Thursday, April 24, 2014
Oliver Wakeman & Gordon Giltrap's Ravens and Lullabies Band show
77 Bedford Hill, Balham, London SW12 9HD
phone: 0845 6890793
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Sadly this event has been cancelled for reasons beyond our control
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.
"Ravens" marks a return to electric music for legendary guitarist Gordon Giltrap whose 40 year career spans acoustic virtuosity and three crucial progressive rock albums in the 1970s, "Visionary", "Perilous Journey" and "Fear of the Dark". His 1978 hit single "Heartsong" was used as the theme music for the BBC "Holiday" programme for many years.
Following a successful solo career, Oliver Wakeman went on to become a member of The Strawbs and then Yes, where he played in large venues all over the world. Oliver and Gordon have been playing to sold out venues all over the country as a duo.
The rest of the band is something of a who's who of Progressive Rock, including Paul Manzi, currently singer in Arena, Johanne James and Steve Anderson, currently to be found as the rhythm section of Prog Metallers Threshold, and the brilliant Nick Kendall, fresh from "Rock of Ages" in the West End.
This short series of gigs are unlikely to be repeated so are not to be missed.
Originally a hotel developed in the 1830's, The Bedford has been the central community hub of Balham for its entire existence. In the late sixties and seventies it was a spit and sawdust live music venue serving as a springboard for early gigs by acts including The Clash and U2.
It was also famously used as the courtroom for the unsolved murder case of Charles Bravo, upstairs, in what was then the billiard hall, which is now the Ballroom.
Parking is easy at The Bedford, we are opposite Sainsburys car park and there are plenty of pay and display bays along Fernlea Road from Monday to Saturday until 5.30pm, after which parking is free.
Please note that Fernlea road is one way, offering no access from Bedford Hill. Instead, turn into Rossiter Road and then the first right, bringing you into Fernlea Road.
Doors open 7.30pm Music 8.00pm
Tickets: Online £16.50
If you are able to display a poster to help promote the tour please download either the A4 or A5 from Resources
Please check availability of tickets and confirm date / start times with the organiser before setting out, as sometimes changes are unavoidable - thank you.