The Band

Presenting 'Fragile featuring Claire Hamill'

FRAGILE were founded as a tribute project to the music of classic 70s symphonic rock band Yes in 1998.

The band are now well known to YES fans all over Europe, having appeared on the UK's  primetime Richard & Judy TV show with Rick Wakeman and visionary album cover artist Roger Dean and performed throughout the UK, Finland, Belgium, Holland & Switzerland, including tours with YES/ASIA guitar legend Steve Howe in 2005/6 and 7. The band has also performed to an audience of over 35,000 with YES and former John Lennon drummer Alan White and have performed at many exclusive Roger Dean art exhibition events over the past few years.

News about FRAGILE working with YES members and Roger Dean has appeared as top news items on the official YES website on many occasions and FRAGILE have been well and truly accepted into the extended YES family by YES members themselves, who have publicly endorsed the band.

2013 saw a wonderful new collaboration with singer songwriter Claire Hamill (who has worked with Alan White, Steve Howe & Jon Anderson) joining the project on lead vocals.

We would like to thanks
Tim Martindale for his wonderful photography (as used on these pages)


Claire Hamill - Lead Vocals


Max Hunt - Keyboards, Basspedals, Vocals


Oliver Day
- Guitars, Steel Guitar


Martin Clark - Bass, Bass Pedals, Guitars


Claire Hamill
- Lead Vocals

Claire Hamill

Claire has had a distinguished musical career and offers a great blessing to the project being a genuine link to Yes. With help from Alan White, in 1971 she was signed & launched on Island Records as one of Britain's first female singer-songwriters and compared by several commentators of the time to Joni Mitchell. Claire has worked with Alan White, Steve Howe, Jon & Vangelis & Wishbone Ash and performed internationally as support on tours with many well known artists including Jon Anderson, John Martyn, Procul Harem, Jethro Tull, The Kinks and Jackson Browne. Claire sang lead vocals on the 1980 Steve Howe track 'Look Over Your Shoulder' and her 1974 song 'You Take My Breath Away' was recorded by Eva Cassidy and used on a movie soundtrack gaining huge international popularity.

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Max Hunt - Keyboards, Bass Pedals, Vocals

Max Hunt

Max has played professionally since 1981 and has become very much in demand as a session keyboard player in many genres. He has worked with his own original progressive rock band Tantalus since 1993 and has toured extensively with Tantalus & many other bands throughout the UK, France, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland and Macedonia. He has produced several albums of his own original New Age instrumental music under the name New Dawn. Max joined FRAGILE in 2002, and has been instrumental in running the project since 2007. Regularly working as a session player, he has worked on many studio projects. Recent collaborations include ex-Marillion frontman Fish, Jon Anderson, Steve Grant's Barockestra, Dutch country rock band Taneytown and UK 'New Country' artsist Cactus Jack.

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Oliver Day - Guitars

Oliver Day

We are pleased to announce the arrival of stunning young guitar prodigy Oliver Day. Oliver is currently studying at the Leeds College of Music, has performed many solo Steve Howe pieces publicly and has appeared with Seyes and Gordon Giltrap. Oliver has a vast live repertoire of Steve Howe works and is a welcome addition to Fragile, bringing a new focus of heightened authenticity to the project.

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Martin Clark - Guitars, Bass

Martin Clark
Martin Clark is an extremely adept lead guitarist who also plays mandolin, bass and bass pedals and has always had a love of progressive and symphonic rock music. He has been playing bass and guitar for many years with many different and varied bands/projects including a touring production of Little Shop Of Horrors with Max many years ago. He has worked together with Max as lead guitarist in UK original prog. band Tantalus since 2005, performed with the band in the UK and France and has co-written several great tracks for the new Tantalus CD, due out later in 2013.

Russ Wilson - Drums & Percussion

Russ Wilson
Russ Wilson really 'upped the game' for Fragile with his explosive and highly dynamic drumming when he joined in 2011, playing fantastic shows throughout 2011 and 2012. Russ has worked with many well known performers including Oliver Wakeman (Rick's son).

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  Tom Dawe RIP (1958 - 2015) - Guitars

Tom Dawe

Tom was a versatile and very able guitarist and was the only remaining founder member of Fragile, having performed in every line-up of the band since it's start in 1998..Tom suffered the terrible personal blow of being diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease (otherwise known as ALS) at the end of 2012 and sadly lost his battle with this terrible illness on 2nd May 2015.

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