This year, I decided not to go to Nearfest because of the so-so lineup (in my opinion); but that didn't stop me from enjoying the Nearfest pre-show- no called Progressive Legends Showcase (II). The day of the event, I thought... why not do a quick sketch and get the band to sign it. So I QUICKLY found some images of the band from 2005 and designed a very hastily done sketch.
For people not in `the know,' Hatfield and the North is an amazing Canterbury Band from England that plays their own type of fusion. After breaking up in the 70's, they reformed 30 years later! It was about time! LOL Add some rock, some jazz, some humor... experimentation and you have the Hatfields. This was the bands first time playing in North America ever. It took them 34 years to get here. These guys were mega loud ( we were next to the amp), but played a varied set of old tunes as well as a lot of new compositions. Richard Sinclair blistered at the bass and the keyboardist was brilliant. All the band members were into the gig and created an amazingly magical evening. I have pictures on my Progressive Rock Site. Thanks Richard you are the classiest of the classy. Cheers!
Addendum; as per August 29: I am shocked and saddened by the following news. Drummer Pip Pyle died in a Paris hotel early in the morning of August 28th shortly after returning to France upon completing a Hatfield & the North gig in Groningen, The Netherlands on August 26th. Pip was a nice person and talented drummer and songwriter.