Showing posts with label Alan Simon. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Alan Simon. Show all posts

12/29/2020

Fairport Convention Collect Together the Recordings on Alan Simon’s Rock Operas, Including 'Excalibur: The Celtic Rock Opera', on the Album 'Fame and Glory' – Out Now!

Fairport Convention has collected together its recordings created for Alan Simon’s various rock operas, including Excalibur: The Celtic Rock Opera, on a ‘catch all’ release for fans to buy the recordings in one place.   

The band previously made this compilation available to its fans, but this mainstream release adds three tracks including a previously unreleased studio recording ‘Goodbye My Friends’.

Simon Nicol described working on the songs: “Fairport Convention don’t often get asked to collaborate on outside projects, but none have been more exciting and artistically rewarding than those inspired by Alan Simon. One of the musical highlights of my professional life - and some of the most enjoyable times on and off stage. It’s great to have Fame and Glory as a souvenir of happy times.“

Dave Pegg said of the release “I am so pleased to see this great album available again but with bonus tracks. It was such a joy to record and play on these lovely songs with some of my favourite musicians. Do get hold of a copy - it will make a nice Xmas prezzie!”

The line-up on this compilation is: Gerry Conway (drums and percussion), Dave Pegg (bass guitar), Simon Nicol (guitars, vocals), Ric Sanders (violin) and Chris Leslie (vocals, bouzouki, mandolin and violin).

Fame and Glory features the special guests: Martin Barre, John Wetton, John Helliwell, Dan Ar Braz, Alan Simon, Pat O’May, Andreas Vollenweider, Laurent Tixier, Jacqui McShee, James Wood & Dave Mattacks.

French musician Alan Simon, creator of the rock operas, described the release: “This has got all the famous songs from my collaborations with Fairport Convention.  This album is considered some of Fairport at its best.”

Fame and Glory is OUT NOW via the below links:
Amazon CD: https://geni.us/FameAndGloryCD
iTunes: https://geni.us/FameAndGloryi
Spotify: https://geni.us/FameAndGlorys

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 1-828-350-8158 (US), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

5/30/2019

Alan Simon's Epic Musical Interpretation of the French Revolution "Chouans" 2CD - Now Available


Featuring members of legendary French prog ensemble ANGE!

Alan Simon is the creator of the legendary EXCALIBUR: THE CELTIC ROCK OPERA.

This new studio album is Alan Simon's epic musical interpretation of the French Revolution, and is being released to coincide with the 230th Anniversary of the start of the revolution.

Released via Cherry Red, this orchestral rock double album features all new studio tracks.

“It's the dark side of the French Révolution! The unknown pages! 300 000 people died. Mainly paysans, priest and some nobles. They were killed in the west of France (where I was born). It's the last french civil war! The very young republic just created the humans rights and 18 months later Paris the national assembly gave the orders to march on the district call 'Vendée'. That's was where most of the royalists were leaving. But mostly poor people! That's the history! This is the first historical album about this history! It's an hidden story. No one is proud about it!” - Alan Simon



Track List:

DISC ONE
1. OUVERTURE
2. L’INCORRUPTIBLE
3. ÇA IRA
4. AU NOM DE TOUS LES MIENS
5. LE CHANT DES PAYSANS
6. LA FOLIE
7. MA FRANCE, MON ESPÉRANCE
8. LA COMPLAINTE DE L'ABBÉ
9. DIEU & LE ROY
10. L'APPEL DE CADOUDAL
11. LE SAINT DE L'ANJOU

DISC TWO
1. L'AMAZONE
2. LE PARDON DE BONCHAMPS
3. LA VIRÉE DE GALERNE
4. L'INFERNALE DANSE
5. MONSIEUR HENRI
6. COEUR DE CHOUANS
7. GOD SAVE THE KING
8. RÉFRACTAIRE
9. UN NOUVEAU MONDE
10. MOURIR POUR DES IDÉES
11. MON PETIT FRÈRE
12. LE VENT DE LA MÉMOIRE

To purchase: https://geni.us/ChouansCD

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 1-828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com

3/30/2018

New Album By French Composer Alan Simon "BIG BANG" Featuring Members of Supertramp and Saga - Now Available!


BIG BANG! An Experiment! Event!

In collaboration with NASA and its amazing sound bank from the universe, the French composer and creator of Excalibur: The Celtic Rock Opera, Alan Simon, now offers an original album of 14 great elegant tracks: “BIG BANG”.

120 musicians participated in this musical odyssey that invites the listener back to the origins of the universe and to the destiny of planet Earth. On average, 200 active tracks per title were required for its production by Alan Simon & Marco Canepa. Folk, rock, jazz and world musicians contributed to this effort.

Among the exceptional guests: The legendary SUPERTRAMP saxophonist John Helliwell provides all the solos, the singer of the legendary Canadian group SAGA Michael Sadler for the single “Fools”, the famous Celtic harpist singer ALAN STIVELL on the title “Solarius” and finally the Golden voice of Labyrinth: Roberto Tiranti.

Moreover the album “BIG BANG” is now the soundtrack of the city of space in Toulouse (in France). An event concert is being planned for 2019 in this theme park of the universe. Meanwhile, the album is now available worldwide via Cherry Red Records.

The CD is embellished with a booklet including original photos supplied by NASA and quotes from the visionary explorers of the universe.

Big Bang is an exceptional musical experience to be shared!

To purchase: 
Amazon http://geni.us/BigBang
iTunes http://geni.us/BigBangDig

Alan Simon's official website: http://www.alansimononline.com/eng.html ;

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (US), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

10/20/2017

French Musician/Composer Alan Simon Releases New Compilation "Songwriter" 2CD Feat. Jon Anderson, Justin Hayward, Alan Parsons, Martin Barre, John Wetton, Mick Fleetwood and others!


London - Alan Simon is a French folk-rock musician and composer best known for his rock operas which are performed with collaboration from other noted rock musicians. Simon is associated with Breton Celticism, and his most ambitious works are typically on themes linked to Celtic myth and history. Simon has also branched out into film-making. Alan Simon is the creator of the legendary EXCALIBUR: THE CELTIC ROCK OPERA.

This 40 TRACK collection, released on Cherry Red, features a cross-section of Alan Simon's work from his various projects and rock operas.

“The 40 songs on the compilation are all personal selections from my rock operas and concept albums: 'Excalibur (the quadrilogy)', 'Gaia', 'Anne de Bretagne', 'Tristan & Yseult', 'Captain Kid' and various soundtracks...Some of these tracks fans may know already and other tracks offer a deeper insight into my work! 'Songwriter' a sentimental and personal collection which also includes a comic strip of my journey.” - Alan Simon

This collection features songs with guest appearances by:

Members of Supertramp
Midnight Oil
Alan Parsons
Jon Anderson
Fairport Convention
Moya Brennan
John Wetton
Justin Hayward
Maddy Prior
Billy Preston
Roberto Tiranti
Martin Barre
Les Holroyd
Mick Fleetwood
And Zucchero

This collection was previously vinyl only and is now being given its first mainstream CD release.

TRACK LISTING:

DISC ONE
1. CELTIC RING (Feat. Alan Parsons)
2. LES CAVALIERS DU VENT
3. WORLD (Feat. Brankica Vasic)
4. MORHOLT
5. THE ORIGINS PT 1 (Feat. Moya Brennan)
6. THE KINGS
7. LETTRE À YSEULT (Feat. Christian Décamps)
8. DIHUN
9. WAR
10. AD LIBITUM (Feat. Carlos Nũnez)
11. CELTIC LAND
12. BELTAINE (Feat. Fairport Convention)
13. SKYE (Feat. Skilda)
14. CASTLE ROCK (Feat. Fairport Convention)
15. DUN AENGUS (Feat. Martin Barre)
16. THE END
17. IN THE WIND OF THE CELTIC DREAM (Feat. Konan Mevel)
18. THE VISION (Feat. John Wetton)
19. ADELA (Feat. Jesse Siebenberg)
20. I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE (Feat. Jesse Siebenberg And John Helliwell)

DISC TWO
1. NO MAN’S LAND (Feat. Midnight Oil)
2. COME (Feat. Jesse Siebenberg)
3. THE ELEMENTS (Feat. Roger Hodgson & Dan Ar Braz)
4. DANCING HEART (Feat. Roberto Tiranti)
5. CIRCLE OF LIFE (Feat. Jon Anderson)
6. FAME AND GLORY (Feat. Fairport Convention)
7. PEACE ON EARTH (Feat. Heather Small & Billy Preston)
8. ANGEL'S TEARS (Feat. Jeremy Spencer)
9. WHERE IS THE WAY (Feat. Billy Preston)
10. ON THE ROAD (Feat. Justin Hayward)
11. JANGADERO (Feat. Cesaria Evora)
12. EVIL DAY (Feat. Roberto Tiranti)
13. SECRET GARDEN (Feat. Maddy Prior)
14. WORLD (Feat. Zucchero & Anggun)
15. MOTHERLAND (Feat. Jimmy O Neill)
16. SAMAN (Feat. Les Holroyd & Mick Fleetwood)
17. MARIE LA CORDELIÈRE (Feat. James Wood & Fairport Convention)
18. LUGH (Feat. John Wetton & Martin Barre)
19. DESIRE (Feat. Les Holroyd)
20. A PRAYER FOR MY LOVER (Feat. Siobhan Owen)

To purchase:
Amazon: http://geni.us/BAB001

Alan Simon's official website: http://www.alansimononline.com/eng.html

Forthoming on November 3, 2017!
Alan Simon's EXCALIBUR IV is the widely anticipated fourth NEW STUDIO ALBUM in the Celtic Rock Opera series, following on from the GOLD and PLATINUM selling original trilogy. EXCALIBUR IV was played live in its entirety to 12 ARENAS in Germany in December 2016 and will be touring again in 2018.

This new album based on the legendary story of KING ARTHUR features guest appearances from:
Alan Stivell, Michael Sadler (Saga), Jesse Sibenberg & John Helliwell (Supertramp), Martin Barre (Jethro Tull), Moya Brennan (Clannad), Roberto Tiranti (Labyrinth), Bernie Shaw (Uriah Heep), Siobham Owen, Sonja Kristina (Curved Air), John Kelly (The Kelly Family), Maite Itoiz (Elfhental)

Official Excalibur Facebook page: https://en-gb.facebook.com/Excalibur.The.Celtic.Rock.Opera/

11/17/2016

EXCALIBUR: The Celtic Rock Opera of Alan Simon Returns Feat. Michael Sadler, Martin Barre, Maggie Reilly, John Helliwell & Others For Its Next ARENA Tour of Germany in December 2016!

​(Photo credit: Christian Roch)

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

The legendary story of King Arthur will return to 11 German and 1 Swiss arenas in December 2016 for ALL NEW rock opera! A trailer for the tour can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e27yccjux1k

The creator of Excalibur, Alan Simon, said this of the tour: “Excalibur is back, with a full orchestra, special guest cast members, an aerial dancer along with King Arthur and Merlin as they battle evil forces. I have written an all new show, with a story set 1000 years after the famous legends we performed in 2011, and everything is ready to be unleashed on new audiences. This is the first Excalibur tour in nearly five years!”

Building on the 2009 shows (to up to 12,000 people per night) and subsequent arena tours in 2010 and 2011 in Germany, this new tour re-unites key members of the Excalibur cast, along with new special guests for an orchestral rock extravaganza expected to thrill and amaze concert goers!

The special guests on this tour include:
Michael Sadler (Saga)
Moya Brennan (Clannad)
John Helliwell and Jesse Siebenberg (Supertramp)
Maggie Reilly (Mike Oldfield Band)
Martin Barre (Jethro Tull)
Eric Fish (Subway to Sally)
John Kelly (The Kelly Family)
Maite Itoiz (Elfenthal)
Roberto Tiranti (Labyrinth)
The Bohemian Symphony Orchestra of Prague
The show will be narrated by acclaimed German actor Micheal Mendl as Merlin.

2016 Tour dates:
Dec. 01 München, Olympiahalle
Dec. 02 CH-Basel, St Jakobshalle
Dec. 03 Nürnberg, Arena Nürnberger Versicherungen
Dec. 04 Freiburg, Rothaus Arena
Dec. 06 Erfurt, Messehalle
Dec. 08 Stuttgart, Liederhalle Hegelsaal
Dec. 09 Frankfurt, Festhalle
Dec. 11 Dortmund, Westfalenhalle
Dec. 13 Berlin, Mercedes Benz Arena
Dec. 14 Bremen, ÖVB Arena Bremen
Dec. 15 Hamburg, Barclaycard Arena
Dec. 16 Leipzig, Arena

Ticket ordering link: http://www.eventim.de/Tickets.html?affiliate=EVE&doc=artistPages%2Ftickets&fun=artist&action=tickets&erid=1564691

Excalibur released 3 critically acclaimed albums and has finished the fourth album The Dark Age of the Dragon.

Official Facebook page: https://en-gb.facebook.com/Excalibur.The.Celtic.Rock.Opera/

Official website: http://www.excalibur-live.de/en/index.html

Excalibur is represented by Daniel Earnshaw at QEDG Management. www.qedg.co.uk

For all press inquiries please contact Billy James at Glass Onyon PR (glassonyonpr@gmail.com)

For inquiries about the tour within Germany please contact Birgit Gibson (Birgit@GibsonEntertainment.de)

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