John Lees’ BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST will head out on the road for 6 UK dates in November. These shows follow highly successful tours of Germany, France & Switzerland earlier this year, which culminated with a headline slot at Glastonbury Festival’s Acoustic Stage.
The 2016 concerts see the band perform classic Barclay James Harvest material from their 3-decade recording career, along with selections from the band’s 2013 studio album, “North”, which was the group’s first all new studio album in 14 years. North draws on the fine musical heritage of Barclay James Harvest, while bringing the BJH legacy up to date with expansive compositions and thoughtful lyrics.
Full Dates as follows:
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The tour also follows the recent re-release of the classic albums “Everyone is Everybody Else”, “Octoberon”, “XII” and the million selling “Gone to Earth” as Deluxe editions with new 5.1 Surround and Strereo remixes on Esoteric Recordings / Cherry Red Records.
Progressive rock band, Barclay James Harvest, was formed in Oldham in 1966, releasing their first single in April 1968 followed by their self-titled debut album in 1970.
The new studio album by John Lees’ Barclay James Harvest, “North” is released on October 7th 2013 on the Esoteric Antenna label, (part of the Cherry Red Records Group). The album will be backed by a full UK tour in November. “North” is the band’s first all new studio recording since “Nexus” (released in 1999). Featuring John Lees (vocals, guitars), Craig Fletcher (vocals, bass), Jez Smith (keyboards, vocals) and Kevin Whitehead (drums, percussion), the record is very much a group effort, in the tradition of classic BJH, with every track being written specifically for the album by all four members of the band.
The album draws on the fine musical heritage of Barclay James Harvest whilst bringing the BJH legacy up to date with expansive compositions and thoughtful lyrics. Featuring several epic compositions such as “On Leave”, the album also includes the recent digital single “Unreservedly Yours” and “Ancient Waves”, a song inspired by the Iraq conflict, performed live in more recent times. The band’s Northern roots are explored both musically and lyrically on the album’s lengthy title track and the emotive finale, “The End of the Day”, featuring music set to a poem by early 20th Century Northern poet Ammon Wrigley.
“North” continues the Barclay James Harvest story and is the strongest work to emerge from the band in many years, a true group effort by John Lees, Craig Fletcher, Jez Smith and Kevin Whitehead. The album will be released as a standard single CD edition and a deluxe limited edition 2CD digi-pack release which includes a previously unreleased bonus CD featuring highlights of the band’s sold out concert at Buxton Opera House in February 2011, featuring classic Barclay James Harvest material. “North” is also available as a limited edition gatefold 180 gram vinyl LP.
The UK tour in November 2013 will see them joined by special guests GORDON GILTRAP and OLIVER WAKEMAN on every show with the exception of Edinburgh (where they are joined by opening special guest ANNE-MARIE HELDER of Panic Room / Mostly Autumn).
John Lees’ BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST: “North”
Released Monday 7th October 2013
1. If You Were Here Now
2. Ancient Waves
3. In Wonderland
4. On Leave
5. The Real Deal
6. On Top of the World
7. Unreservedly Yours
9. The End of the Day
STANDARD SINGLE CD – ESOTERIC ANTENNA EANTCD 1023
LTD. EDITION 2 CD SET – ESOTERIC ANTENNA EANTCD 21022
LTD. EDITION GATEFOLD VINYL LP – ESOTERIC ANTENNA EANTLP 1023
John Lees’ Barclay James Harvest 2013 UK tour dates:
Tickets are all subject to booking fee and are also available from http://www.barclayjamesharvest.com/
Special guests on all UK dates (except Edinburgh) GORDON GILTRAP & OLIVER WAKEMAN
Special guest in Edinburgh ANNE-MARIE HELDER
Due to contractual and production difficulties beyond their control, John Lee’s Barclay James Harvest and their management regretfully had to cancel 3 dates of their upcoming UK shows.
The dates in question are Edinburgh 17/10, Wolverhampton 26/10 and Norwich 27/10. The remaining four dates will go ahead as planned.