Remembering Michael Dunford and Renaissance
Sad news about the passing on November 21, 2012, of Michael Dunford, guitarist and musical master behind the long story of progressive/symphonic rock band, “Renaissance.”
Obituary from Ultimate Classic Rock, November 26, 2012.
Michael Dunford, guitarist and chief composer behind Renaissance’s sweeping, symphonic progressive rock, passed away last week after suffering an Instantaneous Cerebral Hemmorage at his Surrey, England home. He is survived not only by his wife, two sons, and sister — but also by some of the most hauntingly beautiful progressive rock albums ever recorded.
Sadly, both Dunford and his old band are rarely mentioned in the same breath as their prog peers likeGenesis, Yes, and King Crimson. Part of the reason is exposure: Even during their mid-to-late ’70s prime, Renaissance were never chart-toppers or stadium sell-outs (though they did manage one UK top-ten single, 1978′s ‘Northern Lights’). And they were never as technically flashy or boldly experimental as those bands: Throughout the group’s quietly excellent lifespan, the Renaissance catalogue is middle-of-the-road, but in a good way — consistently built on Annie Haslam’s soaring, operative, five-octave vocals, Jon Camp’s propulsive and melodic basslines, and Dunford’s tasteful guitar playing and arrangements. They were never prog’s trailblazers or sonic innovators — but they were certainly one of the most consistently great, album-to-album…
Lots of Renaissance music here…
What an amazing artist. I’m so fortunate to have been able to experience his music live and I’ll enjoy and share for many years.