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Renaissance

Band, 1969-1987
Rock

Renaissance was originally formed in 1969 by ex-Yardbirds vocalist Keith Relf and drummer Jim McCarty who wanted to explore a new sound blending elements of rock, folk and classical music. Relf assumed the role of guitarist, and they were joined by bassist Louis Cennamo, keyboardist John Hawken, and vocalist Jane Relf. This lineup recorded the first self-titled album and most of the second album, Illusion (1971). A rapid series of personnel changes followed. Guitarist and composer Michael Dunford first appeared on Illusion. Before his departure from the band Hawken recruited new vocalist Annie Haslam. By 1972, when the Renaissance recorded their third album, Prologue, none of the original members remained though McCarty still wrote music for the band. By 1973 the lineup had stabilized with Haslam, Dunford, keyboardist John Tout, bassist and vocalist Jon Camp, and drummer Terry Sullivan. This lineup produced a string of relatively successful albums over the remainder of the decade. They had one Top 10 single in the U.K., "Northern Lights", from the album A Song For All Seasons (1978). By 1980 Sullivan and Tout departed leaving Haslam, Dunford, and Camp as the stable core of the group with various other musicians coming and going through the early and mid 1980s. The group released two albums, Camera Camera (1981) and Time-Line (1983) which were not well received by either fans or critics. Renaissance went into the studio to record a further album but found themselves without a label willing to release it. Material for this album as well as discarded tracks from the sessions for the previous three releases finally saw the light of day as Songs From Renaissance Days in 1997. Renaissance broke up in 1987 but both Michael Dunford and Annie Haslam tried to revive the name with different musicians in the 1990s. Haslam, Dunford, Tout, and Sullivan did reunite and released a studio album, Tuscany, in 2001, and a live album, In The Land Of The Rising Sun, in 2002. In 2009 Haslam and Dunford reformed Renaissance for a 40th anniversary concert tour. Rave Tesar, who replaced John Tout on keyboards for the 2001-02 tour and David J. Keyes, the bassist from the same tour, also rejoined the band. Two new members were also added to the lineup, keyboardist Tom Brislin and drummer Frank Pagano. Live CDs and DVDs from their 2011 tour were released, with Jason Hart replacing Tom Brislin on keyboards. In 2013 their first new studio album in 12 years, Grandine Il Vento was released. It was the last album to feature Michael Dunford, who died in November, 2012.

     
Members
Jason Hart
key, bvoc
Frank Pagano
perc, dr
Rob Hendry
g, man, voc
PortraitMickey Simmonds
key *1959 GB
PortraitGavin Harrison
dr, perc *1963 GB
PortraitJohn Tout
key, voc GB
PortraitLouis Cennamo
b, eb *1946 GB
PortraitKeith Relf
voc, h 1943-1976 GB
PortraitAnnie Haslam
voc *1947 GB
PortraitJim McCarty
dr, perc, voc *1943 GB
PortraitJane Relf
voc, perc *1947 GB
PortraitNeil Korner
b GB
PortraitTerry Crowe
voc GB
PortraitMichael Dunford
acg, voc 1944-2012
PortraitTerry Slade
dr, perc
PortraitTerry Sullivan
perc, dr, voc GB
PortraitLeo Traversa
b, bvoc
PortraitPeter Gosling
key, bvoc GB
David J. Keyes
voc, b
PortraitJohn Hawken
org, p *1940 GB
PortraitJon Camp
b, voc
PortraitMike Taylor
key, bvoc
PortraitTom Brislin
key *1973 US
PortraitStephanie Adlington
voc, bvoc GB
PortraitRave Tesar
key, p US
PortraitCharles Descarfino
perc, dr, bvoc
PortraitMark Lambert
g, bvoc US
PortraitPeter Barron
dr, bvoc, perc
PortraitPete Finberg
voc GB
Geoffrey Langley
key, bvoc
PortraitBinky Cullom
voc, tam *1960 US
Popular Tracks   
Opening Out on A Song for All Seasons by Renaissance
Kalynda (A Magical Isle) on Azure d'Or by Renaissance
Winter Tree on Azure d'Or by Renaissance
Carpet Of The Sun on Ashes Are Burning by Renaissance
Northern Lights on A Song for All Seasons by Renaissance
Closer Than Yesterday on A Song for All Seasons by Renaissance
Bound For Infinity on Prologue by Renaissance
Can You Understand on Ashes Are Burning by Renaissance
Kiev on Prologue by Renaissance
Let It Grow on Ashes Are Burning by Renaissance

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Band Membership
Discography



Title Artist Year Type
A Symphonic Journey (Live In Concert)Renaissance With The Renaissance Chamber Orchestra2018Album
Live At The BBC Sight & SoundRenaissance2016Album
Live At The Union ChapelRenaissance2015Album
Azure D'or ConcertRenaissance2015Album
DeLane Lea Studios 1973Renaissance2015Album
Academy Of Music 1974Renaissance2015Album
Cruise To The Edge 2014Renaissance2014Album
Grandine Il VentoRenaissance2013Album
Tour 2011 (Turn Of The Cards / Scheherazade And Other Stories Live In Concert)Renaissance2012Album
Past Orbits Of DustRenaissance2012Album
Kings & QueensRenaissance2010Album
The Other Woman / Ocean GypsyRenaissance2010Compil.
Live In ChicagoRenaissance2010Album
The Mystic And The MuseRenaissance2010Album
Song Of Scheherezade (Renaissance 'Live')Renaissance2008Album
Dreams & OmensRenaissance2008Album
British Tour '76Renaissance2006Album
Northern LightsRenaissance2005Album
Midas ManRenaissance2003Compil.
RenaissanceRenaissance2003Compil.
Live+DirectRenaissance2002Album
In The Land Of The Rising SunRenaissance2002Album
Songs For All SeasonsRenaissance2002Compil.
Коллекция Альбомов 1978-1999 CD2Renaissance2001Compil.
TuscanyRenaissance2001Album
Коллекция альбомов CD1 (1969-1977)Renaissance2001Album
Archive SeriesRenaissance2001Compil.
Pictures In The FireNevada, Renaissance2000Album
Day Of The DreamerRenaissance2000Album
'Unplugged' Live At The Academy Of Music, Philadelphia USARenaissance2000Album
BBC SessionsRenaissance1999Album
At The Royal Albert Hall Part 1Renaissance With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra1997Album
At The Royal Albert Hall Part 2Renaissance With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra1997Album
At The Royal Albert Hall Parts 1 & 2Renaissance With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra1997Album
Songs From Renaissance DaysRenaissance1997Album
Da CapoRenaissance1995Compil.
The Other WomanRenaissance1994Album
Moments of TruthRenaissance1992Album
Waterfalls Of SoundsRenaissance1992Album
First & IllusionRenaissance1992Compil.
Off ShootsRenaissance Featuring Keith Relf1991Compil.
Tales Of 1001 Nights, Vol. IRenaissance1990Compil.
Tales Of 1001 Nights, Vol. IIRenaissance1990Compil.
Richard IXRenaissance1983Single
Time-LineRenaissance1983Album
Bonjour SwansongRenaissance1981Single
Bonjour Swansong / Ukraine WaysRenaissance1981Single
Faeries (Living At The Bottom Of My Garden)Renaissance1981Single
Camera CameraRenaissance1981Album
Rock GalaxyRenaissance1980Compil.
The Winter TreeRenaissance1979Single
Jekyll And HydeRenaissance1979Single
Azure D'orRenaissance1979Album
A Song For All SeasonsRenaissance1978Album
In The Beginning - Prologue / Ashes Are BurningRenaissance1978Compil.
In Concert-188Renaissance1978Album
Northern LightsRenaissance1978Single
NovellaRenaissance1977Album
Radio SamplerRenaissance1977Album
Back Home Once AgainRenaissance1977Single
Midas ManRenaissance1977Single
Stereo Pop Special-141Renaissance1977Album
Live At Carnegie HallRenaissance1976Album
Stereo Pop Special-125Renaissance1976Album
Stereo Pop Special-99Renaissance1975Album
Scheherazade And Other StoriesRenaissance1975Album
The FoolCurved Air / Climax Blues Band / Renaissance1975Single
Turn Of The CardsRenaissance1974Album
Mother RussiaRenaissance1974Single
Ashes Are BurningRenaissance1973Album
Carpet Of The SunRenaissance1973Single
PrologueRenaissance1972Album
Prologue / Spare Some LoveRenaissance1972Single
IllusionRenaissance1971Album
IslandRenaissance1970Single
RenaissanceRenaissance1969Album
Annie Haslam Solo Project Renaissance CD3Renaissance, Annie Haslam, Illusion, ArmageddonAlbum
MP3 CollectionRenaissanceAlbum
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