Sep 03, 2012 | Comments 0
Following a successful year of high profile festival performances, John Lees’ Barclay James Harvest have announced their most extensive UK tour in recent years, which will take place in October 2012. Impressing critics in the early Seventies with their fusion of rock and classical music and a classic trademark of memorable songs and beautiful harmonies, they created seminal albums like Once Again (featuring the classic “Mockingbird”) and Barclay James Harvest And Other Short Stories and made their mark with stunning live performances, BJH began to enjoy greater commercial success in 1974 with Everyone Is Everybody Else and Barclay James Harvest Live, a double LP which became their first chart album.
After the tragic passing of fellow BJH founder Woolly Wolstenholme in December 2010, the band honoured his memory with a moving sold-out tribute show; later in 2011, John Lees’ BJH went on to play a triumphant series of headline festival slots in Germany, Switzerland, France (with Status Quo) and the UK, including a headline spot at the High Voltage Festival in Victoria Park, London, which was their last UK performance to date. Following the release of the “Live at Metropolis Studios” CD / DVD set, in August 2012 John Lees’ Barclay James Harvest made their first appearance in Japan, playing a sold-out show in their own right and performing on the bill at the Open Air Progressive Rock Fest in Tokyo to an enthusiastic reception. It’s now time to bring the legacy of Barclay James Harvest back to their native UK, with the band’s most extensive tour in three years and a new studio album recording underway.
The band line-up is: John Lees on vocals, guitar and recorder; Craig Fletcher – vocals and bass guitar; Jez Smith – keyboards, vocals and acoustic guitar and on drums, Kevin Whitehead.
John Lees’ Barclays James Harvest October 2012 UK dates are:
17th Edinburgh – The Picturehouse – 0843 221 0976 – www.meanfiddler.com
19th Manchester – The Ritz – 0843 221 0976 – http://hmvritz.com
23rd St Albans – The Alban Arena – 01727 844488 www.alban-arena.co.uk
24th Bristol – St. George’s, Brandon Hill – 0845 402 4001 www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk
25th Leeds – City Varieties – 0113 243 0808 – www.cityvarieties.co.uk
26th Wolverhampton – Civic Hall – 0870 320 7000 – www.wolvescivic.co.uk
27th Norwich – University of East Anglia – 01603 508050 – www.ueaticketbookings.co.uk
All tickets are subject to booking fee.