'TO TOUCH THE SKY' ALBUM RELEASE DATE - March 20th 2021 (Ostara)

'To Touch the Sky' is the fourth studio album from symphonic progressive rock band The Emerald Dawn.


3 track album


1 The Awakening (11.15)
2 And I Stood Transfixed (15:07)
3 The Ascent  (22:17)

Total running time: 48 minutes and 39 seconds

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Emerging from the darkness of their previous, and highly acclaimed, album 'Nocturne', The Emerald Dawn take the listener on a journey 'To Touch the Sky'. This album, the band's fourth, is a celebration of the voyage towards one's ultimate goal, including the hardships and dangers faced en route. Beginning with the night, the music depicts the process of waking up and coming to life. A moment of awareness, or the experience of being awestruck, then provides the motivation for each traveller to pursue their quest. In the closing 22 minute epic, 'The Ascent', the metaphor of climbing a mountain can be interpreted as a psychological, spiritual or physical attainment, just as the listener chooses.

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July 3rd, 2021 - Prog for Peart Festival, Abingdon, UK

July 18th, 2021 - The 1865, Southampton, UK

September 12th, 2021 - Fusion: Not Without A Fight, Stourport-on-Severn, UK

September 17th, 2021 - The Brunswick, Brighton & Hove, UK

September 19th, 2021 - The Bedford, Balham, London, UK



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2020 IPA  nominee


Tree was rated Number 7 in the top 10 keyboard performances of 2017 by The Prog Mind. Click here to see the full list.  


Ally was rated Number 6 in the top 10 guitar performances of 2017 by The Prog Mind. Click here to see the full list. 


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THE EMERALD DAWN are a multi-instrumentalist, symphonic progressive rock quartet, who combine elements from classical music, jazz and rock to produce their own original, distinctive and exciting sound—a sound that is cinematic, epic, experimental and powerful. Usually haunting, often beautifully melodic and always highly atmospheric, the music of The Emerald Dawn paints images or tells stories that stimulate the imagination and takes the listener on unforgettable musical journeys. 


Described as ‘the South West's finest prog rockers’ (Chris Franklin, ‘Raised on Rock’, 10Radio 105.3 FM on 20/01/2019), The Emerald Dawn was originally formed in Edinburgh by multi-instrumentalists, Tree Stewart and Ally Carter,  before moving to the South West, where they were joined by jazz drummer Tom Jackson and, more recently, by bass player David Greenaway. 


In February 2019, The Emerald Dawn  released their third studio album, ‘Nocturne’, to rave reviews:



‘This is a sheer delight to listen to, one of those albums that gets inside your soul and is one that you will keep with you for life. … I love this album.’ The Progressive Aspect (full review here)



‘A wonderful must have album, full of passion, drama, and majestic instrumentation throughout…’ ***** Progplanet (full review here)



‘“Nocturne” displays musical prowess that will leave your heart in your throat’. The Prog Mind (full review here)



‘…after only a few moments I knew that this album was extraordinary.’ Mały Leksykon Wielkich Zespołów (full review here)



‘…the guitar work is absolutely stunning, emotion and feeling seldom heard anymore.’ Jeffrey A. Czarnecki (full review here)



'...as wondrous as only a near masterpiece can be.' ***** Let It Rock (full review here)



'Nocturne' and 'To Touch the Sky' (current band) line-up:


Tree Stewart - keyboards, Seabord, flute, acoustic guitar and vocals 

Ally Carter - electric guitar, saxophones, guitar synth, keyboards and vocals

David Greenaway - fretted and fretted bass guitars

Tom Jackson - drums