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Music, Prog Music! Posted on Sat, January 15, 2011 17:49:25

27/01/2011 NED Hengelo Metropol

04/02/2011 BEL Verviers Spirit of 66
05/02/2011 NED Zoetermeer De Boerderij
06/02/2011 NED Den Bosch W2 (Matinee Show at 15.00)

04 feb Nieuwe Nor Heerlen

19/02 Ulft, Dru Fabriek
25/02 Alkmaar, Podium Victorie
26/02 Hellendoorn, Lantaarn
20/05 Zoetermeer, De Boerderij
21/05 Veghel, Blauwe Kei

The Watch:
Sat, 20 Jan 2011 De Pul Uden NL
Sat, 12 March 2011 Boerderij Zoetermeer
Sund, 13 March 2010 Bosuil, Weert NL

Yogi Lang (RPWL/ solo );
18.03.11 Spirit of 66 Verviers BE
14.04. Das Rind / D-Rüsselsheim
15.04. Boerderij / NL-Zoetermer (iO Pages Festival)
16.04. Zentrum Altenberg / D-Oberhausen

01/04 Ittervoort, CC De Mortel featuring:
The Pineapple Thief
Pure Reason Revolution
Sun Domingo

Pendragon (Mega Daze Europe)
02/04 Zoetermeer, De Boerderij
03/04 Zoetermeer, De Boerderij
06/05 Verviers (B), Spirit of 66

10/04 Amsterdam, Paradiso
28/04 Antwerpen (B), Trix Hall

Zoetermeer, De Boerderij
15/04 featuring:
Yogi Lang Solo (RPWL)

16/04 featuring:
IO Earth
Knight Area

17/04 featuring:
Memories of Machines (feat. Tim Bownes (No Man))
North Atlantic Oscillation
No Sound

Maiden United (Acoustic Iron Maiden tribute)
– featuring: Damian Wilson & Anneke van Giersbergen
10/04 Breda, MEZZ
13/04 Zoetermeer, De Boerderij
15/04 Bunde, Auw Kerk

14/04 Zwolle, Hedon
15/04 Ede, details soon (supported by Trinity)
16/04 Zoetermeer, De Boerderij (iO Pages Festival, see festivals)

Uriah Heep
12/04 Weert, De Bosuil
29/05 Zwolle, Hedon
30/05 Zoetermeer, De Boerderij
31/05 Ulft, Dru fabriek

20/05 Hengelo, Metropool
21/05 Zoetermeer, De Boerderij

27/05 Rotterdam, Ahoy’

Soft Machine (ft. Travis/Ethridge/Marshall/Babbington)
19/05 Zoetermeer, De Boerderij

The Tangent
24/05 Zoetermeer, De Boerderij

Mostly Autumn takes a big step?

Music, Prog Music! Posted on Sat, December 04, 2010 10:30:20

Mostly Autumn takes a big step forewards?

“(Mostly Autumn) have delivered the Album of their career… “
So says Jerry Ewing in a very interesting and perceptive review of Go Well Diamond Heart in Classic Rock Presents Prog magazine (November).

According these reviews they are doing very well:

Artikel from a newspaper:

Classic Rock, the Prog Magazine:

Review: 4/5 8/10 in Dutch

Live review by Tim Hall:

A review + free albums at

Troy Donockley, the prince of the Uillian Pipes, joins them in York!

Have a great St.Nicolas weekend,

Nick from the lovely South of the Netherlands.

New gigs!

Music, Prog Music! Posted on Fri, November 12, 2010 18:58:48

Upcomming gigs:

20 November 2010 DVD Recording at De Boerderij Zoetermeer

The Watch
Sat, 13 Nov 2010 The Luminaire, London UK
Sun, 14 Nov 2010 The Musician, Licester UK
Fri, 19 Nov 2010 Das Rind, Russelheim Germany
Sat, 20 Nov 2010 Het Kasteel, Alphen aan den Rijn Netherlands
Sun, 21 Nov 2010 Mons venue Belgium
Fri, 26 Nov 2010 Universum, Bunde Germany
Sat, 27 Nov 2010 Bluescafe, Apeldoorn NL
Thu, 02 Dec 2010 Belafonte, Mira Italy Sat,
20 Jan 2011 De Pul Uden NL
Sat, 12 March 2011 Boerderij Zoetermeer
Sund, 13 March 2010 Bosuil, Weert NL

Alan Parsons:
ma 29 Nov Breda Chassé Theater NL
di 30 Nov Heerlen Theater NL (in the lovely South of the Netherlands!)
wo 01 Dec Eindhoven Muziekcentrum Frits Philips NL
do 02 Dec Utrecht Vredenburg Leidsche Rijn NL
vr 03 Dec Rotterdam Nieuwe Luxor Theater NL

13/11 Eindhoven, Rambler (3concert with Astral Travellers & Leap Day)
12/12 Nieuwerkerk a/d IJssel, ‘t Blok (14:00h) with Heidi and the
new singer!

Knight Area
26 nov 2010 – Het Kasteel, Alphen a/d Rijn, with FOCUS
19 feb 2011 – Dru Fabriek, Ulft, with FOCUS
16 apr 2011 – IOpages festival De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, with IO Earth & Credo & Iona.
26 jun 2011 – ProgFrog, Ridderkerk

Mostly Autumn Special X-mas Shows:

17.12.2010 De Boerderij Zoetermeer NL
18.12.2010 Oosterpoort Groningen NL
19.12.2010 Spirit of 66 Verviers Be

22/01/2011 GER Berlin Maschinenhaus
23/01/2011 GER Stuttgart Röhre
24/01/2011 CH Pratteln Z7
26/01/2011 GER Aschaffenburg Colossaal
27/01/2011 NED Hengelo Metropool
29/01/2011 UK Birmingham The Assembly
30/01/2011 UK London, Kingston The Peel
01/02/2011 GER Köln Live Music Hall
02/02/2011 GER Hamburg Fabrik
04/02/2011 BEL Verviers Spirit of 66
05/02/2011 NED Zoetermeer De Boerderij
06/02/2011 NED Den Bosch W2 (Matinee Show at 15.00)

RoCKITtervoort 1 April 2010:
The Pineapple Thief,
Pure Reason Revolution &
Sun Domingo! Excellent line-upp; gongratulations Domien and team!

IO Festival 2011

Friday 15 april: Dilemma, Yogi Lang & Band & Pallas
Saturday 16 april: Knight Area, IOEarth, Credo & Iona
Sunday 17 april: Engineers, North Atlantic Oscillation, No Sound, Memories Of Machines feat. Tim Bownes & Steve Bingman ( No Man ) & Giancarlo Erra (No Sound) + more beautiful people and announced soon!

Added a review of Yogi Langs solo debut and a review by Tim Hall of the new Pure Reason Revolution album to my site.


CU on the road somewhere,
Nick from the lovely South of the Netherlands

New DVd from Mostly Autumn

Music, Prog Music! Posted on Wed, September 15, 2010 18:00:00

That Night In Leamington DVD

On Friday 2nd April 2010 we all crammed in to the Leamington Assembly to witness the end of a journey, a long and inspiring road, stretching back further than thirteen years. It was a final farewell to Heather Findlay’s time with Mostly Autumn. To all of us it was a last chance to celebrate the magic that Heather wove throughout that journey, a fitting testament to the end of an era and I’m sure you will all join us in saying “Go Well Diamond Heart”…

Have a great day,

Nick from the lovely South of the Netherlands.

Tip: Unitopia a band from Australia with a famous sax player will tour in Europe and record a dvd. One date is of course my fav ; 20 Oct Nieuwe Nor Heerlen, yep in the lovely South.

More dates at my site at theirs and whatever.

David Gilmour en Roger Waters spelen Wish You Were Here!

Music, Prog Music! Posted on Thu, July 15, 2010 13:28:23

15th JULY 2010:
David Gilmour to play Guitar on The Wall Tour.
Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour is to join his old band mate Roger Waters on The Wall Live Tour either in 2010 or 2011 AT ONE concert to play Comfortably Numb on guitar!
Now, before all the messages start flooding into my inbox, please be aware that not even David Gilmour k nows which concert he will be playing at so we will all have to wait and see!

11TH JULY 2010:
Roger Waters and David Gilmour perform charity show together last night
It seems London was the place to be last night: in a bolt out of the blue, David Gilmour and Roger Waters performed together for the Hoping Foundation Benefit Evening, playing Wish You Were Here! Guy Pratt performed bass duties, whilst Roger was on acoustic guitar. For those of you surprised by Guy’s inclusion, some of you will recall from our Guy Pratt interview back in 2005, Guy was asked to play bass for Pink Floyd at Live8 when the reunion happened…
News of the show, and the appearance by David and Roger, was broken by one of the hosts of the evening, TV presenter Fearne Cotton, who tweeted about the event in the early hours of this morning. There’s a number of pictures from the performance, and the evening itself, over at Getty Images, and if you click the thumbnail to the right, you’ll go directly to them.

More beautiful pictures by Polly Samson at;

And if you want to read what Roager Waters said thought about this all; check out my friends a BrainDamage.

Have a smiling summer,

love & slippers,

Nick from the lovely South of the Netherlands


Interviews and news.

Music, Prog Music! Posted on Sun, July 04, 2010 13:08:41

News from the last weeks:

[ You’ll find the links at
because this blog is killing me with links… think i need another….]

* nterview with Chris Jonker from Mangrove.

* An interview with Göran Edman from Karmakanic.

* Live pictures from IQ.

* Interview with Gerben Klazinga of Knight Area, you can find here.

* Heather Findlay has a lot of news an wants to release a solo EP with the participation of David Kilmister (one of Roger Waters guitarist).

* Alan Parsons comes to the lovely South and more news.

* Unitopia releases a cover album with all the greatest hits 😉
+ Shaun & Jamie left the band! European tour will take place in October.
Want to read reviews and interviews; click here.

* Peter Gabriel wants to scratch your back in Europe (new tour dates for September & October!)

* Roger Waters brings the Wall to Europe! More new dates.

* Live photos of Steve Hackett and a small review from The Spirit of 66 at Verviers (May 2010).

* My fav albums of the last weeks;
Unitopia; Artificial; sublime mix of Prog, Rock and Symfo from Australia. Oh man i’m looking out to see them live in Europe.
Odyssices; Silence, a beautiful inspiring instrumental highlight of the Dutch Prog scene (and they’ll support Unitopia in Zoetermeer 😉
Anathema; you’re here, because you’re here; soft prog rock.
IO Earth; Io Earth; what an fantastic progressive album this is. The use of flügelhorn, trumpet and violins makes it extra ordinary sublime.

Enjoy the soccer and th Music,
Nick from the hot South of the Netherlands

Liam Davison / Mostly Autumn solo!!

Music, Prog Music! Posted on Wed, June 09, 2010 19:44:08

Liam Davison the second guitarist with an solo album.

Liam Davison.
The great second guitarist of Mostly Autumn has almost finished his solo album.
Liam provides the live sound of Mostly Autumn with great guitar work, some excellent slide work an so now and then an awesome solo, like the great riff in the new intro of “The spirit of Autumn Past Part 2.

Liam wil releases his solo album A Treasure Of well Set Jewels on 18th October 2010.
The debut solo album by Mostly Autumn guitarist Liam Davison is a cornucopia of aural delights.

Guests include fellow Mostly Autumn band mates, Heather Findlay, Iain Jennings and Gavin Griffiths plus Paul Teasdale (Breathing Space) and Simon Waggot.
All songs are new compositions by Liam except ‘Once In A Lifetime’ a joint composition with Heather Findlay which is a beautiful piece with a gorgeous concept.

The album is to be recorded at Fairview with John Spence.
The first edition of this release will be strictly limited to 1,000 copies with bonus material and comes in two versions – ‘Emerald’ and ‘Diamond’.
Emerald edition: Enhanced CD in slipcase with bonus tracks and video material. (800 copies only).

Heather Findlay

Music, Prog Music! Posted on Wed, June 02, 2010 23:35:44

Hello Again!

Firstly I’d like to say a huge thank you to all of you who have found me here! It’s great to see so many of you already using the forum and signing my mailing list too!!

Farewell Mostly Autumn

As many of you may already know my final performance as front-woman with rock band Mostly Autumn took place on 2nd of April this year and was filmed for a now soon to be released DVD.

I hope the film captures the true spirit of what was a thoroughly emotion drenched evening, super charged, in my opinion, with some of the band’s most energetic performances to date. Last week took me to Fairview studio’s where I sat in on the mixing sessions for the audio with Bryan Josh and John Spence and the audio alone stands up to being some of the best ever captured during my time with MA and I’m sure the visual aspect, which none of us have yet seen will only enhance this further. Keep an eye on for news on its’ release date.

Off Radar

I’ve been somewhat quiet publically for a month or two, but since having announced my plans to depart from Mostly Autumn my feet have barely touched the ground! Alongside working very hard on writing for my new solo venture, I have also been involved with some very exciting side projects too…!

Simon Snaize

For many years now I have worked on and off musically with my dear singer, song-writing, guitarist friend Simon Snaize.

Simon moved to the USA for quite some time though we always sought each other out upon his return and so have both contributed in the past to each other’s demo’s and noodles over the years. This time Simon came back long enough to put together a couple of albums…

The second of which, Simon has asked me to sing on and we are due to begin the sessions for which very soon. The album is an eclectic collection of songs with a very tight and beautiful concept which should take the listener on a journey through shades of very English folk a la Nick Drake and Sandy Denny, through almost Bluegrassy Americana, to Classical waltz type pieces with even the odd Tango thrown in! It’s possible you may get to hear the odd drum bash, or whistle toot upon which too as Simon is interested in adding some of what each contributor has to offer. Nice. An album I can’t wait to hear!


Back in February I was approached by producer Tzfat who invited me to collaborate with him and 20 year old Rob McAndrews for an album the pair are working on and is due for release in March next year under the project title Maidu. Back in February I wrote lyrics for and sang on the as yet untitled track which is due for release as Maidu’s first single on 4th October this year.

Maidu can be described as being somewhat akin to similar artists Eskmo and Flying Lotus with the addition of melody – hence my involvement, and are being loosely termed as belonging to the Dubstep genre although being more ‘glitchy, tripped out music infused with dub’.

Working with Maidu gave me a real chance to experience a totally different style of music as a writer and performer. As you know I love so many different types of music and am always willing to explore new avenues, so on hearing the track and being given the brief, I happily accepted! Click here [ ] for a little taster. More info as I get it…

Liam Davison

Closer to home, Liam Davison, long term member of Mostly Autumn and dear friend has asked me to collaborate with him on his forthcoming album ‘A Treasure Of well Set Jewels’.

Liam asked me to write lyrics for and sing on album track ‘Once In A Lifetime’ which is a beautiful piece with a gorgeous concept. I accepted Liam’s offer and recorded a guide vocal for which a couple of weeks ago now and am due to record the final version during the album sessions sometime in the next month or so. Working with Liam was so effortless and the collaboration came together very quickly, the album is to be recorded at Fairview with John Spence so I am expecting it to all be as comfy as a pair of old slippers. (If I were to ever wear any that is!)

Rock-a-bye Baby!

On a personal note, I am over the moon to share with you the news that Ian, Harlan and I are expecting baby Findlay-Loftus number two, who is due on Oct 28th 🙂


So, on to the fully ‘Moi’ bit! As you already know the main thing I’ve been doing this year is writing and writing and recording demos and writing some more!

I am happy to report that I have come up with a lot of material that I am really and truly happy with. My musical relationship with Chris Johnson has effortlessly gelled into being a wonderful partnership of unspoken wavelengths and relentless creativity regardless of whatever the angle, genre or flavour of my new material has so far been. To this end and testament to Chris’s limitless talents behind the mixing desk, and with each instrument, noise, effect, or idea he has so far thrown at the material, I have asked him on board to co-produce my project.

Given that the new material has differed so very much from track to track I have decided at this point, rather than try to squeeze and mould a collection of very different sounding songs on to one album and expect them to live happily ever after for album’s sake, I am going to release a series of EP’s compiling of around 4 or 5 tracks each. Each EP will then have its’ own feel entirely. From artwork; format; personnel to of course content! This I find to be a really fresh and invigorating way to work; a way that allows me to push outside of the usual boundaries a bit and to get excited over lots of different feels and special formats and all in a relatively short space of time too.

So, the first EP is likely (although not definitely) to be called Phoenix. Its’ character is dark, quirky, bohemian, rocky and very vibey! Oh, and did I say rocky? Well, that too!! I am still a tidsy bit undecided as to who I will be asking on board in the rhythm section department at the minute, although I am thoroughly excited to announce that guitarist Dave Kilminster will be joining us for EP number 1! For those of you that don’t know him, he is a bit of a guitar-hero/god/meister! And fortunately, friend too so we probably won’t have to gold-plate the studio bathroom taps… this time! 🙂 Seriously though I first met Dave many years ago through Anne-Marie Helder, furthermore, on stumbling upon him (not literally you understand) at the Roger Waters after-show in Malta 2006, we became very good friends and have come to realise we have a lot of common ground in terms of musical tastes and indeed sense of humour so I can’t wait to get jamming! The sessions with Dave are to take place before his departure for the forthcoming, all new RW tour which begins in late August this year.

I plan to see ‘EP number 1’ released sometime in September. More updates soon!

Time to love you and leave you…

Thanks so much for being so supportive and for your patience through my silent moments too!

Take care all and see you soon!


Heather xxx

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