Where are they now? - CIRCA: & related projects

This page last updated: 30 Oct 2014
 
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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; MySpace page; online media kit; official forum

After years self-releasing material, CIRCA: have now signed to GlassVille Music. A live album, Live from Here There & Everywhere (duration >70 minutes; YouTube trailer here), is now out; mastered by Maor Appelbaum. Tracks:

  1. "And So On" (9:35)
  2. "Ever Changing World" (6:55)
  3. "True Progress" (10:25)
  4. "Cast Away" (7:07)
  5. "Remember Along the Way" (12:04)
  6. "Half Way Home" (5:52)
  7. "Together We Are" (7:58)
  8. "If It's Not Too Late" (13:28).

CIRCA: consists of Billy Sherwood on guitar and lead vocals, Tony Kaye on keys, Rick "Rat" Tierney (Billy Sherwood's solo band, ex-Alice Cooper, worked with The Monkees) on bass/vocals and Scott Connor (ex-Yoso, Genesis tribute band Squonk) on drums. According to an Oct 2012 press release for Sherwood's latest solo album, CIRCA: are also "discussing making a new studio record as well."

The live album comes from 2012 dates. The band played Jul 2013 dates in Brazil and California dates before and after (9 Jun, 11 Aug, 10 Nov). The set was expected to be about 2 hours, 20 minutes long.

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On 5 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" !! It has some serious energy and dynamics and a lot of room for SHREDDDDDDING lol Very excited to have begun the new CIRCA: record !!" On 5 Jul 2014, he added, "Working on the 2nd CIRCA: song for the next record... Don't have a title yet but the music is sounding great !!! It 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". Connor said on Yesfans.com (6 Jul): "We are working on the record now - as Billy posted [...] 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! Whew! But, that's why we play this music - it's not easy but the payoff is worth it. We haven't decided whether to independently release it or not." Worked 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"... The track is an epic, 18:00 long. It feels really good to be making progress for the next CIRCA: record". On 29 Oct, he said, "Working with TK[aye] today on keys/hammonds for the new track called "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".


CIRCA: acted as William Shatner's backing band for 2 Californian dates in support of his solo album, Ponder the Mystery, made in collaboration with Sherwood: see here for more. CIRCA: were to support Sound of Contact for a 21 Aug 2013 West Hollywood, CA show. However, due to visa problems and low ticket sales in some places, Sound of Contact postponed the tour.

The earlier CIRCA: albums have received a general re-release through Cleopatra, having been self-released previously. CIRCA: 2007 is out as a 2-disc release entitled just CIRCA:, with the second disc being the band's debut live DVD. "Information Overload" from the first album is available as a free download on Amazon (US) as part of a compilation called Purple Pyramid Presents Prog Rock. There is also a digital release of the album. HQ followed. The third album And So On was released 10 Sep 2013 (US) as a 2CD pack with the previously digital-only Overflow.

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).

Tony Kaye & Billy Sherwood 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 is available on streaming webcast here; 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. A live DVD, "Live from Japan 2011", is planned. In Jun 2011 on Facebook, Sherwood said it would be released in Japan "soon" and elsewhere subsequently. The pair returned to Japan for 12 dates in Nov 2011.
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Conspiracy & Psy-op
In an interview, published Jun 2012, Chris Squire said: "There are offers for us to do a third Conspiracy album. At the moment, my hands are a little full because of [Yes touring and Squackett]". In a late 2012 interview, Sherwood said: "I have been in contact with Chris recently, he played on the Prog Collective project [see here] as well as The Supertramp Tribute [see here] I did recently. We have spoken about Conspiracy doing more in the future, we shall see..." And in this Nov 2012 interview, "Chris and I have spoken about it, but it comes down to schedules and at present geography. I live in LA and Chris no longer does. That alone makes the process tricky. That said you never know… we shall see." In an Apr 2013 Q&A for YesWorld, Squire said: "There is a possibility down the road, I could do another Conspiracy album with Billy but presently I'm very tied up with my work with YES, and possibly another album with Steve Hackett".

Conspiracy's "Live" is out on DVD as a CD/DVD 2-disc set on Cleopatra.

Sherwood (bass, guitar, keys, vocals) and Jay Schellen (drums) from the final Conspiracy line-up did record an album entitled Psy-op. This was initially described as the third Conspiracy album, but in May 2007, Sherwood wrote on MySpace that he and Schellen were changing the name of the project given Squire's absence. However, the project was held back so as not to compete with CIRCA:; Sherwood wrote, "The tracks are very prog. It will surface, I promise, just not right now." In Aug 2008, Sherwood said, "Psy-op will be released... it's just a matter of when. I don't wish to cloud nor confuse what my main goal is "getting CIRCA: in the air and on auto pilot"." In an Apr 2008 interview, Sherwood reiterated, "It's finished and mastered and ready to come out but I didn't want to confuse fans with too many products at once." But in Oct 2010, in response to a fan, Sherwood said that the album was being abandoned:

The entire Psy-op CD has been reverse engineered and dismantled in a manner of speaking.... The record was completed and we were about to go forward when CIRCA came into being, and now with CIRCA in existence and now Yoso, I felt adding another "band project" to the mix was that one bridge too far. That's why I held it back and am now farming the songs to other destinations.

The Psy-op album also featured Tony Kaye (on 1 track), Geoff Downes (on 1 track), Michael Sherwood (Vocoder), Bruce Gowdy (World Trade; co-wrote and keys on 1 track, "Gone All the Way"), Gary Green (ex-Gentle Giant; co-wrote and guitar on 1 track, "Just Another Day"). (There was an earlier report that two songs on the album were written with Gowdy for an abortive third World Trade album, but Sherwood in Feb 2008 referred to just one piece.) "Just Another Day" is now being used on The Prog Collective 2.

A Jan 2006 article quotes Sherwood describing the album as being "really, really proggy". In Jun 2007, posting to the Progressive Ears forum, Sherwood described the album:

What began as Conspiracy 3 has now morphed into a new project titled "Psy-Op". Chris moved back to the U.K. [...] at the same time I was recording a lot of new music which I planned for "C3". After assembling the record it became clear to me that it is not Conspiracy but a whole new kind of "project". [...] You can hear a sample at my web page, {it's labeled Conspiracy 3, that will be changed}. It is mastered and ready for release, that being said [...] since [CIRCA:] are about to release our 1st record I don't want to cloud the waters with a new project. It will come out down the road in time...
As a preview, an excerpt from "Gone All the Way" was available for download on Sherwood's website. Sherwood described the song as "a story of a man dreaming he is the only human left on earth after a nuclear holocaust, by the middle of the song he reailizes he in fact isn't dreaming, warmakers had finally "Gone All The Way"."

Tribute albums by Billy Sherwood et al.
Tribute albums involving Billy Sherwood are covered in Sherwood's section here.


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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 & Wakeman
Others associated with the band

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