A very happy and prosperous New Year to one and all!
2014 promises to be another very exciting year for the CRS. Our first order of business, of course, is our Awards Night at the Montgomery Hall, Wath on February 22nd featuring a rare concert performance of CLIVE NOLAN’S ALCHEMY, featuring the live band and singers that made the theatrical performances last year in Cheltenham such a success. Musicians include Scott Higham on Drums and Mark Westwood on Guitar and singers include Andy Sears, Clive Nolan, Agniezka Swita and David Clifford. This rare UK performance is not to be missed. Details of special guests for the night and our guest presenter will be announced shortly. Members £15. Non-members £17.50. Door price £20. You can buy tickets by clicking here.
Members – don’t forget to vote. Voting forms went out with Rock Society 198 and closing date is January 17th. You can post them but also email your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also email if you would like a reminder of the categories or any other information. One lucky entrant will win either the entire currently available F2 Music catalogue or free entry to every CRS gig in 2014!
Rock Society issue 199 will be out in a few weeks – to be followed by our landmark Issue 200! I hope you will agree that it been an amazing achievement to get to our double century – and we’ll be making that edition of our magazine very special indeed. If anyone has any comments, reminiscences or thoughts about the CRS that they would like to see included since its inception in 1991, please email them to email@example.com
As well as the awards night, our first batch of gigs for the early part of 2014 have just gone live at www.classicrocksociety.co.uk
March 15th. Final Conflict and Primitive Instinct plus The Gift
The Wesley Centre, maltby. Doors 6pm. Tickets: £12 (non members), £10 members, door price £14
This CRS triple bill sees a welcome return to the CRS of Staffordshire’s finest Final Conflict plus an appearance by old CRS faves Primitive Instinct. Supporting these dual headliners is a welcome debut CRS appearance by cult band The Gift.
April 5th. The Montgomery Hall, Wath. Oliver Wakeman and Gordon Giltrap’s Raven’s and Lullabies. Doors: 7pm. Tickets £15 (non members) £12 members, door price £17.50. Support TBC
April 6th The Robin, Bilston. Oliver Wakeman and Gordon Giltrap’s Raven’s and Lullabies. Doors: 7.30 pm. Tickets £15 (non members) £12 members, door price £17.50. Support TBC
Gordon Giltrap – guitars, Oliver Wakeman (ex Yes) – keyboards / vocals, Paul Manzi (Arena / Oliver Wakeman Band) – lead vocals, Steve Anderson (Threshold) – bass / vocals, Johanne James (Threshold) – drums,Nick Kendall (Rock of Ages) – guitar / vocals
Following the success of their “Ravens and Lullabies” album and a one-off electric appearance at the Summers End Festival, Lydney in October 2013, Gordon and Oliver return for a short full-band tour in April 2014. This short series of gigs are unlikely to be repeated so are not to be missed.
May 10th . Strangefish plus Exhibit A. The Wesley Centre, maltby. Doors 7pm. Tickets: £12 (non members), £10 members, door price £14.
Strangefish are back! After a 6 year hiatus, this award-winning symphonic prog band make an unexpected but very welcome return to the stage with this gig at the Wesley centre. Best known for their two albums – Fortune Telling and Full Circle – plus some inspirational live performances and a hatful of CRS awards, we cannot wait to see them. Support comes from the excellent melodic prog band Exhibit A who impressed many playing for the CRS at the Cambridge rock festival in 2012.
More news very soon.
Stephen, Steve, Miles, Andy, Nicola and David
Tickets and further news from www.classicrocksociety.co.uk