Album Includes Two Films on One DVD as Bonus Disc
May 11th, 2015, London, UK – On May 12th, The Syn Live Rosfest will be available world wide. The album was released on Umbrello Records (distribution by NOVA / Universal) on April 27th in Europe, but has not previously been available in the US. The album is a live cd recorded in 2009 at Rosfest in Philadelphia on the Syn's Big Sky tour. It also includes a bonus DVD featuring two films "The Syn in the 21st Century" and "The Making of Big Sky."
Formed in 1965, The Syn was a precursor of the band Yes, with that band's bassist Chris Squire as one of the founding members. At various times The Syn has also included Yes alums Peter Banks and Alan White in their lineup. When the Syn played Rosfest in 2009 the band featured a core lineup of Steve Nardelli (founding member, songwriter, lead vocalist and guitarist), Francis Dunnery (of It Bites and Robert Plant fame – guitars and vocals) and Tom Brislin (Spiraling – also keyboardist on Yes' Symphonic tour – keyboards and vocals). The lineup was augmented by Paul Ramsey (Echolyn) providing drums and other percussion, Brett Kull (also of Echolyn) on guitar and Dorie Jackson doing backing and harmony vocals.
The 2009 edition was the sixth annual Rites of Spring Festival. Located in the Greater Philadelphia Area (Glenside, PA), the festival features some of the best progressive rock acts from all over the globe. Other acts at the 2009 show included Nektar, Lazuli, John Lees' Barclay James Harvest, Apocalypse, Iluvatar, Frost*, Mangala Vallis, Abigail's Ghost, Moon Safari, Moth Vellum and Touchstone. For more information on the festival go to rosfest.com.
In a review at USA Progressive Music (usaprogmusic.com), Mike Flavin said of the Syn's Rosfest performance, "their set was an easygoing affair, with Nardelli's relaxed vocal style perfectly complimented by Dunnery's kinetic acoustic guitar and Brislin's familiar orchestral sound. Most of their set was taken from their excellent new album Big Sky, with one of the highlights for me being a very nice version of 'The Reason.'" It's worth noting that the Big Sky album was voted best progressive music album of 2009 by that same publication. The Live at Rosfest album was described by Precision Mastering as "the finest live album we have worked on."
Two promo films are available for viewing on Youtube. The first is located at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DMewviNBjI. The second can be seen at
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