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May 30, 2017

With all the life changes of the past year, my musical focus has been mostly the piano, thanks to the encouragement of a friend, and supposedly I have a 40-minute private solo piano performance slated this summer. But lately I've picked up the guitar and have written 3 new songs over the past couple months that I can hear begging, like children, to be recorded, giving no thought to the practicalities, namely monetary, emotional, and time expense. We shall see. Between these, all the piano music, and some full scale instrumental music, we shall see...

Future projects - March 17, 2017

Well Sharra says I should do a solo piano album, just as a solo bill gillham album. While it's true I have a lot of solo piano music written that I enjoy playing at home and for friends, I think I would like to do an album that included both solo piano music and full scale instrumental music.

places unseen - September 15, 2016

Now available at lasers edge, synphonic, kinesis, cdbaby, znr, garden shed (japan), etc... Downloads are available on our bandcamp page, and shortly at amazon and iTunes, as it takes a couple weeks or so to get over there. hopefully you like it! :)

places unseen - May 3, 2016

We are trying to wrap up recording of 'Places Unseen' over the next 3 weeks or so. Just a little more instrumental work, which should be complete by May 14. Lead vocals are scheduled for May 18, with some backing offset and harmony vocals to follow. Still on track for August release.

Track listing:

Places Unseen
First Departure
Songs Unheard
Dimension 7

The Sheltering Cove
Horseback To Hanssonland
Second Departure

cover artwork - March 22, 2016

One of my favorite artists, if not my favorite, Lee Gaskins, who has done many fine covers for artists such as Willowglass, (and is a big Hackett fan) is doing the cover for 'Places Unseen', and is doing an amazing job. Just wait 'til you see it!! You can see his work at

Decameron volume 3 - February 9, 2016

We are proud to have contributed a new track to this fantastic compilation full of great classic and new progressive artists, due out shortly.

recording - February 9, 2016

Recording underway for our 2016 release, 'Places Unseen', due for release in August, in time for fall to reflect the mood of the new music. Tracks included on this album will be 'Places Unseen', 'Boats', 'First Departure', 'Songs Unheard', 'The Horses of Hanssonland', 'The Sheltering Cove', 'Second Departure', and 'Dimension 7'. This album is much more instrumental than previous releases, but having said that, we also have a great new singer, Tai Shan, who has an excellent solo album of her own.

Thieves' Kitchen - October 2, 2015

My friends 'Thieves' Kitchen', of whom Phil and Amy guested on our last album (the summery one), have just released 'The Clockwork Universe', their 6th and finest album. This album is absolutely phenomenal. I dare you to buy it, crank it up where you can really listen to it, and not say 'wow!!' a bunch of times.

new music - September 6, 2015

Been recording new music lately. Catering to my mood for a darker, more complex, melancholy prettiness. After all, summer is over. On several levels. The new music seems to reflect that.

The Samurai of Prog - November 17, 2014

An update to 'The Samurai of Prog': Their next album will be all covers, and then the following album (after the covers album) will have a 10-minute song written by Bill, who will be playing guitar and keyboards on the song. For those who aren't familiar with them, check out their last album, 'The Imperial Hotel'-great stuff!

Also, Cirrus Bay is contributing a 9-minute instrumental piece of music to 'The Decameron Tales' volume 3, which is a various artists project, also due out late in 2015 I believe. It was originally about 15 minutes, but we had to cut out music, since this is a various artist project, and we didn't want to be hogs ;)

'The Search For Joy' release - April 4, 2014

April 4, 2014-finally received the new cd from production, and have just mailed copies out to the usual vendors.

Learning To Fly - March 10, 2014

A link to this new track, featuring Phil Mercy (Thieves' Kitchen) on guitar, at about the 9:45 mark (end section)

New songs to listen to. - February 26, 2014

On our music page are 2 new songs to listen to. The opener from 'The Search Foy Joy' which is titled 'Song of the Wind', and another song, 'Out of the Box'. These are 2 of the 8 mostly long songs, of which the very final mix will be done March 1. Then its off to replication and distribution.

updates - February 19, 2014

All 8 songs for 'The Search For Joy' have preliminary mixes and we have March 1 scheduled for the final mix. A youtube video is planned, the hard thing is deciding which song to choose. I don't want to choose the best song, at least not yet, so will probably go with the first song on the album I suppose. And then there's the question of waiting for the final mix to post, or to use the preliminary mix we have now. Stay tuned...

updates - January 24, 2014

Recording is virtually complete for 'The Search For Joy'. The packaging/lyric sheet is done, easily the best Cirrus Bay packaging yet. Michael at Limelight did a wonderful job, and now its ready to be mixed. Last minute touches are not out of the question either, but we will almost certainly have this available before spring. Much love to everyone who has been expressing interest in the new cd, which we feel(hope?) takes our sound to the next level. ;)

'The Search For Joy' - October 23, 2013

Here is the track listing for 'The Search For Joy':

Song of the Wind
Cotton Skies
Me and Wokara
Out of the Box

Waking Wild
A Door Into Yesterday
The August Zone
Learning To Fly

Songs written by Bill Gillham, Performed by Bill, Mark Blasco and Sarah Sanderson. Lead vocals by Anisha Norflet and Sharra Acle.

next cd - March 26, 2013

Well the last couple days have seen some real beauty here in the Pacific Northwest. The warmer, beautiful weather is very motivating to work toward the next cd. Most of the material is written for the next cd, song titles and cd title and themes chosen. Right now we're looking at beginning recording this summer, with a release goal of spring 2014.

2013 happenings - January 14, 2013

First of all Anisha got married and moved to Seattle. Secondly Sharra is going out of the country for six months or more, leaving toward the end of January. Meanwhile, a lot of music has been written and is being written, and the direction of the next cd is pretty well established. I'm excited by the prospect of recording the new music, but with neither singer available at the moment, nothing is being recorded (not that there are any funds available to spend on recording costs anyway). There is an excellent viola player, Sarah Sanderson, who has worked with one of the local symphonies, and has offered to be involved, and possibly provide backing vocals. I have written a couple things with viola parts, which should help give added dimension to our music. Some of the new songs are, 'A Door Into Autumn', 'Me and Wokara', and 'Out Of the Box'.

whimsical weather now available - May 31, 2012

From all our favorite vendors, such as Laser's Edge , and of course our friends at cdbaby.

whimsical weather release date - May 19, 2012

Tuesday May 22, the cds should be ready for pick up, which means May 23 I will send them out. EDIT: 22nd of May: I've picked up cds and will be mailing out tomorrow.

first soundclip - April 17, 2012

The first 3 minutes of 'Across The Cobblestones' is available for listen at - myspace has a 50MB limit on songs, and the song is 192MB, which is why it is just an excerpt.

wrapping up mixing - April 13, 2012

I tried to post one of our completed new songs, 'Across The Cobblestones', to myspace, but myspace allows a max of 50MB per song, and this song is 192MB! So we'll probably have to post excerpts. The cover is done, there's some more mixing and we're looking at an early May release, for Whimsical Weather.

2012 music - March 15, 2012

Well we are wrapping things up and should finish mixing in April, looking for an early May release for Whimsical Weather. Lots of music in 2012. Thinking Plague's 'Decline and Fall' is extraordinary, complex music. Tony Banks' 'Six' comes out in the us in April-Beautiful music! Kotebel has a great new instrumental album. Advent and Big Big Train, 2 of my faves, I think will have their new cds out around the end of the year. Squackett (Chris Squire and Steve Hackett) have their album coming out shortly as well, and a new Flower Kings album is due in June. Good times musically for our ilk.

whimsical weather - February 11, 2012

recording of the 3rd cirrus bay cd, 'Whimsical Weather' is progressing along, hampered somewhat by time and financial constraints, the getting around of which is not too dissimilar to trying to sneak across a border into a new country without papers or pipe. Seeking suitable 'sneak-across' points has been elusive but with proper equipment not impossible to detect and so we still have spring 2012 as a release date, with the same lineup as 'A Step Into Elsewhere'. Track listing:

Circles and Seasons (11:00)
Boundaries (10:30)
Wanderlust (8:40)
Awake Forever (2:58)
Gathering Clouds (7:04)
Me and the Wind (9:19)
Across The Cobblestones (12:45)

third cd - September 11, 2011

Work progresses on our third cd. Most of the guitars and keyboards have been recorded. Sept 29 Sharra and Anisha are scheduled to record vocals. We have a few more keyboard and guitar parts, bass and drums left to do. Looking for a Spring 2012 release date.
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