Magna Carta

- April 3rd, 2019

May 3, 2019 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The Platform
live entertainment venue
Old Station Buildings, Marine Rd W, Morecambe LA4 4DB

Founded in 1969 by Chris Simpson in London, this band have had such an incredible career and ridden all the changes that have happened over the years and decades in the worldwide music industry. Starting off in folk clubs in 1970, their impact was so immediate and potent that the band performed at the Royal Albert Hall only 18 months later.

It was the second album ‘Seasons’ that put them on the world stage, containing the single ‘Airport Song’, which was a global hit. At their first Albert Hall concert they were backed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by the sadly late John Dankworth, who extended Simpson’s ‘Seasons’ suite.

Davey Johnstone had replaced Lyell Tranter, and stayed awhile before being poached by Elton John. In his time with Magna Carta he brought a scythingly brilliant musical skill and moved the unit into three part harmonies.

The next album ‘Lord of the Ages’, referred to by Rick Wakeman as ‘one of the finest albums of its kind ever made’ (containing a classic Roger Dean cover), went gold across the world more than once. It is worthy of note that Simpson’s use of the spoken word in soliloquys put him ahead of the game. An idea that he modestly admits, ‘I nicked from Shakespeare; and if you are going to steal, steal from the best’.

Back in 1969 Simpson thought Magna Carta would only ever make one album but the exquisite mixture of acoustic guitars, powerful songs not confined to any one genre, and his Yorkshire Dales durability, has seen the band flourish through all the years.

Simpson’s lyrics are sublime and in a concert in London’s Festival Hall with no less a luminary than Robert Graves who was then Poet Laureate, he was justly rewarded by Graves’s praise for his prose and lyrics.

The band has toured extensively through 78 countries and cities from Katmandu to Bangladesh and beyond. 49 years on the road, 9,000,000 albums sold so far and 25 albums made. Not for nothing did Fred Dellar of MOJO call Chris ‘the English Paul Simon.’ The Magna Carta of today is still in breathtaking form. Still out ahead and featuring Ken Nicol (7 years with Steeleye Span), Wendy Ross and now Will Stock on bass, this is a band that fans of beautifully inspired music, played by virtuoso artists will not want miss live.

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