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Landmarq Biography

THE OVERVIEW ...

LANDMARQ is a UK-based Progressive rock band, fronted by multi-award-winning vocalist Tracy Hitchings. The band write and perform their own material and have built-up a reputation as one of the leading bands within the genre, particularly to fans of the more melodic sub-genre of Neo-Prog. The line-up also comprises of multi-talented (not to mention award-winning!) producer/keyboardist, Mike Varty, along with Uwe Drose (guitars), Steve Gee (basses) and Daniel Martin (drums).
The bands latest studio album, “Entertaining Angels” has been hailed by PROG magazine as "...the strongest of their career...". Classic Rock' magazine said: "...a triumph...full of power and passion..."

BACK STORY...

SINCE it's formation in London in 1990, Prog-rock band Landmarq have so far released five studio albums; two live albums, which were recorded at various concerts in the UK and Europe, plus a third live CD album, taken from the band's DVD, 'Turbulence - Live In Poland'.

Initially signing to a Dutch record company (SI Records) then forming their own label, Synergy Records, the band soon firmly established itself within the world of Progressive-rock, though their appeal extended beyond these boundaries to a more mainstream audience.

Landmarq’s original vocalist Damian Wilson left the band after three very well-received albums to concentrate on his solo career and the band found a replacement in Ian ‘Moon’ Gould. ‘Moon’ spent a year with the band, playing various gigs in the UK and Holland, before deciding to move on. It was at this point that Landmarq decided to go for a radical change to it’s sound and recruited the excellent voice of award-winning vocalist and long-time friend of the band, Tracy Hitchings.

Landmarq have played concerts in the UK, Holland, Germany, Belgium, France, Italy, the USA and Mexico; both as support and as headliners at various music venues and festivals. The band have worked with many well-known artists including Marillion, John Wetton (ex-Asia, Roxy Music, etc.), Steve Hackett (ex-Genesis), Hugh McDowell (ELO), Nik Turner (Hawkwind), Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash, Annie Haslam (Renaissance), IQ, Pendragon, Arena and even Suzi Quatro plus many others.

Apart from making strong in-roads into Europe and America, Landmarq have reached further territories worldwide, as far afield as Russia, eastern Europe, the Far East, and Australia through various magazine/webzine articles, interviews, radio air-play and also compilation CDs from various music magazines around the world (see the Discography and Reviews pages on the bands website for full details).

The band's first DVD was released in March 2006. Entitled 'Turbulence – Live In Poland', this features Landmarq filmed in concert at the Wyspianski Theatre, Katowice, in November 2005. The DVD was released by the Polish label Metal Mind Productions and has received some of the bands best reviews to date. The DVD also comprises a wealth of bonus material including audio and video archive tracks, an interview with the band, a huge photo gallery and much more.

A serious setback was to hit Landmarq in 2007 when singer Tracy Hitchings revealed she had been diagnosed with two forms of Cancer. This was a major blow for everyone – not least for Tracy herself – and the ongoing recording of the bands next album was put on hold.
Thankfully, following a strict regime of holistic and dietary treatments, plus sheer determination, Tracy was able to deal with her condition and following further tests was given the ‘all clear’. Now feeling better in mind, body and voice, she returned to the studio to lay down the final vocal tracks for the new Landmarq album.

In 2008 and early 2009, aside from continuing with production of the long-awaited new studio album, some of the members of Landmarq also became involved with other projects. This included drummer Dave Wagstaffe joining Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash for some extensive touring in the UK and Europe. Keyboardist Mike Varty was also invited to tour with ex-Marillion drummer Mick Pointer for his celebratory 'Script For A Jesters Tour' gigs.

In January 2012, Landmarq finally released their long-awaited fifth studio album, 'Entertaining Angels'. The new album was first issued as a Special Edition which included a bonus disc containing extra tracks. 'Entertaining Angels - Special Edition' is a limited release with the main album (minus the bonus disc) having been released in November 2012.

A major change for Landmarq then occurred in the middle of 2012 with the announcement that, due to a conflict of interests and live dates, original drummer Dave Wagstaffe would be leaving the band to join fully with Martin Turners Wishbone Ash. Although the band understood and respected Dave's decision, this was obviously a setback for Landmarq and they realized they needed to act quickly to replace Dave and continue with promoting the new album.

Following a series of auditions in London, the band finally recruited drummer Daniel Martin, a graduate of Drum Tech and a drumming prodigy. Though quite a bit younger than the rest of the band, Daniel was brought up listening to various Rock and Prog-rock bands and artists and has already proved himself a worthy replacement having learned the complete new album and fitted in very well as Landmarq embarked on a series of UK dates in November 2012. The very positive comments the band received both at their gigs and subsequently on Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, etc, bear testament to the fact that Landmarq had made a welcome return to the stage.

Following on from their gigs in 2012, Landmarq continued their live shows -- dubbed "Angels On Tour" -- with more UK and European dates through 2013, including the Cambridge and Summer's End rock festivals in the UK and the Rock Itervoort Festival in The Netherlands. (Live dates info)

Landmarq releasd more new product throughout 2014/15, including "Entertaining Angels" on vinyl (a double-LP set). Also, a long-awaited compilation album entitled "Origins - A Landmarq Anthology - 1992-2014" (2-CD set) featuring vocalists Tracy Hitchings and Damian Wilson. The album also includes a brand new song, entitled "Origins".

And finally -- the latest release from Landmarq is "RoadSkill - Live In The Netherlands", a 2-disc DVD+CD set, filmed and recorded live in 2013 at one of the band's European shows at De Boerderij, NL, released in 2015.

Line-up:
Tracy Hitchings - lead vocals
Uwe D'Rose - guitars
Steve Gee - basses + vocals
Mike Varty - keyboards + vocals
Daniel Martin - drums

Landmarq CD product:
1. Solitary Witness (1992)
2. Infinity Parade (1993)
3. The Vision Pit (1995)
4. Science of Coincidence (1998)
5. Thunderstruck – live I (1999)
6. Aftershock – live II (2002)
7. Turbulence - Live in Poland (CD only 2009)
8. Entertaining Angels - Special Edition (2012)
9. Origins - A Landmarq Anthology 1992-2014 (2014)
10. Roadskill - Live In The Netherlands CD+DVD (2015)

Landmarq DVD product:
1. Turbulence - Live in Poland (2006)
2. Roadskill - Live In The Netherlands CD+DVD (2015)

Landmarq Vinyl product:
1. Entertaining Angels (Vinyl 2LP-set) (2014)

Other CD products (various artists) featuring Landmarq:
Listed in the Discography page (click here)

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