NEM#168: Clive Nolan (Arena, Pendragon, etc.) Moves Forward Relentlessly

Clive is a keyboardist, orchestrator, singer, and composer of three musicals and several concept albums as a solo artist or collaborator. He’s played with Pendragon since 1986 and has led the bands Shadowlands and Arena since the 90s.

We discuss “Dragon Fire” from his most recent solo album, Song of the Wildlands (2021), “Silent Words” from his musical King’s Ransom (2017), and “The Tinder Box” by Arena from The Seventh Degree of Separation (2011). We conclude by listening to “A Descent into Madness” by Clive Nolan and Oliver Wakeman from Dark Fables (2021). Intro: “The Key” by Strangers on a Train from The Key Part 1: Prophecy (1990). More at

Hear all of King’s Ransom and The Key. Here’s a video of another track from King’s Ransom with Clive in costume; more info about that musical is at Watch the official lyric video for “Dragon Fire.” Here’s Arena playing “The Tinder Box” live. Here’s a bit of Arena from back in the ’90s. Watch a full live duo concert of Clive with Nick Barrett. Here’s Shadowland live with Clive singing in 2009. He used the name Caamora to present live versions of some of his musical theater material; here’s that project live. Here he is live with China Zorrilla.

Interview editing by Tyler Hislop of Pixelbox Media.

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