Formed in 1978 in Stroud, Gloucestershire, Pendragon had early success after supporting Marillion first in Gloucester and then at the infamous Marquee Club in London. They went on to appear on Tommy Vance’s Friday Rock Show and a slot at Reading Festival in 1983.
In 1984 they released their first “mini-album” Fly High Fall Far, and followed it up in 1985 with their first full album, the much loved The Jewel.
There were many frustrations in the early years in search of a record deal until in 1987 frontman and guitarist Nick Barrett formed his own record label “Toff Records” to release their next full album Kowtow. Having their own label proved to be a stroke of genius and releases such as The World, The Window of Life and The Masquerade Overture in the ‘90s cemented their position as one of the UK’s leading progressive rock bands.
2001 saw the release of Not Of This World often topping the polls as the fan’s favourite album.
Pendragon have consistently toured around the world, venturing as far as South America, the US, Canada & Japan playing sellout shows, they regularly play across Europe.
Albums Believe, Pure & Passion took Pendragon through the early 2000’s and were followed up with Men Who Climb Mountains in 2014.
Their latest full album Love Over Fear came in 2020 shortly after Nick Barrett’s move to Cornwall and evokes the feeling of his relationship with the sea and utilises the work of local artist Liz Saddington for the cover and booklet paintings. It was whilst touring this album in early 2020 that the world changed with the pandemic and the band found themselves in Poland with the borders of Europe closing down.
2023 Sees Pendragon celebrating their 45th anniversary and their return to live work after their enforced 3 year break. They celebrated in style having played 3 two day weekend shows in May with the release of North Star a much applauded mini album.
Nick Barrett (guitar/vocals)
Clive Nolan (Keyboards)
Peter Gee (Bass)
Jan-Vincent Velazco (drums)
And for live shows also featuring:
Rog Patterson (12string)
Johanna Stroud (violin and backing vocals)
Sally Minnear (backing vocals)
Pendragon will be co-headlining on Saturday, 20 July 2024, during the Final Night Of The Prog Festival 2024.
Tickets for the Final Night Of The Prog Festival 2024 are available in the WiV Ticket Shop