Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Tempest play at Concert for Sue Draheim

Concert for Sue Draheim...

Monday, April 1, 2013, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)
featuring Eric & Suzy Thompson, Jody Stecher, Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum, Golden Bough, and more
$28.50 advance / $30.50 at door
Purchase tickets online
Sue Draheim

A host of Bay Area musicians – classical and Celtic, old time and bluegrass, Cajun and more – gather for a benefit concert honoring Sue Draheim, a beloved Bay Area musician who now lives in Berea, Kentucky. Sue was recently diagnosed with an incurable form of brain cancer, and many of her musician friends want to do what they can to offer their support.

The evening will begin at 7:00 p.m. with old time and Cajun music in the lobby, and will shift to the Freight stage at 8:00 p.m. with a string quartet featuring some of Sue’s colleagues from the classical music world. From there, the show will feature many wonderful musicians who played with Sue over the years.

Sue’s musical career began in the late 1960s with Dr. Humbead’s New Tranquility String Band and Medicine Show, and went on to encompass work with John Renbourn, the Albion Band, Any Old Time String Band, Golden Bough, Tempest, and Caliban. Sue also performed with several regional orchestras, the Western Opera Theater, and the long-running light opera company, the Lamplighters. Since moving to Kentucky, Sue has been playing for contra dances.

“Sue is one of the best musicians I have ever met,” the guitarist John Renbourn said. “She is incredibly versatile and her playing in each idiom is always right on the money. When we last saw each other she had a chair in a West Coast orchestra. The enjoyment of listening to Mahler was enhanced by the thought that she could easily slip into the Skillet Lickers. She learned Irish fiddle so perfectly that when the great piper Willie Clancey heard her he was truly moved and I can’t think of a higher accolade than that.”

Jody Stecher & Kate Brislin
Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum & Kathy Kallick
Tony Marcus & Patrice Haan
Golden Bough
Paul Hale String Quartet
Live Oak Ceili Band with the Patricia Kennelly Irish Step Dancers
Will Spires
Don Burnham & the Bolos
Eric & Suzy Thompson
Johnny Harper
Delilah Lewis & Karen Leigh
Harry & Cindy Liedstrand
Gerry Tenney & the Hard Times Orchestra

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Guitar Legend Peter Banks Passes

– July 15, 1947 – March 7, 2013

..London, UK – Best known for his innovative and unique guitar work with YES and Flash, as well as his own critically acclaimed solo albums, guitar legend PeterBanks passed away at his home in London on March 7, 2013. Banks, a founding member of the ground breakingprogressive rock group YES, performed on the band’s first two albums, ‘Yes’ and ‘Time And A Word’. He would go on to form Flash and release 3 well-received albums (Flash, In The Can, Out Of Our Hands), along with several successful tours of Europe and the US, culminating in an appearance on the widely watched late night American TV show ‘The Midnight Special’. With an admitted fondness for improvisation, music critics touted Banks as a cross between Pete Townshend and Wes Montgomery. Even Pete Townshend, one night after witnessing a YES performance, walked up to Banks, slapped him on the back and said, “You’re great!”
After Flash, Peter Banks would form the band Empire in the mid ’70s and eventually release 3 albums ‘Mark I’ ‘Mark II’ and ‘Mark III’. During his career, Banks would release 5 solo albums (Two Sides Of…, Instinct, Self-Contained, Reduction, Can I Play You Something?) and had been active in recent times working with acts such as Harmony and Diversity, Prog Collective, ANT-BEE and Days Between Stations. Banks first solo album ‘Two Sides Of Peter Banks’ has been considered by many as one of the great ‘prog’ records of all time and features an all-star line-up of Jan Akkerman, Phil Collins and John Wetton. In the early 2000′s Banks wrote his autobiography ‘Beyond & Before’ published by Golden Treasures publishing in the US. Peter was putting on the final touches of the log awaited live recording ‘FLASH - IN PUBLIC’ CD set for release on Cleopatra Records at the time of his passing.
Peter Banks will always be remembered as one of the pioneers of progressive rock guitar and will be missed by musicians worldwide.


We at Magna Carta had the pleasure of working with Peter on a few projects, "Tales From Yesterday" on which he performed 'Astral Traveler'; and the "Encores, Legends & Paradox (music of ELP)" tribute on which he appears on 'Toccata' and 'The Sheriff'.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Liquid Tension Experiment 2 on Vinyl

- - coming for Record Store Day April 20, 2013!

.Double Vinyl Pressing - 180 gram vinyl.
.Gatefold Package with never before seen photos and artwork.
.Limited to 1000 copies World-wide.

.700 copies on Electric Blue translucent vinyl (650 USA, 50 Europe).
.300 copies on Coke Bottle Green translucent vinyl (175 Europe, 125 USA).

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Tempest - Celtic Faire, St Paddy's Day and Lief's Birthday Bash

See Tempest Live in March 2013.

Mar. 8, 9, 10 Sonora, CA

220 Southgate Dr.

Fri. 8pm,
Sat. 12 noon, 3pm,
Sun. 1pm, 4pm

Mar. 15, 16, 17 Las Vegas, NV

Special St. Patrick’s Weekend Shows!
1st Street Stage, across from the Golden Nugget

Fri. 8pm – 11pm,
Sat. 8pm – 11pm,
Sun. 7pm – 11pm

Mar. 23 Sutter Creek, CA

Lief's Birthday Bash!

44 Main St.

Sat. 8pm, All Ages