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TWELFTH NIGHT emerged from the Andy REVELL Band formed at Reading University, where in 1978 they won a talent competition. Geoff MANN was an artist friend of the band from the moment in 1977 that he knocked on Andy’s door to find out what record Andy was listening to and discovered that it was just Andy playing guitar! The embryonic band consisted of Andy and Brian DEVOIL (drums), with Mr Rick BATTERSBY managing the dry ice.

After Clive MITTEN joined in 1979, TWELFTH NIGHT as a band were born and got straight down to the work of recording. A live LP followed several tapes and experiments with other musicians, including one Electra McLEOD who performed vocals for one tape only. A vocalist was needed - but where to get one? Many were auditioned - including Geoff, who also performed a gig or two with the band and wrote some words for “Sequences”.

A successful series of gigs was followed by the band being booked for the Reading Festival - the first local Reading band to have achieved this in the history of the festival. After much deliberating, Geoff MANN, the backdrop painter became Geoff MANN the poet, lyricist and vocalist.

It’s important to consider the musical, social and political climate of the late 1970s - early 1980s to get a handle on what TWELFTH NIGHT were about; The roots of the music lie mainly in Andy Revell’s HACKETT/HILLAGE guitar sound, but Genesis, early Pink Floyd and Wishbone Ash are the most obvious influences.


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  • wobdevalreep

    these guys gettin together again was the greatest musicnews of the past decade for me!! all the unreleased stuff that comes to surface! a live dvd with Geoff Mann was something i would have paid lots of money there is one! (available on their website)

    5 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Puppies_On_Acid

    Fact and Fiction is great!

    12 Apr 2010 Reply
  • DarthNihilus

    Hm I dont unterstand the similar groups. Sure IQ and Pallas did Neo-Prog, too. BUt imo Twelfth Night is soooo similar to the old Marillion, especially to Script for a Jester's Tear. I love the, Fact and Fiction is a masterpiece. And too underrated

    29 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Zilverdael

    I agree. A great prog album!

    14 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Hells_92

    I'm in love. "Fact and Fiction" = masterpiece.

    9 Oct 2008 Reply
  • tim_flatus

    KevFeedback: Thanks, I'll check out how to get hold of the CD. I'm on too many email-lists already, I would really appreciate having news and dates passed on via if anyone has time. Great news that they've reformed!

    20 Mar 2008 Reply
  • Marc61

    WOW!!!! TWELFTH NIGHT in the 10th TIANA PROG FEST in BARCELONA on Saturday 24th May 2008!!

    9 Mar 2008 Reply

    =^..^= Don't think that hope is pointless Love is a love is a love is a love is An open door =^..^=

    3 Mar 2008 Reply
  • KevFeedback

    Get hold of the CD version of 'Target' - plus the 'new' previouisly unreleased live albums they are putting out on CD. Also, having played a few reunion gigs last year they are going to be performing more this! Join the Yahoo group listed below for more info

    8 Feb 2008 Reply
  • tim_flatus

    I used to own a tape of Live at the Target. Please somebody put some tracks up for us mere mortals. Pretty Please!

    13 Jan 2008 Reply
  • dwomble

    There is a Yahoo group for Twelfth Night with Brian Devoil and others on it. They've been making available some unreleased content to fans. You can find the group at

    14 Nov 2006 Reply

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