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Price: £16.66 (exc) £19.99 (inc)


70’s inspired Hackett styled epic Prog production presented in luxury Gatefold Mini-LP style Laminated Card Sleeve with Liner and 24 x 36cm Mini-Poster!

ELLESMERE, a Symphonic Prog music project founded and led by Italian multi-instrumentalist Roberto Vitelli, author of all the music and lyrics, surprisingly comes back just one year after their second album ‘Ellesmere II / From Sea And Beyond’ with an amazing work in terms of freshness, energy, impact and meticulous attention towards its sound and arrangements.

First of all, ‘Wyrd’ deserves admiration starting from the cover artwork made by Rodney Matthews, an iconic illustrator at least equal to the legendary Roger Dean. Musically, it evolves on the same path of ‘Ellesmere II’, so the main references are classic Prog outfits: YES, KING CRIMSON, KANSAS, plus there’s a bit of jazz-rock present. There are also references to contemporary Progressive Rock and to artists such as TRANSATLANTIC, FLOWER KINGS and SPOCK’S BEARD. ‘Wyrd’ is therefore a third epic and an even more enthralling chapter than the previous one, almost completely instrumental and captivating from the first minute to the very last!

As per tradition, ‘Wyrd’ also involves a number of Prog-related prestigious guests: Mattias Olsson (ANGLAGARD, WHITE WILLOW - drums), Tomas Bodin (FLOWER KINGS - keyboards), David Cross (KING CRIMSON - violin), John Hackett (flute), David Jackson (VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR, OSANNA - saxophone), Tony Pagliuca (LE ORME - keyboards), Luciano Regoli (RACCOMANDATA RICEVUTA RITORNO - voice), Fabio Liberatori (LOY & ALTOMARE, LUCIO DALLA, RON - keyboards), Fabio Bonuglia (keyboards) and Giorgio Pizzala (vocals).

In a path of musical and stylistic evolution that started from the acoustic and pastoral Prog of ‘Les Châteaux De La Loire’ (2015), ELLESMERE hope that ‘Wyrd’ does not represent point of arrival, but another passage towards new unexplored lands!

‘Wyred’ was released 11th December 2020

Also available by ELLESMERE …
FROM SEA AND BEYOND (Late 2018 album in Mini-LP Gatefold Card Cover) CCCD – Stock # 2116191
LES CHATEAUX DE LA LOIRE (2015 Mellotron soaked Prog in Gatefold Card Cover) CCCD – Stock # 1799921
LES CHATEAUX DE LA LOIRE (LP-Ltd Vinyl of 2015 Mellotron Soaked Prog epic) LP – Stock # 1800923


Track List:
01. Challenge (7:25)
02. The Eery Manor (6:23)
03. Endeavour (8:23)
04. Ajar (8:05)
05. Endless (13:14)

TPT – 43:30