HAZE are the latest band to be confirmed for our stage at Cambridge this year.
Formed in the late 70s by brothers Chris & Paul McMahon, HAZE were joined by Paul Chisnell in ’83 and established their reputation as one of the hardest working underground bands of the 80s, releasing numerous LPs singles & cassettes on their own Gabadon label and touring incessantly around the UK. Thirty years later the band reunited for concerts in Sheffield & London, which were released on a double CD on Cyclops Records; toured Italy in 2010, releasing the ‘in that branch of the lake’ DVD, and finally in 2013 released ‘The Last Battle’, their first CD of new material since the 80s.
Since then longstanding drummer Paul Chisnell has retired, to be replaced by guitarist Paul McMahon’s 17 year od son Danny. The band’s line-up is augmented by the flute & whistle of Ceri Ashton and mandolin & fiddle of Catrin Ashton.
The band are currently writing new material for their next CD, as well as playing selected concet dates.
Despite building their reputation as a progressive rock band, HAZE have always drawn on a wide variety of influences, ranging from pop, rock, funk, metal, meandering psychedelic jams to tightly structured prog epics.
The new material draws on all these, plus a strong folk, acoustic & medieval influence from Ceri Ashton’s contribution on whistle, flute, clarinet, viola & cello, and sister Catrin on fiddle, mandolin & flute.