The first time that I had come across Long Earth was around about summer 2018, not long after the inaugural Prog in the Park (PITP) had been launched on social media.
When organising PITP, we had received requests from several bands wanting to be on the bill. Long Earth was one and the time that they had contacted us, the bill was full. It was Mike Baxter who approached us on behalf of the band.
I recognise an opportunity when I see it, so even though we had to let Long Earth down, I got in touch with them and I asked Mike if they would donate something towards the raffle. Several weeks later we went to Kinross to meet Mike. I got on well with Mike and we were grateful for Mike meeting us with a bundle of Long Earth CDs.
Mike has kept in touch with me and a couple of weeks ago he had asked me to go along to The Prog Before Christmas (PB4X) as he was there with Grand Tour. This was the second time that Grand Tour had been on the bill for PB4X and unfortunately, they had to pull out of the first one. Then as fate would have it, Grand Tour had to pull out again as one of the band members were ill. I was really looking forward to seeing them as well, but I fully understand and appreciate why they couldn’t play.
Long Earth was asked to stand in so I was looking forward to what they would be playing in their set. The venue was The Drygate in Glasgow at the Tennent’s Brewery. The weather that day was really crap as it was pouring down with rain. I was totally soaked when I got there, I think I described being soaked like a “drenched rat”!
When I got in the venue, I caught up with Mike and he had introduced me to all the guys in Long Earth. I also met Jim Lawson “The Ancient One” from Progzillia. We had a blether about his teaching days at Inverkeithing High School and life living on the Isle of Skye.
First on the bill was Jennifer Clark, with her band. I first met Jennifer earlier this year at PITP as she is the bass player with; Alan Reed and the Daughters of Expediency. This was actually the first time that Jennifer’s band were playing live and they delivered a really great set. Jennifer and her band are playing live at Prog in the Park 2.0, which I am really looking to see. Then Jennifer will get a rest after her set before she’s back on stage with Alan and co.
The link below is for Jennifer’s last song during her PB4X set…ASCAN. Now I just hope that this will be played live at PITP 2.0 as I thoroughly enjoyed. I hope that you also enjoy it as much as I did.
Jennifer’s set lasted roughly 40 mins and there was a really good atmosphere around the venue when she was doing her set with the band.
This was the first time that I have managed to get along to PB4X and I really appreciated Joe Cairney from Comedy of Errors and Grand Tour’s Mike Baxter for asking me to come along to the gig. While briefly mentioning Joe and Comedy of Errors, “I can exclusively reveal (right then football fans, what Scottish football pundit used to say, “I can exclusively reveal?”) that Comedy of Errors are on the bill at Prog in the Park 2.1!”
We didn’t have long to wait before Long Earth then took to the stage. Martin, the band’s singer had explained the reasons to the audience why they were there and not Grand Tour. Then Martin told the audience that the Long Earth set would be based purely on their forthcoming new album; Once Around The Sun.
Even though I didn’t know any of the bands new material, that didn’t stop me from enjoying it, really enjoying. I was sitting with Jim Lawson during this set and I was saying to him that I was really glad that I had booked them PITP 2.0 as they played a stunning set.
I decided that I would try and record a full song by Long Earth and I am so glad that I did. The song I recorded is called; A Guy From Down The Street. This was the last song in there set and they finished off with a cracking song.
I’ve mentioned that I hope that Jennifer will play ASCAN at PITP 2.0, I really do hope that Long Earth play A Guy From Down The Street at PITP 2.0 as well.
So why don’t you check this out for yourself at:
After Long Earth had finished there set, the venue was cleared as there was a break for a couple of hours. After the break, Abel Ganz and then Wobbler played their sets. I didn’t stay as I was really tired due to a few pain flare-ups when travelling and being at this gig.
Thank you to everyone involved with this prog festival.
PROG IN THE PARK 2.0
I really hope that you enjoyed both videos, in fact, I hope that you liked these videos that much that you will buy a ticket or 2, 3 etc for PITP 2.0. A ticket for this really would make the prog lover(s) in your household the ideal gift at Christmas. So don’t hang about and get your ticket(s).
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