Joanne Harris and the Storytime Band announce London show with John Hackett

Joanne Harris
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Joanne Harris and the Storytime Band have announced they will perform a London. show with the John Hackett Band at the Ravenscourt Art on February 11.

The Storytime Band are the Chocolat author's prog-leaning musical project, described as "a kind of musical storytelling show , combining original music, songs, images and stories as part of an exploration of different forms of narrative."

"The Storytime Band and I are really excited to be playing alongside the John Hackett Band (whose drummer, Duncan Parsons, has recently joined us on bass)," Harris tells Prog. "I'm a huge admirer of John's flute playing (as a fellow-flautist, it's actually a little intimidating to be sharing a stage with him, but we're very different in style, so I'm hoping no-one will make the comparison!).

"The concept of telling stories within the context of progressive music isn't new, but as far as I know we're the only band doing something quite like this: extending the possibilities of storytelling through different kinds of media, via spoken word, original music, theatre and with a prog sensibility. Think Jackanory, with drums. And Mellotron. And flute."

You can get Joanne Harris and the Storytime Band's 2019 album A Pocketful Of Crows here.

Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock.