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Elegant Simplicity


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    Heartbeat of the Nation
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    Ilmarinen's Bride of Gold
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    The Ghost of a Smile
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ELEGANT SIMPLICITY, a rock band, originally hail from Leeds, UK, and was formed by multi-instrumentalist Steven McCabe.
Completely self-taught, he cites his biggest influences as David Gilmour, Al Di Meola, Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Camel, Barclay James Harvest, John McLaughlin. He plays Fender and Ovation guitars.
Steven is a prolific composer and has been writing songs since 1992.
The band has never had a permanent line-up - though it has had several long-serving members, notably Ken Senior of the band Evolution on vocals.
ES is a studio-based project, then, and has latterly worked with talented musicians from all over the world in order to breathe extra life into the songs.
The latest album "The Ghost of a Smile" continues that focus with musicians from France, USA, Venezuela and Italy providing bass, drums, trumpet, violin and flute on which to hang the bands trademark melodic acumen.
Not a concept album as such – though the songs are thematically linked – and all deal with magic, mystery and the unexplained. It’s a very moody album with lots of interesting twists and turns. This is probably our most musically adventurous album, blending progressive rock, hard rock, folk, orchestral and new age into a melting pot of melody.


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