Circa (band)

Circa (stylized as CIRCA:) is a progressive rock supergroup[1] founded by four musicians associated with Yes: current Yes member Alan White (drums), former Yes member Tony Kaye (Hammond, keyboards), current Yes member Billy Sherwood (bass, vocals), and guitarist Jimmy Haun, who played on the Yes album Union.

Circa
OriginCalifornia, U.S.
GenresProgressive rock
Years active2006-present
LabelsCleopatra, Glassville
Associated actsYes, Conspiracy, Yoso, Lodgic
Websitewww.facebook.com/circahq/
MembersTony Kaye
Billy Sherwood
Rick Teirney
Scott Connor
Past membersJimmy Haun
Alan White
Jay Schellen
Ronnie Ciago
Johnny Bruhns

Biography

Origins

Jimmy Haun and Michael Sherwood (Billy's elder brother) were childhood friends and went on to form the band Lodgic, which Billy joined in 1981. A few years after Lodgic split up, Billy Sherwood was introduced to Yes bassist Chris Squire and other members of Yes, including Kaye and White. Sherwood worked with the band on material for their next album. Meanwhile, both Haun and Michael Sherwood came to do session work on the second album from the Yes spinoff band, Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe. Material from both projects was combined for the 1991 album Union, which thus features Billy Sherwood on the track "The More We Live—Let Go" and Haun and Michael Sherwood on further tracks. Squire and Billy Sherwood had written a body of material not used on Union; subsequently, they briefly toured this under the name of The Chris Squire Experiment in 1992, with a line-up including White and Haun. (The Chris Squire Experiment later evolved into Conspiracy.)

Billy Sherwood continued an on/off association with Yes over the next few years, joining the live line-up for the Talk tour in 1994, with Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Chris Squire, Alan White, and Tony Kaye. After this, in 1995, Sherwood and Rabin did some writing together, and two tracks on the Circa 2007 album are based on this material.

Billy Sherwood eventually joined Yes for a few years before leaving again. In the mid-2000s, he organised two Pink Floyd tribute albums, Back Against The Wall and Return To The Dark Side Of The Moon, and some further projects which featured an array of former and current Yes members as guests, including Kaye, White, Geoff Downes, Peter Banks, Bill Bruford, Steve Howe, and Rick Wakeman. Coming out of the second of these projects, Sherwood suggested to Kaye that they put together a project using former and current members of Yes. Going under a working title of Family or Family Project, various names were floated, and White and Banks were approached.

However, in 2006, as the project developed, Sherwood and Kaye decided to change tack and focus on creating a unitary band. They recruited Alan White on drums and Jimmy Haun on guitar and recorded their debut album. Circa was formally announced in March 2007.

First album and touring

On 30 July 2007, the band self-released their nine-song debut album, Circa 2007, with guest appearances by Michael Sherwood and Cole Coleman. The album includes two tracks based on material Billy Sherwood co-wrote with Trevor Rabin in 1995. A two-track download-only EP was previously available for a short period in the United States.

The band's debut live show was on August 23, 2007 in San Juan Capistrano, with a set including an extended instrumental medley of Yes tunes. A DVD of this show was released as Circa Live in February 2008. A few North American dates followed in early 2008, with Jay Schellen, a past collaborator of Sherwood's and Kaye's, filling in for White on one date.

Second album and Yoso

In July 2008, Jay Schellen permanently replaced Alan White, who chose to focus on his work in Yes. The new line-up recorded an album, Circa HQ, in the latter half of 2008. The album was released on 14 January 2009. A short Italian tour with former Toto singer, Bobby Kimball, was announced for February 2009, playing a set consisting of music by Circa, Yes, and Toto. Kimball and Circa then joined to create a new band, Yoso (originally to be called AKA), although the Yoso line-up changed further until only Sherwood and Kaye from Circa were still members, joined by Johnny Bruhns on guitar and Scott Connor on drums.

Third album

Yoso disbanded in early 2011, and guitarist Bruhns moved to replace Haun in Circa. Haun had withdrawn to focus on his work providing music for commercials. Jay Schellen also departed, wanting to focus on work with Asia Featuring John Payne and Unruly Child. Connor was originally to take over on drums, but withdrew and Ronnie Ciago joined the band. On March 7, 2011, Michi Sherwood (Billy's wife) revealed the band's next album will be called And So On.

However, with western North American tour dates, Ciago left the band and Connor joined.

In 2013, all of Circa's studio material and first live album was re-issued through Cleopatra Records. Circa also released a new live album, Live From Here There & Everywhere, on Glassville Records.

Fourth album

Circa's fourth album Valley of the Windmill,[2] was released July 8, 2016 [3] on Frontiers records.[4] It includes several extended-length songs, and Sherwood describes it as "super proggy".[5]

The band's current lineup (since 2012) consists of Billy Sherwood on lead vocals and lead guitar, Tony Kaye on keyboards, Rick Tierney on bass guitar, and Scott Connor on drums.[6]

Discography

Studio albums
  • Circa 2007 (2007)
  • Circa HQ (2009)
  • Overflow (2009) (a collection of leftovers from the first two Circa CDs)
  • And So On (2011)
  • Valley Of The Windmill (2016)
Live albums
  • Circa: Live (2008)
  • Live From Here There & Everywhere (2013)

Personnel

Members

Current members
  • Billy Sherwood - lead vocals (2006–present), bass (2006–2012), guitars (2012–present)
  • Tony Kaye - keyboards (2006–present)
  • Scott Connor - drums (2010–2011, 2011–present)
  • Rick Teirney - bass (2012–present)
Former members
  • Alan White - drums (2006–2008)
  • Jimmy Haun - guitars (2006–2011)
  • Jay Schellen - drums (2008–2010)
  • Ronnie Ciago - drums (2011)
  • Johnny Bruhns - guitars (2011-2012)

Timeline

References

  1. ^ "CIRCA circulates music new & old at Canyon Club", All Access Magazine.com
  2. ^ http://www.bondegezou.co.uk/wncirca.htm
  3. ^ http://www.bondegezou.co.uk/wncirca.htm
  4. ^ http://www.bondegezou.co.uk/wncirca.htm
  5. ^ http://www.bondegezou.co.uk/wncirca.htm
  6. ^ http://www.bondegezou.co.uk/wncirca.htm

External links

Alan White (Yes drummer)

Alan White (born 14 June 1949) is an English drummer and songwriter best known for his tenure in the progressive rock band Yes, which he joined in 1972. Born and raised in County Durham, White took up piano and drum lessons as a youngster. In 1969, he joined the Plastic Ono Band after John Lennon invited him to play at the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival festival. White went on to play on other recordings from artists such as George Harrison, Ginger Baker's Air Force, and Terry Reid, and Lennon's "Imagine".

White joined Yes in July 1972 as a replacement for original drummer, Bill Bruford. White has performed on over 50 albums by other performers, notably Joe Cocker, Ginger Baker, and The Ventures. White was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Yes in 2017.

Billy Sherwood

William Wyman Sherwood (born March 14, 1965, Las Vegas, Nevada) is an American musician, record producer, and mixing engineer.

He is mostly known for his time as a member of progressive rock band Yes, first from 1997 to 2000, including for their albums Open Your Eyes (1997) and The Ladder (1999). He re-joined Yes in 2015, covering for (and eventually replacing) original bassist Chris Squire who was on hiatus from the band due to health issues shortly before his death on 27 June 2015. He was asked by Squire, before his passing, to replace him and keep Yes going. He is known for working with former and current Yes members in other capacities as well.

In 2017, he joined Asia alongside Yes bandmate Geoff Downes after the death of original singer and bassist John Wetton, having been chosen by Wetton himself. He is also an accomplished solo artist, having released nine solo studio albums between 1999 and 2015.

Circa (disambiguation)

Circa is a Latin word meaning "about" or "around".

Circa or CIRCA may also refer to:

Circa (band), a progressive rock supergroup

Circa (company), an American skateboard footwear company

Circa (contemporary circus), an Australian contemporary circus company

Circa District, Abancay Province, Peru

Circa Enterprises, a Canadian equipment manufacturer

Circa, a disc-binding notebook system

Circa Theatre, in Wellington, New Zealand

Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army, a UK activist group

Elito Circa (born 1970), Filipino painter

Circa News, an online news and entertainment service

Circa Complex, twin skyscrapers in Los Angeles, California

Circa (album), an album by Michael Cain

Jay Schellen

Jay Schellen (born 20 May 1960) is an American drummer who is best known as a member of the hard rock band Hurricane. Schellen has also worked and currently working with a number of other heavy rock and progressive rock bands, including with Asia, World Trade, Circa, Unruly Child, and Yes.

Jimmy Haun

Jimmy Cary Haun is an American guitarist, known for his work with the bands Yes, Air Supply, and Circa.

Tony Kaye (musician)

Tony Kaye (born Anthony John Selvidge; 11 January 1945) is an English keyboardist, songwriter, producer and manager, best known as a founding member of the rock band Yes. Born into a musical family, Kaye was classically trained and intended to become a concert pianist before he developed an interest in jazz and contemporary rock and pop music. He joined several groups through the 1960s, including the Federals, Johnny Taylor's Star Combo, Jimmy Winston & His Reflections, and Bittersweet.

From 1968 to 1971, Kaye was a member of Yes and played on their first three albums. He then formed Badger and relocated to Los Angeles in 1974, after which he toured with David Bowie and joined Detective. Kaye then played in Badfinger and is featured on their final studio album in 1981. He returned to Yes in 1983 for their most commercially successful period before he left in 1994.

Kaye has since been involved with several projects with Billy Sherwood and is a current member of Circa. From 2009 to 2011, the two were also members of the supergroup Yoso with members of Toto. In 2017, Kaye was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Yes.

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