Pendragon (band)
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Pendragon Band

Pendragon
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Nick Barrett in festival "Baltic Prog Fest 2008" in Kernav?, Lithuania on 25 July 2008. Performing acoustic program with Clive Nolan.
Background information
Origin Stroud, Gloucestershire, England
Genres Neo-progressive rock, progressive metal
1978-present
Labels Metal Mind, Toff Records, Inside Out, Snapper
Website www.pendragon.mu
Members Nick Barrett
Peter Gee
Clive Nolan
Jan-Vincent Velazco
John Barnfield
Alan Gyorffy
Nigel Harris
Matt Anderson
Rick Carter
Fudge Smith
Joe Crabtree
Scott Higham
Craig Blundell

Pendragon are an English neo-progressive rock band established in 1978 in Stroud, Gloucestershire as Zeus Pendragon by guitarist and vocalist Nick Barrett. The Zeus was dropped before the band started recording as the members decided it was too long to look good on a T-shirt.[1] There were a few personnel changes in the early days, but since 1986 the lineup has remained relatively stable (with only the drummer changing twice since then) and the band is still active as of 2018.

History

The band were active in the progressive rock revival spearheaded by the likes of Marillion, Pallas, Solstice and Twelfth Night in the early 1980s,[2] and indeed (like their peers IQ) often appeared as support acts to Marillion and other major neo-prog bands, both on tours and at the famous Marquee venue which hosted many regular prog evenings. After their debut album, The Jewel, the band pursued a more commercial direction, documented in the Kowtow album and the Red Shoes and Saved By You EPs, but despite these efforts failed to break through to a mainstream audience.

In 1991 the band established their own label, Toff Records,[] and released the archival release The Rest of Pendragon, a collection of EP tracks, and the studio album The World, in which they returned to a more progressive style that the band would continue to develop over their next three studio albums, The Window of Life, The Masquerade Overture, and Not Of This World.

From this point on their fortunes have improved, and whilst they are still relatively obscure in their home country they have a significant following in Europe; in particular, they have managed to develop a strong fanbase in Poland, and have both released at least one compilation specifically for the Polish market and recorded several live albums there.

In 2002 the band released Acoustically Challenged, documenting an "unplugged" session with a number of the band's songs retooled for acoustic instruments, which was originally broadcast on Radio 3 Warsaw. This was considered an unusual move for a prog rock band, since progressive rock tends to focus a lot on the use of electronic synthesisers and electric guitars; however, the melodic qualities of the band's compositions proved to be well-suited to an acoustic context, and the album was reasonably successful. This heralded a new willingness to experiment on the part of the band, following a run of studio albums all broadly in the same vein as "The World". On 2005's Believe they took their music in a somewhat darker direction, causing a certain amount of controversy amongst their fans. 2008's Pure, which featured elements of progressive metal, refined the style of Believe and was very well received by the progressive rock fandom, being voted Album of the Year 2008 on DPRP.[3] On the community website progarchives.com Pure enjoyed the current "most popular album" spot for a period in 2008, and remains in the site's top 10 prog releases of 2008 (as voted by site users).

On 21 April 2009, Pendragon released a live album and DVD, Concerto Maximo, that was shot in Katowice on 13 October 2008. It was filmed and edited by Metal Mind. It was released in several versions - a 2 CD release, featuring just the audio from the show, a DVD, featuring the full show, and a DVD and 2 CD special edition, which was limited to 1000 copies.

In October 2010, the band recorded the follow-up to Pure, the album Passion which was released in the Spring of 2011. This was followed by Men Who Climb Mountains in 2014. Both albums continued the darker, heavier, more progressive metal-influenced direction of the band.

In April 2014 the band announced that they had parted ways with drummer Scott Higham for "personal reasons".[4] He was then replaced by Craig Blundell. In June 2015, Craig was replaced by Jan-Vincent Velazco.

Members

Current members
Former members
  • John Barnfield - keyboards (1978-1984)
  • Rick Carter - keyboards (1984-1986)
  • Alan Gyorffy - drums (1978)
  • Nigel Harris - drums (1978-1984)
  • Matt Anderson - drums (1984-1986)
  • Fudge Smith - drums (1986-2006)
  • Joe Crabtree - drums (2006-2008)
  • Scott Higham - drums (2008-2014)
  • Craig Blundell - drums (2014-2015)

Timeline

Discography

  • The Jewel (1985)
  • 9:15 Live (1986)
  • Kowtow (1988)
  • The World (1991)
  • The Window of Life (1993)
  • The Very Very Bootleg (1994)
  • Utrecht... the Final Frontier (1995)
  • The Masquerade Overture (1996)
  • Live in Krakow (1996)
  • Not Of This World (2001)
  • Acoustically Challenged (2002)
  • Believe (2005)
  • Past and Presence (dvd 2007)
  • Pure (2008)
  • Concerto Maximo (dvd 2009)
  • Passion (2011)
  • Out of Order Comes Chaos (dvd 2012)
  • Men Who Climb Mountains (2014)
  • Masquerade 20 (Live) (2017)

References

  1. ^ "Biography". pendragon.mu. Retrieved 2014. 
  2. ^ Alexis Petridis. "Go back to go forward: the resurgence of prog rock". the Guardian. Retrieved 2014. 
  3. ^ "DPRPoll 2008". dprp.net. Retrieved 2010. 
  4. ^ "Breaking News". pendragon.mu. Retrieved 2014. 

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