Annual Classic awards to rock the Mont

The annual Classic Rock Society Best Of The Year Awards Night takes place at Montgomery Hall, Wath-Upon-Dearne, on Saturday, March 5. The society is celebrating the best of classic rock and progressive rock from 2010 as voted for by CRS members.

The event, featuring top prog bands Pallas and Tinyfish is open to all rock fans .

Organiser Miles Bartaby, said: “The evening will get under way with South London’s Tinyfish, whose critically acclaimed 2010 album The Big Red Spark has earned them many new fans and a spot at the prestigious Rites Of Spring Festival in the USA this coming May.

“The centerpiece of the evening will be the award presentations, and we are honoured to have with Sonja Kristina from Curved Air joining us as our guest presenter this year.”

The evening will finish in grand style with a performance from Pallas. The Scottish progressive rock band have been a favourite at the CRS for many years and have just released their new album XXV, which takes up the story of their 1984 album The Sentinel. With new singer Paul Mackie, Pallas have moved towards a slightly heavier sound with this new release .

Tinyfish was formed in September 2004. Simon Godfrey, Jim Sanders and Paul Worwood, friends since their schooldays, were all members of Freefall, who split in the early 90s.

The band released their eponymous debut album in 2006 to critical acclaim. Geoff Barton gave the album 8/10 in Classic Rock Magazine and the magazine ranked it 15 in the best albums of the year.

Pallas is, after Marillion, and along with IQ and Pendragon, considered one of the most important acts of the 80s Prog rebirth.

Formed back in 1991 in Rotherham, the Classic Rock Society was created with the aim of promoting classic rock, progressive rock, folk rock and all its many guises around the Rotherham area.

The CRS went from strength to strength, the magazine went from a photocopied pamphlet to a full-blown glossy printed magazine, and the membership grew from an isolated group around Rotherham to other areas of the UK and now has members all around the world.

The CRS is at the forefront of classic and progressive rock music promotion around the world, keeping its members informed of all that is new.

Tickets for the night are available now priced at £17.50 in advance from www.classicrocksociety.co.uk or by phone on 01327 310088.

Tickets will also be available on the door, priced at £20.