'Goodbye, Farewell and Amen'
26th August 2019

Dear Friends, I have an important announcement to make. David Lloyd, our musical partner and brother-in-music for 10 years, has left The Gift. His departure is most amicable. It actually happened a few weeks before Neil Hayman left back in early July, but we decided to delay publicising the fact until the good ship Gift was back on an even keel. His leaving is a big loss. David is a wonderful human being. Everyone who knows or works with him will agree that he is one of the most admirable people they know. David is incredibly intelligent, creative, kind, wise and patient. He taught me how to be more 'zen' in both my writing and performing. To relax. To take time. To search for the 'lost chord' and to balance my eruptive writing (and onstage) style with reflection and analysis. He also had one of the sweetest guitar tones and playing I’ve ever had the pleasure to listen to. He will be sorely missed musically. But we still see each other regularly and that love is as strong as ever :-). We shall continue to pay tribute to him by playing 'Antenna' material this year and beyond. When we wrote it I did not know it would be his final bow. We are very proud of the album: https://thegiftuk.bandcamp.com/
(Mike x)


Gabriele Baldocci - Sheer Piano Attack
25th August 2019

The Gift's keyboard player Gabriele Baldocci has been busy...

This from The Queen Fan Club website Queenworld.com "The celebrated pianist, Gabriele Baldocci has gone where few dare to tread. He has not only released an album of some of Queen's biggest hits (and, for the fans, some of their most beloved deep cuts) but has approached the tracks in a way only a true fan could, deconstructing them to their very essence and creating works of art which will thrill Queen fans, classical aficionados and indeed anyone with a passion for music. With a live premiere at The Stables, Milton Keynes, on October 13th, featuring special guests including MC for the evening, the inimitable Peter Straker, Sheer Piano Attack is the perfect encapsulation of Gabriele's astonishing skill on the piano, his remarkable arrangements and, of course, Queen's legacy of staggering songs." (full article here.)

Get the album here https://sheerpianoattack.com/

Album launch gig @ The Stables Milton Keynes 13th October 2019  http://stables.org


'So long and thanks for all the fills...'
20th June 2019

It is with a heavy heart that The Gift says goodbye to our great friend and drummer Neil Hayman today. We have always been a Band Of Brothers and there is true friendship between us all. However, Neil finally felt that our musical aspirations and fluid way of working were no longer in line with his own. It is a big loss. We wish him all the very best in his endeavours. He will leave a hole much larger than drum-shaped! Neil is a kind, funny, warm, bright, direct and loyal man. He is also a terrific player. His are very large shoes to fill (not to mention the leather waistcoat)! But we will find a way, and carry on making music which excites us. We hope it will thrill you, too. (Mike x)


'We Are Connected' Video
20th June 2019

You can catch the Official Promo Video for 'We are Connected' from The Gift's brand new album 'Antenna' here.

The Gift's multi talented keyboad wizzard Gabriele Baldocci also does music video! Available to view on YouTube: Gabriele Baldocci @YouTube.com

CD and download avilable on release 28th June from The Gift @Bandcamp: https://thegiftuk.bandcamp.com/

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Antenna Album Trailer
12th June 2019

The Gift proudly present 'Antenna The Trailer' - showing in a movie theatre YouTube Channel near you! The album officialy launches on Sunday 23rd June at The Bedford, Balham.

Trailer available to view from The Gift's Youtube Channel: The Gift Music @YouTube.com (or click the AV link in the menu)

CD and download avilable on release 28th June from The Gift @Bandcamp: https://thegiftuk.bandcamp.com/

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Twitter: @TheGiftMusicUK

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Antenna Album Launch Sunday 23rd June
21st May 2019

The Gift will officially launch their 4th album 'Antenna' on Sunday 23rd June with a specially-staged gig at The Bedford, Balham. They plan to showcase the bulk of it live, along with their most popular heritage tracks. Support will be from Jo Quall, a tremendous solo cellist who plays truly progressive music. The Bedford is a unique and atmospheric venue, like a mini Globe Theatre, with 250 capacity. It promises to be a memorable and celebratory night, and tickets are selling fast, so go to: www.wegottickets.com and search for 'The Gift Album Launch' to grab your tickets or click the link below...

(£12 adv plus booking fee) Tickets Here.

Full size poster for download Availabe Here.

CD Available on the night or on release 23rd June from The Gift @Bandcamp: https://thegiftuk.bandcamp.com/

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Release of album No. 4
1st May 2019

Three years in the making, The Gift's forthcoming new album 'Antenna' may surprise a few people. Long seen as a progressive rock band with overtones of the 70s Golden Era, the writers in The Gift have (in fact) always just focused on writing the best songs they can. Whether they turned out long-form or not was of less importance to them they just went where the muse took them. Sure, they have crafted a fair few epics in the past, but these were always balanced by more immediate numbers.

For the band, memorable melodies and lyrics of substance have always eclipsed 'showboating' or technicality. This time around the template is even more direct. Most of the tracks are notably shorter, with The Gift aiming to make their point in 5 minutes or less (in most cases). In addition, the band have let their hair down (well..those that still have it)and decided to 'rock out'.

Already described by Martin Hutchison as "a thunderous record". 'Antenna' is all about power, emotion…and big riffs. Lyrically, many of the songs  explore how hard it is to for people to communicate… Signals are sent out, but not always received as we wish. Despite the rather serious tone of such sentiment, we are promised that the album will put a smile on a lot of faces. Watch this space.

Available on release 23rd June from The Gift @Bandcamp: https://thegiftuk.bandcamp.com/

The Gift Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheGiftMusicUK
Twitter: @TheGiftMusicUK

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