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Record Collector Genesis feature (News date: 1-3-21, updated 30-3-21)
Recent reviews and interviews (News date: 12-3-20)
Goldmine magazine conducted an interview with Ant back in November which has now been published online and can be read here. We also have a couple of new interviews here courtesy of the long-running Genesis web-fanzine The Waiting Room which were published in Issue #105: a chat with Ant from August 2018 and an exclusive interview with Ant's collaborator Andrew Skeet.
New Genesis biography published (News date: 26-2-20)
An Evening of Anthony Phillips & Mike Rutherford solo albums review (News date: 27-1-20)
New album release Strings of Light out now (News date: 16-8-19, updated 25-11-19)
Strings of Light interviews & reviews (News date: 30-10-19, updated 6-2-20)
To tie in with the release of Strings of Light, Ant has recently given some interviews which are now available to read online. These include an interview published on Velvet Thunder (thanks to Lorne Murphy for passing on the details) and another interview with the German Genesis Fan Club which is available to read in both English and German.
So far the album has been reviewed on several sites including Vintage Rock, Something Else Reviews and Sea of Tranquility. In addition, the German Genesis Fan Club have now published an interesting in-depth review which is available to read in both English and German.
Issue #104 of Prog magazine included an interview feature with Ant about Strings of Light, whilst a review of the album in French can be read on La Musique dans la Plume.
Cherry Red Strings of Light interview part five (News date: 22-11-19)
The fifth and final part of the Cherry Red interview series where Ant talks to Mark Powell of Esoteric Recordings about the new album Strings of Light has now been released and is available to view on our videos page.
New live video clip of Still Rain released (News date: 15-11-19)
A new video clip which features a live performance by Ant of Still Rain from the new album Strings of Light has now been released and can be seen on our videos page.
Cherry Red Strings of Light interview part four (News date: 8-11-19)
The fourth part of the Cherry Red interview series where Ant talks to Mark Powell of Esoteric Recordings about the new album Strings of Light has now been released and is available to view on our video page.
Strings of Light in Official Independent Album Breakers Chart (News date: 4-11-19)
We're pleased to announce that Strings of Light appears as a new entry at number 15 in the Official Independent Album Breakers Chart Top 20. The chart, which is compiled by the Official Charts Company, lists the biggest independently released albums of the week by an artist who has not yet reached the Top 40.
Many thanks to everyone who has bought a copy of the album and has given Ant this chart placing.
Crooked Hand Strings of Light interview part two (News date: 2-11-19)
In addition to the Cherry Red interview and performance video clips to tie in with the forthcoming release of Strings of Light, Ant has also given an interview about the new album to Crooked Hand Productions. The second part of their interview has now been released and can be viewed along with part one of the interview on the videos page.
Cherry Red Strings of Light interview part three (News date: 1-11-19)
The third part of the Cherry Red interview about the new album Strings of Light that Ant recently filmed with Mark Powell has now been released and can be viewed along with the first two parts of the interview on the videos page.
New performance video clip released (News date: 25-10-19)
To tie in with the release of his new album Strings of Light, a live performance clip of Diamond Meadows that Ant recently filmed for Cherry Red has now been released and can be seen in our video section.
Tribute album interviews (News date: 25-10-19)
New performance video clip released (News date: 4-10-19)
To tie in with the forthcoming release of his new album Strings of Light, Ant recently filmed a special set of live performance pieces and interview clips with Mark Powell from Esoteric Recordings. The first clip - a live performance of Jour De Fête from the album - has now been released and can be viewed in our video section.
Which Way The Wind Blows tribute album (News date: 23-9-19, updated 26-9-19)
Cherry Red Strings of Light interview part two (News date: 19-10-19)
The second part of the Cherry Red interview about the new album Strings of Light that Ant recently filmed with Mark Powell has now been released and can be viewed below.
Crooked Hand Strings of Light interview part one (News date: 14-10-19)
In addition to the Cherry Red interview and performance video clips to tie in with the forthcoming release of Strings of Light, Ant has also given an interview about the new album to Crooked Hand Productions. The first part of their interview has now been released and can be viewed below.
Cherry Red Strings of Light interview part one (News date: 11-10-19)
The first part of the Cherry Red interview about the new album Strings of Light that Ant recently filmed with Mark Powell has now been released and can be viewed below.
Algebra: La Cura video released (News date: 14-9-19)
Further to the news about the release of the album Deconstructing Classics by the Italian band Algebra, an official video for the song La Cura from the album has now been released and can be seen below. La Cura includes guest appearances from Ant and Steve Hackett, who both appear in the video.
Deconstructing Classics is out now and can be ordered here.
Algebra: Deconstructing Classics (News date: 31-7-19)
An Evening of Anthony Phillips and Mike Rutherford solo albums (News date: 30-4-19, updated 8-5-19)
Two shows by the US group Rocking Horse Music Club which will include the first ever live performances of music predominantly from Ant's albums The Geese & The Ghost, Wise After The Event and Sides are set to take place in November. The selection of Ant's music will be complimented by performances of additional songs from Mike Rutherford's first solo album Smallcreep's Day, which will feature the original vocalist on the album Noel McCalla. The shows are being staged with Ant and Mike's approval.
Tickets for the shows, which will take place on 15th and 16th November 2019 at Trading Boundaries in Fletching, East Sussex, UK are available now.
Update: An interview with producer Brian Coombes about the concerts is now available to read on the German Genesis Fan Club site. In addition, a video giving the background to them has now been released and can be viewed below.
The Rupert Hine Story (News date: 16-7-19)
A brand new interview from cherryred.tv, which features producer and musician Rupert Hine talking to Mark Powell from Esoteric Recordings about his career, has just been released and can be viewed below. Rupert has worked with many artists over the years as well as recording as both a solo artist and with Quantum Jump and his production work includes Ant's albums Wise After The Event and Sides. Rupert talks about working with Ant at 24 minutes in to the video.
Esoteric Recordings are releasing Fighting Apathy With Shock, a brand new compilation drawn from the three albums Rupert recorded under the name Thinkman, which is due out in August.
From Genesis To Revelation - 50 Years On (News date: 6-3-19)
It's now fifty years since From Genesis To Revelation was originally released and to mark this anniversary author Andy Thomas has written an in-depth feature in which he examines the history of the album and considers whether it is now possible to find a whole new appreciation for it.
Seventh Heaven: Re-mastered & Expanded Edition (News date: 23-11-18, updated 25-1-19)
Field Day : Digipak Edition (News date: 22-8-18, updated 21-11-18)
BBC Radio 4 Natural Histories (News date: 8-8-18)
The BBC Radio 4 programme Natural Histories takes a look at animals and plants and speaks to a variety of different people to discover the influence and inspiration the chosen subject has had on different areas of life. The most recent episode, which was first broadcast on 7th August, investigated the enduring appeal of the otter and Ant was interviewed for the programme to talk about the inspiration behind the writing of Tarka.
Private Parts & Pieces IX - XI reviews (News date: 5-6-18, updated 10-8-18)
Some reviews of the recently released Private Parts & Pieces IX - XI set have been posted online and can be read on the following sites: Louder Than War, Sea of Tranquility, Music Street Journal, The Second Disc, DMME and Sounds Magazine. The latter review also includes an interview with Ant.
A review on the Rythmes Croisés site (in French) can be read here.
In addition, reviews of Private Parts & Pieces IX - XI have been included in the print editions of Mojo and Record Collector.
Forty Years of Wise After The Event (News date: 31-5-18)
Forty years on from its original release, Ant looks back at his second solo album Wise After The Event in this brand-new video clip. Amongst other things, he reflects on the recording of the album, working with producer Rupert Hine, the critical reaction to the album in both 1978 and 2016 and how it has had a new lease of life in an unexpected musical genre.
Harmony for Elephants CD (News date: 31-3-18, updated 28-5-18)
Looking back at City of Dreams (News date: 14-5-18)
In the third of our brand new videos to tie-in with the release of Private Parts & Pieces IX - XI, Ant looks back at the eleventh and to date most recent release in the Private Parts and Pieces series.
Looking back at Soirée (News date: 8-5-18)
Here's the second of our brand new videos in which Ant looks back at Private Parts & Pieces X: Soirée and talks about recording a second album of pieces for solo piano.
Private Parts & Pieces IX - XI in the charts (News date: 8-5-18)
We're pleased to announce that Private Parts & Pieces IX - XI was a new entry at number 37 in the Official UK Top 40 Rock Albums chart that was published on May 4th. Thank you to everyone in the UK who has bought a copy and has given Ant his first domestic chart placing.
Looking back at Dragonfly Dreams (News date: 30-4-18)
To tie-in with the release of Private Parts & Pieces IX - XI, here's our brand new video in which Ant looks back at Private Parts & Pieces IX: Dragonfly Dreams and talks about his collaboration with Quique Berro Garcia.
Private Parts & Pieces IX - XI (News date: 22-2-18, updated 28-4-18)
Dale Newman (News date: 28-3-18)
Gemini performance video (News date: 23-3-18)
In January we reported about the World Premiere of Gemini, a piano piece which Ant recently composed and subsequently developed into a duet for two pianos with the help of pianist Gabriele Baldocci. Gemini is dedicated to the internationally renowned pianist Martha Argerich and during two concerts which she and Gabriele performed in Valencia and Barcelona, the piece was included as one of the encores following a programme which included piano works by Liszt, Shostakovich, Schumann, Rachmaninov and Ravel.
An official video of the performance of the piece from the concert at Barcelona has now been released and can be seen below.
Invisible Men reviews (News date: 8-1-18, updated 21-2-18)
Some press reviews of the remastered and expanded edition of Invisible Men have been posted online and can be read on the following sites: All About The Rock, Sea of Tranquility, Music Street Journal, The Recoup, Get Ready To Rock!, Prog and Record Collector. Reviews have also now been published on The Second Disc, JP's Music Blog, Exposé Online and DMME.
Das Slow Dance-Projekt (News date: 14-2-18)
Further to the video we posted a few months ago of a live performance of Part One of Slow Dance from the German Genesis Fan Club "Anthony Phillips Event" in 2014, a new video clip has just been released. This documents a session by the musicians involved to record a studio version of the same section of Slow Dance a few weeks after the event. The studio version was recorded but remained unmixed for almost four years when the anniversary of the untimely passing of Thomas Waltner who took part in the original performance and the subsequent recording provided the impetus to complete it.
An interesting article about how the live performance and studio recording came about has been published on the German Genesis Fan Club site and can be read here. Our thanks to Tom Morgenstern for letting us know about the recording and this video of the session.
Gemini World Premiere (News date: 13-1-18, updated 16-1-18)
Ant recently composed a new piano piece called Gemini, which was subsequently developed into a duet for two pianos with the help of pianist Gabriele Baldocci. Thursday 11th January saw the World Premiere performance of the piece by the internationally renowned pianist Martha Argerich and Gabriele at a concert held in the Spanish city of Valencia. Gemini was played as the encore following a programme which included piano works by Liszt, Shostakovich, Schumann, Rachmaninov and Ravel.
Two further concerts were played in Spain as part of this tour - at the Auditorio Nacional de Musica in Madrid on Sunday 14th January (where the piece was not performed) and at the Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona on Monday 15th January where Gemini was played as one of the encores.
Online shop open (News date: 9-1-18, updated 23-1-18)
Our online shop is open again and we are pleased to be able to offer a selection of the titles from Ant's back catalogue that are currently out-of-print. All CDs are new and unplayed and in most cases we only have a limited number of copies available.
Nakedly Examined Music Podcast (News date: 8-1-18)
Ant has given an interview for an edition of the Nakedly Examined Music Podcast, which provides an in-depth conversation with musicians about their music and the composition process. In the podcast Ant talks about three tracks from his back catalogue and reveals a number of interesting facets about them.
Prog Magazine article (News date: 23-7-18)
Brook Guitars interview (News date: 15-11-17)
Ant is the proud owner of some instruments made by the Devon-based Brook Guitars, which he has played on various tracks including some of the pieces on Field Day. He has given an interview for a feature in the most recent issue of their occasional newsletter Babbling Brook. The newsletter can be read in pdf format here - the feature on Ant begins on page 14.
Invisible Men remastered & expanded edition (News date: 25-8-17, updated 13-10-17)
New interview online (News date:18-9-17)
A new interview with Ant about the deluxe edition of Slow Dance has been published on the For Guitar Players Only site and can be read here.
Slow Dance deluxe edition reviews & press (News date: 13-7-17, updated 25-8-17)
Some press reviews of the deluxe edition of Slow Dance have been posted online and can now be read on the following sites: Sea of Tranquility, Vintage Rock, All About The Rock, Goldmine (the review of the album is towards the bottom of the page), Music from the Other Side of the Room, DPRP and DMME. A review which focuses on the 5.1 Surround mix of the album can be read on the Mediaversal site.
The current edition of Record Collector which is out now includes a four star review of the deluxe edition.
In addition, Ant has given an interview which has been published on the US site of the Huffington Post which can be read here - his interview is towards the bottom of the page. A further interview with Ant can also be read on the Sea of Tranquility site.
Lastly, the new edition of Prog magazine is out now and includes a feature with Ant in which he reveals how to make a dessert with the curious name of Fried Llamas.
Live performance of Slow Dance (News date: 25-8-17)
To tie in with the release of the deluxe edition of Slow Dance, here's a live performance of the introduction of Part One from the German Genesis Fan Club "Anthony Phillips Event", which took place at Welkers in 2014. Ant was present when the performance took place and can be seen giving his appreciation to the musicians at the end of the video. Tom Morgenstern, who was one of the musicians taking part in the performance, tells us that regardless of Ant's kind words "we were aware that our live performance was far from perfect - we were under-rehearsed, suffered from stage-fright and struggled with the musical complexity of the piece" but we think it's still a good performance which to date remains the only time any part of Slow Dance has been played live.
Our thanks to Tom for letting us know about this video.
Tabletop Genesis podcast (News date: 17-8-17)
The latest podcast in the Tabletop Genesis series features a recently recorded exclusive interview with Ant in which he talks about his solo career, 5.1 reissues, Spinal Tap, his current projects and more. The interview can heard by clicking on the play button below.
Slow Dance 3 disc deluxe edition (News date: 22-4-17, updated 16-6-17)
Harmony for Elephants book & CD (News date: 19-12-16)
Private Parts & Pieces V - VIII (News date: 25-7-16, updated 26-9-16)
The Gift: Why The Sea Is Salt (News date: 26-9-16)
London-based prog band The Gift released their third album Why The Sea Is Salt on 28th October. Ant has recorded some 12-string parts for the track The Tallest Tree, which also features Steve Hackett on lead guitar.
The album, which features artwork by Mark Buckingham, is available to order now.
Online shop re-stocked (News date: 25-7-16, updated 12-11-16)
We've now re-stocked our online shop and are pleased to be able to offer a further selection of the titles from Ant's back catalogue that are currently out-of-print. All CDs are new and unplayed and in most cases we only have a limited number of copies available.
Esoteric Recordings reissue series wins Grand Design Award (News date: 2-9-16, updated 18-9-16)
Lettie Maclean: Sunshine On Your Shoulder (News date: 8-8-16, updated 15-8-16)
Esoteric reissues nominated in Progressive Music Awards (News date: 15-6-16, updated 25-7-16)
1984 3 disc deluxe edition (News date: 21-4-16, updated 27-6-16)
Lettie Maclean: Halycon Days (Days To Remember) official video clip (News date: 27-5-16)
The digital single release of Halycon Days (Days To Remember) is out now and is available to order from iTunes and Amazon. To tie in with the release of the single, here's the official video for the song which has been made by Norwegian film-maker Rune Ness.
Lettie Maclean: Halycon Days (Days To Remember) (News date: 19-5-16, updated 27-5-16)
Anna Madsen: Effloresence (News date: 19-5-16, updated 23-5-16)
Harmony for Elephants Kickstarter Project sucessfully funded (News date: 20-4-16)
The Harmony for Elephants Kickstarter book and music project, which was jointly created by photographer Lesley Wood and biologist Dr Kate Evans to publish a fine art book about elephants with an accompanying CD has now ended. The good news is that the project has been succesfully funded with a total of £23,816 being pledged by 164 backers so production of the book and the CD will now go ahead.
The CD which will accompany the book will include music composed and recorded specially for the project. As well as Ant, other musicians contributing to the project include Steve Hackett, Nick Magnus, John Hackett and Nad Sylvan. In addition, Ant will be collaborating with Steve on a joint track for the CD.
Newstalk radio interview (News date: 13-4-16)
Ant was interviewed for a Prog Rock Special edition of the Tom Dunne Show on Ireland's NewsTalk Radio, which was broadcast on 12th April. His interview is now available to listen to as a podcast on the NewsTalk site - the podcast can be found on the programme page here.
Sides deluxe 4 disc set (News date: 3-2-16, updated 11-4-16)
Wise After The Event deluxe edition reviews & press (News date: 9-3-16, updated 11-4-16)
Online shop now open (News date: 28-3-16, updated 1-4-16)
We've recently located a limited number of brand new copies of a couple of the hard-to-find titles from Ant's back catalogue, and are pleased to be able to offer these for sale in our online shop.
Update: We have now sold out of the CDs but if we are able to locate further copies then we hope to be able to offer them for sale again.
Harmony for Elephants Kickstarter Project (News date: 4-3-16, updated 8-3-16)
Ant is one of a number of musicians who are contributing a specially written and recorded track to Harmony for Elephants, a book and music project which aims to publish a fine art book about elephants and elephant conservation with an accompanying CD.
Harmony for Elephants is a joint project between photographer Lesley Wood and Dr Kate Evans, biologist, elephant researcher and founder and director of the charity Elephants for Africa. The book will be available both as an A4 sized standard edition and also as a A3 sized boxed limited edition (250 copies only) which will come with a specially produced signed and numbered limited edition fine art companion print. The limited edition books will be signed by Lesley and Kate and some of them will be signed by the musicians involved (including Ant), making them extremely sought after by collectors.
Both editions of the book will have an accompanying CD album of music composed specially for the project. As well as Ant, other musicians contributing to the project include Steve Hackett, Nick Magnus, John Hackett and Nad Sylvan.
More details about the project including the various rewards for pledgers can be found on the Harmony for Elephants Kickstarter page. In addition, a Sound Byte summary video clip for the project has now been released, which can be viewed below.
Wise After The Event deluxe 4 disc set (News date: 18-12-15, updated 6-2-16)
Private Parts & Pieces I - IV reviews & press (News date: 9-11-15, updated 19-11-15)
Ellesmere: Les Chateaux De La Loire (News date: 8-10-15)
Private Parts & Pieces I - IV five disc deluxe set (News date: 23-6-15, updated 18-9-15)
John Hackett: Another Life (News date: 3-8-15, updated 1-10-15)
Andrew Skeet: Finding Time (News date: 21-8-15)
Harvest of the Heart nominated in Progressive Music Awards (News date: 25-6-15, updated 14-8-15)
We're pleased to announce that Harvest of the Heart has been nominated in the 2015 Progressive Music Awards in the category for the Storm Thorgerson Grand Design Award, which honours the best in lavish box sets. Other nominees in the same category include Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, Hawkwind, King Crimson and Yes.
Update: Voting for the Awards has now closed.
Bargain Hunt repeat (News date: 20-5-15, updated 23-6-15)
The long-running BBC Television daytime show Bargain Hunt gives two teams of amateur collectors the challenge of finding the best bargains at an antiques fair with just an hour to buy three items with a budget of 300 pounds. Their purchases are sold at auction with the team that generate the largest profit (or smallest loss) winning the challenge.
As well as the competitive part of the show, the programmes regularly include an insert item which is often based around a place of historical interest or a landmark in the local area where the particular episode has been recorded. In the summer of 2013, Ant was approached to take part in one of these items on the subject of music at Charterhouse and he was interviewed in the Hall at the school by the show's regular host Tim Wonnacott.
The edition of Bargain Hunt with Ant's interview was first broadcast on BBC1 in December 2013 and was repeated on 20th May.
Limited edition vinyl pressing of The Geese & The Ghost (News date: 11-5-15)
Copies of the limited edition vinyl pressing of The Geese & The Ghost which was released for Record Store Day are now available directly from Cherry Red.
The LP is a 180 gram pressing in an edition of 500 copies and comes with an insert signed by Ant.
New interview with Ant on TeamRock (News date: 16-4-15, updated 26-4-15)
Ant has recently recorded a new interview to tie-in with the recent release of the Definitive Edition of The Geese & The Ghost with Philip Wilding for TeamRock's Prog Magazine Show. The interview was broadcast in the edition of the show aired on Sunday 19th April between 20:00 and 22:00 BST.
The edition of the show with Ant's interview is now available to listen to on demand via the TeamRock site.
Harvest of the Heart review (News date: 9-4-15)
Facebook Q & A session (News date: 30-3-15, updated 9-4-15)
Ant took part in a live Q&A session in real time on our official Facebook page on Wednesday 1st April and has also subsequently answered some further questions submitted during the original session, which due to time restraints he could not answer on the day. The complete thread of questions and answers can be seen here. Thanks to everyone who took the time to ask a question.
New interview online (News date: 23-3-15)
Another recent interview with Ant conducted by journalist Dimitry M. Epstein is available to read here.
Our thanks to Dimitry for passing on the details of the interview.
Limited edition vinyl release of The Geese & The Ghost (News date: 11-3-15)
Esoteric Recordings have announced that a strictly limited edition vinyl pressing of The Geese & The Ghost is being released for Record Store Day UK, which this year takes place on Saturday 18th April.
The LP is being released as a 180 gram pressing in an edition of 500 copies and will come with an insert signed by Ant.
More information about Record Store Day UK, including details of participating stores, can be found on the official site.
Definitive Edition of The Geese & The Ghost (News date: 21-12-14, updated 10-3-15)
Get Ready For Rock Interview (News date: 10-3-15)
Ant has recently given an exclusive new interview which will be included in an hour-long special programme to be broadcast online on Get Ready For Rock Radio on Sunday 29 March at 16:00 GMT. The programme will be available to hear via the GRTR site.
Ahead of the broadcast, Get Ready For Rock have published a review of the newly released Definitive Edition of The Geese & The Ghost, which can be read here. There is also an exclusive audio clip of Ant talking about the re-issue of his albums on the same page.
Harvest of the Heart in Prog readers poll (News date: 15-2-15)
The current issue of Prog magazine which is out now reveals that Harvest of the Heart has been voted into the top ten in the category of Re-issue of the Year in their annual readers poll. Other releases in the category include re-issues by the likes of Yes, Jethro Tull, Gentle Giant, Pink Floyd and Genesis.
The same issue also includes a review of the box set.
Record Collector review and interview (News date: 1-2-15)
A short interview with Ant to accompany a review of Harvest of the Heart was included in the February 2015 edition of Record Collector.
Goldmine Interview (News date: 14-1-15)
A new interview with Ant about Harvest of the Heart for the music collector's magazine magazine Goldmine has just been published online and can be read here. The article begins with a review of the DVD of the Genesis documentary Sum of the Parts; the interview with Ant starts further down the page.
Review of Harvest of the Heart (News date: 9-12-14)
A new review of the Harvest of the Heart box set by author and editor of The Waiting Room Alan Hewitt is now available to read here.
Interview with Ant on TeamRock (News date: 5-12-14, updated 9-12-14)
Ant recently recorded an interview with Philip Wilding for TeamRock's Prog Magazine Show, which was broadcast in the edition of the show aired on Sunday 7th December between 20:00 and 22:00 GMT.
The edition of the show with Ant's interview is now available to listen to on demand on the TeamRock site. The interview starts at approximately 66 minutes into the programme.
Harvest of the Heart out now (News date: 24-8-14, updated 17-11-14)
New interviews published (News date: 16-10-14)
New interview with Ant (News date: 29-9-14)
A new interview with Ant for the Hit Channel site in Greece has now been published and can be seen (in English) here. The interview covers a number of topics including the new Anthology release Harvest of the Heart and the 5.1 remix of The Geese & The Ghost.
Genesis: Together and Apart documentary (News date: 29-9-14, updated 7-10-14)
The feature length documentary Genesis: Together and Apart was broadcast on BBC2 on Saturday 4th October at 21:15. Ant was interviewed for the documentary, which has been made with the full co-operation of the band. Amongst the archive material included in the programme were clips from the footage shot at the Atomic Sunrise gig Genesis played at the Roundhouse in London in March 1970, which is the only footage of the band with Ant that is known to exist.
Further information about the programme and a clip from it can be found on the BBC site. In addition, the documentary is due to be released on DVD and BluRay under the title Sum of the Parts on 17th November with 30 minutes of additional footage not included in the broadcast version of the programme.
Cherry Red TV interview with Ant (News date: 30-7-14)
An extended face-to-face interview with Ant by Mark Powell of Esoteric Records for Cherry Red TV is now available to watch on online.
Ant signs with Esoteric Records (News date: 1-7-14)
Esoteric Records (a label of the Cherry Red Records Group) have today announced that they have signed Ant to the label and have also announced the first planned releases from his back catalogue.
The first release will be 5 CD deluxe boxed set in October 2014 entitled Harvest of the Heart, which celebrates Ant's rich musical heritage and extensive back catalogue by featuring recordings made between 1969 and the present day, drawn from his many albums. In addition the set will include ten previously unreleased tracks and the rare track Compression by Mike Rutherford (previously unreleased on CD) which features Ant on keyboards and was the B-side to Mike's 1980 single Working in Line.
Ant says: ''I'm delighted to be working with Mark Powell at Esoteric Recordings and being reunited with the esteemed Cherry Red Records after my one-off compilation with them in the mid 80s. Their enthusiasm has been both warm and infectious, encouraging me to take the plunge with a new song-based album soon, and I consider myself fortunate to have found such a happy home for my sizeable catalogue!''
Ant's catalogue releases will continue in January 2015 with the release of a deluxe edition of his legendary debut album The Geese and the Ghost (featuring Mike Rutherford, Phil Collins and John Hackett) and which will include a new 5.1 Surround Sound mix of the album by Simon Heyworth. Further announcements on this will be made closer to release.
Sunday Telegraph interview (News date: 22-6-14)
Further to the announcement around the forthcoming Genesis documentary (and the suggestion from the publicity for it that it will reunite all the 'original' members of the band), Ant has been interviewed by the Sunday Telegraph about his time in the group and his own career. The interview is included in the print edition of the newspaper and can also be read online.
BBC Genesis documentary (News date: 22-6-14)
The BBC has announced a new feature-length documentary on Genesis (with the working title 'Together and Apart') which is due to be screened later in the year on BBC 2. Ant has been interviewed for the documentary, which has been made with the full co-operation of the band.
As part of the initial publicity for the documentary, it has been revealed that the five members of the 'classic' line-up of the band (Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett, Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks and Phil Collins) have reunited for a joint interview as part of the film.
Chris Stewart: Last Days of the Bus Club (News date: 27-4-14, updated 5-6-14)
'Ant Day' prize-winners (News date: 27-3-14)
Between 1990 and 2001 an annual competition was run (initially under the auspices of the long-running Genesis fanzine The Waiting Room and subsequently via Ant's official publication The Pavilion), the prize for which was the chance to meet Ant. We are currently in the process of re-establishing contact with all the people who were fortunate enough to win a place at one of the 'Ant Days' as they became known - if you were one of the winners then please get in touch.
Archive Collection Volume One (News date: 12-3-14, updated 17-3-14)
Something Else Reviews Genesis feature (News date: 16-2-14)
The Something Else Reviews site has just published an interesting feature written by Nick DeRiso which outlines thoughts by Ant, Steve Hackett and Ray Wilson on some key Genesis tracks.
Thanks to Nick for passing on the details of the feature.
Mike Rutherford: The Living Years (News date: 1-1-14, updated 6-1-14)
Bargain Hunt (News date: 30-9-13, updated 1-1-14)
The long-running BBC Television daytime show Bargain Hunt gives two teams of amateur collectors the challenge of finding the best bargains at an antiques fair with just an hour to buy three items with a budget of 300 pounds. Their purchases are sold at auction with the team that generate the largest profit (or smallest loss) winning the challenge.
As well as the competitive part of the show, the programmes regularly include an insert item which is often based around a place of historical interest or a landmark in the local area where the particular episode has been recorded. Earlier this year, Ant was approached to take part in one of these items on the subject of music at Charterhouse and in July he was interviewed in the Hall at the school by the show's regular host Tim Wonnacott. The edition of Bargain Hunt with Ant's interview was broadcast on BBC1 on 20th December.
New Genesis book (News date: 15-9-13)
German Genesis fan club event (News date: 10-10-13, updated 1-1-14)
The German Genesis fan club have announced that Ant will be the subject of their next event which will be taking place on 22nd and 23rd March 2014 at Eichenzell-Welkers in Germany. Ant has agreed to attend the event on both days and will be answering questions from fans and signing autographs but he will not be performing live. More information about the event can be seen here.
Update: The original event sold out within four hours so given the level of interest it was expanded to an extra day. Tickets for the second day of the event have now also sold out.
The Meadows of Englewood re-issue (News date: 7-4-13)
Official Quique Berro Garcia website launched (News date: 7-4-13)
Guitarist Quique Berro Garcia, who has collaborated with Ant on album releases such as Antiques, Slow Waves Soft Stars and Dragonfly Dreams has just launched his official website, which can be seen here.
Further review of City of Dreams (News date: 26-2-13)
Another review of City of Dreams has been recently published on the Dutch Progressive Rock Page and it can be seen here.
Thanks to Phil Morris for passing on the information about the review.
New interview (News date: 3-1-13)
Thanks to Nick DeRiso for passing on the information about the interview.
Review of City of Dreams (News date: 16-12-12, updated 3-1-13)
A review of the new album has recently been published on the Something Else! site, which can be seen here.
In addition, an Italian language review of the album has now been published on the Il Popolo Del Blues site, which can be seen here.
New album release: City of Dreams (News date: 31-10-12, updated 2-12-12)
Sound clips from City of Dreams
Here are some extracts of selected tracks from City of Dreams, which can also be found on our Soundcloud page.
Official Peter Cross website (News date: 17-9-12)
Artist and illustrator Peter Cross has now launched his official website, which can be seen here. The site includes a selection of Peter's artwork across a number of different projects including books, greetings cards and wine guides as well as the outstanding covers he has created for Ant's album releases. Peter has more material which he plans to add to the site soon.
New album release: Seventh Heaven (News date: 21-3-12, updated 13-5-12)
Sound clips from Seventh Heaven
We are pleased to present some extracts of selected tracks from Seventh Heaven, which can also be found on our new Soundcloud page.
Seventh Heaven featured on Classic FM (News date: 30-4-12, updated 13-5-12)
Seventh Heaven was the CD of the week on the Classic FM Drive show with John Brunning for the week commencing 7th May. A track from the album was played on the programme at around 6.15 pm each day and the album will also be played on several other shows on the station in the coming weeks. Classic FM can be heard in the UK between 100 and 102 FM as well as via Sky (Channel 0160) and Virgin TV (Channel 922) and also via their site.
Private Parts & Pieces III & IV re-issue (News date: 23-11-11, updated 15-2-12)
We are pleased to announce that the long-awaited re-issue of the third and fourth albums in the Private Parts & Pieces series (Antiques and A Catch At The Tables) was released on February 7th 2012. Both albums have been newly re-mastered for this re-issue and extra tracks have been added to both albums. Private Parts & Pieces III & IV is available to order now from Amazon.
Further details on the re-issue, including the complete track listing and sound clips are now available here and our promo clip for the re-issue (which includes a new interview with Ant about the albums) is now online.
Tarka & Radio Clyde (News date: 10-6-12, updated 19-7-12)
We are pleased to announce that two titles from Ant's back catalogue which have both been out of print for some time are being made available again. These are new pressings to make the titles available once more and neither release has been re-mastered or had extra tracks added to the running order. Radio Clyde is out now and Tarka has a revised release date of 23rd July. In addition, copies of Archive Collection Volume 2 are also available again.
BBC Radio Kent Sunday Supplement Show (News date: 30-4-12, updated 13-5-12)
Ant was interviewed about Seventh Heaven for the Sunday Supplement Show hosted by Paul James and Paul Harris on BBC Radio Kent on Sunday 6th May.
Slow Dance (News date: 23-11-11, updated 29-1-12)