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John Lees' Barclay James Harvest - A preview of their excellent new album 'North'
The new studio album by John Lees' Barclay James Harvest, 'North' is released on October 7th 2013 on Esoteric Antenna. The album will also be backed by a full UK tour in November to promote the album. 'North' is the band's first all new studio recording since 'Nexus' (released in 1999). Featuring John Lees (vocals, guitars), Craig Fletcher (vocals, bass), Jez Smith (keyboards, vocals) and Kevin Whitehead (drums, percussion), the record is very much a group effort, in the tradition of classic BJH, with every track being written specifically for the album by all four members of the band.

The album draws on the fine musical heritage of Barclay James Harvest whilst bringing the BJH legacy up to date with expansive compositions and thoughtful lyrics. Featuring several epic compositions such as 'On Leave', the album also includes the recent digital single 'Unreservedly Yours' and 'Ancient Waves', a song inspired by the Iraq conflict, performed live in more recent times. The band's Northern roots are explored both musically and lyrically on the album’s lengthy title track and the emotive finale, 'The End of the Day', featuring music set to a poem by early 20th Century Northern poet Ammon Wrigley.

'North' continues the Barclay James Harvest story and is the strongest work to emerge from the band in many years, a true group effort by John Lees, Craig Fletcher, Jez Smith and Kevin Whitehead. The album release is supported by an extended UK tour by the band in November 2013. The album will be released as a standard single CD edition and a deluxe limited edition 2CD digi-pack release which includes a previously unreleased bonus CD featuring highlights of the band’s sold out concert at Buxton Opera House in February 2011, featuring classic Barclay James Harvest material. 'North' is also available as a limited edition gatefold 180 gram vinyl LP.

The UK tour by the band in November 2013 will see them joined by special guests Gordon Giltrap and Oliver Wakeman on every show with the exception of Edinburgh where they are joined by opening special guest Anne Marie-Helder of Panic Room and Mostly Autumn.

John Lees' Barclay James Harvest 'North', Released Monday 7th October 2013
1. If You Were Here Now
2. Ancient Waves
3. In Wonderland
4. On Leave
5. The Real Deal
6. On Top Of The World
7. Unreservedly Yours
8. North
9. The End Of The Day

Standard Single CD - Esoteric Antenna EANTCD1023
Limited Edition 2 CD Set - Esoteric Antenna EANTCD21022
Limited Edition Gatefold Vinyl LP - Esoteric Antenna EANTLP1023

John Lees’ Barclay James Harvest 2013 UK tour dates...
November 2013

7th Bath - Komedia
8th London - Islington Assembly
9th Milton Keynes - Stables
10th Bilston - The Robin
15th Edinburgh - Liquid Rooms
16th Holmfirth - Picturedrome
21st Cambridge – The Junction
22nd Southampton - The Brook
23rd Tavistock – The Wharf
Rick Wakeman
Rick Wakeman's catalouge to be released on Esoteric!
Esoteric Recordings are delighted to announce the signing of much of Rick Wakeman's back catalogue, which will be repackaged and reissued from the beginning of 2014. More news will follow as the reissue plans are formulated. For information on all of Rick Wakeman's activities please visit
Peter Hammill and Gary Lucas
Peter Hammill and Gary Lucas sign to Esoteric Antenna!
Esoteric Antenna, a label of the Cherry Red Records Group, are pleased to announce the signing of Peter Hammill and Gary Lucas to the label for their collaborative album 'Otherworld'. This record combines two of the most unique and original talents in music. Peter Hammill's work as an imaginative solo artist and with Van Der Graaf Generator has earned respect and praise globally, whilst Gary Lucas has been hailed as "The Thinking Man's guitar hero" by New Yorker magazine and is known for his solo work (as one the World's most original guitarists) and his work with Captain Beefheart.

'Otherworld' will be released on the Esoteric Antenna label on February 3rd 2014.