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.
Bad Touch – Truth Be Told

Review: Bad Touch – Truth Be Told

A five piece from Norfolk playing Southern rock? Truth Be Told is Bad Touch’s second full-length player and features a couple of radio remixes by Rolling Stones’ engineer/co-producer Chris Kimsey who appears to be a gainful influence on the band. “Will you remember me in the summer time?” sings Stevie Westwood on opening cut ‘On More Night’ capturing the general lyrical ...

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Steve Hackett

Steve Hackett – Video Interview

There are “dark times ahead” says Steve Hackett in a new video interview, promoting the progressive rock legend’s forthcoming new album, The Night Siren, and UK tour. Hackett expresses serious concerns regarding the world’s current political climate during the interview. His obvious frustration that there are those who refuse to look beyond their own greed and ambition is tempered but ...

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glenn huges

Glenn Hughes Storyteller

At the Cafe de Paris in London on Saturday 25th February Glenn Hughes will be holding court for a very special Storytellers event taking place from noon until 4 PM. The former Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Trapeze and current Black Country Communion vocalist and bass player will espouse on his colourful career in music as part of a two-hour live interview ...

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Krissy Matthews

Krissy Matthews Releases Live at Freak Valley

The Krissy Matthews Band head out on a UK tour during March and April to celebrate the release of their first live album Live At Freak Valley. Available on Friday 14th April through Proper Records, the live album was recorded at the Freak Valley Festival in Siegen, Germany on May 27, 2016. “Too many bands release ‘live records’ but half of it is over dubbed in the studio and the ...

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Rewind Festival

Status Quo Among 2017’s 80s Rewind Festival

If the long-term fate of British rock band Status Quo is still in doubt following Rick Parfitt OBE’s death this Christmas Eve gone, the band intend to honour scheduled 2017 dates in his memory, including two dates headlining this year’s REWIND The 80s Festival. Status Quo will play REWIND North on Sunday 6th August and REWIND SOUTH on Sunday 20th August. Parfitt had of course left ...

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Steve Hackett

Steve Hackett – In the Skeleton Gallery

Steve Hackett’s new album The Night Siren may not be due for release on InsideOut Music (Sony) until 24th March but fans of the prog rock guitar virtuoso can listen to a taste of what’s due to come, courtesy of a music video for the track ‘In the Skeleton Gallery’ that has just been released. When RAMzine previously reported on the release of ...

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Dan Patlansky

Dan Patlansky & Ash Wilson Hit the Road for April/May UK Tour

South African blues rock guitarist Dan Patlansky hits the UK this Spring for an April/May tour with Ash Wilson as his special guest. Patlantsky’s most recent album Introvertigo drew upon personal life experiences as inspiration and was recorded at Bellville Studios in Cape Town, the results of which got it voted in as the #1 Blues Rock Album of 2016 by influential ...

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Glenn Hughes The Robin 2 Bilston

Live: Glenn Hughes, The Robin 2, Bilston

Sly & the Family Stone pour out of the house PA, singing about ‘A Family Affair’. It’s fitting. There’s a sense of déjà vu at the Robin 2 tonight; there usually is when Glenn Hughes plays his native Black Country. You’ll regularly catch sight of other musicians who still live locally, maybe a retired footballer and a stand-up comic and ...

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Matt Andersen

Matt Andersen Announces Solo UK & European Tour

Multi award-winning R & B & blues singer/songwriter Matt Andersen will be leaving his native Canada for an intimate solo tour across Europe, taking in UK dates, to showcase his new album, Honest Man. Honest Man follows up Anderson’s JUNO Award nominated Weightless and is said to find “the songwriter pushing himself into new territory”. The album was produced in New York with Commissioner ...

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Erja Lyytinen

Erja Lyytinen – New Studio Album Stolen Hearts

On Friday 7th April Erja Lyytinen will release her 10th studio album Stolen Hearts through Tuohi Records. Dubbed “The Finnish slide goddess” by The Blues Magazine from those tracks heard so far it sounds like Lyytinen is mining a hard rock vein on Stolen Hearts this time round. It is the first new album from Lyytinen since her Elmore James tribute The Sky Is Crying caused a radio ...

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