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Live, released in 2023

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Shout (12:31)
2. Guardian (11:04)
3. Wongle No9 (7:03)
4. Mount Ephraim (6:12)
5. Firefly (6:20)
6. Intros (2:48)
7. Bulbul Tarang (10:22)
8. A New Day (7:41)
9. Sacred Run (7:50)
10. Morning Light (3:24)

Line-up / Musicians

- Andy Glass / Guitar
- Jess Holland / Vocals
- Jenny Newman / Fiddle
- Peter Hemsley / Drums
- Robin Phillips / Bass
- Steven McDaniel / Keyboards
- Ebony Buckle / Vocals
- Gwen Taylor / Vocals

Releases information

Recorded at The Stables on September 2nd 2023 - made available by the band free of charge, December 7th 2023

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Review by kev rowland
4 stars On September 2nd, 2023, Solstice sold out the iconic venue built by jazz legends Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine in 1970, something they view as a career highlight. The night was recorded and is now available as a full concert film (plus photo gallery) or as audio, and it is this which I am now playing. The band are the same as the previous two studio albums, namely founder Andy Glass (guitar), Jess Holland (vocals), Jenny Newman (fiddle), Peter Hemsley (drums), Robin Phillips (bass), Steven McDaniel (keyboards) plus two additional singers in Ebony Buckle and Gwen Taylor. Apart from the three singers, this line-up has been together for some years, having released 'Spirit' in 2010.

It is now 40 years since 'Silent Dance' came out, although I must admit to not hearing it until 10 years later, after I had already reviewed 'New Life'. Solstice are included on ProgArchives as Neo due to where they have come from, but if they were up for inclusion now I can see there being a battle with Crossover, as the band has in many ways moved from what they were and created a sound quite unlike any others in the scene. The fiddle has always been an important part of the music, and Jenny knows when to take the lead or when to take a break, the keyboards are often a backdrop as opposed to a driving force, while the same can be said for Andy who is more than happy to take a back seat at times, riffing hard at others. The whole band is designed to keep the female vocals front and centre, bringing in prog, pop, rock, folk and other influences to produce a highly polished performance. Jess is a real find, being a real performer as well as singer, and having two others with her to provide vocal harmonies in a live setting allows for more passion and depth.

We have been fortunate enough to have two studio albums, from the same line-up no less (which is somewhat unusual for the band) and given the way they are playing some high-profile gigs let us hope they have enough time to record another one soon. This is a wonderful demonstration of great prog from a band who for some strange reason have never really been given the acclaim they so richly deserve. If you are already a fan then I am sure this is in your collection, and if not then now is the time to investigate given the band have made this available free of charge so that even more can discover the great sounds of Solstice.

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