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Kymaera and Acoustic Alchemy

In early 1998 my friend and one-time musical partner Nick Webb died of cancer. We had founded the band Acoustic Alchemy in 1980 and though I had left Alchemy in 1985 when my new band Kymaera played Ronnie Scotts in June 1998 we did the first set for Nick. We used old tunes that Nick and I had written together in the early days of Acoustic Alchemy; most of which were released by GRP on Early Alchemy in 1992. It struck me even then how good some of those tunes were and that now, twenty years after some of them were written, would be a good time to re-record them as a tribute to Nick’s writing and his approach to acoustic guitar music, but also because they are, exactly as he would wish them to be remembered, good tunes. So the idea for the album Into The Rainbow started; named after the last tune he and I wrote together in Autumn 1997, and the last recording of his music he heard finished. We released the track Into The Rainbow on The Early Days Of Alchemy so I have added to this album the track Desert Rose the only recorded collaboration between myself and Greg Carmichael who took over from me in Acoustic Alchemy when I left the band.
Ronnies 01 Dec 2001
It’s a great pleasure to take those Alchemy tracks from the original album Into The Rainbow and make them available once more for download through Choice Of Music with whom we are at present working.


Kymaera Plays Alchemy

Kymaera AlchemyKymaera Plays Alchemy will be released for download on Friday 11th March. This EP comprises five tracks from the era of the band when Nick Webb was still with us and includes material written with Simon James. The bonus track Desert Rose was written by Simon with Greg Carmichael, who took over from him in Acoustic Alchemy, for the tribute album Into The Rainbow released two years after Nick’s death.

Christmas Albums

DSC_0718altWe have two Christmas albums to be released this Friday, 11th December. The first is Simon James plays a Catalan Christmas mostly taken from the album A Star For Christmas. The second is Christmas with Kymaera and Maria Ewing which includes the two album tracks we did with this great singer and a previously unreleased version of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas recorded live at Ronnie Scotts when we were filming the DVD in December 2001.