Gavin Esler: “Prog rock is eccentric British genius’ Bands such as the Von Hertzen Brothers, Gazpacho and Touchstone suggest the spirit of prog lives on. That’s why I’m honoured to be hosting the first ever progressive music awards”

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It was all Murray Sim's fault. He lived near me on the outskirts of Edinburgh and when I was about 13 he told me he had bought an amazing LP. It was called The Piper at the Gates of Dawn by some people with a really weird name … Pink Floyd. One day after school he played it for me. My music tastes at the time were fairly wide (they still are) – everything from the Incredible String Band, Bert Jansch and Bob Dylan to Tamla Motown, John Mayall, Howlin' Wolf, Cream and the Rolling Stones. But this Pink Floyd thing was … different. I wasn't very enthusiastic at first

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