Pendragon: Year in review and 2016 tour dates




So, here we are the end of 2015, not one of Pendragon's busiest years but that doesn't mean bad. If fact in many ways it's good, it's given me time to reflect and get inspiration for writing new material for a new album, which is well under way. I've probably got about 4 or 5 great musical ideas so far which I'm pleased with, some song titles and an album working title [still a secret at the moment!]. The direction of the next album seems to be going in a very atmospheric way and as usual there's a lot of emphasis on the actual song writing and melodies.

I always felt it was a good idea to sometimes get out of people's faces for a while and just go and live life for a bit, which in turn keeps my passion burning for making music and playing live. I won the King Of The Surf Camp in Sri Lanka on our recent trip with Surf South West which I was well chuffed about. Over the last year I've seen loads of dolphins whilst out in the water in North Devon, some only 10-15 ft away from me and a huge turtle in Sri Lanka, these things inspire, and hopefully reflect in the music to keep it all real and positive. [duhh..what a hippy eh?]

Highlight for me in 2015 was playing Loreley and Ramblin' Man with Vincent in the drum seat, I predict great things with V-man in the band, there was one of the best vibes EVER in the band whilst doing these shows. At Loreley it was great to catch up again with Andy Latimer from Camel, who were on fire, as were the Steve Rothery band, Fish and Steve Hackett. Maybe the best Loreley yet?
Ramblin Man was also fantastic........we were so lucky it didn't rain on the day we played [it pissed down on the Friday and Sunday]. The audience reaction was amazing and I think we converted quite a few people towards the ways of the dragon!

We're also getting to think set lists, backing singers etc for the Masquerade Overture 20th Anniversary. Tiggy can only make a few of the shows [Paris, Russelheim + Boerderij] and Emma is busy with family life now, so we've drafted in Tina from Magenta and Verity from Clive's Alchemy project to fill in which is very exciting. We start rehearsing in the new year, I can't wait to get back in the rehearsal room with Peter and Clive and of course Vincent and the girls now...not to mention our trusty road crew who are a truly great bunch!

So , hope you all have a great Christmas and we look forward to seeing you on tour in 2016! Happy days...

cheers!

Nick

Tina will also be doing a few solo support slots with us, which are :
Sun 15 Z7 , Pratteln, Switzerland
Mon 16 Club Il Giardino, Verona, Italy
Thurs 19 Spirit 66, Verviers, Belgium
Sat 21 Montgomery Hall, Wath, UK
Sun 22 The Ferry, Glasgow, UK


April 2016
Sat 2 Reichenbach Festival Reichenbach DE
May 2016
Thurs 12 Divan Du Monde Paris FR
Fri 13 Das Rind Russelshein DE
Sat 14 The Boerderij Zoetermeer NL
Sun 15 Z7 Prateln CH
Mon 16 Club Il Giardino Verona IT
Tues 17 Szene Vienna AT
Weds 18 Teatr Slaski Katowice PL (almost sold out!)
Thurs 19 Spirit of 66 Verviers BE
Fri 20 229 The Venue London UK
Sat 21 Montgomery Hall Wath UK
Sun 22 The Ferry Glasgow UK