We are very proud and pleased to announce that our brand new studio album ‘The Long Goodbye’ is now available to pre-order from our merchandise page.
It's all getting very busy in the Galahad camp at the moment. Not only will we be releasing a brand new studio album 'The Long Goodbye' towards the end of the year we will also be playing a couple of live shows, the first in fact for over four and a half years!!
We hope that some of you will be able to join us on the afternoon of Sunday 8th October where we will be playing at the well renowned Summer's End Festival in Chepstow, South Wales. https://www.summersend.co.uk/
We will then be playing a joint headline show with Red Bazar at the 1865 in Southampton on Sunday 5th November. https://www.facebook.com/events/1146917062572890
At both shows we'll be playing a selection of older Galahad favourites plus newer songs from last year's 'The Last Great Adventurer' album plus music from our forthcoming brand new studio album 'The Long Goodbye'.
We can't wait to get back on stage after what has been far, far too long and hope a fair few of you will join us for the ride. Plus, if they go well we may even organise a few more!
As already mentioned above we are also now very proud to announce that hot on the heels of ‘The Last Great Adventurer’ we have finished our next new studio album ‘The Long Goodbye’ which be released in Ocober 2023.
This latest opus, the band’s twelfth studio album, was mainly recorded during the same sessions of TLGA before, during and after the recent Covid emergency, by the various band members and finally edited, mixed and mastered, as usual, by engineer/producer extraordinaire Karl Groom from Threshold.
Thus, the album line up is the same as the last one: i.e. Stu Nicholson (vocals), Dean Baker (keyboards) and Spencer Luckman (drums), Lee Abraham (guitars) and Mark Spencer (bass guitar).
The main album consists of five tracks plus two bonus tracks on the CD.
As is the case with TLGA, ‘The Long Goodbye’ has a crisp and clear contemporary sound but, musically, still includes a variety of influences including a few nods to the band’s progressive heritage particularly the epic closing title track in which the ageing process and the difficult and tricky subject of early onset dementia is tackled, hopefully with a certain degree of poignancy.
‘The Long Goodbye’ CD version will be released in October 2023 followed by the digital version in November which will available from all the usual online digital platforms including our official Galahad Bandcamp site (https://galahad1.bandcamp.com). Pre-order dates directly from our official website are still to be confirmed.
Vinyl LP versions in a gatefold sleeve will be also released at some point jointly with our friends at Oskar Productions in Poland, hopefully towards the end of 2023. The LP will be available on both standard black vinyl and two coloured splatter vinyl versions. Release date to be confirmed and an announcement will be made as soon we know when then they will become available to order.
It's been a while but welcome to the latest Galahad news update. First of all, we’d just like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has supported us and bought a copy of our last studio album in the last few months.
To be honest we have blown away by reception that TLGA has received within ’Prog’ circles and, indeed, beyond and it has definitely been one of best received albums both critically and commercially that we have ever released thus we feel genuinely humbled by all the (generally!) incredibly positive responses it has received.
We are now also very pleased to announce that, after a very, very long wait, vinyl LP copies of ‘The Last Great Adventurer’ are finally available to order directly from our official website. www.galahadonline.com/galahad-merchandise.
There are three colours available, all housed in a gorgeous gatefold sleeve of which there are two versions:
- Standard black vinyl with the brown ’book cover’ style cover.
- Red/black and green/black splatter limited editions versions both housed in the red ‘map’ style sleeve.
To coincide with the TLGA vinyl releases the band has also uploaded a brand new video for the song ‘Blood, Skin and Bone’. The video was edited and pulled together by Mark Spencer after all members filmed themselves individually during lock down in 2021. ‘Blood, Skin and Bone’ can be seen om our Face Book page and will be uploaded to our You Tube page shortly.
Well, here we are, almost at the end of yet another rather challenging year but at least it's been productive and we'd just like to say a very big thank you to everybody who has supported us by purchasing or helping to promote, play, review, discuss etc. our latest studio album 'The Last Great Adventurer' over the last few months and which has actually been so well received by the prog fraternity and beyond, better in fact than we were expecting or could ever have hoped for.
It's also been great to see so many new fans come on board, many of whom have invested in our back catalogue as well as the new studio album. All such support is very much appreciated as it helps to keep the good ship Galahad afloat and fund our various ongoing projects.
We are still awaiting vinyl LP versions of TLGA ,which I'm told should now be with us in February 2023, so watch this space but don't hold your breath. Obviously, we will share any news when it is forthcoming.
I'd also just like to say that we have found a few more CD copies of our first two albums 'In a Moment of Complete Madness' and 'Nothing Is Written' which are now available to order from our merchandise page for the first time in over a year for those who maybe interested in delving in to distant musical past.
Also, to bring things bang up to date we'd like to announce that the follow up to The Last Great Adventurer is currently being mixed by Karl Groom and will, hopefully, be released in late summer of 2023. 'The Long Goodbye' will consist of seven tracks in total and will also include a few variations on the Galahad 'sound' but all in a good way we are sure. More news will follow on this release in due course.
In the meantime we'd just like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and successful new year.
It's been a while but here is some great news at last from Galahad HQ:
Avalon Records is very pleased and proud to announce the release of a brand new Galahad studio album ‘The Last Great Adventurer’. This latest opus, the band’s eleventh studio album, has been several years in the making and many of the songs on the album actually pre-date the previous ‘Seas of Change’ album from 2018! Plus, due the constraints of the recent Covid emergency, the album was recorded at several locations over the last couple of years by the various band members and finally edited, mixed and mastered, as usual, by engineer/producer extraordinaire Karl Groom (Threshold/Dragonforce/Pendragon/Arena/Yes etc.).
As well as the long established nucleus of Stu Nicholson (vocals), Dean Baker (keyboards) and Spencer Luckman (drums) ‘The Last Great Adventurer’ is also the first Galahad studio album to feature Mark Spencer (Twelfth Night/Alan Reed) on bass guitar throughout as well as making some great contributions on backing vocals and triangle! Lee Abraham, now very much established as the band’s guitarist, also adds his own inimitable stamp to the album with some great guitar playing and a few blinding trademark guitar solos.
The main album consists of five tracks plus two bonus tracks on the CD including, at long last, a new version of ‘Another Life Not Lived’ originally written by the late and much missed Neil Pepper and Stu back in 2009. Musically the album has a crisp contemporary sound but also still includes plenty nods to the band’s progressive heritage particularly on ‘Omega Lights’ and on the closing title track which is a very personal tribute to Stuart’s father, Bob.
‘The Last Great Adventurer’ CD will be available to pre-order directly from our official band website (www.galahadonline.com) from 18th September 2022. The CD version will be released officially on 24th October 2022 followed by the digital download/streaming version on 7th November 2022 which will be available from all the usual platforms including our official Galahad Bandcamp site (https://galahad1.bandcamp.com). The Bandcamp digital version will also contain radio edits of both ‘Alive’ and ‘Omega Lights’.
Vinyl LP versions in a gatefold sleeve will be also released at some point jointly with our friends at Oskar Productions in Poland, hopefully towards the end of 2022. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee a release date at this time but will make an announcement as soon we know when then they will become available. The LP will be available on both standard black and coloured vinyl and will also contain a CD version of the album.
Omega Lights (10.05) Part One: Λ (Instrumental) Part Two: Ω
Blood Skin and Bone (8.17)
Enclosure 1764 (4.07)
The Last Great Adventurer (10.35)
CD Bonus Tracks:
Normality of Distance (5.50)
Another Life Not Lived (7.55)
After an unintended radio silence for several months we at last have some positive news of Galahad activity...
Following on from the release of the very expansive ‘Following Ghosts’ 3CD set last year we are now very pleased to announce that, finally after being delayed somewhat by recent world events and in conjunction with our friends at Oskar Production in Poland, the album will be released as a rather lovely double gatefold vinyl LP for the first time ever.
The version on the LP will be Karl Groom’s 2019 mix which was painstakingly put together from the digitised original two inch 24 track tapes which date back to 1997. This mix has freshened up the original tracks breathing new life in to this twenty-four year old album.
The ‘Following Ghosts’ LP is available in several versions including a standard black vinyl version, a limited edition gold version (200 copies only) and very limited orange and red splatter disc version of which only 100 copies have been pressed.
Each LP also contains a CD of ‘Alternative Ghosts’ which contains recently recorded alternative versions of every track from the original album.
The black and gold versions of the LP are now available to pre-order from our official website. www.galahadonline.com. We hope to commence shipping albums during the first week of October.
The Following Ghosts LP (in all available colours) can also be ordered from the Polish partner ‘Independent Music Market’ official website: independentmusicmarket.com
We are obviously very happy to ship worldwide but our overseas friends need to be aware that because of global increases in postage and carriage costs in the last couple of years or so the carriage costs are higher than we had hoped but you can rest assured that we will only charge the actual cost of postage (in some cases slightly less!) and not mark it up any way.
Track listing: Side One 1. Myopia (4.53) 2. Imago (5.56) 3. A Short Reflection on Two Past Lives – Part One (3.52) 4. Karma for One (6.05)
Side Two 5. Perfection Personified (4.50) 6. Bug Eye (13.54)
Side Three 7. A Short Reflection on Two Past Lives – Part Two (6.01) 8. Ocean Blue (7.12) 9. Rejuvenation (2.13) 10. Easier Said Than Done (4.29)
Side Four 11. Shine: (14.14) i. Like A Bolt Out of the Blue ii. The Pain She Feels Inside
Avalon Records is proud to present an ‘unexpected’ new album by Galahad off shoot project the ‘Galahad Electric Company’.
During these strange ‘Covid’ times in which we have found ourselves over the last few months it appears that Dean Baker and Stu Nicholson have tapped in to a rich vein of creativity resulting in a substantial collection of new music and songs. Therefore, the time seemed right to re-activate the ’Galahad Electric Company’ for the first time in over 20 years resulting in a brand new album ‘When The Battle Is Over’.
Most of the album was written between the middle of May and the end of June 2020 and is split in to two distinct sections, the first part being ‘Suite 2020’ a self-explanatory and somewhat ironic title which consists of five linked tracks. The second half of the album consist of five separate tracks, somewhat diverse in nature.
Also, due to more constraints than normal as far as the recording process was concerned a certain amount of experimentation was involved with some of the songs, a few of which were ad-libbed and written in an almost ‘stream of consciousness’ manner!
Stu remarked “This is the first album we have ever recorded whereby neither of us have actually been in the same building at the same time at any point! The actual main writing and recording process only took about five weeks in May and June which is very quick for us! In fact, it was a very easy, fun and quick album to write and record which should, in theory, always be the case but quite often isn’t. “
The end result is an eclectic mixture of music and songs, examples of which are an adaptation of a poem by the famous 19th Century Dorset dialect poet and friend of Thomas Hardy, William Barnes (My Orcha’d in Linden Lea) and even Stu’s cat Sammy Gorgeous contributes ‘meows’ to ‘Mysterioso'! There are also nods to dance, folk, ambient, krautrock and even opera and gospel influences, all scattered throughout.
'When The Battle Is Over' is now available to pre-order from our official web site merchandise page. Although the album will be officially released on Monday 5th October and be available on CD from the official Galahad website as well as from the Galahad Bandcamp site where it can also be downloaded/streamed. It will also be available to purchase from all the usual on line platforms.
In the meantime, the album will be preceded by an EP, ‘Open Water’ which will also feature a new version of an old Galahad classic from the mid 1980s ’Through The Looking Glass’ which has been re-worked and re-recorded by Stu and Dean as well a 'laid bare' version of the 'Open Water'.
The single will be available to download/stream from Monday 14th September from the official Galahad Bandcamp site as well as from Apple Music, Amazon etc. A video to accompany ‘Open Water’ will also be available to watch online.
Part A: Suite 2020
1. Restoration (Intro)
2. When the Battle is Over
3. Be Careful…
4. All that Binds Us
5. The Inquisition (Intermezzo)
6. Letting Go
9. My Orcha’d in Linden Lea
10. Open Water
We are extremely pleased to announce a very comprehensive re-release of our 1998 ‘Following Ghosts’ album. This new expansive release brings together all of the ‘Following Ghosts’ related material and consists of a three CD package containing a totally brand new 2019 re-mix of the original ‘Following Ghosts’ album by Karl Groom, using tracks taken from the original master tapes which we managed to digitise on to one 64GB pen drive from the 6 original large and extremely heavy two inch tape reels!
CD2 ‘Alternative Ghosts’ contains new alternative versions of every track from the original album, again engineered, mixed and mastered by Karl Groom and featuring Mark Spencer on Bass on a Galahad album for the first time along with Lee on most of the guitars with a few contributions from Karl Groom and Roy Keyworth.
CD3 is a re-mastered version of the rather experimental ‘De-Constructing Ghosts’ album which was originally a separate companion release to the main album, under the name of the ‘Galahad Electric Company,’ back in 1999. This CD contains tracks written and arranged by various other musicians, DJs and re-mixers pieced together from the original Galahad multi-tracks resulting in completely different songs in most cases!
In many ways this was a comeback album, a fresh start after the difficult trials of the previous ‘Sleepers’ album which is also being re-released on vinyl LP for the first time. An album which seemed to polarise opinion at the time within Prog circles, mainly because of its diverse and, ironically, truly progressive nature. Twenty-two years later, we think it actually still sounds pretty fresh and perhaps will be assessed in a positive way in today’s more accepting musical climate as far so called ‘Progressive Rock’ is concerned.
This package includes new artwork, photos and notes by various band members and others who were involved at the time. The first 500 CDs will also contain a copy of the original CD booklet and a signed original CD tray inlay.
'Following Ghosts -Expanded Edition' will be available to pre-order on CD from Monday 3rd August from our merchandise page and will be released officially on Monday 7th September. Orders will also be despatched during the week beginning 7th September.
A download/streaming version will also be available from our official Galahad Bandcamp site from Monday 7th September2020.
The 2019 re-mixed version of the original album will also be available as a double LP on Gold coloured vinyl at some point in the near future, more details to follow once finalised.
We are very pleased and proud to announce the release of our 1995 album 'Sleepers' on vinyl LP for the first time, 25 years after its initial release, in conjunction with Witek Andree and our good friends at Oskar Productions in Poland and which is now available to pre-order from the merchandise page.
This edition is available either on standard black vinyl or on white vinyl which looks rather lovely even if we do say so ourselves. ;-)
It also contains three extra tracks 'Suffering in Silence', 'Pictures of Bliss' (alternative version) and 'Exorcising Demons' (2015 version) all available on LP for the first time ever.
Every order made directly from Galahad will also include a free Galahad '30' CD EP.
Orders will be shipped from Monday 1st June 2020.
We are very pleased to announced that we will be playing a few live shows towards the end of this year and in early 2021.
Sunday 6th September 2020 - The 1865, Southampton, England (LOOKS UNLIKELY DUE TO COVID 19 CONCERNS BUT WILL CONFIRM ASAP)
Sunday 27th September 2020 - 'Indian Summer Festival', Poznan, Poland (also featuring IQ, Mostly Autumn, Uli John Roth, Anekdoten, Tiger Moth Tales, Collage amongst others) - CANCELLED DUE TO COVID 19 CONCERNS
Saturday 6th March 2021 - Fusion Festival, The Civic Theatre, Stourport, England - FINGERS CROSSED!!
Hope to see you there! :-)