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.
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Federal Charm’s Silhouette

Stockport-based blue rock band Federal Charm have a new single out, ‘Silhouette’taken from their Across The Divide album (available from Wire Sound). ‘Silhouette’ will released as a stand-alone digital single on 11th November but is available as a streamed video on Youtube right now. The band have premiered the single to celebrate the forthcoming Roadstars tour where Federal Charm will be going out across the UK with ...

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Hackett Celebrates Wind & Wuthering’s 40th Anniversary

2017 may find former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett busier than ever. With a new album scheduled for release and a 15 date UK Spring tour due there will also be the matter of Wind & Wuthering, the last studio album Hackett played on before leaving to go solo, reaching its 40th anniversary. The tour will be Hackett’s first UK dates ...

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Barclay James Harvest UK Tour

Following hugely successful tours of Germany, France & Switzerland earlier this year, alongside a headline slot at Glastonbury Festival’s Acoustic Stage, John Lees’ Barclay James Harvest will undertaking a six date UK tour this November.  Celebrating 50 years since the progressive rock band formed back in Oldham, back in 1966, the concerts will feature the band performing classic Barclay James Harvest ...

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Dan Reed Network – March 2017 UK Tour

 Following the success of the Dan Reed Network’s Fight Another Day, released this June, the band are gearing up for a nationwide 11 date UK tour for March 2017. “Dan Pred, Brion James, Melvin Brannon II, Rob Daiker and I are really looking forward to playing many new and unique venues throughout the UK, and rockin’ up the funk hard core and meeting all those who ...

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Bad Touch announce a tour and album details

Norfolk five-piece Bad Touch  have a busy winter ahead. Fresh from supporting the Kentucky Headhunters on their sell-out UK tour, they will embark on a UK co-headline tour with Australian rock band Massive as of 19th November, follow it with their second studio album Truth Be Told being released on 2nd December, and have just released ‘99%’ a single taken from the ...

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Review: King King – King King Live

“Hey, hey – You came!” calls out Alan Nimmo in mock surprise amidst a whooping crowd as guitars tune up and drums bash down in a veritable  musical car crash before the rolling down the highway rock groove of ‘Lose Control’ sets in and hooks the audience. More laid back, old school blues in the Bobby ‘Blues’ Bland style follows ...

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Joe Bonamassa – Live At The Greek Theatre

In ancient times kings established their hegemony by claiming that their divine right to rule came direct from their ancestors, the gods. By the middle ages, detailed family trees were being outlined to establish pecking orders as a rationale to explain why some duke or other was going off to kill his cousin and take his rightful place on a ...

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Review: Kansas – The Prelude Implicit

15 albums down the road, a tinkling piano over the Celtic heartbeat that is ‘With This Heart’  acts as overture to The Prelude Implicit, the first studio album Kansas have released in sixteen years. Despite expressions of love and devotion expressed there’s an underlying melancholy to it. Such thoughts are case aside immediately after as adventurous optimism takes shape musically ...

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Sari Schorr & The Engine Room – A Force Of Nature

The lady sings the blues, and then she rocks. The too obvious comparison is Janis Joplin (sometimes I wonder how many people have actually ever heard the 60s icon). Whereas if we’re talking tonal range and a female vocalist of past pedigree we might opt more towards Grace Slick wail and Maggie Bell’s roar, she’s also in a similar range ...

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Abattoir’s Mark Caro introduces new band ‘Shark’

Mark Caro, co-founder of 80s thrash metal band Abattoir, has resurfaced fronting Shark, a Los Angeles based three-piece Angeles based three-piece who have just released their debut album, the independently released Extreme Outbreak. Joining guitarist/vocalist Caro in Shark are Craig Miller (from LA club legends A La Carte) on bass and Los Angeles drum veteran, John Poblick. They began work on ...

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