39 episodes

Interviews with keyboard players from all genres.



Whether you’re a weekend warrior in a covers band or a successful act on the international tour circuit, we’ll try and keep you entertained with the latest and greatest. With hosts who are players themselves, we ask the questions that matter but keep it fun at the same time.

The Keyboard Chronicles David Holloway

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Interviews with keyboard players from all genres.



Whether you’re a weekend warrior in a covers band or a successful act on the international tour circuit, we’ll try and keep you entertained with the latest and greatest. With hosts who are players themselves, we ask the questions that matter but keep it fun at the same time.

    Geoff Downes, Yes / Asia / The Buggles

    Geoff Downes, Yes / Asia / The Buggles

    Geoff Downes not only co-founded a pioneering group in the late seventies, but he’s also a core member of two other iconic groups that continue to go strong. And that’s just the start. Geoff covers a lot of ground in this interview and we take the opportunity to delve into the latest album release from Yes.

    Links to content mentioned during the show (links will open in new tab):  

    Downes Braide Association – latest album Halcyon Hymns

    Geoff at the Sydney Opera House

    Yes – The Quest

    Rock Aid Armenia – Smoke on the Water (making-of documentary)

    Trevor and Geoff performing live in 2004

    Our interview with Geoff’s old band mate, Jan Pulsford

    Asia – Go

    Tag a keyboard player: Dave Sinclair (Caravan)

    Desert Island Discs: In The Land of Grey and Pink – Caravan, ABBA Gold – ABBA, 4 – Foreigner, What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye, The White Album – The Beatles.

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    We’re always keen to hear from you: drop us a line via the website, Facebook, or Twitter.

    If you’re a keyboard player, we also have a regular email newsletter with interesting news from the industry just for you.

    To help us keep the podcast running like a fine oiled machine, we do have a Patreon account if you’d like to contribute the cost of a small cup of coffee a month.







    Finally, check out our podcast guest playlist on Spotify to get a taste of each guest’s creations.

    Tom Brislin, Kansas

    Tom Brislin, Kansas

    Tom Brislin plays keyboards for Kansas and has also toured with other icons such as Debbie Harry, Meatloaf and Yes. As you’ll hear, Tom has some great insights on his career to date that inspired us and will hopefully inspire you. We even have a fun chat about whether Meatloaf’s work could be described at ‘Pop Prog’. You’ve been warned!

    Links to content mentioned during the show (links will open in new tab):    

    Mussorgski – Pictures at an Exhibition

    Kenny Barron – Embraceable you

    Tom with Spiraling

    Tom with Glen Burtnik

    Tom with Meatloaf

    Tom with Yes

    Tom with Renaissance

    Tag a keyboard player: Kerry Minnear (Gentle Giant), Glasys.

    Desert Island Discs: Purple Rain – Prince, Christmas Album – The Ventures, Business As Usual – Men At Work, Fragile – Yes, Magical Mystery Tour – The Beatles  and any album from Emerson, Lake and Palmer.

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    We’re always keen to hear from you: drop us a line via the website, Facebook, or Twitter.

    If you’re a keyboard player, we also have a regular email newsletter with interesting news from the industry just for you.

    To help us keep the podcast running like a fine oiled machine, we do have a Patreon account if you’d like to contribute the cost of a small cup of coffee a month.







    Finally, check out our podcast guest playlist on Spotify to get a taste of each guest’s creations.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Oliver Wakeman, Solo Artist / Nolan & Wakeman / Yes

    Oliver Wakeman, Solo Artist / Nolan & Wakeman / Yes

    Oliver Wakeman has had a prolific career to date, with lots more on the horizon. Oliver talks his latest release with Clive Nolan, his musical upbringing and even a bit of tech and train-wreck.

    Links to content mentioned during the show (links will open in new tab):  

    Oliver Wakeman and Rodney Matthews

    Nolan and Wakeman – Why Do You Hate Me?

    More details on the Tales by Gaslight box set

    Our own  interview with Clive Nolan

    Oliver and Gordon Giltrap live

    Oliver and Steve Howe – 3 Ages of Magick

    Oliver with Yes

    Rodney Matthews – Lord of the Rings cover

    Yendor: The Journey of a Junior Adventurer

    Tag a keyboard player: Jon Lord

    Desert Island Discs: 2112 or Hemispheres – Rush, Who Do You Think We Are – Deep Purple, The Grand Illusion – Styx, Poe – Haunted, Eat Me in St Louis – It Bites. Honourable mention: Slam – Dan Reed Network.

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    We’re always keen to hear from you: drop us a line via the website, Facebook, or Twitter.

    If you’re a keyboard player, we also have a regular email newsletter with interesting news from the industry just for you.

    To help us keep the podcast running like a fine oiled machine, we do have a Patreon account if you’d like to contribute the cost of a small cup of coffee a month.







    Finally, check out our podcast guest playlist on Spotify to get a taste of each guest’s creations.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Josh Weinstein, Solo Artist

    Josh Weinstein, Solo Artist

    Josh Weinstein is a composer, arranger and keyboard player and teacher of music history. We talk everything from US East Coast vs West Coast gigging differences, why you don’t hear Billy Joel on the radio on the West Coast, music history and even a bit of gear! 

    Links to content mentioned during the show (links will open in new tab):

    Josh’s Love and Alcohol album 

    RAM ON: 50th Anniversary Tribute

    Some Bjork moments

    For the bonus content on Josh’s role in a Pink Floyd tribute act, go to our Patreon page

    Tag a keyboard player: Benmont Tench, Steve Nieve, Steve Nathan

    Desert Island Discs: 5 albums that Josh hasn’t heard yet.

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    We’re always keen to hear from you: drop us a line via the website, Facebook, or Twitter.

    If you’re a keyboard player, we also have a regular email newsletter with interesting news from the industry just for you.

    To help us keep the podcast running like a fine oiled machine, we do have a Patreon account if you’d like to contribute the cost of a small cup of coffee a month.







    Finally, check out our podcast guest playlist on Spotify to get a taste of each guest’s creations.

    • 48 min
    Michael Whalen, Future Shock / Film and TV Composer

    Michael Whalen, Future Shock / Film and TV Composer

    In one of the wider ranging conversations we’ve ever had, we speak with Emmy-winning and Grammy-nominated keyboardist and composer Michael Whalen. As you’ll hear, that is only two strings to his bow and Michael has some fascinating insights into the music industry and making a living from music in the digital age.

    Links to content mentioned during the show (links will open in new tab):

    Deep Work by Cal Newport

    Michael’s Future Shock project

    Simon Phillips

    Tony Levin

    Karmic Dreams

    Elias Music

    Michael J Fox in a 1987 Pepsi Commercial

    Duran Duran – All She Wants Is (from the Big Thing album)

    Herb Pilhofer

    Frank Zappa and his Synclavier

    Good Morning America Theme

    Arif Mardin

    Myndstream records

    Gustavo Santaolalla

    Rick Wakeman’s Twitter Account

    Rick Wakeman’s RRHOF acceptance speech

    Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers

    Grace Jones – Slave to the Rhythm

    Not discussed (yet) but well worth the read: Michael writes on digital rights and tracking your income

    Tag a keyboard player: Tom Brislin

    Desert Island Discs: Greatest Hits Vol. 1 – Earth, Wind and Fire, Works Vol. 1 – Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Duke – Genesis, Silk Degrees – Boz Scaggs, Toto IV – Toto.



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    We’re always keen to hear from you: drop us a line via the website, Facebook, or Twitter.

    If you’re a keyboard player, we also have a regular email newsletter with interestin...

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Veronica Lewis, Solo Artist

    Veronica Lewis, Solo Artist

    Veronica Lewis is a great player in the early years of what looks like will be an amazing career. Veronica tells the story of her discovery of the blues and boogie woogie, her work to date and her thoughts on her future.

    Links to content mentioned during the show (links will open in new tab):  

    Katie Webster

    Veronica plays live (2019)

    History of Beale St

    Barbara Blue at Silky O’Sullivan’s (on Beale St)

    Tag a keyboard player: Katie Webster, Otis Spann, Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis

    Desert Island Discs: no discs, but a great discussion on playlists (Boogie woogie piano, rockabilly, classic country, Americana)



    Don’t forget to click on any of the subscribe links to automatically have each episode download, or just click play on the player above to listen right here.







    We’re always keen to hear from you: drop us a line via the website, Facebook, or Twitter.

    If you’re a keyboard player, we also have a regular email newsletter with interesting news from the industry just for you.

    To help us keep the podcast running like a fine oiled machine, we do have a Patreon account if you’d like to contribute the cost of a small cup of coffee a month.







    Finally, check out our podcast guest playlist on Spotify to get a taste of each guest’s creations.

    • 35 min

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I love the variety of guests on this show. I’m more a jazz player but I love some of the rock / folk / prog stuff as well. Keep up the great work.

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