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Hayley Griffiths

Karnataka are a wonderful melodic rock band, originally from Swansea though now based in London, founded and led by bassist and main songwriter Ian Jones (below, right) and fronted by superb vocalist Hayley Griffiths (left). Çağri Tozluoğlu plays the keyboards, Enrico Pinna (below left) guitar and Jimmy Pallagrosi drums.

In addition to sophisticated musicianship, sensuous playing, intelligent and varied songwriting and passionate feeling, their songs embody a unique South Welsh Celtic spirituality still touches my soul deeply.

Karnataka have now released a great new CD Secrets of Angels - the first studio album to make full advantage's of Hayley's superb talents and with Çağri at the keyboards.

Their original lineup included Rachel Jones (lead vocals), Jonathan Edwards (keyboards), Paul Davies (guitar), Anne-Marie Helder (vocals/multi-instumentalist) and Gavin Griffiths (drums). They left a magnificent legacy of recorded CDs and live performances captured on DVD, most of which are still available from their official website or through other outlets. Their live performances were brilliant too, and were captured superbly on their final, double live CD Strange Behaviour. They won a brace of Classic Rock Society awards, including Best Band 2003, Best Album 2003 for their magnificent third CD Delicate Flame of Desire, while Rachel won Best Female Vocalist consecutively from 1999 to 2003.

Their second CD The Storm was my favourite album of 2001. When I first saw them live, they made a great climax to their set with a song from this album called The Journey – one of the most joyful and uplifting pieces I have ever heard. Its sentiment was also poignantly apposite for where my own life was at the time and the effect was truly magical. It would still be an obligatory choice if I ever had to pick a 'desert island top ten'.

Ian Jones

Subsequent lineups have included Lisa Fury, who featured on lead vocals from 2005-2010, co-wrote many of the songs on The Gathering Light and is singing the lead vocals on the forthcoming Chasing the Monsoon album; the talented Gonzalo Carrera tinkled the ivories, while Ian Harris, Louie Palmer and Matt McDonough powered the drumkit. Colin Mold also featured in the band's 2012 tour.

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I have now set up an email forum Karnataka - the Gathering Light for Karnataka fans. Ian runs a great Karnataka website, a vibrant and colourful source of information regardind the band. They are also on MySpace, Facebook, and various other music and social media sites.

There is also a fantastic interview by Jon Hinchcliffe which gives a fabulous insight into their history and everything that goes on behind the scenes for bands such as themselves. Jon's site also has various sets of Karnataka photos.

Enrico Pinna

Ian Jones also leads a separate venture called Chasing the Monsoon - "an imaginative, experimental project where sensual rhythms evolve into pulsating, tribal heartbeats and shimmering, organic soundscapes are intertwined with breathtaking, ethereal voices, creating a sound that transcends all boundaries, demographics, and genres."

Jonathan, Paul, Anne-Marie and Gavin have formed a new band Panic Room, together with bassist Alun Vaughan, and have now released their great new album Visionary Position. I have taken photos at their gig début at Lydney Town Hall on 11/4/08 and at Leicester Y Theatre on 17/11/12.

Rachel has now joined The Reasoning and features on their CDs The Awakening and Dark Angel. I took photos at The Peel in Kingston on 14/4/07 and Bilston Robin 2 on 20/1/08.

Anne-Marie also performs as a solo artist – see her website for further details. Her first EP, The Contact, is now available there.

Other sites with Karnataka info and/or photos include:


Karnataka index | Monmouth 30/07/02 | Derby 20/03/03 | Derby 8/11/03 | Rotherham 15/05/04 | Vibes from the Vines 12/8/06 | Leicester 30/03/07 | Bilston 14/10/08 | Bilston 19/02/12 | Bilston 8/03/15 | Leicester 17/4/15 | Bilston 11/10/15 | GatheringLight | Official Karnataka site | Chasing the Monsoon | Jon Hinchcliffe i/v | Musical Discoveries


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