Where are they now? - CIRCA: & related projects

This page last updated: 26 Feb 2017
 
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CIRCA:
Anderson Rabin Wakeman
Others associated with the band

On this page: CIRCA: (Sherwood, Kaye) - Yoso (Sherwood, Kaye) - Billy Sherwood's tribute albums


 
Billy Sherwood is the nexus for a number of projects involving other Yesmen, both current and former band members. On most of these projects, he has been working with Tony Kaye, who is also in CIRCA:. Sherwood features various Yes members on various projects for Cleopatra Records.

CIRCA: Official website

CIRCA: consists of Billy Sherwood on guitar and lead vocals, Tony Kaye on Hammond and keys, Scott Connor (ex-Yoso, Genesis tribute band Squonk) on drums and percussion, and Rick "Rat" Tierney (Billy Sherwood's solo band, ex-Alice Cooper, worked with The Monkees) on bass. The band's latest album is Valley of the Windmill (Frontiers Records), out 8 Jul 2016. Tracks:
  1. "Silent Resolve" (14:41)
  2. "Empire Over" (9:24)
  3. "Valley of the Windmill" (7:32)
  4. "Our Place Under the Sun" (18:43)
"Valley of the Windmill" was released digitally before the rest of the album. An Oct 2012 press release for another project had that CIRCA: were also "discussing making a new studio record". In Jun 2014, Sherwood said on Facebook that, "TK and I reviewed the 1st draft if you will of the 1st new CIRCA: song in the works, going to be an epic piece called "Silent Resolve" !!" In Jul 2014, he added, "Working on the 2nd CIRCA: song for the next record... Don't have a title yet [...] seems to be about the same length as the previous track "Silent Resolve", so it's another epic type track, nearly 15 minutes long, very proggy"; this became "Our Place Under the Sun". Connor said on Yesfans.com (Jul 2014): "We are working on the record now [...] track #2 is being completed, then I'll go track drums. This is shaping up to be an epic - two 15 minute songs to start!" Work continued in Aug-Oct. On 14 Oct 2014, Sherwood said on Facebook that, "Just finished all the vocals (and there are lots on this track) for a new CIRCA: song called "Our Place Under The Sun"". On 29 Oct 2014, he said, "Working with TK today on keys/hammonds for [...] "Our Place Under The Sun". This track is an epic type piece, about 18:45 long and full of cool musical landscapes... Between this song and "Silent Resolve" we now have 33 minutes or so completed. I'd like to see about 55 minutes total for this new CIRCA: CD". In Jan 2015, Tierney said the album would be released soon, while on 26 Apr 2015, Sherwood said on Facebook that Appelbaum was mastering the new album, although he announced the title then as Silent Resolve. See details in Yescography. "Valley of the Windmill" was inspired by a valley outside Palm Springs that Sherwood was driving through on his way to see Chris Squire to record his parts for Citizen: Sherwood then recorded the words and melody as he was driving along.


Asked in a Jul 2016 interview about the possibility of touring in support of the album, Sherwood explained he is busy with Yes, but that they would like to take advantage of a "window of opportunity" to play live if one arises.

Sherwood initially said that CIRCA: would be acting as the "house band" for a planned tour in support of Sherwood's album Citizen and that he expected the set to be an hour of CIRCA: music and then all of Citizen. However, Connor later described a different line-up, with just him and Sherwood from the current CIRCA:: see main page for details. The tour then did not materialise.

CIRCA: are managed by Derek Shulman (ex-Gentle Giant; managed Yes; signed World Trade, Dream Theater) and Leonardo Pavkovic (MoonJune Records/Management, managed Soft Machine Legacy, Allan Holdsworth; worked with Bill Bruford, Bozzio/Holdsworth/Levin/Mastelotto Band, Eddie Jobson) at 2 Plus Music & Entertainment, Inc., who had previously taken on Yoso and who also work with Frontiers Records (work with Yes, Asia, John Wetton, Unruly Child).

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Billy Sherwood & Tony Kaye YouTube channel
Billy Sherwood (guitar, vocals) and Tony Kaye (keys) have sometimes played a two-man show. They had an 8-date Japanese tour in 2011: Kaye (keys), Sherwood (electric guitar, vocals) + pre-recorded bass and drums by Sherwood. A show in Colombia in May 2011 followed. The 20 Apr Nagoya show was available on streaming webcast; set: "Confess", "Together We Are", "Cut the Ties", "Time and a Word", "I Could/Red Light", Kaye solo, "Fireworks", "I've Seen All Good People", "Owner of a Lonely Heart", "Otherside", "I am Waiting", "Wondrous Stories", "Man Over Bored", "The More We Live—Let Go", "No Way We Can Lose", "Say Goodbye", encore: "Roundabout". The show ran to 1 hour 45 minutes. The pair returned to Japan for 12 dates in Nov 2011.

Released 22 Apr was Live in Japan (Cherry Red Records, BS0010CD), a 2CD/1DVD (NTSC Region 0) release, although this doesn't seem to be the Nagoya show (the set list seems slightly different). Purchases through Cherry Red come with a signed postcard. Tracks, disc 1:
  1. "Confess"
  2. "Together We Are"
  3. "Cut the Ties"
  4. "Time and a Word"
  5. "I Could"
  6. "Red Light Ahead"
  7. "Fireworks"
  8. "Your Move"
  9. "Owner of a Lonely Heart"
Disc 2:
  1. "I am Waiting"
  2. Tony Kaye solo
  3. "The Other Side"
  4. "Wondrous Stories"
  5. "Man Over Bored"
  6. "The More We Live"
  7. "No Way We Can Lose"
  8. "Say Goodbye"
  9. "Roundabout"


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YES and projects with several Yesmen
Jon
Anderson
Chris
Squire
Steve
Howe
Alan
White
Geoff
Downes
Trevor
Horn
Tony
Kaye
Peter
Banks
Patrick
Moraz
Bill
Bruford
Rick
Wakeman
Trevor
Rabin
Billy
Sherwood
Igor Khoroshev
Oliver Wakeman

Benoît David
Asia
CIRCA:
Anderson Rabin Wakeman
Others associated with the band

Any news, additions or corrections, please e-mail Henry Potts. Thanks.