peter. For those of you who aren't aware of Peter and his work, Peter was the original guitarist with Yes back in the late 60's and worked on their first two albums. I enjoyed performing Astral Traveller when I was in Yes and it was great fun to play on a track that was linked to this early incarnation of the band.
However, Peter and I did work together on a couple of my albums back in 1999 and 2001. My first rock record 'Jabberwocky' (a collaboration with Clive Nolan) featured Peter heavily as the main lead guitarist and he came up with some amazing parts.
He worked in a slightly unusual way in so much that he was a great improviser and never played the same part twice - he'd give you lots of great solos in their entirety to chose parts from. He also had a wonderfully jazzy style which was best represented on the Jabberwocky album with his great solo in Coming to Town. I'd originally written the jazzy chords with the idea of having a sax solo (in fact the original demos have me doing a sax solo on a keyboard) but when Peter put his jazz solo down, all thoughts of a sax solo were soon forgotten.
The record came out whilst I was working on my next album 'The 3 Ages of Magick' which featured Steve Howe. I played Steve some of the album and he was genuinely impressed with the guitar work he heard - 'Is that really Peter..?' I remember hearing him say in his studio in Devon during one of our arrangement sessions.
Peter & I got together again for the followup to Jabberwocky, 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' and again Peter came up with some great - completely unique - guitar lines. His solo on my track 'By Your Side' is particularly gorgeous and completely unexpected in construction and approach.
Peter and I kept in touch for a while afterwards but as is often the way, paths take different directions and I hadn't been in contact for a few years. But I am proud to have met Peter and I'm even more proud that I have some of his performances on 2 of my albums. RIP Peter Banks, thanks for the music.
Ravens & Lullabies
March saw the release of my latest project 'Ravens & Lullabies' which is a collaboration with another unique guitarist - the wonderful Gordon Giltrap. The first few reviews and reactions have come in and I can only say thanks for the wonderful things people have been writing abut the album. We really seem to have hit on an approach that people seem to relate and warm to. I really hope the album has the opportunity to reach as many people as possible as I am really proud of the project and people need to hear Gordon on an electric guitar again.
We have been overwhelmed with the speed at which the initial pressing of the limited edition sold out - they had all gone before the album was actually released which involved a quick repressing to meet demand. A very encouraging start indeed!
If you are unsure about the style of the album, you could always buy this months 'PROG' magazine which features one of the tracks ('Moneyfacturing') on its cover-mount CD as well as a great 3 page article in the magazine.
We are currently touring the UK in support of the album, having performed twice so far with another 11 dates due over the next couple of months. We will be following up with a longer run of dates later in the year as well as performing a shorter set as special guests of Barclay James Harvest later in November. If you get a chance, please do come and see the live show, we have a great time of stage playing pieces from the new album and from Gordon and my past musical endeavors and people are often complimenting us on the on stage interplay which is very rewarding.
Following the tour we have been invited to appear as gusts on Bob Harris's show on Radio 2 for a live session and interview. This will be recorded in June for transmission in July which is something I am really looking forward to.
I will also be this weeks guest on the Dutch radio station Paperlate where they will be playing tracks from the new album and interviewing me. The show is to be broadcast on Sunday evening and all details can be found at www.paperlate.nl.
Some of you may remember that I recently played on my friend Paul Bond's song Blue to help raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital who were instrumental is saving his son's life from cancer. Paul wrote to me recently to let me know that the download song raised over £1000, so if you were one of the many who downloaded it then thank you very much indeed for contributing to this worthy cause.
On a final note, I would just like to thank all the people who have written such nice things about the album on the web. It is very much appreciated and hopefully it will help spread the word!
All the best to you all, and I hope to see some of you at the upcoming shows.
Oliver - March 2013
Oliver & Gordon appear in PROG magazine...
This months PROG magazine features a 3 page article on Oliver & Gordon's Ravens & Lullabies album as well as having the track 'Moneyfacturing' on the front cover mount CD
Available from all good newsagents now!
3 new Ravens & Lullabies 2013 tour dates added...
Ravens & Lullabies 2013 tour dates...
The dates for the second leg of the 'Ravens & Lullabies' tour have now been announced. We hope to see you at a show or two.
7th November - Bath Komedia
8th November - London Islington Assembly
9th November - Milton Keynes Stables
10th November - Bilston, The Robin
16th November - Holmfirth Picturedrome
21st November - Oxford - venue details to follow
22nd November - Southampton, The Brook
23rd November - Tavistock Wharf
Ticketing details to follow - see the BJH Website for further details
Ravens & Lullabies available to pre-order...
It's here! 'Ravens & Lullabies' is now available to pre-order.
If you want to be one of the first people to receive the album then order it now direct from the Cherry Red website.
Buy direct and help the record label and Oliver & Gordon! You'll also get it quickly!
Ravens & Lullabies cover and song list unveiled...
'Ravens and Lullabies' - Gordon Giltrap and Oliver Wakeman
There will be two different releases of the album. A standard single CD with the following 13 tracks1. Moneyfacturing
2. Fiona's Smile
3. From the Turn of a Card
5. Maybe Tomorrow
6. Wherever There Was Beauty
7. Is This the Last Song I Write?
8. A Mayfair Kiss
9. Anyone Can Fly
10. A Perfect Day
11. Credit Carnival
12. One For Billie
13. Ravens Will Fly Away
The 2CD limited edition will have a second CD featuring the following tracks
Live recordings taken from the 2012 tour:
1. Nature's Way
2. Isabella's Wedding
3. Progress of the Soul
4. On Camber Sands
5. Lutey and the Mermaid
New studio recordings:
6. Praeludium (from the Well Tempered Clavier)
7. The Forgotten King
Details about pre-ordering will follow soon - we promise!