Galahad (UK band)

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Galahad
OriginEngland, United Kingdom
GenresNeo-progressive rock, progressive rock, progressive metal
Years active1985–present
Associated actsGalahad Acoustic Quintet, Galahad Electric Company
Websitewww.galahadonline.com
MembersStuart Nicholson
Spencer Luckman
Dean Baker
Mark Spencer
Lee Abraham
Past membersMark Andrews
Tim Ashton
Karl Garrett
Mike Hewetson
Nick Hodgson
Mike Hooker
Roy Keyworth
Mike Kneller
Pat McCann
John O’Callaghan
Paddy O’Callaghan
Steve Pearson
Neil Pepper
Peter Wallbridge
Paul Watts
Craig Wilson

Galahad are an English progressive rock band formed in 1985. They have released 10 studio albums, 6 live albums and 3 rarities collections as well as a couple of offshoot project albums in the guise of the Galahad Acoustic Quintet and the Galahad Electric Company. Over the last 32 years they have played with the likes of Pendragon, IQ and Twelfth Night. Galahad have performed their own shows and at festivals in Europe and North America, and have sold tens of thousands of albums despite never having had a major record deal. All releases are on their own 'Avalon Records' imprint other than some re-issues which are released in association with Polish label 'Oskar Productions'. In 2012 and after 27 years of existence Galahad released their first ever LP 'Battle Scars' in conjunction with Ritual Echo Records, on high quality 180 gram vinyl, in a gatefold sleeve, as a limited edition pressing of 300 which is already fast becoming a collectors item.[1]

The band's vocalist Stuart Nicholson described Galahad's early days thus: "...the band was formed just after the so called second wave of ‘Prog’ bands such as Marillion, Pallas, IQ, Twelfth Night, Pendragon etc. of Prog bands came to the fore in the early Eighties. They all started around 1978 – 1981 and we started in 1985 after the bubble had effectively burst, but didn’t really get going seriously until 1990 onwards. To be honest we really did play just for fun in the early days and weren’t really that concerned about record deals etc. It was only after playing with some of the bigger bands when we thought. Actually, we are just as good as these guys so why not give it a go..." [2]

Founder member Roy Keyworth left the band in March 2017. Producer Karl Groom filled in for Keyworth on the band's Quiet Storms album released in May 2017,[3] but will not join the band full time.

Lee Abraham was officially announced as the new Galahad guitarist on 23 October 2017 after having already recorded all the guitar parts for their new Seas of Change album, which was released in January 2018.

Current members[edit]

  • Stuart Nicholson: vocals (since 1985)
  • Spencer Luckman: drums (since 1987)
  • Dean Baker: keyboards (since 1997)
  • Lee Abraham: bass (2005–2009), guitar (since 2017),[4]
  • Mark Spencer: bass & guitar (2012–2014), bass (since 2018)

Previous Members[edit]

  • Roy Keyworth: guitar (1985–1998, 1999–2017)
  • Paddy O’Callaghan: drums (1985–1987)
  • John O’Callaghan: guitar (1985) (deceased)
  • Mike Hooker: keyboards (1985–1987)
  • Nick Hodgson: keyboards (1985–1987)
  • Paul Watts: bass (1985–1989)
  • Steve Pearson: drums (1987)
  • Mike Hewetson: keyboards (1987–1988)
  • Mark Andrews: keyboards (1988–1991)
  • Pat McCann: bass (1989)
  • Tim Ashton: bass (1989–1992, 2014-2017)
  • Karl Garrett: keyboards (1991–1997)
  • Neil Pepper: bass (1992–2002, 2009–2011) (deceased)
  • Craig Wilson: guitar (1998–1999)
  • Peter Wallbridge: bass (2002–2004)
  • Mike Kneller: bass (2004–2005)

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

Tapes[edit]

  • Studio 95 Demo: Autumn 1995
  • One Knight at Mr Cs: August 1987
  • In a Moment of Madness: May 1989
  • Otherworldly Pleasures (Promo): January 1991
  • Other Crimes and Misdemeanours: January 1992
  • Suffering in Silence (Promo Only): February 1992
  • Galahad’s Christmas Lecture: Spring 1993
  • In a Moment of Complete Madness (Polish Version): April 1993
  • Nothing Is Written (Polish Version): April 1993
  • Other Crimes & Misdemeanours II: August 1995
  • Not All There (Polish Version): September 1995
  • Sleepers (Polish Version): September 1995
  • Classic Rock Live (Polish Version): July 1996
  • Following Ghosts (Polish Version): Autumn 1998

LPs[edit]

  • Battle Scars - Single Gatefold LP: April 2012
  • Beyond the Realms of Euphoria - Double Gatefold LP/EP: October 2012
  • Empires Never Last - Double Gatefold LP: October 2016
  • Seas of Change: January 2018

7″ Singles[edit]

  • Dreaming From the Inside/The Opiate July 1987
  • Rollercoaster (single sided flexi single) February 1992

Studio CDs[edit]

  • Nothing Is Written: June 1991, Japanese version: April 1992
  • In a Moment of Complete Madness: April 1993, Reissued 2008
  • Sleepers: September 1995, Japanese version: April 1995, 20th anniversary re-master edition: October 2015
  • Following Ghosts: June 1998, Re-mastered reissue: 2007
  • Year Zero: September 2002, 10th anniversary expanded edition: September 2012
  • Empires Never Last: Spring 2007, The Deluxe edition: January 2015
  • Battle Scars: April 2012
  • Beyond the Realms of Euphoria: October 2012
  • Quiet Storms: May 2017
  • Seas of Change: January 2018

Live CDs[edit]

  • Classic Rock Live: April 1996, Japanese version: September 1996
  • Resonance - Live in Poland 2006: 2006
  • Two Classic Rock Lives: 2008
  • Sleepless in Phoenixville - Live at Rosfest: October 2009
  • Whitchurch Live 92/93 - Live Archives Vol. 2: February 2012
  • Solidarity - Live in Konin: September 2015

EPs[edit]

  • Voiceprint Radio Sessions EP: January 1994
  • Seize the Day: February 2014
  • Guardian Angel: June 2014
  • Mein Herz brennt: October 2014
  • 30: July 2015

Compilation CDs[edit]

  • Decade (Germany only): March 1997
  • Other Crimes and Misdemeanours II: May 1997
  • Other Crimes and Misdemeanours III: September 2001
  • Other Crimes and Misdemeanours: 2008
  • Other Crimes & Misdemeanours II & III: 2009
  • When Worlds Collide: Winter 2015

Downloads[edit]

  • Empires Never Last: Spring 2007
  • Galahad’s Christmas Lecture; Spring 2012
  • Battle Scars; April 2012
  • Beyond the Realms of Euphoria: October 2012
  • Seize the Day EP: February 2014
  • Guardian Angel EP: Summer 2014
  • Mein Herz brennt EP: Autumn 2014
  • Empires Never Last - The Deluxe edition: January 2015
  • Empires: A Curious Companion: January 2015
  • Seas of Change: January 2018

Spin-Off Projects CDs[edit]

  • Not All There (Galahad Acoustic Quintet): January 1995
  • De-Constructing Ghosts (Galahad Electric Company): August 1999 (Re-mix album)

DVDs[edit]

  • Resonance – Live in Poland: 2006
  • Whitchurch 92/93 - Live Archives Vol. 2: February 2012 (Digipack)
  • Solidarity - Live in Konin: September 2015 (Digipack)

References[edit]

  1. ^ One For The Record, The Official Biography of Galahad, Ministry of Prog, 2011
  2. ^ Interview with Stu Nicholson, by Grande Rock.
  3. ^ https://www.galahadonline.com/news/blog/31-03-2017-an-official-statement-from-the-band
  4. ^ http://teamrock.com/news/2017-10-23/galahad-welcome-back-lee-abraham

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