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.
Anderson Ponty Band

Anderson Ponty Band – Owner Of A Lonely Heart Video

Jon Anderson and Jean Luc Ponty have released a video of the pair performing ‘Owner of A Lonely Heart’. ‘Owner of A Lonely Heart’ is taken from the new Anderson Ponty Band CD Better Late Than Never, featuring reimagined renditions of classic songs by the former Yes vocalist and Mahavishnu Orchestra violinist. For more information on the band and tracks ...

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New Blackmore

Blackmore’s Night Get Brave with New Video

Among the things informing the songs of Blackmore’s Night are sagas and symbolism. In the case of the supernatural ‘Will O’ The Wisp’, the rock-based song continues the band’s vision involving what singer and lyricist Candice Night describes as “Nature and folklore from around the world.” ‘Will O’ The Wisp’ is from the group’s tenth album All Our Yesterdays now, ...

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Erja - Lyytinen

Erjya Lyytinen – Live In London CD + DVD

Erjya Lyytinen comes from Finland. Her 2014 release The Sky Is Crying was voted homeland’s YLE Radio Best Album of the Year and found favour elsewhere for her modern approach to the slide guitar, as influenced by that instrument’s original superstar, the legendary Elmore James. October, last year, Lyytinen came to London, alongside her three-year strong live band: David Florene ...

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Photo by Steve Howdle

Review: Chantel McGregor – Lose Control

Chantel McGregor has a voice built for stardom. It comes as a breath of fresh air blowing free the cobwebs of complacency then once your attention is held it draws you in calmly, studied but not detached; her articulation and turn of phrase enhancing the emotional narrative of the songs unfolding. It is a young woman’s voice, waiting to share ...

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Chris Norman

Review: Chris Norman – Crossover

The manner in which country rock filtered towards more mainstream musical credibility is an odd one and curiously still remains ill-defined. At its outset under the wings of bands like The FIying Burritos Brothers it never took off. Now, outwardly it appears musical tastes have either changed or more likely the populist approaches of country music and country rock has ...

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This Oceanic Feeling – Universal Mind

Review: This Oceanic Feeling – Universal Mind

Is ‘Logotherapy’ a prerequisite for calligraphers on a downward career path or some long lost record by The Police? Well, Sting’s diction was never this good, and as I start listening to the rest of the tracks on This Oceanic Feeling’s Universal Mind I consider reaching for my thesaurus.  Singer/instrumentalist Chris Braide explores themes of mental wellbeing, with frustration and ...

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Photo by Ian Stafford

Chantel McGregor Pre-Christmas Season Dates

In addition to her September and October UK tour dates, award-winning singer/guitarist Chantel McGregor has just added six new December concerts to her 2015 tour. For a full list of September and October tour dates, along with a song by song low-down by Chantel McGregor on the tracks featured on her new Lose Control album visit RAMzine here. For additional UK tour dates see ...

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Ian Anderson

Ian Anderson Visits Real Jethro Tull’s Grave

On Wednesday 2nd September, Ian Anderson – founder member of prog-rock band Jethro Tull – went to St Bartholomew’s Church in Lower Basildon, near Pangbourne, to visit a memorial of the band’s namesake, who is buried at the church. 18th century agriculturalist Jethro Tull is celebrated as the father of modern farming, and is famous for perfecting the horse drawn seed drill ...

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the oceanic feeling

This Oceanic Feeling – Put Down The Gun Lyric Video

This Oceanic Feeling the new three piece band featuring seasoned musicians in singer/keyboard player Chris Braide, drummer Ash Soan, and bass & guitar specialist Lee Pomeroy have released ‘Put Down The Gun’ as a new lyric video. The second track from their debut album, Universal Feeling, it has a bright and bubbly sound but its lyrics – as you’ll find – ...

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Icefire

Icefire – Drink Me In!

Describing themselves as “a band that blows hot and cold”, Icefire began wreaking havoc live across the UK but a few short months ago, having only got together as a band earlier in the year. A female fronted rock band featuring former members of Agincourt, Scarab and Nightblade, they were no strangers to the recording studio and already have an ...

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