paganHARVEST arise out of the English pastoral tradition. The trio comprise a modern classical composer / arranger / guitarist with prog influences, a folk singer / songwriter, a versatile bass player. These creative musicians combine powerful lyrics set within strong melodic frameworks to produce thought provoking music they describe as Avant Prog Folk.
The sound of paganHARVEST is inspired not only by the land but also by others in the tradition.The pastoral tradition in England is the tradition of artists being inspired by the land. It can be traced from Shakespeare through Traherne, Wordsworth, Coleridge, up to Burnside today. Tolkein spent as many pages describing the English landscape as he did telling his story. Kenneth Grahame gave us the Piper at the Gates of Dawn. In music people like Walton and Delius have conjured the wonder and mystery of the land in sound. The long tradition of folk music and the Arts and Crafts movement from William Morris onwards have been based upon the way we fit into and respond to our landscape.
Damascus video - 5:56
Rebecca Falls video - 12:34
paganHARVEST are: Jon Bickley, Lawrence Reed, and Steve Daymond.
You can purchase the first paganHARVEST CD from MUSEA RECORDS
The follow up album Sacred River is now out … here’s what people are saying about Pagan Harvest
“Sacred River draws on the rich banks of lore around the River Thames… it’s a thoughtful album that’s dramatic, atmospheric and deftly performed… this is interesting, clear-eyed prog from a band who deserve to reap what they’ve sown.” Grant Moon – Prog Magazine
“Pagan Harvest pull together a myriad of musical styles taking the listener off in different directions from folk to dark progressive moments all the way through to the underlying classical influences. So if you fancy a hybrid of dark folk, classical and progressive rock then it will be well worth entering the world of Pagan Harvest.” Andrew Manning – Midlands Rocks
“Really good and love the bass. Clever stuff!” Dave Pegg (Fairport Convention/Jethro Tull)
“Pagan Harvest's members lend their respective styles - classical, folk and prog - to the band's inventive greater whole. The result is polarising… you have to applaud their desire to deliver something so leftfield.” Jerry Ewing – Editor Prog Magazine
“Pagan Harvest delivered a superb album in their debut work. The story-telling over intricate soundscapes will captivate audiences, keeping them hooked from start to finish.” Doug Bearne – National Rock Review
“Pagan Harvest enthusiastically explore the intersections of English folk music and progressive rock.” Angel Romero – Progressive Rock Central
Buy our first album released with Musea Records
To find out more about Pagan Harvest, view our videos and listen to our music go to www.paganharvest.com
© lawrence reed 2018