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.

Best of John Lodge

After decades between solo albums, The Moody Blues’ John Lodge is becoming increasingly active. Fresh off  The Royal Affair Tour over in the States where he played alongside Yes, Asia and Carl Palmer, he’s now preparing for the release of B Yond – The Very Best Of, due out on 27th September through BMG Records. B Yond features three new ...

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Cormac Neeson Signs Solo Deal

The Answer’s Cormac Neeson is the latest international artist to join the burgeoning independent label Social Family Records (SFR), as the Irish rock singer takes a musical detour exploring Americana, country soul and blues, beginning with the re-release of his debut solo album, White Feather. “This feels like the perfect fit for me and for a record that represents a big part ...

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Coreleoni Back For More

Leo Leoni, founding guitarist and songwriter for Switzerland’s best selling rock band Gotthard is due to release his second studio album under his self-monikered name with CoreLeoni II due on 27th September through AFM Records. Coreleoni came together following Gotthard’s 25th anniversary celebrations. “When we play shows, we nowadays have to leave out a lot of the old songs as there are ...

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Hackett Royal Festival Hall Shows Revisited

Steve Hackett has announced the release of a 2CD + Blu-Ray digipak titled Genesis Revisited Band & Orchestra: Live at the Royal Festival Hall for release on 25th October 2019 through InsideOutMusic. Recorded on 5th October 2018, it fulfilled a long held ambition of the guitarist’s: to perform the music of Genesis with a live orchestra. Conducted by Bradley Thachuk, ...

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Bad Dog Break Out!

Anglesey-based rock band Bad Dog release  ‘Jupiter’, a new single through WDFD Records Ltd. It’s taken from their own recently released self-titled 4 track EP that’s currently still available for purchase or streaming. The four tracks featured on it have been described as: “Full of punchy riffs and power packed rhythm with nimble lead guitar, pulsating bass lines and catchy ...

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Runrig’s Golden Stories

Following Celtic rock band’s Runrig world premiere of The Last Dance – Farewell Concert at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall the band will now sail in the sunset. Fans however can purchase the concert of a variety of DVDs, CDs and Blu-ray editions as noted previously at RAMzine here, along with how the band decided to go out in a blaze ...

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Rock Goddess Bite You to Death!

Rock Goddess were forced to cut their UK tour short back in March, unable to complete their last run of dates in March when vocalist/guitarist Jody Turner was hospitalised mid-tour but fighting fit they’re coming back for more after reforming in 2014. A recent appearance at the Rock n Blues festival this July is to be followed by a trip ...

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Silverthorne Tear The Sky Wide Open

Debut single ‘Tear The Sky Wide Open’ from Silverthorne has reached the top 20 in the iTunes UK Rock Chart on release and is proving to be a huge hit across the board, promising more good things to come from the new band formed by celebrated drummer Brian Tichy. The teaser video for the track received over 20,000 views in ...

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Johnny Marr Pioneer Award Winner

Legendary Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr will receive the Pioneer Award at this year’s AIM Independent Music Awards, presented in association with Bucks Music Group. He will also headline the first ever live show, set to follow the ceremony at Camden’s Roundhouse on 3 September. Alongside his considerable solo success, with 2014’s Playland and 2018’s Call the Comet charting in the ...

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Deaf Rat Ain’t Angels

In the lead up to the release of their debut album, Swedish rockers Deaf Rat release the single ‘Fallen Angels’ with an accompanying video to boot. A dark selection of tunes rammed with heavy riffs, strong melodies and seductive tunes to twist your mind is what we’re promised on the full length player that will be Ban The Light, due for release ...

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