He’s worked with everyone from Whitesnake and Wishbone Ash to Thin Lizzy and…Andrew Llloyd Webber. With credits on more than 300 albums worldwide, HRH Prog VII has landed a genuine superstar in the shape of the self-styled king of keys – Don Airey.
The Sunderland-born musician has been a permanent member of blues rock royalty Deep Purple since the retirement of Jon Lord in 2002. And Airey will precede headliner Hawkwind on what promises to be a super Saturday at Camp HRH this November.
New solo album One Of A Kind is released on May 25 via earMUSIC and Airey will warm up for HRH Prog VII on Purple’s mammoth trek across the US this summer alongside NWOBHM legends Judas Priest.
2018 sees the legendary tinkler celebrate his 50thyear in the music business. And Airey continues to push the boundaries after building his reputation with Black Sabbath, Rainbow and Jethro Tull.
Michael Schenker, Brian May and Steve Vai have all called on the keyboardist’s unique talents down the decades. And Airey has never sounded better blasting out Purple’s bulging back catalogue and the band’s critically acclaimed new material.
Airey joins Hawkwind, Pendragon, Martin Turner Ex-Wishbone Ash and The Strawbs as one of the biggest hitters at HRH Prog VII – taking place in Pwllheli from November 15-18. And festival bosses have added another four bands to a jam-packed line-up with The C:Live Collective, M.I.N.D., Mother Black Cap and Kindred Spirit confirmed this week.
“Talk about a lucky seven,” said HRH’s CEO Jonni Davis. “Look at line-up we’ve drawn together for this celebration of prog. When you think of how committed, creative and skilful prog musicians are – and just what these HRH-bound acts have contributed to rock – that’s a mind-blowing array of talent we’ve brought together. It’ll be an event to remember!”
For further details, check out the HRH Prog website or call 0207 193 0490.