A Letter from RJG

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rjg by ian burgess

It has fallen to me to pen this letter on behalf of us all. Many of you have made this journey with me and The Enid for a long time, stuck with us through the dark days and given me succour and encouragement to go on creating music.

Big seismic events, such as those which have been going on within The Enid, always lead to changes in the landscape. These destructive upheavals are just a reflection of life itself. There is always a future in the aftermath and the unexpected nearly always happens.


Some of you I know are heartbroken by the news that Joe Payne has left the band. Others have told me that they are relieved. The consequence can only be a force for change and a chance for the new generation of players and composers to reveal their qualities.

Now it is time for something darker, heavier, more extreme and relevant to an impending tomorrow. The success of The Enid has always been the capacity for reinvention. I hope you will wait for them whilst they grow their new wings and learn to fly all over again.


I can tell you that there is a shockingly new album on the drawing board and a resurgent vision of the Journey’s End trilogy in preparation for the shows already planned for next year.

A new chapter is being written, ablaze with the fires of change, as the triumvirate of Dominic Tofield, Jason Ducker and Zachary Bullock plot the band’s creative future. There is an exciting voyage ahead and The Enid will continue to do what it does best: Evolve and progress!


I want to remind you all of what it was that caused thousands of mainly young people to support the band's fan club, The Stand, in the 1980's and The Enid Society in the 1970’s. Maybe you were one of them.

And who were we back then? Some of us were out and out misfits – square pegs in round holes (Steve Stewart, Francis Lickerish and me for starters).

In fact, almost all of you back then were individualists of some kind, free thinkers, lone stars who found themselves amongst kindred spirits, found friendship and more, through a common love of the band’s music, the way we lived and what we stood for.

The Stand was never a herd. It was about being members one of another - the recognition that all of life is interconnected.

The Enid is now being driven by the passion and dedication of its young members who want to build a new movement in the visual and sonic arts. Like me they are all nonconformists, living under one roof sharing a common ardour to do something special. The band is both their day-job and their life.


Max has decided to follow my example and step down from appearing on stage with the band.

He says: “Despite enjoying creating music I’ve never particularly enjoyed performing. It is not a natural thing for me and “being a star” is not something to which I have ever aspired. My role in The Enid was always as a helping hand and I now feel that the boys can manage very well without me. I will be performing in the remaining shows this year to give the band time to adjust to playing without me.

The love and support I have been shown over the years has meant a tremendous amount to me and has made my decision to leave a very tough one indeed, but I must now follow my heart. I have the utmost confidence in the band and will remain living at Enid HQ to give them any help and support that they may require over the coming months and years”.


Dominic was due to take over from Dave, at the end of the year. Unfortunately, Dave’s planned hip operation was rescheduled, leaving him unable to do the gigs planned. Dom Tofield is now The Enid’s drummer.


My personal goal is to help The Enid find the next generation of music fans who are passionate about change and could relate to The Enid as it goes forward with its plans.

I still seem to have all my marbles. I don’t quite know what is going on with my Alzheimer’s diagnosis. I haven’t noticed much change and nor has anyone else. I’ve managed to lose lots of weight, stop smoking (everything) and I am working hard on music (piano concerto) and helping with the shape of things to come.


Finally, a reminder that the band will be touring the successful "In The Region of the Summer Stars" instrumental show at these venues during the autumn months:


22nd September: The Fleece, Bristol

23rd September: Pocklington Arts Centre (near York)

1st October: Court Theatre, Tring

4th October: The Musician, Leicester*

6th October: The Ferry, Glasgow - Tickets available from Box Office: 01698 360085 


Written by The Enid on . Posted in Enid News

the enid rebirthAfter a period of uncertainty, we can now finally announce that Joe Payne and The Enid have gone their separate ways. 

We are delighted with the three astonishing records we made together and we wish Joe all the best for the future.

But now it is time for something darker, heavier, more extreme and relevant to an impending tomorrow. The success of The Enid has always been the capacity for reinvention. Please wait for us whilst we grow our new wings and learn to fly all over again with a shockingly new album on the drawing board.

In the meantime, we have a roof to keep over our heads. The tremendous response to the “In The Region Of The Summer Stars” tour during the summer has inspired us to extend the shows throughout the autumn. 

As for the future? A new chapter is being written, ablaze with the fires of change. An exciting journey is ahead of us, and with your love and support, The Enid will continue to do what it does best: progress!

In The Region Tour Extended into Autumn 2016

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"The last two months have been a very difficult time for myself and the band. Although we were fully prepared to take on "life after Robert", we could not also have anticipated Joe's simultaneous leave of absence, both from on stage and as my right-hand-man at Enid HQ running the office, booking shows and plotting ahead.

I must admit that I was at least a little uncertain about a future without Robert, a truly irreplaceable personality. Would many fans simply lose interest? And now, with Joe, our new "star" unexpectedly incapacitated, would we have lost too much of our identity? Could the band even function like this?

The 23rd June was truly a day of reckoning: the "advisory" referendum (I'll leave it there), our first show without Robert and now, no Joe; a band divided and a nation - little did we know - on the cusp.

Well, the crowds showed up this summer and my questions were answered as I spoke to members of the audience after the shows. "We just love the music", I was told. And with those words, my fears evaporated. The reaction has been overwhelmingly positive, and thanks to all of your support and encouragement I now have the confidence to take this most unusual band into the next era. The boys and I really have come out fighting and found a renewed sense of unity and comradeship. 

It's all been over so quickly that we've decided to extend the tour into the Autumn, including the rescheduled show at The Musician, Leicester.

We've done our best to spread further afield to accommodate as many of you as possible - including our second visit to Glasgow this year - but it's not the same show! We're still working on securing a suitable venue in London - though it will more than likely take place next year.", Max Read

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22nd September: The Fleece, Bristol

23rd September: Pocklington Arts Centre, near York. (Tickets go on sale July 29th.)

1st October: Court Theatre, Tring

4th October: The Musician, Leicester*

6th October: The Ferry, Glasgow - Tickets available from Box Office: 01698 360085


*Please note if you purchased a ticket for the show on 3rd June, your ticket will still be valid.

In The Region of the Summer Stars Tour Feedback

Written by Max Read on . Posted in Enid News

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Despite the last-minute change to the setlist to include only instrumental pieces from the Enid's extensive back catalogue, we've had nothing but great feedback on the tour so far. Many thanks to the following people for sharing their experiences with us on social networks... 

"The Enid has become two bands in one. The first was and is a rock band par excellence, with pounding bass riffs, sweeping guitars, harmonic keyboards and double percussion. The second is opera and pure theatre… Telling a story, singing songs and thrilling the audience with humour, pathos and good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll. 

As Joe takes a well-earned break and recovers, the band has gone back in time, rediscovering its ancestry. It is a credit to these fine musicians who have learned the pieces over a very short time and assembled a polished concert format in a ridiculously short time. The result is a raw, powerful, dynamic performance that is similar to the original sound but stamps its own identity. Having stood and cheered in the crowds at the Manchester gig of the 40th Anniversary tour of In The Region of the Summer Stars, I was privileged to see and hear The Enid at their finest... Gutsy, brave, and so talented.

Looking at the individuals, Dave Storey must have had a great sense if déjà vu… I wonder how he felt reliving the music of his youth.   He brings the backbone of timing to each piece, and as always provides a steadying influence to the young guns…. And the encore piece… I won’t give the game away, but Dave plays like a man possessed!

A band is like a house, with rhythm at the foundation, and up front lead melodies defining the majesty of the finished building.   But before I describe the guys on the roof, the bricks and mortar are provided by Dominic Tofield and Josh Judd.   As Dom played a note-perfect mix of keyboards and percussion, I wondered how he could concentrate on playing the 11-note signature riff on xylophone over and over again throughout Chaldean Crossing….yet he was spot on for each of the several hundred repeats.   It would have been far easier to repeat the riff electronically, but I can assure you the “analogue” version with the human touch drives the piece forward in sympathy with Dave’s drumming, making me feel like I was riding a ship of the desert across a vast expanse of sand, in the cool of night, illuminated by the Summer Stars.
Josh Judd has been around the band for a while and now brings his precision bass to add a constant bridge between the rhythm section and keyboard melodists.   He does this by playing virtuoso notes but uses his instrumental technique as a percussive reinforcement.   So his place next to Dave ensures that the musical foundations are rock solid, tight and rich.   In my opinion, having an exclusive bass player adds enormously to the lineup.   In previous years, the bass was squeezed in by the orchestral percussionist, making frantic moves where necessary…now Dom can concentrate on his own work, and Josh adds his own brilliance to the overall sound.
Like everyone else in The Enid, Zachary Bullock has a multi-roll function… Gentle keyboard harmonies, supporting Jason Ducker on lead guitar, and Max Read on second guitar and keyboards; to up-front lead playing the heart and soul of each piece. Having played several gigs (as well as rehearsed endlessly), Zach is beginning to shine in his own right and truly deserves to have taken over RJG’s seat. Yet although Zach brings freshness and vitality, the influence of “the old master” is never far away.   As one of the younger players, Zach brings a clever, modern and gentle spirit to the keyboards, but has ample power to play the rough and raucous parts too.
The guitars…aah, the beloved guitars that soar like eagles…Jason stands, plays, works his fingers to the bone, calm, correct, studious and so creative.   He is a man who understands all that is rock… dynamism, sustain, power chords, leaping lead riffs, humour, passion and vast experience.   Unlike so many less-talented people, who rely on their strut on stage, Jason works with his Strat to give his fine stage performance.
Max Read… Now a senior and seasoned member of the band…its leader, co-composer, lyricist, keyboard, guitar, vocal, arrangement-wizard and all-round “good egg”, Max overarches the whole sound, joining percussion and melodies, harmonies and vocals, sewing together the sound that we love.  Like a craftsman tailor, he selects the finest materials and creates something both fashionable and enduring.
One could ask “who is the star of the band?”.   The answer is nobody and everyone.  This is how The Enid functions.   Dave works with Josh and Dom.  Dom works with Zach and Max.  Max works with Jason, Dom and Zach.  Jason works with Josh, Max and Dom. And nobody works without the talented technical team in the background...the unsung heroes.
So, who is the star?   The overall sound is the star." Andrew Ullman


"How many bands can lose their lead singer 2 weeks before a show and still pull off an amazing concert? ... and how many bands can put on two tours within 6 months with 2 entirely different sets? You guys rock!!" Bob Foale

"Terrific performance last night, welcome home, Dominic. Three weeks to learn keyboards!" Julian Kaye

"Amazing show. The guys were on fire. You all know half the set but the other half was fab too with some very nice surprises, and the encore - Wow! (No spoilers from me). Go and see this show :)" Lawrence Haynes

"Brilliant show - and actually a nice change from the usual presentation of the band these days (certainly nothing personal Joe!), great to see the focus totally on the music(ian's) for once." Steve Reynolds

"Great concert by the Enid! Fabulous sound." Nick Watkins

"Had a great time tonight :) The gig was excellent - I really liked both Mayday Galliard & Sheets of Blue in the first half, after which the rendition of Summer Stars as the second half was marvellous. Well done guys :)" David L Baynham

"What a great night at the Robin2. Was great to hear some of the earlier work live for the first time in such a while. Congratulations to the band for pulling it all together and best wishes and get well soon to Joe Payne. Roll on Northampton :)" Alan Bonnington 

Introducing Josh Judd for the "In The Region" Tour

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The Enid Band Photo April 2016

rejuvenating "in the region"

With Robert John Godfrey retiring from The Enid's live shows earlier this year, the band are now busy transforming themselves into a fresh unit of musicians. With Zachary Bullock, Max Read and Joe Payne all now sharing keyboard roles, the songs from the debut album "In the Region of the Summer Stars" have been carefully studied and re-arranged by the new band to ensure that all the parts are accounted for. The end result of this hard work will be a performance which is both sensitive to the original record and equally powerful.


The new line up for our upcoming shows is (L-R): Jason Ducker, Josh Judd, Zachary Bullock, Joe Payne, Dave Storey and Max Read. 

Josh Judd The Enid 2016

Introducing Josh Judd


When we uploaded our music video for "Someone Shall Rise" back in March, some of you may have noticed a new face. Standing there behind the timpani, a tall fellow with thick floppy hair was playing the bass. His handsome face masked behind wide framed glassed and clever lighting. This mysterious man is no longer a mystery as we unveil him to you now.

Some of you may have already had the pleasure of meeting Josh Judd. For the length of the Dust Tour he was there with us selling merchandise at every show. Charming, hardworking and musically gifted, Josh has proven himself to be an ideal collaborator and friend. 

Once again, we see our good friend Nic Willes fly the nest. He's got a bunch of other projects in the pipeline, and as much as he'd love to commit to us and everything else, he is sadly spread a little too thin for our future plans. So, leaving us on the best of terms, we say a fond goodbye to Nic. Undoubtedly we'll be seeing him make appearances to hang out with us at future shows, and we'll be seeing a lot of him at our Northampton studio.

Tour Dates


Enid ITROTSS Tour Poster LoResIn just two weeks will begin performing The Enid's debut album In the Region of the Summer Stars, celebrating its 40th birthday. Our venue choices are all places we've played before, and feel like home to us, 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:






***Please note, most of the tickets for our opening night in Leicester have already been snatched up. Book now before it sells out!

You can also find out more details about our tour plans via our website, including the Enidi Summer Fete, and next year's HRH Prog.


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