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.
Ray Wilson – Makes Me Think of Home

Ray Wilson – Makes Me Think of Home

Ray Wilson’s Song For A Friend has proved to be one of my favourite albums of 2016. The former Stiltskin and Genesis frontman delivered an acoustic album of well-crafted personalised songs delivered with expressive emotion. He follows it swiftly with Makes Me Think of Home, a close musical partner that adds electrical instruments, albeit not brazenly, that mix rock, pop ...

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The Mute Gods - Tardigrades Will Inherit The Earth

The Mute Gods – Tardigrades Will Inherit The Earth

The Mute Gods gave birth to a formidable debut album with last year’s Do Nothing Till Your Hear From Me. Critically appraised, presumably good sales, they’re back not only to show there’s still life in the old dogs but that they’re ready bark even more furiously at those things that annoy them. As before, it’s politics and religion mainly; the ...

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King King

King King + Broken Witt Rebels: The Robin 2, 2017

The Robin 2 is heaving, packed to the rafters and Broken Witt Rebels looked dwarfed by the whole affair. This despite the fact they’ve grown up a lot in the last year. Still young, but a little worldlier; less running around manically, more concentrating on the music. Fortunately, tonight’s crowd seem familiar with that part of the equation, and where ...

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Review: Matt Andersen – Honest Man

Award-winning Canadian singer/acoustic guitarist Matt Andersen has some voice. Deep and resonate, it’s warm and draws you in ensuring you listen to what he has to sing about. He can bellow and roar out loud too, not often enough some might say, but there are definitely two sides of the coin being presented here. Aside from Andersen’s voice, Honest Man ...

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The Iron Maidens announce 2017 UK tour

Following the success of their 2016 UK debut show, The Iron Maidens will be returning to the UK for five shows this October. Formed in Southern California  back in 2001 in, as the world’s first all-female Iron Maiden tribute band, they have captured the attention of Maiden fans worldwide and fellow musicians too – Having been joined on stage by ...

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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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