Author Archives: Paul H Birch

RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.
Wilko Johnson photo by Leif Laaksonen

Wilko Johnson Band Royal Albert Hall Anniversary Celebrations

‘I’m supposed to be dead!’ announced Rhythm ‘n’ blues guitar ace Wilko Johnson after recovering from major surgery; an operation that previously he believed could not even take place having been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer in 2012. Yet seemingly this unstoppable force is ready to jettison across a stage sawing away at his faithful telecaster once more with a ...

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Dan Patlansky

Dan Patlansky – Sonnova Faith

  Dan Patlansky has released new single ‘Sonnova Faith’ with accompanying video taken from his most recent album Introvertigo, that  was recently voted the #1 Blues Rock Album of 2016 by the Blues Rock Review (having also won it with his 2014 Dear Silence Thieves album). Alongside the official video release the award winning singer/guitarist has also made a behind-the-scenes making of video about ...

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December's Fire

April Arachnophobia Albums

Polish heavy metal record label Arachnophobia is releasing both a brand new album and a remastered one for the tail end of April, Wolfkhan’s Cyber Necro Spirituals and Vae Victis   by December’s  Fire. December’s Fire originally released Vae Victis in 1996  via Germany’s Last Epitaph Productionsr as the first solo outing from Piotr Weltrowski, a member of Hefeystos who has also collaborated ...

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Steve Hackett - The Night Siren

Steve Hackett – The Night Siren

‘Behind The Smoke’ begins singularly with Steve Hackett’s voice, a call to prayer as the music begins to encapsulate and Arabian dirge becomes more profoundly classic progressive rock. Halfway through the tempo changes adding an air of mystery and danger, the vocals now are indeed uttered by those from the East, chanting over the sound of drumming, and for the ...

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Joe Bonamassa by Christie Goodwin

Joe Bonamassa – Live At Carnegie Hall Acoustic Release

Joe Bonamassa Live At Carnegie Hall – An Acoustic Evening is the latest offering from the platinum-selling and Grammy nominated blues rock maestro that will be released on CD, DVD, Blu-ray and vinyl as of Friday 23rd June 2017, and also available to pre-order. Recorded on January 21-22nd it features Joe Bonamassa performing two unique all-acoustic shows at the New Yourk City’s renowned Carnegie Hall. His band for ...

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Bad Touch by Martin Tierney

Bad Touch & Broken Witt Rebels – Friday 7th April, 02 Academy Birmingham

Let’s get the sour grapes out the way, I’m in a venue that’s notoriously bad about communicating the times bands are due to appear, and when punters do arrive they inevitably complain about the price of a pint. “Tell me where you bury your dreams” sings Bad Touch’s singer Steve Westwood rather aptly as I walk in; the band having ...

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ash wilson - broken machine

Ash Wilson – Broken Machine

Featuring members of King King and Chaka Khan’s band, alongside his brother Phil producing, co-writing and playing drums, on this his debut album, Ash Wilson mixes rock, blues and pop in a manner that while mainstream friendly packs a solid punch. Fuzzed feedback notes stir over a chugging chain-gang rhythm  for the blues rock ‘Show Me How To Love You’ ...

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Jethro Tull – The String Quartets

Jethro Tull – The String Quartets

Featuring the songs of Jethro Tull as written by band leader Ian Anderson, largely orchestrated and re-arranged by keyboard player John O’Hara (also of Tull and Anderson’s solo band) and chiefly featuring The Carducci Quartet as musicans, Jethro Tull – The String Quartets proves an interesting reinterpretation of songs that known by millions around the world, a number of them ...

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Matt Andersen by Sean Sisk

Matt Andersen – Who Are You Listening To?

Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist Matt Andersen releases his new single ‘Who Are You Listening To’? on Monday 3rd April. Taken from his new album Honest Man it also coincides with a UK tour in May, as previously revealed at Ramzine. Andersen’s Honest Man album follows his previous JUNO Award nominated album Weightless and sees the songwriter pushing himself into new territory. ‘Who Are You Listening To?’ was ...

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Martin Turner band photo by Colin Ellison.

Martin Turner – An Evening of Wishbone Ash Music & Beyond

Martin Turner, co-founder of the legendary Wishbone Ash, has announced an epic 33 date The Beauty of Chaos 2017 UK tour that will include rare performances of the classic Argus album in its entirety. “My band – Danny, Tim and Misha – and I are looking forward to the upcoming tour,” said Turner. “As always fans can expect a mix ...

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