Oliver Wakeman New Album “Anam Cara” Due May 17, 2024

Oliver Wakeman New Album “Anam Cara” Due May 17, 2024

Oliver Wakeman Unveils “Anam Cara”: A Journey Through Celtic Rock and Progressive Soundscapes
Oliver Wakeman, the award-winning keyboard virtuoso and progressive rock icon, is set to enchant the music world with his eleventh studio album, “Anam Cara,” scheduled for release on May 17, 2024. Spirit of Unicorn Music, in collaboration with Cherry Red Records, is proud to bring this eagerly awaited project to audiences worldwide.

As the eldest son of the legendary Rick Wakeman, Oliver has carved out his own niche in the progressive rock landscape. His extensive career boasts appearances on over 60 albums and performances across the globe. Oliver’s tenure with the seminal prog rock band YES, along with collaborations with The Strawbs, Steve Howe, Gordon Giltrap, and Clive Nolan, among others, has solidified his reputation as one of the genre’s most dynamic and hardworking musicians.

“Anam Cara” represents a deeply personal project for Wakeman, one that began its journey before his time with YES. The demands of touring and recording initially sidelined these early song ideas and snippets. However, 2023 marked a pivotal moment as Oliver dedicated himself to fully developing and realizing this project. The album’s title, “Anam Cara,” draws inspiration from the Celtic concept of a “Soul Friend,” encapsulating the essence of guidance, companionship, and compassionate presence that Oliver aims to convey through his music.

The album is a rich tapestry of Celtic rock and progressive elements, featuring ten tracks that range from haunting ballads and atmospheric rock songs to epic compositions. Oliver’s penchant for storytelling and creative diversity shines throughout the album, as each track unfolds like a short story, allowing listeners to immerse themselves in his vividly imagined worlds.

To bring “Anam Cara” to life, Oliver enlisted a stellar lineup of musicians known for their exceptional talent and versatility. The album features contributions from Hayley Griffiths (Riverdance), Troy Donockley (Nightwish), Oliver Day (Fragile), and Scott Higham (Pendragon), among others. Their collective expertise adds depth and richness to the album’s diverse musical landscapes.

Behind the scenes, “Anam Cara” benefited from the expertise of Karl Groom (Threshold), who mixed the album, and John Mitchell (It Bites, Frost*, Lonely Robot), responsible for recording. The album’s visual aesthetic is complemented by the stunning artwork of Anne Sudworth, whose creations perfectly capture the mystical and ethereal themes at the heart of the project.

Oliver Wakeman’s “Anam Cara” is not just an album; it’s an invitation to explore the profound connections and spiritual journeys that music can inspire. As Oliver himself notes, the musicians who joined him in this endeavor have become Soul Friends, each contributing to a work that exceeds even his own expectations.

Fans of progressive rock, Celtic influences, and Oliver Wakeman’s rich musical legacy are in for a treat with “Anam Cara.” Mark your calendars for May 17, 2024, and prepare to embark on a captivating musical journey that bridges the realms of the earthly and the ethereal.

“Anam Cara” will be available on CD and via streaming services, released under Spirit of Unicorn Music and obtainable via Cherry Red Records.

Musicians Featured on the album are:
Oliver Wakeman : keyboards, piano, guitars
Hayley Griffiths : vocals
Troy Donockley : pipes, whistle
Oliver Day : acoustic guitars, lute, mandolin
Scott Higham : drums and percussion
David Mark Pearce : electric guitar
Robert McClung : violin
Steve Amadeo : bass guitar
Mick Allport : saxophone, clarinet

“Anam Cara” – Track Listing:
1. The View From Here
2. The Queen’s Lament
3. Here In My Heart
4. 1000 Autumns
5. Marble Arch
6. In The Moonlight
7. Miss You Now
8. Instead Of My Fear
9. Lonely
10. Golden Sun In Grey

Phil Aston | Now Spinning Magazine

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