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The Goldfinch
Beautiful new album from the John Hackett/Nick Fletcher flute and guitar duo.  Features arrangements of music by J.S. Bach, Handel, Vivaldi and Scarlatti. The title is taken from the “The Goldfinch (Il Cardellino)” flute concerto by Vivaldi. The cover painting is by Nick’s talented daughter Kathryn.

Track list

Sonata in C major BWV 1033   J.S. Bach
  1. Andante
  2. Allegro
  3. Adagio
  4. Menuett 1 Menuett 2 Menuett 1 Da Capo
Sonata in C major Opus 1 no. 7    G.F. Handel
  1. Larghetto
  2. Allegro
  3. Larghetto
  4. A tempo di Gavotti
  5. Allegro
Flute Concerto Opus 10 no 3  Il Cardellino  Antonio Vivaldi
  1. Allegro
  2. Cantabile
  3. Allegro
Trio Sonata in E flat major BWV 525     J.S. Bach
  1. Allegro Moderato
  2. Adagio
  3. Allegro
Sonata  in D minor K34  Domenico  Scarlatti
  1. Larghetto
Partita in A minor for solo flute   BWV 1013     J.S. Bach
  1. Allemande
  2. Corrente
  3. Sarabande
  4. Bourree Angloise


Flute   John Hackett Guitar  Nick Fletcher Recording engineer   John Hackett Produced by John Hackett and Nick Fletcher Cover painting by Kathryn Fletcher Album design   Katrin Hackett Recorded at Hacktrax  Sheffield U.K. Enquiries Catalogue  number  HTRX013
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Cycles of Behaviour
Cycles of Behaviour
Release date March 26th 2021 - Advance orders being taken

A fantastic album!..Nick Fletcher is probably the best jazz rock guitarist in the country. His fluency is astounding, plus he possesses a first rate classical guitar technique to boot! I find the combination of him working with my brother John is totally incendiary… I consider Nick Fletcher to be an absolute star’

Steve Hackett 2020

This album came about following the great press reaction to the recording with John Hackett - Beyond the Stars’ which was released on Esoteric records in 2018.

Stellar soloing and strong songs’...Sid Smith - Prog Magazine,

Nick had been writing similar material and some new musical ideas that expanded on the ‘Beyond the Stars’ project, which posed a new direction and musical development. His music has a unique take on the genre which incorporates such diverse influences that range from Pink Floyd, Genesis, Camel, Bruford, Holdsworth, Ravel, Stravinsky, jazz fusion and the English choral composer Herbert Howells! It’s often powerful with wild virtuosic guitar playing and compositions which are full of emotional moments which pull the listener into an evocative sound world. The assembled band of Dave Bainbridge (Lifesigns, Downes Braide Association, Celestial Fire, Iona, Strawbs), Tim Harries (ex Bill Bruford’s Earthworks, Steeleye Span), Russ Wilson (Book of Genesis), John Hackett and Caroline Bonnet, who also co produced, mixed and mastered the album, make this an incredible listen and something unique in the world of progressive rock. [columns] [span4] Track List 1.Cycles of behaviour 2.Heat is rising 3.Hope in your eyes 4.Tyrant and knave 5.Desolation sound 6.Interconnected 7.Annexation 8.Philosopher king
Release date March 26th 2021
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was it for this…?
                                    '—Was it for this                                     That one, the fairest of all Rivers, lov'd                                     To blend his murmurs with my Nurse's song,                                     And from his alder shades and rocky falls,                                     And from his fords and shallows, sent a voice                                     That flow'd along my dreams?'                                                 William Wordsworth, The Prelude 1799 ‘There can't be many of us who haven't at some point wondered what the sum total of our lives is going to be; all the good and poor choices, the happy and not-so-happy accidents, the healthy and toxic relationships, the influences that enrich or deplete. I was very fortunate to have met Danny Chang (of The Kentish Spires) around 2004.  He took me under his wing, opened his studio to my mad ideas, and suggested I do an album.  It was recorded in Autumn/Winter 2006/07.  Dan produced, John Fraser engineered and played some beautiful (at times brutal) piano.  Then there was Ryan on drums, Colin on keys, Peter and Susie on harmonies.  To be honest I was out of my depth, slightly unhinged and somewhat over-adrenalised, but I was managed with grace, kindness and pragmatism and I'll be eternally grateful for that. For Will Wordsworth it started with the rushing of the river Derwent and the sweet simplicity of lullabies, surging towards the heady prospect of a new enlightenment in revolutionary France.  My staging posts were mostly musical.  From Salvation Army brass bands and choirs, to the tribal punk of Adam & The Ants, the jazz hands and Broadway babies of musical theatre and the sweeping possibilities of progressive music where sentiment can bleed beyond those three magic minutes.  Here were songs about dying movie stars, parallel universes, off-kilter romance, Dad dancing, David Lynch and the von Trapp family.  As Danny reassured me, I was never going to have to worry about my chart position... So was it?  For this, I mean.  The answer can only ever be yes.  For all of us.  Only you can bring what you bring to the table.  What you are and what has shaped you are unique to you, and the contribution you make is singular.  What a wonderful gift.  What a responsibility. What an opportunity.’ Jeremy, December 2020

Track Listing

1) Queen of the May 2) Sweet Liesl 3) Heaven Help Me Now I’m On My Own 4) Botox Baby 5) yellowleaf 6) A Polo Shirt In Yonkers 7) Cary Grant Is Dying 8) Necessary 9) Curtain Call 10) Hello, Disco 11) Live From The Cliff Face 12) It’s Not About Love 13) Sometime My Arms Bend Back 14) If I Bump Into Jesus
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The Piper Plays His Tune
The Piper Plays His Tune
A completely solo project coming out of the UK Covid19 lockdown, where John Hackett writes, sings and plays all the parts himself.  

Full Track List:

  1. Masters of my past
  2. Broken
  3. In love
  4. Crying Shame
  5. Broken Glass
  6. Julia
  7. Too late for dreamers
  8. Clown
  9. Loved by you
  10. There you go again
Lyrics can be downloaded here: Piper - lyrics
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John Hackett Band – T Shirts
John Hackett Band – T Shirts
Navy blue, 100% organic cotton
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On the Wings of the Wind
On the Wings of the Wind

John Hackett & Marco Lo Muscio Duo feat. Steve Hackett, David Jackson, David Cross

This recording project was created to celebrate the tenth anniversary of concerts by the John Hackett and Marco Lo Muscio Duo. As in their concerts, the pieces suggest a musical journey between ancient and modern music alternating between duo and solo compositions. The repertoire starts with music from the baroque era up to the present day with the duo's original compositions. Their musical journey includes music of contemporary classical composers and ventures into the world of progressive music. The album includes three exceptional guests who have made a difference in the history of modern music: John's brother. Steve Hackett, the Genesis guitarist; David Jackson, the Van Der Graaf Generator saxophonist; David Cross, the King Crimson electric violinist. Full Track List
1 Ricercare On The Name G.A.N.D.A.L.F. (Marco Lo Muscio)
2 Minuet And Dance Of The Blessed Spirits (Christoph Willibald Gluck)
3 Ricercare "The Cathedral Of Pienza" (Marco Lo Muscio)
4 Ricercare Cromatico "The Cathedral Of Orvieto" (Marco Lo Muscio)
5 Sonata In Fa Maggiore "Vivace" (Georg Philipp Telemann)
6 Sonata In Fa Maggiore "Largo" (Georg Philipp Telemann)
7 Sonata In Fa Maggiore "Allegro" (Georg Philipp Telemann)
8 Ice Cream Waltz (John Hackett)
9 Vocalise No. 1 (Marco Lo Muscio)
10 Vocalise No. 2 (Marco Lo Muscio)
11 Thoughts Turn Homeward (John Hackett)
12 Galadriel's Memories (John Hackett)
13 Pavane De La Belle Au Bois Domant (Maurice Ravel)
14 Vocalise No. 3 (Marco Lo Muscio)
15 Vocalise No. 5 (Marco Lo Muscio)
16 Moonchild (King Crimson)
17 In Memorian (Marco Lo Muscio)
18 "Countly Love" ("Amor Cortese") - Omaggio A Zeffirelli (Marco Lo Muscio)
19 From "Musica Ricercata" - No. 6 (Allegro Molto Capriccioso) (György Ligeti)
20 From "Musica Ricercata" - No. 7 (Cantabile Molto Legato) (György Ligeti)
21 From "Musica Ricercata" - No. 8 (Vivace Energico) (György Ligeti)
22 Second Chance (Steve Hackett)
23 Hands Of The Priestess (Steve Hackett)
24 Hairless Heart (Steve Hackett/Genesis)
25 After The Ordeal (Steve Hackett/Genesis)
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Beyond the Stars
Beyond the Stars
Beyond the Stars sees John Hackett and Nick Fletcher on an epic journey through time and place, from wistful reminiscing about happier times to a vision of a dystopian future. The songs take you on a rollercoaster ride showcasing Nick's incredible virtuosity on the guitar alongside John’s trademark flute. Their writing partnership, first featured on the John Hackett Band album We Are Not Alone, goes from strength to strength and Beyond the Stars shows them to be a musical force to be reckoned with. The duo are joined by drummer Wayne Proctor (King King) and six string bassist Simon Hall in what is a stellar recording of some highly original music, creating something unique in the progressive genre. 1. BEYOND THE STARS 2. A HORSE NAMED CADILLAC 3. A TIME IN PLACE 4. LEAVING IT ALL BEHIND 5. THE SPYGLASS 6. MIST ON THE LAKE 7. THE WAVES OF FAIR ISLE 8. SIGN OF THE TIMES 9. THAT SHIP HAS SAILED  
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We Are Not Alone
We Are Not Alone
The 2017 studio album by The John Hackett Band - We Are Not Alone - offers a heady and eclectic mix of solid song-writing, swirling mellotron and on occasion, free improvisation. Virtuosic flute and guitar performances are liberally littered throughout the memorable compositions. John's brother, Steve Hackett, makes a special guest appearance on harmonica on the song Never Gonna Make A Dime, which tells the true story of the Hackett family's brief move to Canada in the Fifties. Special double CD edition with bonus disc recorded live At The Classic Rock Society, 2016.

Full Track List:

Disc One: We Are Not Alone 1. Take control Parts 1 & 2 2. Never Gonna Make a Dime 3. Blue Skies of Marazion 4. Summer Lightning 5. Queenie and Elmo's Perfect Day 6. Castles 7. Ossian's Lament 8. Jericho 9. Winds of Change
Disc Two: Another Live - Live at the Classic Rock Society 2016
1. Another Life 2. Look Up 3. Life in Reverse 4. Whispers 5. Castles 6. Burnt Down Trees 7. Queenie and Elmo's Perfect Day 8. Poison Town 9. Satellite 10. Ego and Id 11. Mr Magnolia 12. Libertango 13. Overnight Snow 14. Stella 15. Forest 16. Headlights 17. Dreantown 18. Magazine 19. Red Hair
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Another Life
Another Life
John Hackett’s long awaited new rock album and is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed Checking Out of London (released in 2005), featuring Steve Hackett, Anthony Phillips & Nick Magnus with lyrics by Nick Clabburn.

Full Track List:

1. Another Life 2. Look Up 3. Poison Town 4. White Lines 5. Life In Reverse 6. Burnt Down Trees 7. Satellite 8. Forest 9. Magazine 10. Rain 11. Actors 12.Another Day, Another Night 13.Poison Town Reprise  
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