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.

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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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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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 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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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 – 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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John Taglieri Releases True Believer

Singer/songwriter John Taglieri has just issued his new EP, True Believer – his first release of full-on hard rock material since his debut full length album, Leap Of Faith back in 2000. True Believer brings Taglieri full circle around to his melodic rock roots, a route he’s resisted going back down since that first release at the beginning of the century. “I’ve ...

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Jared James Nichols – Highway Man EP, New Single & UK Tour Slot

Young American blues rock guitarist Jared James Nichols is set to release the Highwayman EP via Listenable Records/ Swing House on CD and digital download in mid-September. The EP’s release dovetails his live appearance as special guest on Glenn Hughes’ forthcoming UK tour. The Highwayman EP  features Nichols on guitar and vocals alongside his regular band, Erik Sandin on bass ...

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Review: Thundermother – Road Fever

With a Chuck Berry lick giving us the come-on Thundermother are off and running with the hard rocking coy-rhyming reverse-sexism couplets of ‘It’s Just A Tease’. It’s high on youthful energy as is the whole of this album, one that frequently gives a saucy nod and a wink to Bon Scott-era AC/DC. ‘FFWF’ most assuredly goes that route as Clare ...

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