Internationally acclaimed fantasy artist and drummer Rodney Matthews and award-winning composer and Yes keyboardist Oliver Wakeman have joined forces once again to deliver yet another stunning art and music package, this time in the form of a Christmas Single – expect to feel a sense of nostalgia, before being brought back to the present by an outburst of prog that is sure to rock your Christmas!
Painted to the lyrics of the much-loved carol ‘In the Bleak Midwinter‘, Matthews’ vision is of a windswept snowscape, braved only by a couple of hardy Highland cows, while the residents of the medieval village are indoors making merry. The image inspired a new arrangement of the Gustav Holst classic, with a whole new section written and arranged into it by Wakeman. The track is both gutsy and elegant in equal measures. Alongside Matthews on drums and Wakeman on piano and keyboards is Rockposer Dot Com! reviewer David Mark Pearce on guitars, Steve Amadeo on bass and Pete Coleman on recorder. Vocals are provided by Miv Cameron and Charlotte Dickerson.
In the Bleak Midwinter is available on CD format, with both a Carol Edit and Radio Edit included, at www.rodneymatthewsstudios.com.