50 years ago BARCLEY JAMES HARVEST around founder LES HOLROYD started their musical journey in Oldham/Manchester. Probably the most subtle representatives of the classic rock genre found together in 1967 and since then inspire with melancholic classic rock and esoteric spherical sounds. Quickly, fans also drew comparisons to the Moody Blues or Pink Floyd.
The band knew early on how to make virtuoso use of the Mellotron's effects apparatus. From the beginning, they experimented with new forms and sounds beyond the classic rock instrumentation, using woodwinds, brass and strings. These delightful sound patterns and orchestral sounds became her trademark. As a logical consequence, their debut album was also recorded with their own orchestra. And since that album debut in 1970, their success has continued unabated. Band leader and frontman Les Holroyd is still responsible for the band's unmistakable sound today, as he was back then, and has had a decisive influence on it. Hits like "Life Is For Living", "Hymn" and many others have long been classics of modern music history.
After the band announced the end of the original BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST in March 1998, LES HOLROYD collaborated with Mel Pritchard, also an original member of the band, on a solo album. "Revolution Days" was released in February 2002 as BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST FEAT. LES HOLROYD released. Since then, the five-piece band has been touring Europe. In 2016 they released their most recent album "Retrospective", which was recorded live at a concert in Germany in 2014.
LES HOLROYD was and is also a popular guest star on successful productions such as "Rock meets Classic" and "Excalibur". No question - this musical journey is far from over.This content has been machine translated.