*** Only European Show in 2020 ***
Renaissance celebrate their 50th Anniversary and will be performing a retrospective of Renaissance classics. Their Loreley performance will be the ONLY European show in 2020!
Renaissance is a band with a rich history unique unto themselves as progressive rock pioneers who rose from the ashes of the seminal UK blues/rock band, The Yardbirds. Their career has spanned fifty years spearheaded by the 5 octave voice of Annie Haslam and the masterful songwriting skills of Michael Dunford. The band also featured John Tout on piano, Jon Camp on bass and Terry Sullivan on drums, all of whom further moulded the sound of the band through the powerful technical command of their instruments.
Renaissance are widely considered to be the band that most successfully and routinely utilized the sound of a full orchestra in their recordings. In the early years, Renaissance toured Europe extensively. It wasn’t long before influential progressive rock stations in the US, such as WNEW (NYC), WMMR (Philadelphia) and WHFS (Washington) were turning America on to Renaissance. Pretty soon after the band started thrilling concertgoers on the world’s most distinguished stages, from Carnegie Hall in NYC (with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra), to the Royal Albert Hall in London (with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Chorale Society). In 1978 they had a top ten hit in the UK with ‘Northern Lights’, which has become a classic radio favourite, still demanding regular airplay to this day. The band eventually disbanded in the late 1980’s at which time Annie Haslam launched a solo career.
In 2009 and in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the original founding of Renaissance Michael and Annie decided to form a new touring band, which consisted of; Rave Tesar on keyboards, David J Keyes on Bass, Tom Brislin on keyboards, and Frank Pagano on drums. In 2012, Renaissance released their first album in 13 years entitled ‘Grandine il Vento’. The album is a testament to the unforgettable melodies that Michael Dunford infused into his work (Michael died prematurely in late 2012). The album begins with powerful lyrics by Annie Haslam in ‘Symphony of Light’ about the life of ‘Leonardo da Vinci’, followed by ‘Waterfall’, a song written about the rainforests in Brazil. The album’s music is bursting with lush orchestral arrangements and unusual lyrical content, and with guest appearances from Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) and John Wetton (Asia/King Crimson/UK).
Since their reformation in 2009, the band has performed in North America, Canada, England, Belgium, Holland, Israel, Portugal, Japan, S.Korea and most recently had a triumphant tour of South America.
In 2017 Renaissance formed their own 10 piece chamber orchestra (The Renaissance Chamber Orchestra) and filmed one of the shows in the US for a successful DVD/2CD set called ‘A Symphonic Journey’, then in 2019 to commemorate the band’s 50th Anniversary, filmed again, this time choosing a wider retrospective of Renaissance classics.
RENAISSANCE will headline on Friday, 17th July 2020
Annie Haslam: lead vocals
Rave Tesar: keyboards
Mark Lambert: acoustic and electric guitars
Leo Traversa: bass guitar
Geoffrey Langley: keyboards
Frank Pagano: drums and percussion
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