Until recently, The Gift were regarded by those in the know as 'the best kept secret' in progressive rock.
Back in 2006, their first album "Awake And Dreaming' wowed the 'Prognoscenti"' with its heady mixture of '70s style and contemporary soundscapes. Then there was silence... until the band reformed a few years ago. The band joined the ever growing Bad Elephant Music roster in 2013. Their long-waited second album 'Land of Shadows' emerged on the 5th of May 2014. It was another ambitious song suite packed with strong melodies incisive lyrics and instrumental 'tours de force'. The epic 'The Comforting Cold' is about the near-death experience. As vocalist and songwriter Mike Morton said:" Don't come to us for songs about cars and girls."
BEM re-released a re-mastered end repackaged 'Awake and Dreaming' in februari 2016 to mark it's 10th anniversary. It caused a real stir in the UK, and The Netherlands, Belgium Germany and Italy were quick to join the growing calls for 'more Gift'. In October 2016 The Gift will release their 3th album 'Why the Sea is Salt'. With the arrival of new keyboard player Gabriele Baldocci, a world renowned classical pianist, the music has risen to a whole new level of sophistication and power. Add to this key contributions from both Steve Hackett AND Anthony Phillips (close friend and supporters of the band), and you have a force to be reckoned with.
Line up - Mike Morton (vocals), David Lloyd (guitar), Leroy James (guitar), Stefan Dickers (bass), Gabriele Baldocci (keyboards) and Neil Hayman (drums).
Mr Bowler has a very special bond with The Gift and loves to be their agent!