Fragile Truly Rock!
In early 2005, Fragile received an unexpected phone call from none other than Yes guitarist Steve Howe. The rest, as they say, is history as this led to the now legendary shows in UK and Europe in 2005, 2006 and 2007 where Steve Howe graced the stage with Fragile. The format for the shows was a winner with Fragile performing an hour of their gutsy Yes interpretations, Steve Howe performing 20 minutes of his sublime solo acoustic guitar pieces, culminating in a rock-out with Steve Howe and Fragile performing the Yes classics.
Then, in true teddies out of pram fashion, this version of Fragile prompty split up in late 2007!
Aquaplanage and Beyond
Robert Illesh had been working on some original material with the Fragile members for a while. A long while actually... Christmas 2008 saw the release of the Aquaplanage album on the Cheeky Features label, produced by Robert Illesh. Very quickly the album gained a foothold on the international scene and is currently on sale (legitimately) in at least 30 countries.
At about the same time, Robert joined current The Sweet member Steve Grant’s Barockestra. This is an interesting band who play rocked up versions of baroque and classical music wearing period costume, accompanied by 4 ballet dancers, tenor and soprano opera singers. Barockestra appeared in all their glory at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe festival, performing 24 dates at the New Town Theatre for Universal Arts.
The Future is Golden
2011 saw the release of the Robert Illesh solo album Golden. Weaving delicate webs and stories, this intimate original music is classically and sacred inspired. It is performed exclusively on 6-string nylon and steel strung acoustic guitars, with just a hint of string and vocal accompaniment.
Robert Illesh was also unexpectedly drafted into the Yessongs Italy band - a band of fine young musicians from Rome, performing the entire Yessongs show, on authentic instruments - yes that means Hammond, Mellotron, Moogs and hernia all round Europe.
New Horizons and the road To Horsenden
2013 saw a drastic sideways turn in that Robert Illesh announced suspension of live activity, for the time being, to concentrate on other aspects of life and music. A significant closing of a chapter.
2015 has seen the release of the Robert Illesh solo album To Horsenden. This melange of quirky progressive folk sees a return to music for Robert in a more intimate singer-songwriter vein. The new chapter? Perhaps.