When Circuline transmuted from the progressive rock tribute band Downing Grey into an all-original band in 2014, one of the first things that founding members Bill Shannon, Darin Brannon, and Andrew Colyer did in the first few months was to head to the Rites of Spring Festival (RoSfest) in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. A great time was had by all, and we set our sights on returning to perform on that big beautiful stage with all of the other great acts that George Roldan has there every year. We returned two years later, and Circuline’s 2016 performance is captured and documented in the live CD/DVD/Blu-ray “CircuLive::Majestik”.
Circuline had its beginnings in the progressive rock tribute band, Downing Grey. We would cover nine bands per night, performing three hour concerts of YES, Genesis, ELP, Pink Floyd, Gentle Giant, King Crimson, UK, Jethro Tull, Led Zeppelin, and Rush (the only non-British prog band). This picture of keyboardist Andrew Colyer and guitarist Bill Shannon is from May 2013, at a grueling DG rehearsal in Newburgh, New York…..
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Circuline received a two-page Feature in PROG Magazine 69! Following a 45-minute Skype interview with Andrew Colyer and Darin Brannon, rock journalist Rich Wilson wrote a great story about Circuline’s past, present, and future, including tales of Downing Grey, founding guitarist Bill Shannon’s departure, first album learning experiences, and the new album Counterpoint.
Marillion graced the cover with a 12-page article, and other features included Barclay James Harvest, Aisles, The Pineapple Thief, Russian Circles, Dream The Electric Sleep, Wolverine, and Ashley Hutchings.
Thank you so much to Jerry Ewing, Rich Wilson, and everyone at PROG Magazine!
“Silence Revealed” – Music by Andrew Colyer, Darin Brannon, and Bill Shannon. Lyrics and vocal melodies by Randy McStine. Additional vocal harmony arrangements by Andrew Colyer, Natalie Brown, and William Spillane. Guest electric violin solo by Joe Deninzon.
Circuline’s debut album features Guest Artists Matt Dorsey (Sound of Contact) on bass, Randy McStine (Lo-Fi Resistance) as a songwriter and vocalist, and Joe Deninzon (Stratospheerius) on electric violin. Paul Ranieri (Mark Wood Rock Orchestra), seen in the above video, is the new bassist with the band.
Video recorded at the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock, New York,; New Jersey ProgHouse, Dunellen, NJ: and Enigma Dance Hall in Milan, New York. Additional video courtesy of Joe Deninzon and Stratospheerius.
Video editing: Darin Brannon | Marketing and Advertising: Andrew Colyer
Band Management and booking: Thomas Palmieri
Legal Management: Ronald Bienstock
Much-needed sarcasm and general snarkiness: Natalie Brown
We would like to announce that founding member, guitarist Bill Shannon has decided to move on to other life projects. We can’t thank Bill enough for his contributions to Circuline’s debut album, RETURN.
For those who don’t know, Bill not only furnished all the guitar tracks for the debut album, he was also solely responsible for the band’s logo and all artistic design of merchandise, posters, and all other advertising: BillShannonArt.com
Undeniably, Bill’s talents were integral to the success of our debut album, RETURN, and he will be missed. He is a great guy and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors.
As the saying goes, “when one door closes, another opens…” Fortunately for us, not just one door, but a few have opened! Randy McStine and Matt Dorsey have agreed to ‘return’ with their talents as guest artists for the second album, and there will be more guest star surprises to be revealed soon…
Change is good.