News


Special Guests Announced For Bilston Concert

5th September, 2014

John Lees' Barclay James Harvest are pleased to announce that special guest artists for their show at The Robin 2 in Bilston on October 12th will be Tin Spirits, featuring former XTC guitarist Dave Gregory, whose new album Scorch is released via Esoteric Antenna on the 15th September.

Here's a link to their new single "Summer Now", taken from the album:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfOADav8bAE

Tin Spirits website is: http://www.tinspirits.co.uk



JLBJH Ticket Links

3rd June, 2014

Tickets are now on sale for the Neustadt Weinbiet Open Air concert on 6th September, and the Taunton Quartz Festival on 11th October.

Ticket links are as follows:

06.09.14: Neustadt

11.10.14: Taunton



Two More UK Concerts

23rd April, 2014

Two more dates have been confirmed for John Lees' Barclay James Harvest in the UK, as follows:

11.10.14 Taunton Quartz Festival (tickets on sale from early June)
12.10.14 Bilston, The Robin 2 Tickets



Spanish Concerts Cancelled

17th April, 2014

It is with great regret that we have to announce that the promoter of the two JLBJH scheduled concerts in Barcelona and Madrid has cancelled the concerts.

The band was looking forward to coming to Spain and the notice of cancellations at such short notice is very distressing. We are well aware that some fans will have committed to travel to Spain to see these performances, and also our thoughts are with Spanish fans who have purchased tickets.

Refunds can be obtained at the point of purchase, but John, Jez, Craig and Kev realise that this isn't really enough. Although the action was entirely out of their hands, the band and management apologise sincerely for any inconvenience caused.



Two More German Festivals for JLBJH

14th April, 2014

John Lees' Barclay James Harvest are pleased to announce that they will be appearing at two more German festivals this summer, as follows:

06.06.14 Fulda Schloßhof - Rock Legends In Concert, with Saga - tickets
06.09.14 Neustadt an der Weinstraße, Freibad Neustadt-Mussbach, supported by Christina Lux

Ticket link for Neustadt will follow shortly ...



UK JLBJH Date

3rd April, 2014

We've just received confirmation that John Lees' Barclay James Harvest will be appearing at Farnham Maltings on Friday, 10th October, 2014.

Tickets are on sale now from:
https://farnhammaltings.com/events/john-lees-barclay-james-harvest-2/

There will be a few more shows in the UK around that time, but not as many as last year - more will be announced soon.



JLBJH in Luxembourg

3rd April, 2014

John Lees' Barclay James Harvest are pleased to announce that they will be appearing at the Château Beaufort in Luxembourg on Friday, 25th July, 2014.

Tickets go on sale on Monday, 7th April, and details can be found at www.beaufort.lu



JLBJH Record Store Day Release

20th March, 2014

As part of the seventh annual Record Store Day, Esoteric Antenna will be releasing a special four-track 12" EP by John Lees' Barclay James Harvest.

The EP will comprise the two songs which were missing from the vinyl LP of "North", plus last Christmas's download-only single of "Hymn (2013)" and an exclusive live track from the band's 2011 concert at the Buxton Opera House.

Full details are as follows:



Ancient Waves Record Store Day EP

Side One:

  1. Ancient Waves
  2. On Top Of The World

Side Two:
  1. Hymn (2013)
  2. Ancient Waves (live at Buxton Opera House February 2011)

The EP is strictly limited to 750 copies, and will ONLY be available from participating independent record shops in the UK on Record Store Day, 19th April, 2014. A list of the stores and more information can be found on the official Record Store Day web site.

It is possible that, if there are some copies unsold after the day, so to speak, we MAY be able to offer them for sale through the BJH web site, but we cannot guarantee that. The only way to be sure of getting one is to visit your local participating independent record shop.



JLBJH and Alan Parsons at German Festival

12th March, 2014

We can now confirm that JLBJH, together with Alan Parsons Live Project and Nazareth, will be appearing at the Lieder am See festival in Spalt, Germany, on Starurday, 16th August, 2014.

The beautiful festival site includes its own beach - more info at
http://www.liederamsee.de/home.html

Tickets are available from
http://www.nuernberg-ticket.com/deutsch/rock-und-pop/35560/lieder-am-see-spalt.aspx?cid=-1&page=0&ref=32



JLBJH To Play Swiss Festival

10th March, 2014

John Lees' Barclay James Harvest are pleased to announce that they will be appearing at the Open Air festival at Fahrwangen in Switzerland (about 20km from Zürich) on 26th July, 2014.

Details can be found on the festival web site at www.openair-fahrwangen.ch

More concerts for 2014 will be announced soon.



JLBJH in Spain

23rd January, 2014

John Lees' Barclay James Harvest are pleased to announce their first two concerts of 2014, which will take place in Spain at the end of April, as follows:

24th April - Barcelona Sala Luz de Gas
25th April - Madrid Sala Arena

Tickets are now on sale for both Barcelona and Madrid.



North Tour Merchandise In Stock

1st December, 2013



JLBJH North Tour ProgrammeNorth T-Shirt

We now have the North tour programme and T-shirts from the recent JLBJH UK tour in stock. At present we have only sizes M and XL in the T-shirts. More details at:

http://www.bjharvest.co.uk/swallowt.htm



JLBJH Christmas Concert to be Streamed Live

18th November, 2013

JLBJH will be headlining the German radio station SWR1's Christmas Concert on Sunday, 22nd December, at the Emmerich-Smola-Saal of SWR Studios in Kaiserslautern. The show begins at 1900 German time (1800 UK time), and there will be a live audio and video stream over the web.

Tickets, priced at 10 Euros, will be available from 25th November from the Thalia Bookshop, Kerststraße 9-15, 67655 Kaiserslautern (Tel.: 0631 / 362190) or direct from the SWR Studio, Fliegerstraße 36, 67657 Kaiserslautern (Tel.: 0631 / 36228395-65). They are also obtainable by e-mailing kaiserslautern@swr.de.

The live stream will be available via http://swrmediathek.de/content/live.htm - more details to follow nearer the broadcast date.



New Download Single

14th November, 2013



Hymn 2013 download single

John Lees' Barclay James Harvest's new version of "Hymn", which was recorded for a recent German television programme, is to be made available as a download-only single.

The single will be released on 25th November, and will be available on iTunes and all good digital music retailer sites.

Order from iTunes



JLBJH On Magazine Cover Discs

21st September, 2013

"On Leave", from the new John Lees' Barclay James Harvest album, North, is included in all its nine-minute glory on not one, but two music magazine cover discs this month!

The forthcoming issues of Prog magazine and Rock Society both include the piece on their free CD, and Prog also includes a four-page interview with the band about the album. Prog can be found in good newsagents in the UK, and both magazines can be ordered from anywhere in the world from their respective web sites:

Prog magazine: http://www.progrockmag.com/

Rock Society magazine: http://www.classicrocksociety.co.uk/

The deluxe CD, standard CD and vinyl LP albums of North are due out on October 7th, and can be pre-ordered through our secure online shop.



North Tracklistings

21st August, 2013



North album cover

The tracklistings have now been confirmed for the various editions of North, which will be released by Esoteric Antenna on October 7th, as follows:

SINGLE CD EDITION:

  1. If You Were Here Now
  2. Ancient Waves
  3. In Wonderland
  4. On Leave
  5. The Real Deal
  6. On Top of the World
  7. Unreservedly Yours
  8. North
  9. The End of the Day

LIMITED EDITION 2 DISC SET:

Disc One - "North"
  1. If You Were Here Now
  2. Ancient Waves
  3. In Wonderland
  4. On Leave
  5. The Real Deal
  6. On Top of the World
  7. Unreservedly Yours
  8. North
  9. The End of the Day

Disc Two - "The Opera House, Buxton - 19th February 2011"
  1. Ursula (The Swansea Song)
  2. Galadriel
  3. Mockingbird
  4. Ball and Chain
  5. Summer Soldier
  6. Medicine Man
  7. Song for Dying
  8. The Poet / After the Day

VINYL LP:

Side One
  1. If You Were Here Now
  2. In Wonderland
  3. On Leave

Side Two
  1. The Real Deal
  2. Unreservedly Yours
  3. North
  4. The End of the Day

Whilst the vinyl LP contains two fewer tracks than the CD versions, Esoteric are looking to put a limited edition vinyl release out for Record Store Day 2014 which will feature "Ancient Waves" and "On Top of the World", with the possibility of an extra track.

"On Top of The World" features The Frugal Horns:

John J Lees: Cornet
Graham "Batts" Batley: Cornet
Jolyon Stead: Euphonium
Bruce Jones: Trombone

"The End of the Day" features:

John J Lees: Flugelhorn

"The End of the Day" also features an unpublished poem by Saddleworth poet Ammon Wrigley (1861 - 1946) - There is a statue of the poet in the village of Uppermill.

Pre-order North from our secure online shop.



John Lees' Barclay James Harvest - North

10th August, 2013




The long-awaited, brand-new studio album from John Lees' Barclay James Harvest will be released on October 7th by Esoteric Antenna.

Final tracklisting is still to be confirmed, but will include "Ancient Waves", "On Leave", and the grand finale, showcasing the album's title track.

The album will be available on three different formats: standard CD, deluxe double CD digipack with the second disc comprising highlights from the band's emotional farewell concert for Woolly at the Buxton Opera House, and a single vinyl LP (with two less tracks) on heavyweight 180g vinyl in a luxury gatefold sleeve. The vinyl LP will be a strictly limited edition of no more than 1,000 copies.

Pre-order North from our secure online shop.



Release Date Set For New Album

14th June, 2013

The release date for the forthcoming JLBJH studio album, North, on Esoteric Antenna, has now been set for October 7th. Ordering information to follow ...



London Gig Selling Fast!

14th June, 2013

The Islington Assembly show in London on November 8th is now three-quarters sold out - before any advertising has been done!

If you haven't booked yet, don't delay, as it's seated, and there is only very limited flexibiliy to make it seated with a small standing area, too. The link to buy tickets for the concert is:

http://www.eventelephant.com/johnleesbarclayjamesharvestislingtonassemblyhall

Advertising will begin in two to three weeks, so make sure you don't miss out!



New JLBJH Single out Now!

8th April, 2013

Read a review of the single

On the day of release, the single made it to Number 79 in Amazon's overall download rankings, Number 3 in their Rock chart, and Number 1 in Classic Rock!


On behalf of the band we would like to thank all the fans so much for supporting the band's single, "Unreservedly Yours". On waving them off to Germany today the band were absolutely delighted at the response and want to thank you all so much. It means a lot to them.

Vicky Powell
Esoteric



Unreservedly Yours single

"Unreservedly Yours" will be featured on the band's new album North, to be released both physically and digitally in September 2013 on the Esoteric Antenna label. Featuring John Lees (vocals, guitars), Craig Fletcher (vocals, bass), Jez Smith (keyboards, vocals) and Kevin Whitehead (drums, percussion), the song and forthcoming album are very much group efforts, in the tradition of classic BJH, with every track being written specifically for the album by all four members of the band.

The single is download-only, and you can get it from the links below.

iTunes UK

iTunes Germany

iTunes France

Amazon UK

Amazon Deutschland



Martin Lawrence

28th March, 2013

Shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden death of Martin Lawrence, sound engineer and co-producer of XII, Eyes Of The Universe, Turn Of The Tide, Caught In The Light and Nexus.

Sincere condolences to all of his friends and family.



New JLBJH Single out on April 8th!

28th March, 2013



Unreservedly Yours single

"Unreservedly Yours" will be featured on the band's new album North, to be released both physically and digitally in September 2013 on the Esoteric Antenna label. Featuring John Lees (vocals, guitars), Craig Fletcher (vocals, bass), Jez Smith (keyboards, vocals) and Kevin Whitehead (drums, percussion), the song and forthcoming album are very much group efforts, in the tradition of classic BJH, with every track being written specifically for the album by all four members of the band.

This single will be download-only, and you can pre-order it now from the links below.

iTunes pre-order link for the UK

iTunes pre-order link for Germany



One More JLBJH UK Concert

19th February, 2013

John Lees' Barclay James Harvest are pleased to announce the final addition to their November UK tour, as follows:

21.11.13 Cambridge Junction


The list of JLBJH November dates, with links to buy tickets for the gigs now on sale, is as follows:

07.11.13 Bath Komedia
08.11.13 London Islington Assembly
09.11.13 Milton Keynes Stables
10.11.13 Bilston, The Robin
15.11.13 Edinburgh, Liquid Rooms
16.11.13 Holmfirth Picturedrome
21.11.13 Cambridge Junction
22.11.13 Southampton, The Brook
23.11.13 Tavistock Wharf



JLBJH UK Concerts

5th February, 2013

John Lees' Barclay James Harvest are pleased to announce further concerts in November for the UK, as follows:


21.11.13 TBA, probably Oxford
22.11.13 Southampton, The Brook
23.11.13 Tavistock Wharf


The list of JLBJH November dates in the UK is now as follows:

07.11.13 Bath Komedia
08.11.13 London Islington Assembly
09.11.13 Milton Keynes Stables
10.11.13 Bilston, The Robin
15.11.13 Edinburgh, Liquid Rooms
16.11.13 Holmfirth Picturedrome
21.11.13 TBA, probably Oxford
22.11.13 Southampton, The Brook
23.11.13 Tavistock Wharf


Special guests for the whole tour with the exception of Edinburgh (TBA) will be Gordon Giltrap and Oliver Wakeman, who will have a new album called Ravens and Lullabies out in March:



Giltrap/Wakeman

Guitar Legend and the next generation of keyboard wizardry join forces as Gordon Giltrap and keyboardist Oliver Wakeman (fresh from 4 years of touring with the classic progressive rock band Yes) perform together in support of their Ravens and Lullabies album released on Esoteric Antenna in March 2013.

One of the most innovative acoustic guitarists in the UK today, Gordon Giltrap has developed his own unique style, much copied, but never bettered. It is impossible not to be awestruck as he coaxes incredible melodies from his instruments; you almost suspect a second pair of hands. He is well known for his varied musical output and Heartsong (a hit single from the album Perilous Journey in 1977) is instantly recognisable as the theme for the BBC TV's long running Holiday programme.

Following ten solo albums in a variety of styles, Oliver Wakeman joined the legendary band 'YES' in 2008, touring with them up until 2011. A live CD and triple vinyl release, In The Present - Live from Lyon, was a fitting bookend to his period in the band. He has also worked with the folk rock band The Strawbs. He appeared on their last studio album as well as their 40th Anniversary CD release. Appearing in venues across North and South America, Europe and the UK with YES, Strawbs and as a solo artist, he has become a well respected live performing musician to add to his other talents as composer, songwriter, lyricist, arranger and producer.

Be prepared for beautiful compositions, wit and charm from these two virtuosos.



JLBJH UK Concerts

23rd January, 2013

John Lees' Barclay James Harvest have just confirmed a further UK concert for November:


15.11.13 Edinburgh, Liquid Rooms

Ticketing arrangements will be finalised and announced in the next week.



JLBJH UK Concerts

22nd January, 2013

John Lees' Barclay James Harvest are pleased to announce two more concerts in November for the UK, as follows:


07.11.13 Bath Komedia
10.11.13 Bilston, The Robin

Ticketing arrangements will be finalised and announced in the next week.



JLBJH UK Concerts

21st January, 2013

John Lees' Barclay James Harvest are pleased to announce three concerts in November for the UK, as follows:


08.11.13 London Islington Assembly
09.11.13 Milton Keynes Stables
16.11.13 Holmfirth Picturedrome

More dates will follow as soon as we have confirmation, along with ticketing details.



JLBJH in The Netherlands

2nd January, 2013

Happy New Year!

John Lees' Barclay James Harvest are pleased to announce an extra date on their Spring Tour, at the Boerdereij in Zoetermeer on 10th April. The full list of dates for this tour, with links for purchasing tickets, is now as follows:


10.04.13 Zoetermeer Boerderij
11.04.13 Bochum Zeche
13.04.13 Aschaffenburg Colos-Saal
14.04.13 Stuttgart LKA
15.04.13 Pratteln, CH, Z7
16.04.13 Ravensburg Oberschwabenhalle
18.04.13 Leipzig Gewandhaus
19.04.13 Dresden Alter Schlachthof
20.04.13 Neuruppin Kulturkirche
21.04.13 Berlin Kesselhaus



New Date Added in Bochum

20th December, 2012

John Lees' Barclay James Harvest are pleased to announce an extra date on their Spring Tour of Germany and Switzerland, at the Bochum Zeche on 11th April. The full list of dates for this tour, with links for purchasing tickets, is now as follows:


11.04.13 Bochum Zeche
13.04.13 Aschaffenburg Colos-Saal
14.04.13 Stuttgart LKA
15.04.13 Pratteln, CH, Z7
16.04.13 Ravensburg Oberschwabenhalle
18.04.13 Leipzig Gewandhaus
19.04.13 Dresden Alter Schlachthof
20.04.13 Neuruppin Kulturkirche
21.04.13 Berlin Kesselhaus



Woolly Wolstenholme Charity Raffle Result

13th December, 2012

Painting of Woolly Wolstenholme

On the second anniversary of Woolly's passing, we are very pleased to announce that the recent charity raffle raised a grand total of £517.00, which has now been donated to the Mental Health Foundation.

The winner of the Giclée Fine Art Print, signed by all of the other John Lees' Barclay James Harvest band members, is John Maas from The Netherlands.

Our grateful thanks go to Stuart Howard for donating the print, and especially to all of you who bought raffle tickets for your generosity.

Thanks to you, the total amount donated through the Woolly Wolstenholme JustGiving page has now passed £3,000 - a great boost for the cause of helping people with mental health issues, and a fitting tribute to Woolly today.




Woolly Wolstenholme Charity Raffle

15th November, 2012

A painting of Woolly, commissioned by BJH fan Stuart Howard, was presented to John at the recent JLBJH concert in Bristol. Stuart also took along a very high quality Giclée Fine Art Print of the painting, which all of the band members signed on the night, and has very kindly donated this to be raffled by us, with all proceeds going to the Mental Health Foundation charity. The print measures approximately 59 x 42cm, and will be sent to the winner of the raffle rolled in a strong cardboard tube, ready for framing.

The raffle is open from now until six p.m. UK time on the closing date of Wednesday, December 12th, and tickets cost just £1.00 each, from the BJH web site Charity Raffle page, where you can also see a picture of the print.



New German JLBJH Date

31st October, 2012

Another date has just been added to the Spring Tour, at the Kulturkirche in Neuruppin. The full list of German and Swiss concerts now reads:



Buy tickets online




JLBJH October Concerts - Three Cancellations

9th October, 2012

It is with great regret that due to contractual and production difficulties beyond the control of the group and management, John Lees' Barclay James Harvest are unable to perform at the following concerts on the forthcoming UK tour:


To say that John, Jez, Craig and Kevin are disappointed is a huge understatement. John Lees' Barclay James Harvest will be performing the following concerts:

Full refunds for tickets bought for the Edinburgh, Wolverhampton and Norwich concerts can be obtained at source. Once again, the band extends their apologies for this unavoidable and regretful situation.


Official statement regarding the concert concellations.




JLBJH 2013 Concerts in Germany and Switzerland

8th October, 2012

We're delighted to announce that John Lees' Barclay James Harvest will be playing live shows in Germany and Switzerland in April, 2013, to coincide with the release of a brand new studio album.

The dates are as follows:

Tickets will be on sale very soon through www.adticket.de




JLBJH in Japan!

9th June, 2012

John Lees' Barclay James Harvest are very pleased to announce their first ever visit to Japan in August 2012.

The band will perform two concerts in the country, organised by the Club Citta organisation.

The concerts are as follows:




Crystal Palace Garden Party cancelled

29th May, 2012

Unfortunately the Crystal Palace Garden Party scheduled for June 23rd has had to be cancelled because of structural/safety issues with the stage. Here's a message from the organisers:

It is with great disappointment that I must notify you guys that the Crystal Palace Garden Party will not now be able to go ahead.

When it was realised that a 1.5 ton scissor lift truck must come on to the stage to erect the sails and rigging some cursory tests were made to the structure.

There was some obvious weather wear to the stage and the temporary boards that were put down some time ago ... On closer examination it seemed there might be a problem

a structural engineer was called and rotten joists checked etc it was discovered the delapidation was much worse than was at first thought

Any sign off on safety or otherwise of the structure cannot be made possibly for several weeks or more...

Under other circumstances postponement to a new date would be an obvious option but due to the Olympics, no Police support can be used until after the Paralympics and after then, the park already has other events in the diary up to the end of September after which it is unfeasible to have an outdoor concert...

To me this represented an opportunity that I have been working towards for several years and have been working solidly over 5 months 7 days per week!

I can hardly put into words the frustration I feel...

Yours sincerely and with a heavy heart

Mike Fox
Crystal Palace Garden Party Ltd


JLBJH are very disappointed at this turn of events, but obviously it's out of their hands.

For refunds, please contact the agency where you bought your tickets - any problems with getting refunds, please let us know.




JLBJH Edinburgh Date on 18th October Moved to 17th October

29th May, 2012

Mean Fiddler have informed us that due to an administrative reasons, the JLBJH concert at the HMV Picture House in Edinburgh on October 18th has had to be brought forward by a day to October 17th. All tickets purchased for the concert will still be valid for the new date. Anyone unable to attend the new date can apply for refunds at the point of sale. Mean Fiddler apologise for any inconvenience caused.




JLBJH Metropolis Concert now on CD and DVD

17th May, 2012


John Lees' Barclay James Harvest - Live In Concert At Metropolis Studios London artwork

Salvo Records are re-issuing John Lees' Barclay James Harvest's Live in Concert at Metropolis Studios, London as a collectors' edition DVD and CD set on June 4th. Tracklisting is as follows:

The DVD contains the same tracks, plus an interview with John. The set can be pre-ordered now through the secure shop on this site, and details can be found at http://www.bjharvest.co.uk/s-dvdcdmetro.htm




JLBJH to play Crystal Palace Garden Party

17th April, 2012

John Lees' Barclay James Harvest are pleased to announce that they will be playing the Crystal Palace Garden Party on Saturday, June 23rd, together with a great line-up including Rick Wakeman, Hawkwind, Curved Air, Strawbs and Focus. Earlybird tickets are now on sale at http://www.crystalpalacegardenparty.com/pages/main.html.

Hope to see you there!




2012 UK Dates

3rd February, 2012

John Lees' Barclay James Harvest are pleased to announce the following live concerts for October this year:

All shows will be seated. Tickets go on sale today, February 3rd, and the ticket price will be £22.00, although some venues may charge additional booking fees.

No other dates will be added to the UK tour.

INTERACTIVE TOUR MAP




A Personal Thank You From John

1st December, 2011

Thank you from me to all of the people listed below who made a donation to my Movember page, helping to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men. As a team we have raised almost £800 and still have some collection boxes to come in so well done to everyone for getting behind us.

Linda Mason, Christine Ann Old, Neil Pudney, Masakazu Fujita, Keith and Monika Domone, Jez Smith, Rob Ironmonger, Rob Price, Matt Oe, Peter Morrell, Martin Chadwick, Ian Chennell, Sarah Warren, Vicky Powell, Alex Torres, J. Inglis and Olwen Lees, plus all the people who contributed at Holmfirth and Leamington Spa.

P.S. the page is still live if anyone else wishes to make a contribution.

All the best,
John.




Charity Auction

27th November, 2011



Autographed JLBJH waistcoat

Now up for auction on eBay, a unique waistcoat with hand-stitched butterfly inspired by the classic Barclay James Harvest album artwork from Once Again, Baby James Harvest and Early Morning Onwards. The waistcoat has been signed and dated with an indelible fabric pen by John Lees and the other members of John Lees' Barclay James Harvest - Kev Whitehead, Jez Smith and Craig Fletcher - at the band's concert in Holmfirth last weekend. The grey waistcoat is size 10 - 12, has gold and black coloured metal buttons and is fully lined with a beautiful material decorated with sparkly silver butterflies, stars and flowers (hand wash only, because of the glitter on the lining).

As those of you who were at the recent Holmfirth or Leamington concerts will know, John is currently sporting a moustache in support of the Movember charity appeal, the aim of which is to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men. All proceeds from this auction will be donated to John's Movember fund - get a perfect one-off Christmas gift and give to charity at the same time!

The auction listing can be found at JLBJH Charity eBay Auction

You can also find out more about the charity, make a donation or just see John's 'tache on John's Movember Page!




Special Guests For The UK Concerts In November

7th September, 2011

The special guests for JLBJH's two UK dates in November are now confirmed as
The Gramotones (Holmfirth Picturedrome, November 19th) and
Sanguine Hum (Leamington Spa Assembly, November 20th).




JLBJH at Leamington Spa

23rd August, 2011

John Lees' Barclay James Harvest are pleased to announce a UK concert at The Assembly in Leamington Spa on November 20th, 2011. Tickets are on sale now from http://www2.seetickets.com/leamingtonassembly/price.asp?code=581850 or by calling 0844 8541358.




JLBJH High Voltage Live CD

28th July, 2011

JLBJH High Voltage live CD

Last weekend's excellent John Lees' Barclay James Harvest live set at London's High Voltage Festival was recorded straight from the mixing desk by live recording specialists Concert Live, and is now available as a completely unretouched recording as part of a special 3CD set. The 75-minute live set is spread across two CDs and there is a bonus computer CD containing a short video interview with the band filmed on the day of the gig, plus a gallery of photos taken during their set.


The set includes "Ball And Chain" and "Song For Dying", which are making their first ever appearance on an official live recording, as is "Taking Some Time On", which had not been performed live for over 40 years! The full tracklisting is:


This is not a polished live album, but a unique souvenir of a complete concert, presented in a smart fold-out digipack. Contrary to our earlier news item, we have now managed to obtain a small number of the CDs to sell through the BJH web site. Full details on how to order this set can be found in our online shop.




Return To Holmfirth

11th July, 2011

John Lees' Barclay James Harvest will be returning to the Holmfirth Picturedrome for a live show on November 19th, 2011. There won't be a full UK tour this year, but there is a possibility of just one or two more shows being added around the same time as the Holmfirth gig. Meanwhile, those of you who are still waiting for the autographed DVDs from the Metropolis show should receive them very soon, as the band have been busy signing the inserts. Apologies for the long delay, which was completely out of the band's control.




JLBJH High Voltage Live CD

7th July, 2011

JLBJH High Voltage live CD

Concert Live will be producing live CDs of the whole of John Lees' Barclay James Harvest performance at the High Voltage festival on July 23rd. These CDs are raw live recordings, authorised by the band and taken direct from the mixing desk. They will be available to festival-goers as soon as the band's set is over, but can also be ordered from the Concert Live web site. They will not be available direct from us or from any other shops or online stores. If you would like to pre-order the CD, either for collection at the festival on the day, or to be sent to you afterwards, you can do so at this link:

Concert Live JLBJH CD




JLBJH Play French Festival

27th May, 2011

John Lees' Barclay James Harvest will play their first ever concert in France at the Colmar Wine Festival on August 15th, 2011. Also on the bill are Status Quo and Saga. Tickets are expected to go on sale next Wednesday from the festival web site:

http://www.foire-colmar.com/fr/programmation-festival




John Lees' Barclay James Harvest "Classic Rock Legends" DVD

12th April, 2011
Classic Rock Legends DVD cover

NOW IN STOCK!

Out soon is a new DVD, filmed live for ITV in the intimate surroundings of London's Metropolis Studios on 4th December, 2010. The band was appearing as a quartet in the absence of Woolly Wolstenholme, who was unable to appear due illness, and who tragically died nine days later. The DVD includes the first recording of a new John Lees song, "Ancient Waves" and a performance of "Ursula (The Swansea Song)", dedicated to Woolly.

Tracks:

The DVD was released on May 23rd, and is available through our online shop.




JLBJH German Festival

31st March, 2011

John Lees' Barclay James Harvest will be playing another German festival this summer, the Anklam Open Air Festival on Saturday, 25th June.

The full list of JLBJH festival dates confirmed so far for this summer is as follows:




JLBJH Summer Festivals

10th March, 2011

John Lees' Barclay James Harvest will be performing at two summer festivals, as follows:

27th August, 2011:
Hit Radio Antenne Open Air Festival
Heidepark Resort
Soltau
Germany

Doors: 16.00
Festival start: 17:30

Ticketlink for ticket orders from Germany
Ticketlink for ticket orders from outside of Germany
Tickethotline: 0049-511-3946661


In addition, the band will be headlining The Munot Open Air event in Schaffhausen, Switzerland on 17th June. Tickets go on sale at the end of March and ticketing information will be posted as soon as possible.




JLBJH at High Voltage!

8th March, 2011

John Lees' Barclay James Harvest are delighted to announce that they will be headlining the Prog Stage at the High Voltage Festival in London's Victoria Park on July 23rd, 2011.

http://www.highvoltagefestival.com/




Buxton Concert Goes Ahead

20th January, 2011

After much deliberation, the band has decided to go ahead with their concert at the Buxton Opera House on Saturday, February 19th. The show will mark the band's personal farewell to Woolly, and the set will stick fairly closely to the original plan, including featuring some of the material from Once Again to mark the 40th anniversary of that album's release.




Woolly Wolstenholme

14th December, 2010

It is with great sadness that John Lees' Barclay James Harvest announces the passing of Woolly Wolstenholme. In recent weeks Woolly's mental health had taken a turn for the worse and sadly he took his own life on Monday 13th December 2010. As you can imagine, John, Craig, Jez and Kevin and everyone associated with the band are stunned that a shining light of Barclay James Harvest is no longer with us. In this difficult time our thoughts are with Woolly's partner, Sue. We would ask all of Woolly's fans to remember his incredible contribution to popular music and his unique presence on stage.




Important Announcement About The Upcoming UK Concerts:

16th November, 2010

It is with regret that John Lees' Barclay James Harvest announces that Woolly Wolstenholme will not be able to participate in the forthcoming UK concerts at the end of this month. Following doctor's advice, Woolly has been ordered to rest after suffering from nervous exhaustion. Woolly and the band are deeply disappointed that he won't be able to perform in the forthcoming shows, but everyone involved, including Woolly, feel that the concerts should still take place.

The group are looking forward to performing in Britain again and have a few surprises in store in terms of the set list, including the performance of a new song. Everyone wishes Woolly a speedy recovery and we're looking forward to having him back with the band as soon as he is well enough. John, Craig, Jez and Kevin are looking forward to seeing you all on tour at the end of this month.




Support Act For JLBJH in York

3rd November, 2010

Special guest at the John Lees' Barclay James Harvest concert at the York Grand Opera House on November 28th will be Jake Fletcher, keeping it in the family!



Caravan Added to Bill for JLBJH ITV Concert

30th October, 2010

JOHN LEES' BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST - ITV STATEMENT

JLBJH are pleased to announce that their ITV Legends recording at Metropolis Studios Chiswick on Saturday December 4th now has another band added to the day.

Specially reformed for the ITV Legends concerts, CARAVAN will be performing at 16:00 on the same day. There will be the same reception and meet and greet after the Caravan show - and for the remaining tickets available the price is the same VIP ticket at £175 to see both bands. There will be a break between bands from 18:30 to 20:30 and ticket holders will be able to leave the Metropolis complex and return. Chiswick High Road which is adjacent contains all necessary facilities, restaurants etc.

Existing JLBJH ticket holders automatically now have access to recordings of both CARAVAN and JLBJH

http://www.metropolis-group.co.uk/events.php?p=1




Support Act For JLBJH in Manchester

20th October, 2010

Special guests at the John Lees' Barclay James Harvest concert in Manchester will be Changing Horses, as suggested by Jez Smith:

http://www.changinghorsesmusic.com/




A Major Fancy Double CD Pre-Orders

19th October, 2010 John Lees - A Major Fancy double CD

The Esoteric Recordings edition of John Lees' A Major Fancy will be released on November 29th with a bonus disc including one never before heard song, plus alternative takes, demos and single edits. Full tracklisting is as follows:

Disc One (original album):
Untitled No.1 - Heritage; Child Of The Universe; Kes (A Major Fancy); Untitled No.2; Sweet Faced Jane; Witburg Night; Long Ships; Untitled No.3

Disc Two (bonus tracks):
Untitled No. 8 (previously unreleased song); Child Of The Universe (first version); Witburg Night (first mix); Untitled No. 2 (first version); Untitled No. 1 - Heritage (first version); Best Of My Love; You Can't Get It; Please Be With Me; Child Of The Universe (single edit)

The CD will also be available at the forthcoming John Lees' Barclay James Harvest concerts in London, Manchester and York, but we're expecting to receive our stock early so that we can fulfil pre-orders before the first concert.

The double CD will be priced at £13.00 including UK postage and can be ordered now through our online shop.




Support Act For JLBJH in London

13th October, 2010

John Lees' Barclay James Harvest's special guest in London (Islington O2 Academy) on November 26th will be Matt Stevens, a very interesting musician with a touch of the Robert Fripps! Please note that Matt will be on stage at 7.00 p.m. and JLBJH at 8.00 p.m. as there is a 10.00 p.m. curfew at this venue.

www.mattstevensguitar.com




JLBJH T-Shirts

13th October, 2010 John Lees' Barclay James Harvest T-shirt

Now in stock, John Lees' Barclay James Harvest shirts in a choice of long or short sleeves, as sold at the band's 2009 concerts. The back of the shirt is plain black without printing, and most sizes are available, but supplies are limited.

We also have a very small number of shirts from the 2006 tour, which have white printing on the back, in sizes M and XL only.

For pictures, more details and ordering information, check out the T-shirts, Programmes and Badges ordering page on the BJH site.




Once Again 40th Anniversary Celebrations

17th September, 2010

EMI Records will issue a Deluxe Edition of Once Again on January 31st, 2011, in time for the 40th anniversary of the release of the original album, which first appeared in February 1971. The 2CD set will include a new 5.1 surround mix of the album as well as previously unreleased versions of some of the songs from the album - a full tracklist will follow soon.

John Lees' Barclay James Harvest will be performing a one-off concert at Buxton Opera House on Saturday, February 19th, which will also form part of the 40th anniversary celebrations. The band plan to play a selection of songs from Once Again at the concert, as well as other classics, old and new.

Finally (for now!) John gave an extensive interview about the album to Classic Rock Presents Prog yesterday, and that will appear soon, possibly in the next edition.



A Major Fancy for November Reissue

2nd September, 2010

John's A Major Fancy album, recorded in 1972 and first released in 1977, will be reissued on CD by Esoteric Recordings in November, to coincide with the JLBJH concerts in England.

The CD will include previously unreleased demos and alternative versions of some of the album tracks, including an early recording of "Child Of The Universe" with different lyrics!

More details of release date, prices etc. as soon as we have them.



A Special Intimate Evening With JLBJH

The date: Saturday, 4th December 2010

The place: Metropolis Recording Studios, Chiswick, London

Metropolis Studios present

A special intimate evening with

John Lees’ Barclay James Harvest

A special performance for ITV and a DVD release strictly limited to 140 guests

The tickets for the evening include a special concert performance which will be recorded and filmed for broadcast and a DVD release. The ticket will also include:

www.metropolis-group.co.uk/events.php?p=1&id=51


JLBJH Show in York Now on Sale

11th June, 2010

The John Lees' Barclay James Harvest concert at the York Grand Opera House has just gone on sale.

You can order your tickets and even choose your seat/s yourself directly at the York Opera's Web Site.



JLBJH Confirm UK Dates

27th May, 2010

John Lees' Barclay James Harvest have just confirmed three UK dates for November 2010, as follows:

November 26: London Islington O2 Academy
November 27: Manchester Academy (order online through Ticketline)
November 28: York Grand Opera House

Tickets should be available from 31st May - more news here as soon as we have it.


JLBJH To Play Portuguese Festival

18th May, 2010

John Lees' Barclay James Harvest will be performing a one-off live concert in Portugal in July, headlining at the Douro Rock and Blues Festival in Gaia/Porto, on July 10th. The Yardbirds will also be appearing, plus more acts yet to be confirmed. See http://www.slimsblues.com for more info.