A Formal Horse is a new progressive rock quartet based in Southampton. Although the band's sound is difficult to pinpoint, their dense instrumental passages are reminiscent of King Crimson and Mahavishnu Orchestra, whilst Francesca Lewis' lead vocals evoke the whimsical surrealism of the 1970s Canterbury scene. However, A Formal Horse go beyond simply regurgitating the music of their predecessors. With influences as diverse as Bartók and Bon Iver, the band prove that there is still much territory to be explored in the field of British progressive rock.They have recently recorded their debut EP with Rob Aubrey (IQ, Big Big Train).

Live, they are loud. Very loud.
Message from Sharon Buckler:
Really loved your set last night at The White Horse. Will be watching out for your inevitable progress!
For those that haven't seen, we're playing in Suffolk tomorrow night. Anybody out East, come and say hello!
Listen to an exclusive premiere of our new song "The King" on DPRP Radio's Brit-prog special (episode #133)! The show is available to stream from the link below and the song starts at 20:26. The episode also features interviews with A Formal Horse and The Gift, plus music from Arena, The Enid and Big Big Train.
Message from Charles J Brent Laforet:
Just seen at Talking Heads, Portswood - fu#%@*¢ epic!
Set up and sound checked at The Talking Heads. PM us if you want tickets!
Attempting to match The Gift music UK on meaningful poses. Who's coming to see us on Sunday?
Message from Gary Clements:
PLEASE SHARE! Coming up at The Talking Heads- Southampton's most eclectic music venue.... take a butchers at this fantastic line-up, when will the fun ever stop? Info: www.thetalkingheads.co.uk
Message from Nemo Dre:
Next week DPRP Radio will broadcast the British Prog LIVE special ! http://www.dprp.net/wp/?p=11148
Message from Nemo Dre:
BRITISH PROG. Read and watch the DPRP concert review of duo concert The Gift music UK and A Formal Horse November 23 @ 't Blok, Holland. With two Live Impression video's and a series of beautiful pictures. Relive the gig or see what you missed; enjoy ! :) Note: And listen next week's to DPRP Radio British Prog LIVE special !
To thank you all for getting us in the "Tip for 2015" list in the Prog Magazine readers' poll, here's a clip from our Midwinter Madness set. http://youtu.be/FbJ1MGxt_ks
The band have just finished recording their debut EP. Called simply "A Formal Horse", it is a 20 minute collection of beauty and brutality in three songs spread over five tracks.

The EP is available to purchase now from Bandcamp. Look below for a sneak peek.

04th September - The Zephyr Lounge, Leamington Spa
A Formal Horse will be supporting Knifeworld.
07th September - The Bowl Inn, Charing, Kent
A Formal Horse will be playing Malcfest in Kent from 7pm
17th October - The Talking Heads, Portswood
A Formal Horse will play a one-off acoustic set supporting prog supergroup Lifesigns at Southampton's Talking Heads.
23rd November - t'Blok, Nieuwerkerk Aan Den Ijssel, Netherlands
It's A Formal Horse's first gig in Holland! The band will be playing at 15:30, opening for The Gift.