Tim Bowness released his fourth solo album, ‘Lost In The Ghost Light’ last year through InsideOutMusic, garnering best solo reviews he has ever received and reaching #5 in the official UK rock chart. Now he is pleased to announce 3 special live appearances for 2018, the first of which is an appearance at Prog Dreams Festival in Zoetermeer, Netherlands, second on the bill to Steve Rothery (Marillion) on the 3rd March. John Jowitt – IQ, Frost*, Arena – will be replacing Tim’s regular bassist Colin Edwin for the performance. This performance will be recorded with a view to releasing a live album sometime in 2018 or 2019.
On the 17th May, Tim and his band will be special guests to Irish post-rockers God Is An Astronaut at the Electric Brixton in London, and they will play Summer’s End Festival at the Chepstow Drill Hall in October.
3rd March – Prog Dreams Festival, Zoetermeer, Netherlands
17th May – Electric Brixton, London, UK (special guests to God is an Astronaut)
4-7th October – Summer’s End Festival, Chepstow Drill Hall, UK
Find a selection of the reviews for ‘Lost in the Ghost Light’ below:
“an album of immense ambition, the scope of which is matched only by the virtuosity of its songwriting and musical performances” – Shindig! Magazine
“the narrative is bold and witty, the songs a core vision of pathos.” – Prog
“Conceptual albums of this lavish quality should come around more often.” – Daily Express
‘Lost in the Ghost Light’ was awarded with the Best Artwork prize at 2017’s Progressive Music Awards in London last year.
Watch a video for the track ‘Kill The Pain That’s Killing You’ which you can see here:
Mixed & mastered by Steven Wilson, the album utilises a core band comprising Stephen Bennett (Henry Fool), Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree), Bruce Soord (The Pineapple Thief), Hux Nettermalm (Paatos) and Andrew Booker (Sanguine Hum), and is also joined by guests including Kit Watkins (Happy The Man/Camel), Steve Bingham (No-Man) and the legendary Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull). Andrew Keeling (Robert Fripp/Hilliard Ensemble/Evelyn Glennie) arranges for string quartet and flute on three of the album’s songs.
‘Lost In The Ghost Light’ is a concept album revolving around the onstage and backstage reflections of a fictional ‘classic’ Rock musician in the twilight of his career and features some stunning solos and harmonically rich compositions that represent Bowness’s most musically ambitious work to date.
Lyrically, the album addresses how the era of streaming and ageing audiences affects creativity, how a life devoted to music impacts on real / family life, and how idealistic beginnings can become compromised by complacency and the fear of being replaced by younger, more vital artists.
Jarrod Gosling (I Monster / Cobalt Chapel) provides the fantastically detailed artwork, which includes a visual history of the career of the concept’s subject. The album will be available as a limited CD/DVD mediabook – including a 5.1 surround mix by Bruce Soord – and gatefold LP + CD & digital download.