Long Earth came together by a series of fortunate but unexpected coincidences. Born from an agenda of no agenda, the principal from the outset was to create a musical adventure with no preconceived plan of the final destination.
Mike Baxter (Keyboards) came from an exemplary background of having been at the forefront of the Glasgow music scene, playing notably with Shoot The Moon, Glaas Claas, Identity Crisis amongst many others. It was during Mike’s tenure with Identity Crisis that due to moving in converging circles, Mike played with Gordon. Gordon Mackie (Bass) has a background in music spanning more than 40 years. During the ’80’s he provided the bottom end and drive for Cry Wolf and seminal Glasgow prog rock band Abel Ganz. Moving into the ’90’s, and a move east, saw Gordon hooking up with Mike in Identity Crisis. Ken Weir (Drums & Percussion) was the foundation not only musically but also in terms of the timeline of Abel Ganz. During his time with the mighty Ganzers, Ken was there from the early days of Milngavie Town Hall through to and beyond the Gullible’s Travels album – featuring a line up changed to Paul Kelly, Hew Montgomery, Gordon Mackie and himself. To further build on this, Ken’s wee sister Connie has made a massive contribution from the kick off and indeed produced all our artwork! A Weir cottage industry no less! Neil Mackie (Vocals & Guitar) is, surprisingly enough, Gordon’s brother. Due to Gordon’s influence, Neil learned bass and performed with a number of Central Scotland covers bands from the 80’s onwards. His notable claim to fame was supporting Nazareth in 2002. In 2004, Neil moved to guitar & lead vocals as a new challenge when he formed The Shine. As side projects, Neil has written a catalogue of original material which he felt was unsuitable for The Shine and needed a vehicle of its own. In 2014, for the first time ever playing together, Neil invited Gordon to join The Shine. Renaldo McKim (Lead Guitar) joined Long Earth at the latter stages of the recording of our debut album “The Source” – just in time to weave his special brand of magic through the material and in plenty of time to start planning our next stage in the journey. Renaldo has an enviable reputation as a recording and performance artist, latterly with Suicide Underground during which time he played with Bruce Levick of Comedy Of Errors and Grand Tour.
During 2016 Long Earth were hard at work recording their debut album, “The Source”, and this is available now from Grand Tour Music
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Title Track Previews
- Heavy on the Beach Grand Tour 2:41
- The Source Long Earth 1:05
- Gratuitous Flash Abel Ganz 2:00
Grand Tour are delighted to welcome Chris Radford on board as our new bass player. Chris has a huge wealth of playing experience over the years, and we are now ready to (finally) make a start on recording the new Grand Tour album! Work begins in November when Bruce Levick will be completing the drum tracks, then over to Joe Cairney and Mark Spalding to do their bits. We hope to have the album ready for release by Easter 2018. More news meantime by following the link below:
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Grand Tour Music are delighted to announce that the digital version of the 2016 remix of "Gratuitous Flash" by Abel Ganz is now available at Bandcamp - just follow this link and you can get a super shiny digital copy straight to your hard drive:
Of course, you can still get the CD with all its superb graphics and booklet from the Grand Tour Music website at:
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