The John Hackett Band
with Support Act to be announced soon!
“When I saw the John Hackett Band I was immediately impressed by their sheer virtuosity. In Nick Fletcher they have an amazing guitarist who is up there with the best in the business and the rhythm section of Jeremy and Duncan have an almost telepathic empathy… I would say they are an inventive, melodic, progressive rock band in the same general area as Caravan, Camel and even Focus.”
John Hackett has been a much-loved and admired figure in the progressive rock scene since the mid-70's; best-known for his flute work with his brother, former Genesis guitarist, Steve Hackett on albums such as Voyage of The Acolyte, Sketches of Satie and Please Don't Touch.
‘Progressive’ music in our sense of the word is based on rock-solid songwriting coupled with hot jazz drumming, melodic, funky bass, outstanding guitar in the form of Nick Fletcher (often compared to the late great jazz-fusion maestro Allan Holdsworth), and John Hackett himself – whose flute playing has graced so many albums and travels with such ease between classical, folk and rock.
“I can only come to the conclusion that we are dealing with a masterpiece here. Created by four top musicians who together form a close bond. Excellent.”
Alongside brand new music the evening draws on songs from John's solo albums Checking Out of London and Another Life, material from the band’s debut album, We Are Not Alone, and the Hackett/Fletcher album Beyond the Stars.
The band's special guest for the evening is outstanding singer-songwriter Amy Birks. Since winning the Prog Magazine Limelight Award in September 2017, as vocalist of the Beatrix Players, Amy has supported an eclectic mix of artists such as Carl Palmer, Big Big Train and Steve Harley: winning over dedicated fans. Her emotionally-charged performances were surely behind the success of her next accomplishment - Prog Magazine Readers’ Female Vocalist of the Year 2018. Her debut album was released in April 2020.
“The John Hackett Band were a revelation”
Age Reccomendation: 14+
Friday 20th November 2020 at 8pm
£14 in advance
£16 on the door