Geoff Downes on DBA’s Halcyon Hymns and Yes in 2021 – 465

Produced by Jeffrey Crecelius, Wayne Hall, Preston Frazier and Bill Govier

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It was a delight to welcome Yes and DBA keyboardist Geoff Downes back onto the show this week. Mark and I speak to him about his excellent new DBA album, Halcyon Hymns as well as a couple of aspects of what’s coming up for Yes in 2021, specifically the rumours around the new album and the possibilities of touring. So listen out for that conversation.

  • How does the new DBA album compare to the previous one?
  • Is it prog?
  • What are Yes really doing in 2021?

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Geoff Downes on DBA3 – Skyscraper Souls – 306

DBA3 - Skyscraper Souls
DBA3 – Skyscraper Souls

Produced by Jeffrey Crecelius, Michel Arsenault, Wayne Hall, Preston Frazier and Bill Govier.

We managed to speak to Geoff Downes about his other new release – The Downes Braide Association’s DBA3 – Skyscraper Souls. Mark and I go into a lot of detail about the album and then ask Geoff some questions about its construction and influences.

There’s also time for a rather mischievous Yes and ARW 2 pence so something for everyone, we hope!

  • Is this DBA album a continuation of or a revolution from the last?
  • Did Geoff ever meet any of the contributors?
  • What is the writing process like?

Chris Braide and Geoff Downes
Chris Braide and Geoff Downes

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