Hugh Carter – bass guitar, bass pedals, flute, backing vocals
Hugh co-founded Abel Ganz in 1982 with Hew Montgomery and played on and off with the band until 2010. He is a well known face on the Glasgow music scene with his music shop CC Music and recording/rehearsal studio, The Practice Pad. Hugh is also a seasoned campaigner on the gigging circuit. He is now retired and concentrates on his solo project Glen Brielle.
Hew Montgomery – keyboards and backing vocals
Hew co-founded Abel Ganz in 1982 and stuck around until 2007 when he left to focus on his solo project, Grand Tour. He records and produces with a number of local projects, and is currently working on the second Grand Tour album at his Southpark Studios in Glasgow.
Alan Reed – vocals (and Reedotron)
Alan ran away from Abel Ganz in 1984 to join the circus (aka Pallas). He recorded and toured extensively with them, but still ended up at the BBC – though not as an announcer. He remains there to this day. In the meantime he managed to get thrown out of Pallas and now records as a solo artist. His second album is due before Christmas…but he won’t say which year… (photo of Alan courtesy of Neil Palfreyman)
Malcolm McNiven – guitars
Malcolm was part of the original line up which recorded ‘Gratuitous Flash’. He then spent the next few years in the revolving doors of the band line-up lastly working on ‘The Dangers of Strangers’. Since then he has been deeply involved in traditional Scottish music playing acoustic guitar and mandolin in all sorts of places, not least on a racing yacht (whilst racing!) and at a Viking Festival.
Ken Weir – drums and percussion
Ken joined Abel Ganz in 1983 and played with the band until 1986 when he left to pursue his career. Ken picked up his drum sticks again after some years away from the music scene and now plays drums for Scottish prog rockers Long Earth alongside another former Ganzer, bass player Gordon Mackie
Grand Tour Music are delighted to announce that the remastered version of the first Abel Ganz album (”Gratuitous Flash”, released originally in 1984) is now available for purchase from ourselves and also from selected distributors and download sites. The album features all the original members and has been remixed with extra instrumentation by Hew Montgomery at Southpark Studios during 2016. The remix incorporates the entire original album and Alan Reed’s version of “Kean on the Job” is also included. The original Abel Ganz reunited for a one-off Christmas gig at “The Prog Before Christmas” held in Glasgow’s Brewery venue on December 17th 2016, and the former members are still busy in various other projects. Keep checking our news pages for updates!
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 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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