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Gaia are a progressive folk/rock psychedelic band. Dynamic and passionate, they project the space-rock ethereality of Pink Floyd/Hawkwind with the vocal harmoni
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Gaia is: Dave Hancock (Vocals & Acoustic Guitar) John Rose (Lead Guitar & Vocals) Iain West (Bass & Vocals) Steve Gilberthorpe (Drums & Percussion) Dave, Iain and John, along with original drummer Steve Booth had all appeared with different bands on the live original circuit in the North of England for over ten years prior to the bands conception in 2002. After working on several projects, writing material, and realizing the chemistry was right, a natural energy and enthusiasm pushed the band to set about creating an album. Soulwind was written, recorded and produced by the band at The Hive studio in their home town of Barnsley. The album is a mix of mellow, folk-tinged acoustic based songs and hard edged, visceral anthems, the alchemy of many varying influences and the individuality of each band member. Gaia are at present working on a second studio album, Sun into Gold, which is almost due for release. This new material sees an advancement and maturity of style. With the addition of Steve Gilberthorpe taking up the sticks after Booth's departure, the lads are looking forward to getting out on the road to promote the latest offering. Also with an acoustic E.P. in the pipeline, Gaia continue to write and record with as much passion as ever.
Have you performed in front of an audience?
We play live quite often. It's good to get out of town and meet new people who are appreciative of what we do. Love playing festivals.
Your musical influences
Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, Miles Davis, Nick Drake, Hawkwind, Frank Zappa, The Doors, Love, Radiohead, Elbow....etc
What equipment do you use?
Voices, drums, guitars, keyboards, percussion, microphones and occasionally saxophone and violin
Anything else?
Gaia were the founders of Barnsley Original Music Collective which organises local events throughout the year culminating in the annual BOMfest. Still going strong and now in it's fourth year. www.bomfest.com