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 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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schenker

Michael Schenker ‘Fest’ UK tour announced

Following the success in Japan last year of an inaugural Michael Schenker Fest that resulted in the recent release of a DVD/CD documenting the event, the former UFO and Scorpions guitarist has announced that he will be touring under the banner of a Michael Schenker Fest throughout the UK in November 2017. Consisting of four concerts that will take place in London at ...

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rising up

EP Review: Rainbreakers – Rise Up

A million years ago, Island Records did a package tour with Crawler, Boxer and Moon, Shrewsbury four piece Rainbreakers recall some of the edgy blues and soul of those bands. They also seemingly liked the ballads they heard on their granddads’ copies of Free’s Highway album and how Simply Red similarly applied such chord structures on their moms’ copies of ...

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Nad & Steve Hackett live by Rick Pauline.

Steve Hackett – Recent Sounds & Visions

With the release of Steve Hackett‘s latest album The Night Siren on InsideOut Music (Sony), the legendary guitarist has been busy preparing for both its release and his forthcoming 15 date UK tour as previously reported at Ramzine, the result of this being a series of moments captured on film and presented here for fans to enjoy. Aside from discussing ...

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Michael Schenker Fest Live

Michael Schenker Fest Live Toyko (2 CD + DVD)

‘Searching For Freedom’ plays over the PA over and the Japanese audience rises and politely as cameras roll around the impressive looking International Forum on the evening of August 24th 2016. Then like some Teutonic trickster god transported into the heart of the rising sun Michael Schenker stands before them centre stage, arms raised as he calls out “Hello, Toyko… ...

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Sari Schorr photo by Laurence Harvey

Sari Schorr Speaks Out!

Sari Schorr is A Force OF Nature – It’s implied in the title of her debut album, released on Manhaton Records. Play it or go one better and catch Sari Schorr & The Engine Room live and it becomes a reality. Not only has the lady got one hell of a voice, but you’ll find she has something to say ...

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