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Downes Braide Association Live In England

Downes Braide Association (DBA) has announced the release of Live In England a 2CD/DVD Box set on 29th November 2019 through Cherry Red Records, with a double vinyl edition released in the new year on 14th February to coincide with what will be their second live appearance.

The fourth album release by the duo of keyboard player Geoff Downes and singer/songwriter Chris Braide, it captures their first ever concert at Trading Boundaries in East Sussex, on 28th September 2108 (where their 2020 live appearance is also scheduled for).

“It was a most memorable evening, last September, at the iconic Trading Boundaries venue and we believe we have managed to capture the magic of the whole night,” said Downes. “Chris and I were supported by some amazing musicians – Andy Hodge, Dave Colquhoun and David Longdon and narrated by Barney Ashton Bullock.

“As well as songs from our albums we have added some extra special treats and we hope it gives a rare insight into the special songwriting and production relationship Chris and I have developed over the last decade on the journey that is DBA.”

That additional material mentioned are hits from Downe’s time with the bands Buggles and Asia. A full list of the songs performed and available in each format are as follows:

 CD1 features: ‘Prelude’, ‘Skyscraper Souls’, ‘Machinery Of Fate’, ‘Live Twice’, ‘Vanity’, ‘Suburban Ghosts’ ‘Bolero’/’Video Killed The Radio Star’, ‘Glacier Girl’ and ‘Angel On Your Shoulder’.

CD2 features ‘Tomorrow’, ‘Lighthouse’, ‘Skin Deep’, ‘Darker Times’, ‘Finale’, ‘Heat Of The Moment’, ‘The Smile Has Left Your Eyes’ and ‘Dreaming Of England’.

The DVD features ‘Prelude’, ‘Skyscraper Souls’, ‘Machinery Of Fate’, ‘Live Twice’, ‘Vanity’, ‘Suburban Ghosts’,  ‘Bolero/Video Killed The Radio Star’, ‘Glacier Girl’, ‘Angel On Your Shoulder’, ‘Tomorrow’, ‘Lighthouse’, ‘Skin Deep’, ‘Darker Times’, ‘Finale’, ‘Heat Of The Moment’, ‘The Smile Has Left Your Eyes’ and ‘Dreaming Of England’.

After many requests for DBA to perform live, Geoff and myself, along with the excellent musicianship of Andy Hodge, Dave Colquhoun, David Longdon, Barney Ashton Bullock, finally took to the stage for the first time at the stunning Trading Boundaries.

“It was a wonderful evening surrounded by friends and the beautiful English countryside and this live album is a great document of that magical evening and encapsulates what DBA is all about.” Braide reflected of the evening.

“We sincerely hope you enjoy the music with us, from this very special occasion, in a raw and live setting, and we thank you for all your support,” said Downes in conclusion.

Featuring artwork by the legendary Roger Dean, You can pre-order Live In England by clicking here. As noted previously a vinyl edition will be released on 14th February when DBA will again take to the stage at Trading Boundaries, with more special guests. For more information on the evening click here.






Paul H Birch
Paul H Birch
RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

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