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RENAISSANCE


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In 1969 Former Yardbirds members, Keith Relf and Jim McCarty organised a new group devoted to the experimentation between rock, folk, and classical forms. This quintet; Relf on guitar & vocals, McCarty on drums, plus bassist Louis Cennamo, pianist John Hawken, and Relf’s sister Jane as an additional vocalist, released a pair of albums on Elektra and Island, the first one being produced by Paul Samwell-Smith. As touring began to grind on them, the band gradually dissolved one by one, leaving McCarty and Jane Relf to hold things together. As the rest drifted off, new or guest members were added. A barely finished second album, Illusion, was released in Germany in 1971. It was finally released in the UK in 1976. The band underwent several incarnations until 1971 when Annie Haslam, Michael Dunford, John Tout, Terence Sullivan and Jon Camp took the band into the realm of successful world class recording and touring status, culminating with sold out shows at Carnegie Hall, NYC and The Royal Albert Hall, London. The intervening years saw Annie and Michael working together writing new material. This led to the release of the band’s first studio recording in 16 years, entitled ‘Tuscany’ ( 2000.) This was supported by a tour of Japan in 2001 and the release of a ‘live’ album, recorded in Tokyo; ‘In the Land of the Rising Sun.’ Now a new chapter has begun for this unique band, able to fuse experimental rock themes with sometimes avant garde classical overtones. Annie Haslam and Michael Dunford whilst remembering with pride the growth of the band from it’s inception to it’s 40th Anniversary, have formed a new Renaissance for this present day. Renaissance’s new lineup includes four world-class instrumentalists/vocalists whose talents provide new creative blood, while maintaining the band’s traditional standards of sterling musicianship. Keyboardist Rave Tesar and bassist/vocalist David J. Keyes are veterans of prior editions of Renaissance as well as several Haslam solo projects, while keyboardist/vocalist Jason Hart has recorded and performed extensively with Rufus Wainwright, Duncan Sheik, Mercury-Prize Winners Antony and the Johnsons, Keren Ann, and many others, and drummer Frank Pagano has collaborated with artists as diverse as Bruce Springsteen, Bette Midler, Barry Manilow and Smashing Pumpkins. In this new era, the newly formed six piece band are excited to perform all the timeless musical masterpieces that Michael Dunford and Renaissance created. The ‘live’ concert experience will be true to the original albums, with the ever growing technological advances in instrumentation, and the very talented new band members, the fullness of the orchestration will be awe inspiring. Coupled with the radiant, acrobatic five octave voice of Annie Haslam, Renaissance, with it’s proven to be timeless music, will once more take everyone on a magical journey.

Latest Articles


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by Michael Major - August 12, 2022

Beyoncé has shared the teaser for the upcoming 'I'M THAT GIRL' visual. A release date for the complete video has not yet been set. The visual teaser follows the recent visual for 'BREAK MY SOUL (The Queens Remix)' which featured Madonna. Watch the new video teaser for the upcoming visual now!...
VIDEO: Beyoncé Shares 'Break My Soul' Featuring Madonna Visual Photo VIDEO: Beyoncé Shares 'Break My Soul' Featuring Madonna Visual
by Michael Major - August 09, 2022

Beyoncé has shared the visual for 'The Queens Remix' of 'Break My Soul' featuring Madonna. The Grammy-winner originally released the track in June to universal acclaim. The new project, which recently debuted at #1 on the Billboard albums chart, includes 16 tracks. Watch the new visualizer now!...
Potter's Daughter to Release New EP 'Weighted Keys' Photo Potter's Daughter to Release New EP 'Weighted Keys'
by Michael Major - August 02, 2022

Potter’s Daughter released their debut album, “The Blind Side,” in August 2018. In 2019 they released two singles; “Blood and Water,” featuring Annie Haslam (Renaissance) as guest artist, and the holiday single, “This Winter’s Child,” which was composed for the “MRR Holiday” album. The EP will be av...
Beyoncé Unveils 'RENAISSANCE' Album Track List Photo Beyoncé Unveils 'RENAISSANCE' Album Track List
by Michael Major - July 20, 2022

In a new Instagram story, Beyoncé has unveiled the track list for her new album, 'Renaissance,' which is set to be released next Friday, July 29.The Grammy-winner released the album's lead single, 'Break My Soul,' in June to universal acclaim. The new project, which can be pre-saved here, will inclu...
A Renaissance Epic Poem, Sci-fi And Folk Music Inspire Vicente Hansen Atria On Album Photo A Renaissance Epic Poem, Sci-fi And Folk Music Inspire Vicente Hansen Atria On Album 'Orlando Furioso'
by A.A. Cristi - July 18, 2022

Composer and drummer Vicente Hansen Atria has announced the release of his debut LP as a bandleader on Orlando Furioso, coming out September 9th via Aguirre Records. ...
Jim Lauderdale Announces New Album 'Game Changer' Photo Jim Lauderdale Announces New Album 'Game Changer'
by Michael Major - July 07, 2022

Jim Lauderdale kicks off Game Changer—his 35th full-length album—with “That Kind Of Life (That Kind Of Day).' Fans can listen to “That Kind Of Life (That Kind Of Day)” now. He’s also just been named a 2022 nominee for the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Plus, check out upcoming tour dates!...
Clay 'Krucial' Perry III Shares New Project 'Clay' Photo Clay 'Krucial' Perry III Shares New Project 'Clay'
by Michael Major - July 01, 2022

Clay’s deep musical breadth and range are on full display on tracks like the thunderous, club-ready Tay Keith-produced “Done Did,” the sampling of Tame Impala on “Karma” featuring BIG30, and the Grizzly Bear-sample prominently featured on project standout “Gangsta.” Listen to the new project now!...
Beyoncé Debuts 'Act One: Renaissance' Album Cover Photo Beyoncé Debuts 'Act One: Renaissance' Album Cover
by Michael Major - June 30, 2022

Beyoncé has unveiled the cover art for her upcoming album, 'Act One: Renaissance.' The Grammy-winner released the album's lead single, 'Break My Soul,' last week to universal acclaim. The new project, which can be pre-saved now, will include 16 tracks. Currently unknown shirts, CD box sets, and viny...
Beyoncé Drops New Single 'Break My Soul' From Upcoming 'Renaissance' Album Photo Beyoncé Drops New Single 'Break My Soul' From Upcoming 'Renaissance' Album
by Michael Major - June 21, 2022

The single was released after Beyoncé shared word of her new project, 'Renaissance.' The new project, which can be pre-saved now, will include 16 tracks. Currently unknown shirts and CD box sets can be purchased on her website....
Beyoncé Announces New Single 'Break My Soul' Photo Beyoncé Announces New Single 'Break My Soul'
by Michael Major - June 20, 2022

The news comes after Beyoncé recently announced her new project, 'Renaissance.' The new project, which can be pre-saved here, will include 16 tracks and will be released on July 29. Currently unknown shirts and CD box sets can be purchased on her website....