Soft Machine

Soft Machine

Saturday, 25th November 2017

Doors Open: 7:30pm   Show Starts at: 8.00pm

Prices: In Advance £16.00   On the door £18.00  

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The central band in the fabled Canterbury scene of the late 1960s and early 1970s, Soft Machine pioneered the progressive and jazz-rock genres and gave lovers of intelligent, alternative music something to swoon over.

One of the most influential underground bands of their era, Soft Machine also launched the distinguished pop music careers of founding members Robert Wyatt and Kevin Ayers as well as jazz and jazz-rock explorations of saxophonist Elton Dean and bassist Hugh Hopper.

Formed in 1966 they became, along with Pink Floyd and Tomorrow, one of the very first underground psychedelic bands in Britain, attracting a significant cult following. A revolving line-up saw the band embrace more experimental and improvised free-jazz as Soft Machine moved into predominantly instrumental territory through the decades.

Now featuring three quarters of the celebrated 70s version of the group which recorded the acclaimed Softs album in 1975, guitarist John Etheridge, drummer John Marshall and bass player Roy Babbington are joined by sax, flute and keyboard player Theo Travis, to perform material from that era as well as many contemporary works.