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Three Friends (formed 2009) are a progressive rock band, who perform the music of Gentle Giant. The band have developed a cult following, with original members Gary Green and Malcolm Mortimore, joined in the current line-up by Neil Angilley, Charlotte Glasson, and Jonathan Noyce.
In 2008, a partial reunion of Gentle Giant involved the creation of a new band called Rentle Giant,in order to play Gentle Giant material. This band featured the former members: guitarist Gary Green and, drummer Malcolm Mortimore. They recruited three noted jazz-fusion musicians to complete the band, with Roger Carey on bass and vocals, Andy Williams on guitar, and John Donaldson on piano and keyboards. Green contributed lead vocals to some of the songs.
In March 2009, Green and Mortimore were joined by a third Gentle Giant member in the form of Kerry Minnear and Rentle Giant consequently changed its name to Three Friends. Also at this time, the band vocalist Mick Wilson (10cc), as dedicated lead singer. After a short tour, it was announced that Minnear was leaving the band for personal reasons, and that Three Friends planned to continue as a six-piece. In due course, by 2011, Carey, Williams and Donaldson had left the band, to be replaced by Lee Pomeroy (Gary Barlow) on bass and Gary Sanctuary on keyboards. Charlotte Glasson joined in 2012, adding violin, baritone sax, alto sax and recorder, enabling the band to create a live sound closer to the original recordings. This line-up toured Italy, Canada and the United States in 2012.
The current line-up of the band was assembled to play at Cruise to the Edge 2014 (7-12 April 2014, Isla de Roatan, Honduras & Cozumel, Mexico)and subsequently appearing at Gouveia Art Rock Festival in Portugal on 26 April 2014.
In the run up to a scheduled performance at Cruise to the Edge 2015,Gary Green suffered a mild heart attack and was found to be suffering from coronary heart disease. He underwent a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), which made his participation in the concerts impossible. Rather than withdraw from the concerts, the remaining members of the band performed without a lead guitarist, with Green's guitar lines shared between alto sax and keyboards. While a tour of Europe planned for Spring 2016 was delayed, Green was expected to make a full recovery.
Gentle Giant were a British progressive rock band active between 1970 and 1980. The band was known for the complexity and sophistication of its music and for the varied musical skills of its members. All of the band members were multi-instrumentalists. Although not commercially successful, they did achieve a cult following.
The Power and the Glory is the sixth album by the British progressive rock group Gentle Giant, released in 1974. Contrary to popular belief, the title of the album and its many lyrical themes were not inspired by author Graham Greene's novel of the same name, although Derek Shulman was aware of Greene's novel. Guitarist Gary Green has cited this album as his favourite by the band.
Three Friends (1972) is the third album by British progressive rock band Gentle Giant. It was the band's first release to chart in America, peaking at #197 on the Billboard 200. It is the only album by Gentle Giant to feature drummer Malcolm Mortimore following the departure of Martin Smith.
Acquiring the Taste is the second album of English progressive rock band Gentle Giant, released in 1971. It was the final album by the band to feature original drummer Martin Smith.
Gentle Giant is the first album by British progressive rock band Gentle Giant, released in 1970.
In a Glass House is the fifth album by British progressive rock band Gentle Giant, released on 21 September 1973. The album is allegedly a concept project based on the aphorism "Those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones". The record begins and ends with the sound of breaking glass. It is the first album released by the band following the departure of Phil Shulman.
Free Hand is the seventh album by British progressive rock band Gentle Giant. It was released in 1975.
Playing the Fool - The Official Live is a live album by British progressive rock band Gentle Giant which was released in 1977. It demonstrates the band's complex musicianship and talent as well as showcasing versions of songs which are often greatly modified from the original album versions. The album contains versions of tracks from all of the band's studio albums to that point except for Acquiring the Taste. The original UK LP came with a 12-page booklet that has not been reproduced in any of the CD editions.
Interview is the eighth album by British progressive rock band Gentle Giant. The album was released in 1976.
The Missing Piece is the ninth album by British progressive rock band Gentle Giant which was released in 1977. After the Interview tour this return to the studio marked a change of direction for the band with the first side of the album exploring different musical directions than the band was previously known for, including pop music and punk rock, while the second side was more in the vein of their signature progressive rock style. This was the last Gentle Giant album to chart in the United States.
Giant for a Day! is the tenth album by British progressive rock band Gentle Giant which was released in 1978. The band's previous use of counterpoint and medieval-themed arrangements was not present on this recording. This album features a pop rock sensibility, instead of their usual progressive rock sound. Unlike the previous albums, the band did not make any tour or concerts to support this album. From the album only the title track was ever played live by the band during its final tour supporting the Civilian album.
Civilian is the eleventh and final studio album by British band Gentle Giant, released in 1980. It was recorded at Sound City Studios in the Van Nuys neighborhood of Los Angeles with former Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick. Consisting mostly of short rock songs, it is closer to a hard rock sound than the progressive style for which the band is best known. The album also marked a return to Columbia Records in the U.S. and Canada after an eight-year hiatus; the band's last album released with Columbia had been 1972's Octopus.
Under Construction was the first of two box sets of the English progressive rock band Gentle Giant, released in 1997. Its purpose was to collect together all the unreleased material, demos, outtakes and the odd live recordings that the band had created during their career.
Scraping the Barrel was the second of two box sets of the English progressive rock band Gentle Giant, released in 2004.
Gary William Green is a British musician. During the 1970s, he was the guitarist for the progressive rock band Gentle Giant. Green was with the band from the debut album Gentle Giant all the way to the last album Civilian. Green's style was different from most of his peers, being a more blues-based guitarist. Like his fellow band members, Green was also adept at other instruments, including mandolin and recorder. According to a 2008 interview, founding member Phil Shulman said that, despite Green's blues influences, he fit in well with the band's progressive style since Green was "quick on the up-take."
Derek Shulman is a Scottish musician and singer, multi-instrumentalist, and record executive. From 1970 to 1980, he was lead vocalist for the band Gentle Giant.
Jonathan Mark Thomas Noyce is an English musician. He plays electric bass instruments and is primarily known as a member of British rock group Jethro Tull, with whom he toured and recorded as a member from 1995 until 2007. Noyce is also known for his long association with guitarist Gary Moore.
Moulettes are an English eclectic Art Rock band that combines elements of Rock, Prog, Folk and Pop. The band was formed in 2002 in Glastonbury, England by Hannah Miller, Ruth Skipper, Robert Skipper, Oliver Austin and Ted Dwane (bass).
Charlotte Glasson is a multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, composer and session player, playing soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophone, flute, alto flute, piccolo, clarinet, bass clarinet, violin and viola, penny whistle, melodica, percussion, and saw.
Gentle Giant Live at the Bicentennial 1776-1976 is a live album by British progressive rock band Gentle Giant recorded in Hempstead, New York on 3 July 1976. The CD was released by Alucard Music in 2014.