In the Region of the Summer Stars

Written by Duncan McLaughlan. Posted in Enid News

40th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION - 5 EXCLUSIVE SHOWS

Enid ITROTSS Tour Poster LoResThe band are delighted to announce 5 very special and unique dates where they will be performing The Enid's début album In the Region of the Summer Stars, celebrating its 40th birthday. Venue choices are all places the band have played before, and feel like home to them, providing a perfect setting and atmosphere for these rare and exclusive events.

Tickets are now officially available for all dates, spread across England. Please join us in:

LEICESTER - THE MUSICIAN - FRI 3rd JUNE

BILSTON - THE ROBIN 2 - THURS 23rd JUNE

MANCHESTER - BAND ON THE WALL - THURS 7th JULY

SOUTHAMPTON - THE TALKING HEADS - FRI 8th JULY

GLOUCESTER - THE GUILDHALL - SAT 16th JULY

Friends of the band in Japan will also be able to enjoy some music from In the Region and Aerie Faerie Nonsense on April 19th and 20th when the band visit Tokyo for two special performances at TSUTAYA O-EAST.

RJG's Last UK Show

AN EMOTIVE EVENING

RJG Sean CameronAn evening described by Metal Talk journalist Liz Medhurst as "A Moment, not just for The Enid but also for music history", the band wish to thank all who made it to London's Cadogan Hall on Saturday to experience Robert's last official UK show with them.

Engaging in at least three standing ovations throughout the concert, the audience carried the band's emotionally-charged performance right through to the end. The most powerful moments were without a doubt the encores. Beginning with a fully fledged rendition of Leviticus, the rest of the band then left the stage leaving Robert in the spotlight for an intimate solo piano performance of 'Til We're Old. He then stood to deliver a familiar excerpt from Night of the Iguana by Tennessee Williams before crossing the footlights and joining the audience, sharing a beautiful and powerful message of love and unity. At this point the band re-entered the stage to perform One and the Many, with Zachary Bullock taking his place at RJG's keyboards. The pressure on Zach must have seemed unimaginable to most, and he truly proved himself, delivering his performance with the utmost bravery, courage and humility. 

The band feel that Liz's review is a perfect write up of the evening and what it symbolised to everyone there.

ENIDI Summer Fete

SATURDAY 30th JULY 2016

Enidi BBQ 2015 1A new event concept unlike anything tried before, next week the band will be announcing the launch of tickets for our upcoming Enidi gathering, taking place in Northampton.

Evolved from last year's Enidi Summer BBQ, the band felt they could take it a step further this year and do a Summer Fete. This means they will be inviting Enidi members to participate (if they want to) by setting up stalls where they can share their own passions with us - a real two way experience which it's hoped will give everyone a day of variety and opportunity to discuss each other's work. 

Available on a first come first serve basis, a limited number of spaces will be allocated  for Enidi members to present artwork, photography or anything else they may wish to display. There will also be opportunities for other musicians within the Enidi to perform acoustically throughout the day. The evening will come complete with a traditional performance from the band and a serving of home cooked food.

Tickets and further location details will be announced mid April, so please put the 30th July in your diary as we look forward to the summer together.

Not a member of the Enidi yet? Join our community today at www.ENIDI.org!

Robert John Godfrey Retiring from live shows

Written by Duncan McLaughlan. Posted in Enid News

FINAL SHOWS WITH THE ENID announced

RJG Headshot 2014

"The time has come for me to cross the footlights and devote myself into building our wonderful fan club, The Enidi, into a force to be reckoned with. I still have a few things up my sleeve before the sun sets upon my life's work." RJG, Prog Magazine interview (Issue 64)

Robert announced to Prog Magazine that he will be stepping down from touring with us this year. His last official UK appearance with the band will be at London's Cadogan Hall on April 2nd - the final date of the Dust Tour

First diagnosed with the early stages of Alzheimer's in 2014, Robert still wishes to be involved with us in the studio and plans to make occasional live guest appearances. He and Jason begin work on The Bridge sequal this Spring - an album focussed on Jason's progression as a guitarist.

Robert's last two shows will take place in Japan, where The Enid will be doing two very special performances on the 21st and 22nd April. The rest of the current line up will remain in place, with Zachary Bullock and Joe Payne sharing the keyboards. 

EWCD16 250x250"In the Region" Tour

Following the Dust Tour, the band are planning the next UK club tour. This will be themed around the music from The Enid's début album In the Region of the Summer Stars which celebrates it's 40th birthday this Summer. There will be an official announcement about this soon, including further information about dates and venues.

In the meantime, we hope you will be able to make it to one of Robert's final shows this year. He will be appearing with us for 6 more performances between now and the end of April.

See You Around, RJG

We look forward to working with you in a parallel universe, RJG. Worlds of boundless creativity and dedication to truth in art.

"Ideals are like the stars which guide mariners"

RJG Performances

BRISTOL - Fri 18th March - "Dust" tour - The Redgrave Theatre

HRH PROG 4 - Sat 19th March - Festival performance - Hafan Y Mor (SOLD OUT)

LONDON - Sat 2nd April - "Dust" tour - Cadogan Hall

TOKYO - Thurs 21st April - "In the Region" themed show - Tsutaya O-East

TOKYO - Fri 22nd April - "Aerie Faerie" themed show - Tsutaya O-East

A Dream plus an Extended Interview for The Enidi

Written by Robert John Godfrey. Posted in Enid News

THE VISIONARY DREAM WHICH RESTARTED MY LIFE IN 2006


I awoke to find myself as a middle aged man in the presence of a wonderful golden boy-child of about ten years old. My heart surged with an inexplicable affection for this shining child such that I felt I would burst from the overload of such novel and intense feelings, the like of which I had never before experienced.

We were sitting side by side on the steps of a large ruined house which I somehow knew was my boyhood home. We looked out together upon a serene Arcadian landscape. Whilst all around us was calm and penetratingly pastel, in the distance we looked toward a violent sea, the setting sun engulfed by apocalyptic storm clouds.

The boy-child took my hand and led me towards the oncoming tempest until we reached the edge of a high cliff. The sounds of the roiling ocean rose up from far below, echoing repeatedly in a series of bewildering cross rhythms. In my anxiety due to the extreme proximity of the terrifying precipice confronting me, I momentary forgot about the boy-child as I was compelled to lie down, paralysed with dread.

The boy, on the other hand seemingly oblivious of the ever present danger before him, moved to the very edge of the abyss and peered over. As he turned to look me in the eye, his foot slipped. I instantly forgot my fear and still in my prone position tried to reach out and grasp his hand as he clung to the edge of disaster. Inexplicably my arm extended itself enabling me to stretch out and save him.


At first he seemed as light as air itself. But as I tried to pull him back from the brink the boy grew steadily more heavy. I felt myself begin to slip as an ever increasing weight pulled me toward mutual oblivion. Just as the load on my extended arm became relentless, so I became aware that my inexorable slide toward the cliff’s edge had ceased. A contrary force was pulling on my legs.

In my dream I was able to look behind me an observe. My limbs had transformed themselves into roots which had firmly planted themselves into the rocky terrain upon which I lay. I had become solidly anchored to the Arcadian landscape of which I was now an indivisible part. My extended arm had become a sturdy bough onto which the boy-child clung. It was at this point that I realised that his fate was no longer in my hands.

As he let go, I felt everything which was “him” jump across the synapse which separated us. In the electrical epiphany of the moment I realised the “he” was “me”.

In my dream within a dream, I re-awoke to find myself standing tall, looking over the edge of the nightmare precipice of which I was no longer afraid. I saw a single leaf gently drifting ever downward towards the now tranquil waters below.

This was the beginning of my Journey’s End

Prog Mag: best Band, Vocalist and Keyboard Player of The Year!

Written by Duncan McLaughlan. Posted in Enid News

We are delighted to announce that the The Enid have been voted band of the year in the Prog Magazine Reader's Poll! Not only that but Joe Payne was voted top vocalist and Robert John Godfrey top keyboard player. Jason Ducker came in at number 5 in the guitarist's vote, Dave Storey came number 8 amongst the drummers, The Bridge Show at Union Chapel came in at number 7, The Bridge album number 3 album of the year. Joe and Robert also got voted 7th and 2nd in Man of the Year. 

Join the "Dust Club"

Written by Max Read. Posted in Enid News

Join the "Dust Club" to HEAR TRACKS from the new album now!

Prog Mag LogoFollowing the announcement of the Dust album release date on Prog Magazine’s website today, we have a little announcement of our own: The moment we've all been waiting for...

We are pleased to announce that our brand new album "Dust" will be available on pre-sale this week via our website (click here to proceed to our safe, secure, online shop).

dust front 500x444DUST CLUB

The physical release of this album will not be available until Friday 1st April 2016. However, those who pre-order Dust will automatically join our bespoke and exclusive "Dust Club".

Dust Club members will be able to privately stream our brand new tracks in advance, starting with one of the stand out songs from the album, 1000 Stars. From November until April we will upload an additional track each month for you to enjoy. These songs will not be made available anywhere else other than to those who pre-order the Dust album.

Furthermore, by pre-ordering "Dust" you will receive a personal "thank you" in the album's artwork; an acknowledgement of your faith and support. The band rely on pre-orders to enable us to survive during the months spent in the studio and we are truly grateful.

A lot of love and care has been put into the writing and recording of these new songs. We are immensely proud of the results and cannot wait to share them with you. Click here to view the album details and track-listing.

As ever, if you have any queries please email us: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We will be performing the Dust album live in its entirety during the upcoming tour and look forward to seeing you there. 

The First Enidi BBQ

Written by Jane Waring. Posted in Enid News

Enidi BBQ 2015 4

At last the long awaited day dawned and we set off on the long journey North. The SatNav said it would take 3 hours and 57 mins but miraculously in just under 3 hours we found ourselves only 10 minutes from our destination. The scenery was stunning so we stopped at a roadside burger van for the best ever breakfast baps and that set the tone for a day full of "best evers".

Enidi BBQ 2015

On arrival we were given a warm welcome by Richard (the host) and were awestruck by the setting for the party. We found a hive of activity lead by Joe slicing mountains of veggies for the feast, Robert master minding something on his iPad and a number of technicians erecting marquees and setting up the bands equipment. Our first duty was to sort out the parking arrangements which meant a flying visit to a most accommodating local farmer to get his cows moved and a fence opened up.

Enidi BBQ 2015 2The faithful began to arrive, everyone in party mood and blown away by the location. The bar was doing a brisk trade in local ale, appropriately named Thirst Born (a nod to First Light & Earthborn maybe??) and the sumptuous feast of a numerous different salads (lovingly prepared by Joe) and traditional BBQ fayre was tucked into by all, followed by strawberries and cream for those who had room! Robert charmed everyone by giving an impromptu concert on the piano and the band were mingling with all their adoring fans. The only person missing was poor Max who had been laid low by some fiendish bug.

After everyone had eaten themselves to a stand still there was a period of postprandial contemplation and chatter. Then an air of delicious anticipation took over as everyone started to take up their positions for the highlight of the whole event. There was a hint of anxiety too as we all wondered if Max would be well enough to appear. We need not have worried as, trooper that he is, he gathered all his strength and emerged to cheers and encouragement. So Max, Joe, Robert, Jason, Dave & Dom took to the stage and our hearts soared as we were treated to a unique experience, The Enid at their very best, perfect acoustics and the most wonderful setting on an English summer evening.

Enidi BBQ 2015 5They opened in a burst of nostalgia with Judgement and In the Region of the Summer Stars, taking us back to 1976 (so Joe said but that was before my time!!). Then an energetic and mischievous Who Created Me followed by the dark driving beat of Witch Hunt. Next was Leviticus which had the crowd singing back with gusto and they closed the first set with the one of their most recent songs Someone Shall Rise, which has a haunting melody and has become many peoples "earworm".

Enidi BBQ 2015 3An unexpected high light was a guest appearance by Little Max who joined the boys on stage, seemingly to check that Max was ok and that Joe was behaving himself before wandering off again and returning to take a nonchalant bow. What a pro!

At the end of the first half Robert gave a heart warming and honest glimpse into the future of the band and his role as Master of The Enidi, which he will take on soon, after a very special project with Jason. He introduced the newest recruit, Zac, who will be joining next year to bring his multi instrumental talent to take The Enid forward on their journey as they evolve and reach new appreciative audiences.    

The second half began with a big surprise with the classic Chaldean Crossing. This seems to have been many peoples first introduction to The Enid and from the reaction it will now be a favourite with those who heard it for the first time. Joe then returned to the stage after a brief taste of what the audience were experiencing and gave us the whimsical and much loved Summer melting into Something Wicked. Joe then introduced us to a brand new song 1000 Stars which has a very intriguing source for the lyrics and compelling memorable music. If this is a taste of the next tour "Dust" we cannot wait for 30 October at The Stable Milton Keynes for the unveiling. The second set closed with an awesome (in the true sense of the word) version of Dark Hydraulic which had everyone on their feet cheering for more.

Enidi BBQ 2015 1

Fittingly the encore was introduced by Robert who revealed that he had lived in the area for a while and that with one of his great friends and fellow member of Barclay James Harvest had spent many hours walking on the moors. So he dedicated Mocking Bird to the memory of Woolly Wolstenholme. I am sure that his spirit was roused by the crescendo of sound that brought this amazing, perfect day to an end.

Thank you SO much to Richard for opening up his beautiful grounds to the "disparate bunch" as Robert called us and to everyone who worked so hard to make the day such a resounding success. We all knew that The Enid are a very special group of musicians and lovely people but which other bands would give their fans so much back?

My only regret was that it was all over so soon but perhaps we can do it all again next year????

Dust Tour Shows Now Confirmed

Written by Joe Payne. Posted in Enid News

It is with great excitement that we can now announce all the dates of the DUST tour. An ambitious audio-visual production, there will be 10 performances of 'Dust' from October 2015 to April 2016.

Dust is being directed by illusionist Simon Drake, best know for his work on Kate Bush’s Tour of Life and Channel 4’s Secret Cabaret. We’re incredibly lucky to have Simon’s support. With Dust you’ll see the results of our eccentric minds coming together. The shows will be as mad as we are – if that’s possible.

Please remember, if you join the Enidi you can save 10% on tickets for all Dust shows taking place after opening night at The Stables, Milton Keynes. Learn more at www.enidi.org

 

 

DUST: Upcoming Dates

Citadel 2St. Helens, The Citadel

Saturday 13th February 2016

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Leeds CarriageworksLeeds, Carriageworks Theatre

Friday 26th February 2016

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CCA GlasgowGlasgow, Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA)

Saturday 5th March 2016 This show will be a standing event.

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redgrave bristolBristol, The Redgrave Theatre

Friday 18th March 2016

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Cadogan HallLondon, Cadogan Hall

Saturday 2nd April 2016

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The band have chosen the Cadogan Hall as our final stop for this tour for a number of great reasons. Firstly, unlike most ambient music halls in central London the Cadogan Hall is not subject to any silly noise regulations, meaning we can really give it to you in our full dynamic range. Secondly it is the home of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and the ambience of the room is simply perfect for our sound. Finally, the Cadogan Hall has a huge stage and flexible facilities available, allowing us to put on a show without limits.

The hall also comes with separate event rooms which the band will be using to host a small intimate after-show reception. This is exclusively open to Enidi ticket holders, only. Join now at www.enidi.org

Summer Shows 2015

Written by Max Read. Posted in Enid News

notp 2015 poster finalNight of the Prog Festival - Loreley Amphitheatre (DE)

Sat 18th July

Please CLICK HERE for tickets.

The profile of this festival has been on the rise for years, and this year couldn't have hoped for a better line up of acts.

FISH will be headlining on the Saturday night, as we also share the bill with Riverside, Lazuli, Sylvan, IO Earth and Luna Kiss. If you wanted to make a full weekend of it, other headliners include STEVE HACKETT and CAMEL.

Musician Pub

The Musician Pub, Leicester (UK)

Fri 31st July

Please CLICK HERE for tickets.

One of our favourite venues, we're returning to the Musician for the third year in a row. Why? Because you couldn't ask for a nicer more passionate group of people promoting and running a venue. It has an atmosphere saturated with positive energy, and these guys really care about the acts they invite. We hope you'll support them as much as you're supporting us.

We will have support from Progressive-Acoustic act, Jack Arthurs.

PPR Festival 2015Progressive Promotion Festival, Rüsselsheim (DE)

Fri 11th Sept

Please CLICK HERE for tickets.

Taking place inside an intimate theatre, this event is for a capacity of just 300 people! Please book your tickets as soon as possible, as this event has been known to sell out quite far in advance.

With an international list of acts, the festival will also include performances from CAST, RPWL, TNNE, SYLVIUM, SEVEN STEPS TO THE GREEN DOOR, LIGHT DAMAGE and UNTO US.

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