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.

New Ray Wilson Solo Album Due

Stiltskin frontman and ex-Genesis lead singer Ray Wilson has announced the release of his fifth solo studio album Song For A Friend, dedicated to his much missed friend James Lewis who passed away in 2015.  The record will be available on June 3rd and has been described by the singer/songwriter as “a collection of musical short stories”. It will be ...

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Steve Hackett – Live in Liverpool

Groundbreaking prog guitarist Steve Hackett has announced the release of his acclaimed Acolyte To Wolflight With Genesis Revisited Tour as a 2CD/2DVD deluxe package and stand-a-lone Blu-Ray and, after three London concert videos, he chose the Liverpool date for the recording. The Total Experience Live In Liverpool that will be released on 24th June. “When Inside Out told me that ...

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Albany Down – New Album & UK Tour

British rock band Albany Down will be releasing their third studio album The Outer Reach on Friday 10th June 2016 through AD Recordings Ltd, and it will be available on CD, 180 gram vinyl and digitally. London-based Albany Down are a contemporary rock band with influences ranging from classic acts like Led Zeppelin and Thunder to modern bands such as The Black Keys and Clutch, the ...

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King King kick-off UK tour

Award-winning blues rock band King King kick-off a nationwide tour at Manchester Academy on Thursday 12th May. The tour is an association with Planet Rock, with whom the band have scored two recent radio hit singles in ‘Crazy’ and ‘Hurricane’ and could well follow it with a third, the recently released radio mix of ‘Rush Hour’ all taken from their last ...

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Trevor Horn to re-join Yes live

Producer Trevor Horn has confirmed that he will be making a rare guest appearance with Yes for their London show at the Royal Albert Hall on 10th May. Trevor will also join Yes on stage in Oxford on the 9th; this will be the first opportunity to see Yes live with Horn since the original Drama tour 36 years ago. ...

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Dan Reed Network Launch Video for new single Divided

The Dan Reed Network are back and they have just released an official music video for their new single ‘Divided’,  the first single taken from their brand new album Fight Another Day that’s due for release on Frontiers Music Srl on Friday 3rdJune. Originally formed in Portland, Oregon, Dan Reed Network packed out local clubs from late 1984 through 1986 with an infectious mixture of hard rock, funk and ...

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Broken Witt Rebels, The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham, April 2016

Second City kids on a Friday night out: lads fresh from the cash point supping from bottles of beer, girls in their party frocks clocking the competition coming in. The Sunflower Lounge is rammed. Something in my aged mind triggers a vague memory that long before the congregation gathered here was conceived this might’ve been a quiet gay bar, one ...

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Review: The Enid – Dust

Progressive rock was ever the musical playground for both genius and lunatic, and frequently both cohabiting at the same time. The Enid have often veered towards both extremes, never succeeding in reaching its dizziest of heights but, in their most recent ventures, increasingly finding a large, receptive audience for their compositions.  With their latest album, Dust, they bring to a ...

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Review: Ben Poole – Time Has Come

‘Square-jawed but vulnerable’, implies the cover photo for Ben Poole’s new studio album Time Has Come. Well that’ll pull a much more attractive audience than the sweaty-faced, pot-bellied codgers usually trying to look cool at most blues-rock gigs. ‘Lying To Me’ is a hard chorded strut with some twinkly lead, a fat organ entering the sound warmly as it will throughout the ...

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Review: Stevie Nimmo – Sky Won’t Fall

A wave of feedback gives way to a strident mid-paced Bad Company-styled statement of intent, then, as you listen a little deeper, you’ll find there’s less machismo present in this deep, resonating voice as it proclaims a love that’s determined to be true on opening track ‘Chains Of Hope’. The steady chugging rock ’n’ blues ride of ‘Roll The Dice ...

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