Newsletter June 2007.
Troy Donockley & assorted musicians on MySpace.


Hello dear friends,
Hope you're doing well and all happy, in love and Rocking.

My server has made some updates with the result that if you are surfing with Firefox the pages look a bit different and some links will not open how it is meant to be. Hopefully they will solve that too.
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Troy Donockley.
This multi-instrumentalist is really busy, most will know him of his play on Uilleann pipes with Mostly Autumn and Iona.
But he does a lot more, he juste ended a tour with Barbara Dickson. If you like the Swedish metal band Nightwish and pre-order their new album, you will hear Troy on that too. "Dark Passion Play" will be the first Nightwish album with their new singer Anette Olzon, release date; September '07.
This week he's invited by "Bose" to make some noise for their advertising campaign.
Futher Troy's working on a solo album with some help of a few Iona members and an orchestra.
Together with Maart Allcock (ex-Fairport Convention and ex-Jethro Tull), Gwenan Gibbard on harp and Angus Lyon a box player, they go and tour. Playing traditional Celtic folk.
Oké maybe that is not your cup of tea, but think his next Project will really be astonishing.

His MySpacePage.

Troy: "Initially, this project was formed in 1975 - the brainchild of the producer, engineer, and now Egyptologist (!) David Rohl and ended up in 1978 as a showcase for members of 10cc, Barclay James Harvest, Justin Hayward and my old pal Maddy Prior. This will be its third incarnation and we will work towards a release next year....".
The album "Eye of Wendor" ('78) is a fanastic classical, symphonic concept album. With some great names on board. If You like "Days Of Future Passed" of the Moody Blues, or the album of Procol Harum with the Dave Edmundson orchestra, or Iona's "Woven Chord" and .. mmm yes "Magnification" of Yes, you will love this album. It was one of my favourite album for a long long time.
There will be two discs, more you can read here.

Troy Donockley (Iona)
Joanna Hogg (Iona)
Jose Manuel Medina (Last Knight - keyboards)
Ashley Mulford
Kim Turner (Maestoso)
Steve Broomhead (Maestoso)
Craig Fletcher (Maestoso)
Dave Irving (Sad Café)
Stewart Wooly Wolstenholme (Barckley James Harvest on keyboards of course) and my dear friend

Cindy Spears- songwriting.

Check out: his MySpacePage.

If you like these kind of productions, please check out Excalibur. A project from Alan Simon, with Alan Parsons, Jon Anderson, Jon Wetton, Jon Helliwell, Les Holroyd and others.
More info.

The Reasoning.
They support Marillion in Bristol and got some very good reviews for that. So if you want to see them live catch them at:

18th August 2007 - Cambridge Rock Festival 2007
6th September 2007 - The Limelight, Crewe - Support T.B.A
7th September 2007 - The Borderline, London - Support T.B.A
8th September 2007 - The 1st Floor Club, Derby - Supported by Touchstone

Picture by Paul Harris.
Classic Rock Magazine:
"The Reasoning, a new six piece whose debut Awakening must surely set them up as one of the brightest hopes for the future." "The Reasoning are beginning to make a name for themselves on the touring circuit, with reports that they pack a serious punch live."
The Musician Union Magazine:
"The Reasoning are a stunning six piece progressive rock outfit who have risen in a very short space of time to supporting Marillion and generating impressive sales of this CD." "A confident debut that oozes talent and fun."

More reviews in German, English, Spanish, French & Dutch you can find here.

You can win the new album "Awakening" at my lovely place ;-)
You can win tickets + a drink with the band for the Borderline show at This competition starts next week.
They're working on a new album already (release date spring 2008). The first songs are already written and will be played in London.
And mr.Troy Donockley is a big friend of them...
More info and sound samples at: the MySpacePage.

Supporting Marillion in Bristol 8th of June:

  • Just wanted to say a huge thank you to all of you for an amazing performance at last night's Marillion gig in Bristol. You really are the best support act I've seen and you really won the crowd over in a spectacular way... / Howard
  • You totally won the crowd over and Rach's "Dark Angel" look was amazing. I've never seen an audience respond so enthusiastically to a support band... / Graeme
  • Another polished performance on Friday you guys.. / Mark
  • Just to say you were FANTASTIC on friday. Really loved it... / Jacqueline
  • Without a doubt one of the best support acts ive seen in ..... well ever... / Wyrm

    New live pictures!

  • Support Act.
    The Reasoning managed to support Marillion, Mostly Autumn will support Bryan Adams!
    Mostly Autumn have been invited to support Bryan Adams at Murrayfield Stadium on Saturday July 21st the closing night of Bryan Adams' European tour. Bryan chose Mostly Autumn over a host of other bands helped by recent publicity in Mojo and Classic Rock and it's sure to be a great night.
    Troy was invited too, but I believe he has other appointments... .

    More new exciting news!

    Upcoming Mostly Autumn shows:

    28 Jun Bierkeller Bristol
    29 Jun Lincoln Drill Hall Lincoln
    30 Jun The Met Bury
    21 Jul Murrayfield Stadium Edinburgh
    15 Dec De Boerderij Zoetermeer

    Breathing Space.
    The former keyboard player of Mostly Autumn is recording his new album right now. The album will be called: "Coming Up For Air".
    An interview with the beautifull talented lead singer, Olivia you'll find here. I've added some new live pics at mostlypink.
    Of course they're on the MySpacePage too.

    Mermaid Kiss.
    Back to Troy Donockley who plays on "The Running Tide" a song from the new album of Mermaid Kiss called Etarlis.
    The album is based on a story that key members Jamie and Evelyn created passing time on long rides and such. Basically a story of several people from our world being transported to a fantasy world, Etarlis. The mingling of the charecters, etc. Sounds all wonderful for an album idea. :-) They created a website solely for support of the album, in which you can read the background of story charecters and hear a few snippets of some of the songs. or,
    Also their Myspace, which has two complete songs from the album on their player:

    Lee Saunders.
    A decade back Lee Saunders surprised the world with his "The Promise of Peace". The album got fantastic reviews and think Lee was really pleased that a lot of reviewers compared it with the best Roger Waters had made in his solo years...
    Now Lee is back in the news with an extensive Project called "The Puzzle". "The Puzzle" is a project that uses music, and visuals to look at key pivotal events of the 20th Century that have shaped the world in which we live today. These events of the 20th Century are all inter-related by cause or effect, and have set the course for the 21st Century. Using music and other forms of media, the project will build up a picture of the past that has brought us to the present... Does that make sence?
    The secound album will be about "The Space Race" and if this album is so good as his predecessor we'll hear a lot of this man in the future.

    A new designed "A Promise Of Peace" has been released and available as from the 1st February 2007. The new design includes a 12 page full colour CD booklet.

    Another project, like the ManadalBand with a lot of guest musicians. Set up after the Tsunami (boxing day 2004!). They released a fantastic single.
    Finally David Robinson of F2 Music has found a destination of the 10.000 euro's that are being collected: An organisation that helps children in need all around the world. And with the money they'll help the children in south East Asia.
    It took some time, because David hoped that he would sell all the singles. So there are left a few... so if you have interested to support a good cause and hear a fantastic Proggy Single with one of your favourite artists: Buy... 5 english Pounds, including shiping, a bargain. Listen here.


    David Gilmour.
    On his official site you can see a glimpse of the forthcoming DVD.

    The setlist will probably something like that:
    01. Speak to me (?)
    02. Breathe (?)
    03. Time
    04. Breathe Reprise
    05. Castellorizon (?)
    06. On An Island with Crosby/Nash
    07. The Blue with Crosby/Nash (?)
    08. Red Sky At Night
    09. This Heaven
    10. Then I Close MY Eyes with Robert Wyatt
    11. Smile (?)
    12. Take A Breathe
    13. Pocketful Of Stones
    14. Where We Start (?)
    15. Shine On You Crazy Diamond with Crosby/Nash (?)
    16. Wots .. Uh The Deal (?)
    17. Coming Back To Life (?)
    18. High Hopes (?)
    19. Echoes (?)

    20. Wish You Were Here
    21. Find The Cost Of Freedom with Crosby/Nash
    22. Arnold Layne with David Bowie (?)
    23. Comfortably Numb with Nick Mason
    The song marked with "(?)" are not revealed yet... if you want to puzzle yourself have a look at his fantastic web log and spent some hours to find out your self ....

    Add 2nd of July:
    the disc two will include the following five bonus tracks from the Royal Albert Hall shows of May 2006:
    'Wot's... Uh The Deal', 'Dominoes', 'Wearing The Inside Out', 'Arnold Layne' and 'Comfortably Numb'.

    Roger Waters.
    His tour is almost ended, he's doing his last gigs in the U.S. & Canada.
    In the meantime 4 of his bandmembers are already busy with solo projects;

    Dave Kiliminster.
    The guitarist and singer of Roger Waters has made a solo album called Scarlet. Band mates are: drummer Pete Riley and bass player Phil Williams. On backing vocals his girl friend Anne-Marie Helder. Special guest appearances by a string quartet. See his MyspacePage for more info and sound samples. An interview you'll find here (please scroll down when you open the page).

    Snowy White.
    The legendary guitarist of the Wall, Thin Lizzy and his solo efforts will be touring in Europe. The touring band will consist of Snowy, Richard Bailey, Walter Latupeirissa and Max Middleton.
    A new live album is planned after the summer and a new studio album will be released in 2008.
    For more info this page.

    Carol Kenyon.
    This is the lady who does the "Great Gig In The Sky" during Rogers tour. She's working on a solo album too. Some clips of her absolute great performance you can find on her site or on You Tube (of course).

    Ian Ritchie.
    The great sax player has also plans for a new jazz album and some touring in London.
    visit him at his MySpacePage and be delighted if he answer you personally...
    He has also a great tour blog.

    Richard Wright.
    No news about this man.. strange because there were some rumours that he was working on a solo album. Troy Donockley isn't involved yet, else I would tell you ;-)
    Maybe the next time...

    Nick Mason.
    Nick is till busy with his cars and he designed a guitar for charity, more you can read at Brian-Damage.
    The last gig he did was probaly the Roger Waters show in Earl Court, he played drums on the DSOTM. Thanks to Troy Donockley for being there and keepig me up to date ;-)

    It was funny to see clips as support entertainment at the Genesis gig. It was even more funnier when we heard "Money" and saw some nice shots of Nick Mason with his cars.

    Dear friends of the RPWL family,

    We'd like to announce one more gig this year: 14th of July, Reichenbach/Germany, "Artrock-Festival". But that's not all: we started off working on our forthcoming studio album which will be released in early 2008. To reduce the waiting time we're planning a special release for summer... Be surprised!! :)

    Love and peace,

    Blind Ego.

    13th July 2007 - Abseits, Freising, Germany
    14th July 2007 - Artrock Festival, Reichenbach, Germany
    31st August 2007 - Riffs Bar, Swinden, UK
    1st September 2007 - The Oakwood Centre, Rotherham, UK
    2nd September 2007 - Boston Music Rooms, London, UK

    For further information check out!

    Upcomming FESTIVALS:
    Try the links to their MyspacePages! It's fun and you can hear some tunes of the bands.

    Bergkeller ArtRock Festival Reichenbach.
    Friday 13. Juli
    Fish, Sylvan, Seven steps to the green door,

    Saturday 14.Juli Pendragon, RPWL, Blind Ego, Quidam, Hidden Timbre, (In case you've forgot; Blind Ego is the solo project of RPWl's guitarist Kalle Wallner (live Yogi Lang is doing the keyboards, on the studio album Clive Nolan (Pendragon) was present on a few songs), Hidden Timbre is Kalles wife and band ;-) So think it will be a big party overthere!

    Tickets: HERE!!!

    Night of the Prog" Festival Lorely 21. & 22. Juli 2007.
    Saturday 21. Juli 2007
    Jebo, Sylvan, IQ, ASIA (in Originalbesetzung!), Echoes performs Pink Floyd.
    Sunday 22. Juli 2007
    The Watch, The Merlin Bird, Pendragon, Fish, Jethro Tull.

    Info & tickets here.

    Subtacto Progfest 2007 4th August Oslo, Sweden.
    Pendragon, ACT, Magie Pie, White Willow, Threshold, Wobbler.

    Info & tickets here.

    Summer's End 2007 15/ 16th September Wolverhampton.
    Pain Of Salvation, Also Eden, Karnataka, Abarax, Tinyfish.

    It Bites, Threshold, Christina Booth & Friends, Solstice, Yesterdays, Whimwise.

    Info & tickets here.

    Symforce 013 Tilburg NL 15th September.
    Saturday september 15th Symforce welcomes : FLOWER KINGS (sweden) - PENDRAGON (uk) - RIVERSIDE (poland) - FOCUS (holland) - LAZULI (france) - The AURORA PROJECT (holland) - LADY LAKE (holland) - ISOPODA (belgium) - The PINEAPPLE THIEF (uk) - BEARDFISH (sweden) - BOOTCUT (sweden) under the banner "Prog past, present and future" no doubt this will be THE event you have to visit ! Tickets on sale now !

    Info & tickets here.

    Competition page; you can win two albums of the Reasoning.


    So this is were is all about.

    Enjoy it.

    Thanks for still being with me.

    Please take care and have fun at one of the great shows that are cruising thru the world; Genesis, (Spoiler; setlist + review + pics), Peter Gabriel, (Spoiler; setlist + pics + tour diary by Tony Levin), Dream Theater, Porcupine Tree, (Spoiler; setlist + review + interview), Threshold, Breathing Space, Mostly Autumn, Magenta, The Reasoning and and...,
    Nick from the lovely South of the Netherlands

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    06th of June 2007.