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.

Mabel Greer’s Toyshop – The Secret

Mabel Greer’s Toyshop is the group whose members would go on to form progressive rock giants Yes. There are three principle things to take into account when considering the band however. The first is that when Mabel Greer’s Toyshop existed progressive rock did not exist per se but was percolating in the heady mix that was the London underground music ...

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Evil Scarecrow – Lost In Antartarctica Tour

Evil Scarecrow have announced extensive touring for late 2018 right through until 2019. This comes ahead of their Lost In Antartarctica album, due from Dead Box Records scheduled for release later this year. Tour dates for the first part of the year are as follows: Saturday 6th January 2018, Yardbirds, Grimsby Saturday 17th February 2018 – HRH Metal, Birmingham Saturday 12th ...

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Black Country Communion – Wanderlust

Following their recent smash shows in Wolverhampton and London, Black Country Communion have released a music video for ‘Wanderlust’, taken from their recently released studio album BCCIV. The release follows rave reviews for their exclusive European shows in the UK.    

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Rockin For The Children 2018

The eighth and final ever Rockin For Children Festival will take place over the weekend of 5 – 6th May this year at The Maze in Nottingham. WDFD Records, Noize Level Critical (NLC) and Orange amplifiers are sponsoring the event. “With nearly £20,000 raised for Child Abuse and Children with Autism we hope that barrier will be broken and we ...

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Dan Patlansky – Perfection Kills

The pursuit of perfection can be dangerous. Not only can it stiffle creativity it can eradicate the natural beauty that’s already there in favour of a pre-fabricated reality. A sign for our times, the fashion of our modern disposability clique where we reinvent our values to suit our mood.  Dan Patlansky claims the concept behind his brand new album, Perfection ...

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Dan Patlansky Announces Mollie Marriott as Special Guest

South African singer-songwriter and guitarist, Dan Patlansky, has announced Mollie Marriott will be appearing as special guest on his upcoming March 2018 UK tour that dovetails with the release of his new studio album Perfection Kills. As previously reported at Ramzine, Perfection Kills is due for release on Friday 2nd February 2018. Patlansky has also released an official music video ...

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Samantha Fish – Belle of The West

Samantha Fish flew into the UK at the tail end of last year and played some blistering blues rock with a terrific live band. She also found time to slot in a few songs from what is her brand new album, Belle Of The West. It couldn’t be more different, country and Cajun blues, a little bluegrass, acoustics and mandolins, ...

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Steve Hackett: Wuthering Nights – Live In Birmingham

Steve Hackett has performed at Birmingham Symphony Hall a fair few times now. From my experience, he always makes a point of saying how much he enjoys performing at the place. Not surprising since it was specifically designed acoustically to suit orchestras, rock bands and solo performers alike and gives both them and audiences a clarity of sound rarely found ...

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Exclusive Interview with The Bad Flowers’ Tom Leighton

Nominated a band to watch out for by Planet Rock, The Bad Flowers are drawing attention to themselves in a way that’s not something to be sniffed at. The Cannock based power trio’s appeal has been strengthened by nationwide tours supporting more established acts and the breath of fresh air that was their radio hit single ‘Thunder Child’. In 2018 ...

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Black Country Communion – Wolverhampton Civic Hall, January 2nd 2018

I can trace my Black Country roots back to the 15th century. It’s not so much in pride as defence I declare this to a woman from West Bromwich who’s got a thing against “Brummies”.  In fact it’s incredibly territorial in Wolverhampton tonight, there’s a tall bloke proclaiming loudly: “He’s one of us and comes from Cannock!” That Glenn Hughes ...

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