John Hackett Band
Saturday, 5 December 2020
John Hackett has been a much-loved and admired figure in the progressive rock scene since the mid-70’s; best-known for his flute work with his brother, former Genesis guitarist, Steve Hackett on albums such as Voyage of The Acolyte, Sketches of Satie and Please Don’t Touch.
‘Progressive’ music in the band's sense of the word is based on rock-solid songwriting coupled with hot jazz drumming, melodic, funky bass, outstanding guitar in the form of Nick Fletcher (often compared to the late great jazz-fusion maestro Allan Holdsworth), and John Hackett himself – whose flute playing has graced so many albums and travels with such ease between classical, folk and rock.
Drawing on songs from John’s solo albums Checking Out of London and Another Life, the evening also features material from the band's debut, We Are Not Alone and the Hackett/Fletcher album Beyond the Stars.
The band's special guest for the evening is outstanding singer-songwriter Amy Birks. Since winning the Prog Magazine Limelight Award in September 2017, as vocalist of the Beatrix Players, Amy has supported an eclectic mix of artists such as Carl Palmer, Big Big Train and Steve Harley: winning over dedicated fans. Her emotionally-charged performances were surely behind the success of her next accomplishment - Prog Magazine Readers’ Female Vocalist of the Year 2018. Her debut album was released in April 2020.