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The Circus and the Nightwhale


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Legendary rock guitarist Steve Hackett will release his new studio album “The Circus And The Nightwhale” on 16th February 2024 via InsideOut Music. A rite-of-passage concept album with a young character called Travla at the centre of it, “The Circus And The Nightwhale”s 13 tracks have an autobiographical angle for the musician who says about his 30th solo release: “I love this album. It says the things I’ve been wanting to say for a very long time.”

Recorded between tours in 2022 and 2023 at Siren studio in the UK – with guest parts beamed in from Sweden, Austria, the US, Azerbaijan and Denmark, the line-up for “The Circus And The Nightwhale” includes some familiar faces alongside Steve on electric and acoustic guitars, 12-string, mandolin, harmonica, percussion, bass and vocals. Roger King (keyboards, programming and orchestral arrangements), Rob Townsend (sax), Jonas Reingold (bass), Nad Sylvan (vocals), Craig Blundell (drums) and Amanda Lehmann on vocals. Nick D’Virgilio and Hugo Degenhardt return as guests on the drumstool, engineer extraordinaire Benedict Fenner appears on keyboards and Malik Mansurov is back with the tar. Finally, Steve’s brother John Hackett is present once more on flute.

Summing up “The Circus And The Nightwhale”, Steve says: “It’s a lovely journey that starts dirty, scratchy and smoky and becomes heavenly and divine. How can you resist it?” The album will be available on Ltd CD+Blu-ray Mediabook (incl. 5.1 surround sound & hi-res stereo mixes), Standard CD Jewelcase, Gatefold 180g LP + LP-booklet & as digital album.

Released: February 2024
Label: Inside Out Music



Side A

People of the Smoke 00:04:51
These Passing Clouds 00:01:34
Taking You Down 00:04:17
Found and Lost 00:01:50
Enter the Ring 00:03:52
Get Me Out 00:04:15

Side B

Ghost Moon and Living Love 00:06:43
Circo Inferno 00:02:30
Breakout 00:01:37
All at Sea 00:01:46
Into the Nightwhale 00:04:06
Wherever You Are 00:04:18
White Dove 00:03:13

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