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The Reasoning Reawakens !!16/12/2022

The Reasoning are ‘ReAwakening’ in 2023!


UK prog institution The Reasoning have re-formed, and will mark their return with a performance at the fourth Fusion Prog Festival in March.


The band’s appearance at Fusion 4, at Stourport Civic Centre on March 5th, comes some four years after their farewell show – at The Robin 2 in September 2019 – and will see them play alongside other much-loved prog acts including IQ, Solstice, Cyan and Mick Pointer’s Script.


Joining The Reasoning’s original rhythm section – drummer Vinden Wylde and bassist Matthew Cohen – is vocalist/guitarist Maria Owen, who appeared on the group’s acclaimed albums Adverse Camber and Acoustically Speaking. The band is joined on guitar by the maestro that is Ben Baljak. A new found talent who will wow you from the off. Finally and definitely not least, the multi talented Rich Harding will be joining The Reasoning on keyboards and vocals.


As for The Reasoning’s surprise re-formation, bassist and founding member Matthew Cohen says: “Time is a great healer, and after lots of consideration and consultation – alongside the simple fact that ‘home is where the heart is’ – we decided to awaken the Dark Angel(s) within us all. Above all, we wanted to go have some fun again, playing the songs that took on a life of their own on stage, and that were so dear to many of The Reasoning’s fans.”


Just as importantly, Cohen notes that when revisiting their impressive catalogue, the band are also acknowledging the contribution of all the members who have passed through the ranks over the years. “Their musical DNA still runs through the songs,” Cohen says, “and their contribution, their place in the band’s history, will always be a source of pride. This rebirth, this ‘ReAwakening’, is being done solely out of a love for the music. It really is that simple.”


The band are currently working on their live set for their appearance at Fusion 4, and fans might be pleased to know that The Reasoning are also in the early stages of writing their brand new, fifth studio album, expected in 2024.



Formed in Cardiff, Wales in 2005, The Reasoning secured their reputation on the progressive music scene with 2007 debut album Awakening. The record featured guest guitarist Steve Rothery, and that same year the band supported Marillion at Bristol’s Colston Hall, going on to appear at the famed Marillion Weekend in the Netherlands, and supporting Marillion again on home turf – The Great Hall in Cardiff – in 2012.


The band have opened for Fish several times, and have performed across the UK, Europe and the US. Their appearance at the 2010 High Voltage Festival in London was immortalised on  live DVD, Highway To High Voltage, while concert album Live In The USA: The Bottle Of Gettysburg features their set at 2011’s RoSFest.


The Reasoning’s other studio albums comprise Dark Angel (2008), Adverse Camber (2010) and Adventures In Neverland (2012) with unplugged album Acoustically Speaking (2010) and EP And Another Thing… completing their discography to date.


The group may have parted ways in 2019 but now, four years on, the ‘ReAwakening’ can begin…….


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Changes to lineup30/10/2021

How's it going Fusioneers ??? We have had to make a few changes to the Sunday (6th march) line-up, due to cirumstances beyond our control.

Stepping in to replace Algrorhythm, we have the marvellous THIS WINTER MACHINE and to replace Pure Reason Revolution - the magnificent MAGENTA.

With a lineup like this, we can well look forward to an incredible weekend of PROG. Hope you can join us.

Please note: We now have a link for streaming the event - £25 for the entire weekend !!! TOTAL BARGAIN.

Prog On Guys - Steve & Lou xx

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