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Haze [40th Anniversary]

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Time: Sunday 7.30pm
Cost: £8.00 in Advance | £12.00 on the Door

Legendary Sheffield band Haze celebrate 40th anniversary of music making!
Sheffield progressive rockers Haze celebrate 40 years of making music this Summer with two anniversary shows at the Greystones, Sheffield on Saturday 23rd June and Talking Heads, Southampton on Sunday 24th June. Both shows will be recorded for CD & DVD release.
The shows will feature songs from the bands’ entire career, from our earliest recordings, 80’s favourites and brand new material, as well as an acoustic set featuring Paul Chisnell on vocals.

Formed in the late 70s by brothers Chris & Paul, they were joined by Paul Chisnell in ’83 and established their reputation as one of the hardest working underground bands of the 80s. The band released 2 LPs, 3 singles & countless cassettes & played over 500 shows around the UK & Europe before disbanding after a farewell concert at Sheffield University in ’88.

The McMahon brothers continued with World Turtle, but reformed Haze in 1998 for a 20th anniversary show, which was released as a double CD on Cyclops Records. For the next 10 years the band played intermittently together, including European tours & festival appearances, but primarily concentrated on their acoustic band Treebeard, who released 2 CDs & were very much in demand on the folk & beer festival circuit.
In 2008 Haze got together again for a couple of 30th anniversary shows, again released by Cyclops Records, and in 2010 toured Italy; one show from this tour was recorded by tour promoter Daniele Castracane and released as the “in that branch of the lake” DVD.

In 2013 the band released a new studio CD of original songs; “The Last Battle” features 14 new recordings by the ‘classic’ Haze line-up of the McMahon brothers and Paul Chisnell, with sisters Cat & Ceri Ashton adding strings & woodwind.

It was mainly Daniele’s encouragement that persuaded the band to record “The Last Battle” CD, but just before it’s release, drummer Paul Chisnell retired from playing, citing increasingly bad tinnitus for his inability to continue. The band immediately recruited Danny McMahon, son of guitarist Paul to fill the vacant drum stool. Although only 14, Danny had been playing drums for over 7 years, and has frequently guested with the band at local shows.

Despite building their reputation as a progressive rock band, Haze have always drawn on a wide variety of influences, ranging from pop, rock, funk, metal, meandering psychedelic jams to tightly structured prog epics.
The new material draws on all these, plus a strong folk, acoustic & medieval influence from Ceri Ashton’s contribution on whistle, flute, clarinet, viola & cello, and sister Catrin on fiddle, mandolin & flute.
Combined with Danny’s powerhouse drumming we are confident this is the beginning of an exciting new phase in the band’s career!

At Christmas 2013 the band reissued their first release “The Cellar Tapes” as a 30th anniversary CD, remixed & including previously unreleased tracks and online bonus tracks.

The band took part in the 2weeks 2make it video competition in 2013 with ‘The Last Battle’ and in 2015 with a new song ‘Faces on the Wall’, and are currently writing material for a new album.

For more information contact Chris McMahon Gabadon Records 25 Fir St Sheffield S6 3TG
tel. 07977618089
Released on Cyclops Records CYCL 177 and Gabadon Records GABCD 17 on 25th March 2013

Track listing:- The Last Battle (7.15), Grey To Blue (4.25), Over The River (5.54), For Real (3.04), Dragon Fly (5.32), Classic Rock Bar (5.06), Long, Long Gone (4.04), The Barrister And The Bargast (5.41), Train (4.10), Silent Water (1.42), The Edge Of Heaven (5.36), Is That It? (7.37), Balder And The Mistletoe (5.21), The Red Room (6.43). Total time 72.42

Album Personnel:-
Paul Chisnell – percussion, vocals
Paul McMahon – guitar, bass, vocals
Chris McMahon – bass, keyboards, 12 string acoustic guitar, vocals
Ceri Ashton – whistle, flute, clarinet, viola & cello
with guest:-
Catrin Ashton – fiddle & flute
Live Personnel:-
Danny McMahon – drums
Paul McMahon – guitar, vocals
Chris McMahon – bass, keyboards, 12 string acoustic guitar, vocals
Ceri Ashton – flute, whistle & vocals
Catrin Ashton – fiddle, mandolin & vocals

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