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    Posted: April 20 2012 at 11:41

Fusion Orchestra 2 – second incarnation of critically acclaimed 1970s progressive rock band Fusion Orchestra – has a new line-up. The new line-up can be seen for the first time in London on Saturday 28 April at The Borderline, Orange Yard, Manette Street, off Charing Cross Road W1D 4JB.

Elsie Lovelock replaces Jo Hollands as lead vocalist, while the drum stool has been filled by Seex Dyer, who has taken over from Mark Eckersley.

Self-taught vocalist Elsie has loved singing all her life. She has been involved in many shows, both singing and just acting, having studied Drama since the age of 15. One of her biggest musical accomplishments to date was as a chorus member and understudy in the 2010 original opera ‘Knight Crew’ under the guidance of Gareth Malone, performed at Glyndebourne and televised on BBC. Elsie was featured in TV and on radio interviews and in YOU magazine.

FO2 guitarist and co-founder Col Dawson says: “Elsie stood out as a remarkable vocalist who can sing opera but has a natural talent for rock. Her voice has a fantastic range, tremendous power and incredible rocky edge. We are very happy to have her in the band. Original Fusion Orchestra vocalist Jill Saward will always be a difficult act to follow but Elsie is well up to the task.”

Drummer Seex Dyer traces his musical roots to the childhood dinner table where he watched his father play along to beloved big band swing numbers using knife, fork, cup and plate. A decade or so later the arrival of Neil Peart and Bill Bruford on Seex’s turntable sealed his choice of instrument.

His influences have drawn on contemporaries such as Simply Red, Big Country and The Police plus a healthy dose of Yes, Barclay James Harvest and Rush, giving him a platform to experiment and improvise across a variety of musical styles.

He also began to study jazz about eight years ago and has added stints in jazz combos and big band to a repertoire that has taken in soul, rock, pop and folk performances.

Seex sees his fascination with drumming as “Piloting the line that weaves between the drive for technical skill: mastering the instrument and finding an empathy for the piece – the right note in the right place at the right time. The music of FO2 is a wonderful place to explore this relationship,” he says.

Fusion Orchestra 2 – full line-up:

Vocals: Elsie Lovelock

Guitars: Col Dawson

Keyboards/vocals: Ben Bell

Basses: Shemeck Fraczek

Drums: Seex Dyer.

More information from: info@fusionorchestra2.com

*The original band's album Skeleton In Armour is available for digital download from iTunes, Amazon and other online music retailers

 

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Fusion Orchestra 2 – second incarnation of critically acclaimed 1970s progressive rock band Fusion Orchestra – has a new line-up, which can be seen for the first time in London on Saturday 28 April at The Borderline, Orange Yard, Manette Street, off Charing Cross Road W1D 4JB.

Elsie Lovelock replaces Jo Hollands as lead vocalist, while the drum stool has been filled by Seex Dyer, who has taken over from Mark Eckersley.

Fusion Orchestra 2 is the second incarnation of critically acclaimed progressive rock band Fusion Orchestra, whose EMI album Skeleton In Armour is still much sought after in its original vinyl form.* Co-formed by original Fusion Orchestra guitarist and founder member Colin Dawson and keyboard player Ben Bell, the music of Fusion Orchestra 2 incorporates elements of rock, jazz and various other styles.

The band brings to life the original Fusion Orchestra music and will be playing material from Skeleton In Armour as well as offering new material in the band’s style but with the fresh influences of the new line-up. FO2 appear as special guests of Comus.

The full line-up is: Vocals: Elsie Lovelock; Guitars: Col Dawson; Keyboards/vocals: Ben Bell; Basses: Shemeck Fraczek; Drums: Seex Dyer.

More information from: info@fusionorchestra2.com

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*The album is available for digital download from iTunes, Amazon and other online music retailers

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Very cool Approve, i like Skeleton In Armour,some fiery guitar stuff. I wonder how the follow up going to sound like?!
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Original singer Jill Saward reminds me of Jenny Hahn from Babe Ruth,she is doing a good job, but is not my cup of tea of women singers. Good album overall, here is a sample (i wanted to post a better song, which youtube doesn't seem to have, but this will do just fine!).


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Fans of the original Fusion Orchestra might find a new YouTube video amusing. It’s a sneaky look at Fusion Orchestra 2 in rehearsal and has the band playing cuts from the Skeleton in Armour album as well as some new material. It’s lurking at http://youtu.be/HFTr6ANqM5I Hope you like it!

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