Thursday, February 29, 2024

Downes Braide Association To Perform Live

DBA, the musical collaboration between keyboard player Geoff Downes (Yes, Asia, Buggles) and singer/songwriter Chris Braide, are set to make their first ever live stage performance  on Friday 28th September.

Sponsored by Prog magazine, the event will take place in the candlelit, atmospheric surroundings of Trading Boundaries situated in a Grade II Georgian manor house in the heart of Sussex – The venue having been voted 2nd Best Venue in the magazine’s 2017 poll (after the Royal Albert Hall) – And will be a special showcase for their latest album Skyscraper Souls.

DBA has been a labour of love for both Downes and Braide, the three having produced three critically acclaimed albums, with Skyscraper Souls being their most ambitious yet, and featuring guest stars including Marc Almond, Kate Pierson (B-52s), Andy Partridge (XTC), Ash Soan (The Voice) and David Longdon (Big Big Train).

“Working with Geoff on the Skyscraper Souls album and its two predecessors has reacquainted me with the kind of music I love. Epic and euphoric,” said Braide. “To be able to make music like this with my dear friend is a real pleasure and reminds me why I got into music in the first place. I’m looking forward to opening up the songs in a live setting.” 

Downes added: “It’s been both a revelation and inspiration for me, working with Chris on our DBA project together, and long may it continue. He is extremely gifted, both as a writer and producer, and I am very proud of our collaboration. We immediately hit it off when we first met some eight years ago, and since then, have gently nurtured our way through three studio albums. Now, taking this onto the live stage is going to be a real thrill for both of us. Our motto has always been: DBA = Joy and Fun!”

Joining Downes and Braide on the evening will be bass player Andy Hodge, who worked with them on Skyscraper Souls alongside other guests who are to be announced. The original cover art for the album by Roger Dean will also be on display during the event.

Skyscraper Souls is out now and available through Amazon and iTunes digital.


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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