Druid is an acclaimed Yes-oriented progressive rock band with Neil Brewer on bass guitar, Andrew McCrorie-Shand on keyboards, Cedric Sharpley on drums and percussion and ‘Dane’ on guitar and vocals. In 1975 they released their debut-LP “Towards the Sun” and a year later a second album entitled “Fluid Druid”.
Their first effort is their best: fluent and melodic songs, layered with Mellotron, often in combination with sensitive electric guitarwork. The echoes from Yes are obvious: lots of vocal harmonies, a Chris Squire-like bass, Wakemanesque keyboards and even the high-pitched vocals like Jon Anderson. But Druid plays less complex and virtuosic, their pleasant sound appeals to many, more than the 24-carat Yes-clone Starcastle. The second LP entitled “Fluid Druid” is in the vein of their first but less mature, as if the band is a bit running out of ideas. Nonetheless it’s a nice album.
Druid is also the stage-name of Michiel Rook, a Dutch drum ‘n bass producer and DJ from Utrecht. His crew, Utreg Massive, is responsible for most drum ‘n bass parties in the city and keeping the dnb scene alive.
Last known line-up
Eric Sager - Vocals (Hunter)
Chris Kraft - Guitars
Ken Brandt - Bass
Dave Trio - Drums
Toward the sun (5:04)
Red carpet for an autumn (3:11)
Dawn of evening(10:02)
Shangri la (10:12)