Long Earth is a progressive rock band based in Glasgow, UK.  Formed in 2016, the lineup has links to long established proggers Abel Ganz, at one point involving 4 former members. 

In 2017, Long Earth released their debut album The Source, which received warm praise from critics and prog fans alike, and saw them established on the Scottish live scene, gigging alongside bands such as Abel Ganz, Crystal Palace and Alan Reed, who also featured on The Source as a guest narrator.

Following the introduction of former Abel Ganz vocalist Martin Haggarty in 2018, the band wrote and subsequently released their second album Once Around the Sun in March 2020 to universally strong reviews from DJs, journalists and bloggers, and featured heavily among many "best of 2020" lists.  More gigs alongside Wobbler, Abel Ganz, Crystal Palace, Stuckfish and others followed before being cruelly interrupted by the Covid pandemic, before regrouping for a gig with Franck Carducci & the Fantastic Squad in March 2022, with more gigs to follow while work continues on the writing of album 3. 

 

reviews

What the media say about Long Earth's Once Around the Sun

Jim Lawson, Prog Rock MusicTalk – “just go and get a copy........ a masterpiece of modern prog with huge leanings to the “old style,” played by musicians who have dreamed the dream and have now delivered the dream. The dream has a name, and the name is Once Around The Sun” 

 Rob Fisher – The Progressive Aspect  - “It’s bloody brilliant.After that, frankly, there’s not much more that needs to be said… (a) seductively magnificent album”  

 Eddie McFadden,  ProgCore Radio, Manchester Rock Radio & ListenLanarkshire – awarded “Album of the Year 2020"  

Chuck Simons, Progrock.com - in the top 3 albums of 2020 

AJ Bradford, House of Prog Radio - DJ choice top ten album of 2020  

Mark & Rayna Monforti, Music in Widescreen/Progrock.com - one of the top 20 albums of 2020   

Martin Hutchinson, Progradar  - We see a band nearing their creative zenith. Take my advice, go and listen to what may well be one of 2020’s sublime releases  

Geoff Penn, House of Prog Radio - A top-rated album that is sure to please all aficionados of well-constructed progressive rock including those who would normally favour a more metal infused offering 90/100

Nemo Dre, Future Feature Radio (Canada)  - One of the top 10 albums of 2020     

Peter Jones, Tales from the Tigermoth, Progzilla Radio - one of the year's top 5 albums 

The Prog Mill, Progzilla Radio - voted by listeners as one of the top 30 albums of 2020 

 Progcritique (France) - Thank you for this beautiful music, powerful but never aggressive, and above all optimistic… 4.5 out of 5.

 Dutch Progressive Rock Pages -  one of the top 50 albums of  the first half of 2020 (as chosen among all 11 writers) & one of the top ten albums of 2020 as chosen by writer Andre de Boer 

 The European Perspective  – one of the best releases in UK & European progressive rock of 2020 

 Larne Peters ProgAlley (Germany) reviews –  Loved The Source already, but this one’s another story: love it big, big! Well Done!!  

Jacopo Vigezzi,  Progressive Rock Journal - symphonies merged with Rock. Guitar and keyboards,….. For all lovers of the more symphonic and soft part of Prog  

Strutter Magazine, Holland -  All the fans of Pallas, IQ, Pendragon, Abel Ganz and such will absolutely love this album! 8.2/10 

Steve & Lou's World of Prog show - It is a real triumph & the boys should be really proud of this one, this extended musical journey goes through so many musical styles and passages that it never once gets boring ...8.5/10 

In four - one, two three..... 

November already and what's been happening? Well, plans for our Xmas gig at the Backstage, Kinross have been scuppered by health issues within the band that are preventing us from rehearsing a live set. We hope to return there next year. However, we have been able to plan some gigs for Spring 2023 onwards, with a few festival appearances pencilled in (dates, places and other acts to be confirmed), and confirmed gigs with two fantastic prog bands; The Emerald Dawn are coming all the way from Cornwall for their first Scottish gig, and long established Welsh band Also Eden are also venturing North. Check the Shows page for details and tickets, or join our mailing list for alerts

The big news is that we have started recording album 3, with a handful of rhythm tracks in the can, 5 more fully demo'd plus lyrics, and several other tracks in rough instrumental demo form. We're going to have the luxury of having to  choose what we leave off this album. Spring is the intended release date and the album does have a theme, but no title as yet.

We also hope to recruit some assistance, ie "friends/fans with skills" to help with PR, Social Media, Video & multimedia, and live sound, so if anyone wishes to throw their hat in the ring for any of these roles, please contact us. You will make as much money as we do out of it, ie nothing, but you'll see some really great bands and have fun along the way. Some of these roles can be done remotely if preferred, so distance needn't be an object. 

More soon.

Martin

 

July 2022 - Album 3 underway (Five go mad in Berkeley) 

Well, over halfway through 22 and what's been going on?  Back in January, Renaldo decided he didn't want to play live gigs any longer, and as he was alone in this wish, we had to part company. However, we managed to fulfill our gig with Franck Carducci & the Fantastic Squad just a few weeks later, with good friend Alex Fairley standing in at short notice. Interesting to note that less than 3 months later, Franck & his wonderful band supported Sting in France and gave him a serious "follow that" challenge! 

So what have we been up to. Well, the hugely talented Mark Spragg has joined us on guitar (see Meet the Band), and writing sessions for the follow up to Once Around the Sun are well under way. So far, we have 8 songs at various stages of development: 6 have already been demo'd (of which 2 have yet to receive lyrics). We have a further 2 or 3 which we will start on after the summer holidays.  Then, we can start laying down the rhythm tracks, and build from there. We would hope that, if plans go our way, the album will ready for a Spring release. 

We have been asked if there's any way for fans to check on progress and perhaps hear some samples of the songs as they take shape. Rest assured we are working on something along these lines, and all we can say is "watch this space" in the next 5 or 6 weeks for some exciting news. 

In the meantime, here's Mark Spragg demonstrating some of his chops;