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.

Budgie… Lay it on Thick!

Five albums by Welsh rock legends Budgie are being rereleased on 12” 180 gram vinyl, all featuring Burke Shelley (vocals/bass) and Steve Williams (drums) with guitarists Tony Bourge and John (JT) Thomas. If I Were Briannia I’d Waive The Rules and Impeckable were the last two albums to feature co-founder guitarist Tony Bourge (Myf Issac added second guitar love on ...

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Geoff Downes and Chris Braide… Surburban Ghosts!

Three years after their critically acclaimed debut  Pictures of You, keyboard player Geoff Downes (Yes, Asia) and singer/songwriter Chris Braide (This Oceanic Feeling) have come together for the second chapter of their joint venture as the Downes Braide Association (DBA), with Suburban Ghosts to be released on 6th November through Cherry Red Records. Suburban Ghosts was inspired by both of their ...

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The Iron Maidens Pay Tribute in London!

The world’s first all-female Iron Maiden tribute band The Iron Maidens have announced a one-off show at Shepherds Bush Empire on 14th April 2016. Excited front-woman Kirsten Chickinson said: “For years people have been asking when we’re coming to the U.K. so it feels almost surreal that it’s finally happening. To play London – the city where Iron Maiden actually began ...

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Joe Bonamassa – Live at Radio City Music Hall DVD + CD

Radio City Music Hall is one of those iconic buildings that populate New York. A venue that showbiz royalty perform, you know the likes of Frank Sinatra and Barry Manilow. It’s a big thing, especially if you hail from the city. Joe Bonamassa played two sold out nights there this January, the icing on the cake to a year and ...

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Review: Vicious Nature – Live In Belgium EP

From the West Midlands to the Wizzfest in Belgium isn’t too far a stretch, and three years down the road into their career it’s where you would have found Vicious Nature this spring, delivering their collective metallic goods to an enthusiastic crowd. Things went down so well in fact, that in playing back a recording of their set they decided ...

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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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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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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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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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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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