With the support of Classic Rock presents Prog we can reveal that Touchstone and Von Hertzen Brothers will mount a double-header tour of the UK in October.
The bands, both of whom appeared at the inaugural HRH Prog Festival in Rotherham last month, are regarded as two of the most dynamic up-and-coming acts on the circuit.
Touchstone will be touring in support of thier new studio album due for release Oct 2013 - more details coming soon.
VHB are riding high with positive reviews for fifth album, released in March via Spinefarm Records.
Tickets are on sale now from the respective venues.
Oct 18: Glasgow King Tut’s (08444 999 990)
Oct 19: York Duchess (08444 77 1000)
Oct 20: Cardiff Globe (07590 471 888)
Oct 25: London Garage (08448 471 678)
Oct 26: Liverpool Eric’s Live (0151 236 9994)
Oct 27: Bilston Robin 2 (01902 401211)
TOUCHSTONE DRUMMER HENRY ROGERS WINS "BEST DRUMMER" CRS 2013 AWARDS
Henry recieved his award for best drummer from the legendary Bob Harris at Classic Rock Society Awards! Hen would like to thank everyone who voted for him for all your continued support...
I would like to say an absolutely huge thank you to everyone who voted me CRS drummer of the year! It is a real honour to win and i can't thank you enough for your votes and continued support! Receiving an award from the legendary Bob Harris is a memory i shall never forget! Thank you x
ROMEO'S DAUGHTER SPECIAL GUEST FOR XMAS SHOW
We are proud and delighted to announce that our Very Special Guests at our Christmas gig at The Borderline on Friday 21st December 2012, will be the legendary ROMEO'S DAUGHTER!
Romeo's Daughter have recently completed highly successful UK tours with FM, and of their own, to promote their latest album Rapture, and released their new single BITTERSWEET on Monday 19th November 2012.
We're really excited to be sharing the night with Romeo's Daughter and look forward a rocking Christmas Party with you all!!
TOUCHSTONE ANNOUNCE HARD ROCK HELL PROG - FESITVAL
Another great gig announcement! We're happy to announce that we'll be playing the Hard Rock Hell Prog festival in a renovated steelworks APRIL 7TH 2013 with a myriad of other fantastic bands. Couldn't get more Prog if it tried!
TOUCHSTONE OPEN FOR MARILLION
We are delighted to announce that we shall be supporting MARILLION on the Sunday night of the 2013 MARILLION WEEKEND! A big thank you to all involved for having us! - 14TH APRIL
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"New Blood" category in the inaugural Progressive Music Awards
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We are very proud to have been nominated in the "New Blood" category in the inaugural Progressive Music Awards :-)
As you'll see, we're in some great company and all of us have achieved a lot in our fledgling careers, so it's an honour to be recognised and nominated, so thank you to all concerned!!
Obviously, you all have your favourites, but if you should wish to cast a vote our way, that would be very kind and we'd appreciate it...Elkie will also make truffles for everyone that votes for us :-))
Cheers y'all & we look forward to seeing you on the road soon!!
Lots of love,
Moo, HenPen, Elkie, Hodgie & Lord Cotters xxx
TOUCHSTONE PLAY CELEBR8 FESTIVAL
We've been confirmed for this year's Celebr8 Prog Festival 2012 on Sunday July 8th! Come down and party - head to the website now for full details and tickets, and we'll see you there! :)
SEE LIVE PAGE FOR TICKET DETAILS
TOUCHSTONE & THE REASONING - 'ADVENTURES IN THE CITY' - EUROPEAN TOUR 2012
Two of the UK's most rapidly rising progressive/melodic hard rock acts TOUCHSTONE and THE REASONING have announced that they are to join forces for a co-headline tour of Europe this autumn.
The ten-date "Adventures In The City" tour unites the two bands as The Reasoning prepare their new studio album 'Adventures In Neverland' for September 2012, and Touchstone celebrate the release of their back catalogue and new album 'The City Sleeps', which entered the UK rock charts at No.36 on its release at the end of 2011. It will also mark an important year for the bands, having both recently signed new record deals (Touchstone with German label SPV/Steamhammer and The Reasoning with Cherry Red's dynamic front-line label Esoteric Antenna).
Both Touchstone and The Reasoning have enjoyed a busy and successful eighteen months after each being asked to open the inaugural High Voltage Festival in London's Victoria Park playing alongside legendary acts such as ELP, ZZ Top and Black Label Society. This year alone, both bands' respective front women Kim Seviour and Rachel Cohen have been awarded plaudits for being amongst the top ten female vocalists of 2011 by Classic Rock Presents Prog Magazine and the Classic Rock Society readers and critics.
The two bands are excited to be heading out on the road together for what will be their biggest headline tour yet:
"It's been nearly half a decade since the last time we shared a stage with The Reasoning" explains Touchstone guitarist Adam Hodgson. "Getting to play out in Europe properly as well as in the UK with some great friends will be amazing."
The Reasoning's bassist Matt Cohen comments: "Touchstone and The Reasoning have developed so much as artists over the years so the versions you see today are lean, mean rocking machines with more fire and drive than ever before. We are going to bring you one hell of a gig experience! The New Avengers of Prog are coming to a city near you in 2012 so join the adventure!"
UK show tickets on sale from Wednesday 16th May. - SEE LIVE PAGE FOR DATES AND TICKET LINKS
Delighted to announce we will be playing Cambridge Rock Festival 2012 on Sunday August 5th - stage ONE - third on bill...
Touchstone are very proud and excited to announce the return of the very successful XMAS BASH SHOW – this will be held and The Borderline Friday 21st December 2012, its the last proper working day in London before the big day so we expect it to get very messy…:)… A very, very special guest will be announced closer to the time and ticket links will be up soon…
The City Sleeps recieves a stunning 9/10 review in issue 167 of Classic Rock, by Geoff Barton - Click Here
The City Sleeps - “Critics Choice Albums Of The Year Best Of Prog” section in issue 166 of Classic Rock magazine...thanks to Geoff Barton and all at Classic Rock...bring on 2012... Click Here
THE CITY SLEEPS Desktop Wallpapers, click link, copy file on to your desktop and get a desktop the envy of your friends...
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Outstanding news – The City Sleeps enters the UK Official Rock Album Charts in the TOP 40 at Number 36 - week w/c 17th Oct 2011 – click here
The City Sleeps gets in the “recommended” listening stations in UK HMV stores- click here
Due to circumstances beyond our control we have had to move the Newcastle venue to Legends, all tickets bought for the previous venue will be valid, any under 18’s that have bought tickets can obtain a full refund from the provider – we are sorry for this inconvenience and will play extra loud to make up for it...:)
For Immediate Release - August 1st, 2011
SIGN WORLDWIDE DEAL WITH SPV/STEAMHAMMER - "THE CITY SLEEPS" DUE OUT 10th OCTOBER
Touchstone the five-piece rock band with prog/rock/alternative influences have signed an exclusive long term World Wide deal with SPV Records covering new recordings and three back catalogue recordings.
Their much-anticipated new album, The City Sleeps, is due to be released on 10th October 2011 on SPV's Steamhammer label.
The release of the new album will be supported by a UK tour in October 2011 with European dates to be announced and a US Tour planned for the second half of 2012.
Founding band member, Rob Cottingham, said in a statement: "TOUCHSTONE are delighted to be signed to SPV's Steamhammer label for the release of our new album, The City Sleeps. SPV/Steamhammer has a long tradition of highly successful rock bands and for the band we see this as the next natural step up for us to reach a broader rock market, across a more global geography. We are very grateful to Frank Uhle, Del Taylor and the SPV team for their fantastic support and we look forward to a long and fruitful relationship".
In this exciting new album, the band venture into familiar 'Touchstone Rock' territory with the dynamic, moving epics: The City Sleeps, and When Shadows Fall. The City Sleeps is a sequel to the title track of Touchstone's previous album, Wintercoast and we can exclusively reveal that Anna-Marie Wayne, actress and daughter of Jeff Wayne, adds her substantial voice-over talent to the title track. When Shadows Fall is a sequel to the track Shadow from Touchstone's first album,
Discordant Dreams, and picks up a few decades later. There are also some exciting departures for the band venturing into the more melodic rock areas. And then there is the downright crazy in Good Boy Psycho, where the mental twists and turns of this psychotic rollercoaster of a track leave you gasping for breath!
All the music is written by Touchstone, with lyrics by Rob Cottingham and Kim Seviour, and the City Sleeps concept and narrative written by Adam Hodgson, who also designed the album artwork.
iPhone and mobile phone wallpapers - to support the forthcoming release of The City Sleeps, 4 designs to make your mobile the envy of all your friends...PC desktop wallpaper coming soon... see links below
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Touchstone are very proud to announce that the title of the new forthcoming studio album and follow up to Wintercoast will be The City Sleeps. The album will be again recorded at The Outhouse with John Mitchell at the helm. It also will feature the voice talents of the Oscar winning actor Jeremy Irons. Click here to see the album cover artwork designed and created by Adam Hodgson, more details on the release soon...
Adam's Artist page at Hughes & Kettner- very proud to be supported by such an amazing company, great products, great tone, great support wherever in the world...CLICK HERE
"TOUCHSTONE are proud and delighted to announce that for their UK Album Launch Tour in October 2011, they will be accompanied by an extremely special guest - Heather Findlay.
Heather will be performing an acoustic set, with guitarist, Chris Johnson as a prelude to her full band headline shows currently being planned for November 2011.
Apart from being a stunning musician in her own right, Heather won many admirers around the globe for her work with Mostly Autumn as lead singer, song-writer and multi-instrumentalist. Heather performed her last gig with Mostly Autumn on 2nd April 2010 after a very successful thirteen years with the band.
On 25th April Heather will be releasing her debut solo record The Phoenix Suite EP, on Black Sand Records which will be available from all the usual outlets. The Phoenix Suite cover features artwork by Heather herself and following a nine minute sell-out of the limited collector’s edition, pre-release copies of the standard edition of The Phoenix Suite are available now exclusively from the store at Heather's website http://www.heatherfindlay.net/ where you’ll also find a promo film featuring excerpts from the EP.
TOUCHSTONE would like to put on record their profound thanks to Heather for her kindness and generosity in agreeing to support their tour. The band is greatly looking forward to sharing a stage with Heather for what will be a fantastic album launch experience.
This TOUCHSTONE Tour is in association with Lycan Media.
Final date, times and venues will be announced shortly."
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Seven Festival at Wegorzewo - The band are absolutely delighted to announce hot off the press that they will be appearing in Poland on the main stage on the Saturday 9th July 2011 at the Seven Festival at Wegorzewo.
The band are looking forward to their first ever Eastern European gig, and would like to thank Seven Festival organisers, and especially Agnieszka Swiatnicka-Kulpinska, for their fantastic support .
TICKETS - click here
Touchstone are delighted to announce support to VON HERTZEN BROTHERS industry showcase Jazz Cafe London 17th Feb also HEADLINE - MattFest 2 day PROG festival at The Peel, Kingston 4th June 2011
Kim is features in the HIGH VOLTAGE 2011 Trailer - See Here
TOUCHSTONE are absolutely delighted to announce that they are now on the roster of the well-known and highly-regarded Factory Music.
In a statement, Touchstone founding member Rob Cottingham said:
"This is a superb 'next step' for the band. It is part of a planned strategy for this year which is to set up a management infrastructure to help take Touchstone to the next level; to gear us up in readiness for gigs and festivals and the release of our third album in 2011 - and of course to take us even further in the medium to long term. We will be looked after by Mik Gaffney, who I have known since 2006 when he was at distributor, Proper Music. Mik has always been one of the most professional guys I have dealt with. He has also been a big supporter of Touchstone, and has seen us grow from a fresh-faced four-track EP band in 2006 when we were testing the water, so to speak, to where we are now - double live US album; great reviews; High Voltage, wonderful fan-base etc. Having had a long conversation with Mik, I'm pleased to report that he is absolutely buzzing with ideas! Adam, Moo, Kim, Henry and I want to sincerely thank Sharon and Mik at Factory for their belief in us and their fantastic support - we are all very excited to see what opportunities Factory can bring to the Touchstone table!"
Factory Music's Mik Gaffney stated:
"I have watched Touchstone build and develop into one of the UK's finest new rock bands. They have a very 'can do' attitude, an outlook that landed them the opening slot at this year's prestigious High Voltage festival. I've long admired the band's hands on approach to their career and look forward to being part of the next phase."
TOUCHSTONE are pleased to announce distribution with PLASTIC HEAD
TOUCHSTONE are delighted to announce that terms with their independently-owned label, Heavy Right Foot Records, have been agreed and that a new distribution agreement with Plastic Head Distribution Limited is to come into effect from 1st October 2010. The agreement will cover all territories outside of the USA. CLICK HERE
Currently ranked the UK’s 10th largest distributor, Plastic Head has come a long way in its 15 year existence. Started from Director Steve Beatty’s bedroom at his parent's house, the company currently employs 40 people, exclusively handles sales and distribution in the UK for 170 record and DVD labels (over 30,000 titles), a range of over 3,000 titles of merchandise and 4,000 titles of specialist vinyl from limited edition 7 inch box sets, picture discs to electronic 12’s. The company is also unusual in the fact that it owns its own business premises.
Whilst Plastic Head carries a diverse range of music and DVD titles, it is known for being a specialist in rock genres.
In a statement, founding band member Rob Cottingham said: “I would like to thank all at Proper Music for their help during the last two and a half years. As the band has grown, however, so the time has come to set up a distribution structure more geared to the market we are in. We are, therefore, absolutely delighted to have hooked up with Steve and Plastic Head as Touchstone’s main distributor. When you see that they distribute for the likes of Asia, Deep Purple, ELP, Focus, Foreigner, Marillion, Pink Floyd, Porcupine Tree and Rush to name but a few - you can probably imagine how pleased we are to start distributing via a channel more focussed on the rock market. We believe this will help take us to the next level in terms of distribution, and therefore album sales. The whole band are excited by this development, and we are greatly looking forward to working with Steve, Ben and David to help push the band’s name to territories anew.”
Steve Beatty, founder of Plastic Head, commented: “The Touchstone catalogue is yet another great rock band and label joining our ever growing roster of top quality rock music at Plastic Head. We look forward greatly to a long and solid rock relationship with this exciting band and label.”
TOUCHSTONE are pleased to announce a worldwide distribution deal has been signed with ProgRock Records for Live In The USA. The label is run by Shawn Gordon from the company's office in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, and represents bands from all over the world. We are very pleased to be working together. www.progrockrecords.com
TOUCHSTONE wish to announce the release of their new album "Live In The USA".
This is the band's first double album and is a selection of fourteen live tracks capturing the energy and excitement of two gigs performed in the USA in 2009 in Philadelphia and California. The album showcases the band's powerful performance of tracks from all three previous studio releases.
The album has been mixed at Outhouse Studios and mastered by Tim Turan.
The release date coincides with Touchstone’s performance at the High Voltage Festival in London's Victoria Park on 24th July 2010.
See The Music page for buying options
TOUCHSTONE are delighted to announce that they will be appearing on Sky News next week around 21st-22nd July - official date to be advised.
On 14th July 2010, at their rehearsal rooms in Hemel Hempstead, the band were recorded, and Kim interviewed, by none other than Steve Hargrave, Sky News Entertainments Correspondent. Steve is preparing a piece about the resurgence of progressive rock, in anticipation of the High Voltage festival on 24th & 25th July, where Touchstone will be the first band to play a note at this new festival.
Steve had earlier interviewed festival headliners, ELP - the item will feature ELP, Touchstone and Jerry Ewing.
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TOUCHSTONE are pleased to announce a US distribution deal has been signed with ProgRock Records.The label is run by Shawn Gordon from the company's office in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, and represents bands from all over the world. www.progrockrecords.com
LIVE IN THE USA - NOW A DOUBLE ALBUM
After recent reviews of mixes by the whole band in the studios in Reading - due to an amazing wealth of fantastic material from the US trips, we are pleased to announce that Touchstone's "Live in the USA" album will be the band's first ever double album!
Just to remind everyone, this double album will be launched on 16th July at the Horn in St Albans, and will be released on the 24th July - the day of Touchstone's High Voltage gig.
PRE-HIGH VOLTAGE WARM-UP NEWS - JOE ELLIOTT'S DOWN N OUTZ & TOUCHSTONE AT THE BORDERLINE
TOUCHSTONE are over the moon and honoured to be asked to support Down n Outz - none other than Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott backed by The Quireboys - at the Borderline in London on Thursday 22nd July 2010.
Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Touchstone support on Thursday 22nd July 2010 will now be performed acoustically. It will be a very much stripped down, intimate set, featuring some Touchstone songs being performed as they've never been played before, by Elkie on vocals and Hodge on acoustic guitar.
The rest of the band will be there to support and are really looking forward to joining you all in watching Elkie & Hodge perform, whilst enjoying a few sherbets :-)
We hope it'll wet your appetites for the full band performances when we wake up East London for the High Voltage Festival on Saturday 24th July, and also for our own headline performance at the Borderline, on Friday 3rd September 2010.
Doors open at 7pm and tickets are a mere £10. Tickets will be for sale from 1st June 9am. Book early to avoid missing two great bands who will truly rock the house down! - Click LIVE button for ticket link
TOUCHSTONE T-SHIRTS SALE!!
We have a limited supply of our wonderful 'The City Sleeps' T-Shirts left! You can buy them for the bargain price of £10 each - all in including post. Don't miss out - they will soon go!
CLICK 'buy' button then 'other merchandise'
TOUCHSTONE are proud and delighted to announce that Messrs John Mitchell (It Bites, Arena, Kino) and John Beck (It Bites, Kino) are our Very Special Guests at our Borderline showcase gig on 3rd September 2010.
The two Johns will be opening the gig by playing one of their awesome acoustic sets including original material and cover versions by some of their favourite artists. Not only are The Johns two of the greatest musicians to walk this planet, but they are also great friends of Touchstone, so this will really be a lot of fun.
The band would like to place on record their sincere gratitude for their unstinting love and support.
TOUCHSTONE are delighted to announce a very special showcase event at the renowned Borderline venue in Orange Yard, off Manette Street, London W1D 4JB on the Friday 3rd September.
The band are in the process of arranging very special guests to open up proceedings, and further announcements will follow very soon.
Also Touchstone will be exclusively debuting a brand new song from Album Three.
Tickets purchased in advance via Ticketweb will cost £8 and at the door on the night will cost £10 - be advised to buy in advance to avoid disappointment. Doors open at 7pm, Special Guest on at 7:30pm, Touchtone on at 9pm, curfew 10:30pm.
In return for their dedication, loyalty and support, Touchstone fans who attend this very special event wearing any variety of official merchandise Touchstone T-shirt will be given an exclusive HALF PRICE CD voucher to redeem against Album Three next year when bought through Touchstone’s website or redeem it against any CD item on the merch store.
Click LIVE and follow the link to Ticketweb.
Industry contacts / interested parties should contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make appropriate arrangements.
More information to follow soon.
TOUCHSTONE announce very special guest at the Saturday ‘Ye Olde Londinium’ Christmas Concert
After what can only be described as one of ‘the’ prog gigs of 2008 on Saturday 2nd February at the Peel when two bands blew the roof off in perfect harmony - TOUCHSTONE are massively delighted to announce the “Ultimate Reunion Xmas Bash” with some great friends.
TINYFISH will be the Very Special Guests at Ye Olde Londinium Christmas Show on Saturday 11th December at the Peel in Kingston Upon Thames.
In a statement Rob said: “We are absolutely delighted that Simon and the boys will join us on stage again at the Peel. That 2008 gig was for us one of our hot favourites, not just because of the music, but also the chemistry between the two bands. This will be one heck of a barnstormer of a gig!”
In a statement Simon said: “Playing alongside Touchstone back in 2008 was a very special experience for us all in Tinyfish as we feel they are easily one of the best bands in the UK right now. It will be an absolute honour and a pleasure to share a stage with them all again and I have no doubts that it will be a belter of a show.”
This really is a festive, fun-filled, prog-packed party not to be missed!
Places are limited so we recommend you buy your tickets in advance - CLICK HERE
TOUCHSTONE are excited to announce that the wonderful PANIC ROOM will be their very special guest at the Sunday ‘Middley England’ Christmas Concert on 12th December 2010, at Robin 2 in Bilston. Details of the Saturday night guest will be announced soon.
12 Dec 2010 - The Robin 2 - Bilston - Ye Olde Londinium & Middley England Christmas Concerts Pt2 + VERY special guests PANIC ROOM - TICKETS CLICK HERE
“TOUCHSTONE are pleased to announce that, whilst they will be searching for a replacement drummer over the next few months, it has been agreed that Henry Rogers (DeeExpus, Final Conflict) will stand in as drummer on a temporary basis until a permanent drummer is found. This enables us to continue with our preparations for our gigs at The Horn, and High Voltage Festival, in July. The band would like to thank Henry, DeeExpus, and Final Conflict for their kind support and friendship. In terms of a permanent replacement, the band are presently advertising for a new drummer and will make an announcement in due course once auditions are completed.”
TOUCHSTONE wish to announce an amicable parting of the ways with drummer, Alasdair Melville.
Al joined the band in January 2007. It has more recently become clear that Al wishes to move into a different creative direction from that being followed by the band.
In a statement Rob said: “ I met Al when we were auditioning and took on Simon Cook as drummer some 5 years ago. I always kept in touch as I recognized a superb raw talent there. When Simon left – I was delighted that Al joined. Since then it has been an absolute honour and a privilege to share the stage and studio with Al , and to see him grow as a drummer in the last three and a half years. We have all had some fun for sure, having toured the UK, been out to the US and produced two cracking albums together. I believe he has a very bright future in the rock world, and look forward to seeing him ascend the drumming heights. Whilst it is with mixed emotions that we make this announcement, Al leaves Touchstone with much love, respect, and support from all it’s band members.”
In a statement Al said: “ Touchstone have been my family, my brothers and sister for a long time now, and moving away from your family is never an easy undertaking. Forty live shows, two albums, two tours and the brilliant friends we have made along the way means that this period of my career is one that I will always cherish. I fully support Touchstone in finding a replacement for me, and in their bright future as one of the best new British progressive rock acts on offer. It is easy to sound false and insincere in these situations, but all fans of Touchstone, whether you've been with us for 10 years or 10 minutes, please rest assured that there is no animosity and we are still the very best of friends. Thank you to Rob, Adam, Moo and Kim, and to our dedicated fans for all your support through good times and bad. See you down the front.”
Rob, Adam, Moo and Kim wish to put on record their sincere gratitude for Al's contribution and they wish him the very best of good fortune in his future musical career. The band are keen to point out that this will in no way impact future band commitments.
They also wish to put on record their thanks to Al for offering to cover future gigs if required.
The band will announce further once a replacement has been found.
TOUCHSTONE are pleased to announce the launch of their first Live Album - capturing the energy and excitement of two gigs performed in the USA in 2009, where the band received rave reviews!
This album launch will take place at The Horn, St Albans,on Friday 16th July 2010
The band will be playing a full set, with a support band (to be confirmed). This will be the first ever opportunity to buy the new CD – “Live In The USA” - whose official release date is 24th July.
In order to celebrate this one-off event - every album bought at the gig will come with 2 exclusive signed prints. The first is a saucy picture of Kim, and the other being a not so saucy, but nonetheless jolly marvellous, picture of the entire band in all it's glory - and a free badge! :-)
We strongly recommend tickets are bought in advance via Ticketmaster as the venue has a limited capacity. Please order your tickets NOW - CLICK HERE
Touchstone’s “Ye Olde Londinium & Middley England Christmas Concerts” 11th and 12th December 2010 The Peel, Kingston Upon Thames, and The Robin 2, Bilston, respectively.
After a sell-out Christmas 2009 Christmas Party gig, followed by rave reviews, the band will be playing two nights in a row in 2010 to set those quill pens aquiver and warm those fingerless-gloved hands on a cold, crisp December evening.
Along with the usual festive party antics, Touchstone are inviting a special guest to join in the festive celebrations. More will be revealed closer to the time.
Don’t just watch the snow gather on your leaded windows, or rely upon that solitary candle sitting on your mantelpiece to keep you warm over Christmas - get yourself along to these party-atmosphere concerts and let’s put a piece of coal on Ebenezer’s fire, a smile on his face, and a tap in his foot!
11 Dec 2010 - The Peel - Kingston - Ye Olde Londinium & Middley England Christmas Concerts Pt1 + VERY special guests -
Tickets Click Here
12 Dec 2010 - The Robin 2 - Bilston - Ye Olde Londinium & Middley England Christmas Concerts Pt2 + VERY special guests -
Tickets Click Here
CRS - new logo as designed by Adam - Click Here
CRS Awards night, some crazy pics from the night by Chris Walkden + new logo banner + the NEW Touchstone advert - Click Here
Classic Rock April 2010 - Features a fantastic review of the newly re-released Mad Hatters Enhanced EP by the one and only Geoff Barton - 8/10 and a great "never before seen" picture of the band taken at the infamous photoshoot at Classic Rock HQ in London. Click Here
Classic Rock presents Prog - Readers Poll and Critics Choice - Wintercoast 4th Best Album, Kim 2nd Best Female Singer, Touchstone 2nd Best Unsigned Band 2009 - see the press page for full results. Thank you to all who took time and voted for us, also to Jerry, Geoff and all at Classic Rock...we love you all...!!
CRS Awards night, where we came in the nominations, Wintercoast was 2nd Best Album (very cool), Wintercoast title track was 5th Best Track, Kim was 5th Best Female Vocalist, Moo was 3rd Best Bass Player, CRS Maltby gig was 4th Best CRS Gig, 5th Best Band overall, full listings in the next CRS mag and thanks to all who voted for us...thanks also to Steve, Miles and Gordon Giltrap (fantastic) - GREAT NIGHT
TOUCHSTONE ANNOUNCE CLASSIC ROCK SOCIETY LONDON HEADLINER 17th APRIL 2010
Touchstone are delighted to announce that they have been asked by the Classic Rock Society to headline a gig at the Luminaire in Kilburn, London, on Saturday 17th April, 2010. Venue websiteThis is the first time CRS have announced a London gig, and we are proud to have been asked to be involved with what we hope will be a successful run of CRS gigs 'down South'!
TOUCHSTONE plus support from THE AURORA PROJECT - Saturday 17th April 2010 - Tickets £12.50 advance, £14 on the door - (CRS members £10 in advance) - Doors open 7.30pm - Tickets on sale from the CRS Shop or from a WeGotTickets link at the Luminaire website.
STRANGE DAYS gets to No.4 in EUROPEAN KLASSIK ROCK (EKR) - Track of the Year mega poll Top 100 – Strange Days has reached number 4 out of a 1000+ tracks voted for by EKR forum users, BIG thanks Martin and all at EKR also to all who voted for us. Click Here
TOP TEN IN THE USA - TOUCHSTONE are delighted to announce that their album Wintercoast has been voted in as one of the Top Ten Best Progressive Rock Albums in 2009 in the popular American E-zine 'usaprogmusic.com' - BIG THANKS to all who voted for us - Click Here
TOUCHSTONE - Headline Winter’s End Festival weekend - which starts on Saturday 13th March 2010 at The Space in Stroud, Gloucestershire. Touchstone play on the 14th March approx 9pm, Thanks to the organisers for their invitation - we're all greatly looking forward to the concert. Click Here
TOUCHSTONE OPENING UP PROG PROCEEDINGS AT HIGH VOLTAGE FESTIVAL, LONDON - JULY 2010
After a highly successful 2009, TOUCHSTONE are proud to make an announcement which kicks off 2010 in super-charged style. TOUCHSTONE have been asked to open the Progressive Rock stage at the much anticipated new High Voltage festival in Victoria Park, London on the Saturday 24th July at 1.30pm.
The organisers are expecting some 35000 festival-goers for what will be an awesome experience, featuring amongst others, ZZ Top, Foreigner, Heaven and Hell, The Black Lable Society, Uriah Heep, Pendragon, Asia, Marillion, Steve Hackett, The Reasoning + others and rounded off by the mighty ELP on Sunday night, who have specially reformed for this event.
The band wish to thank the organisers for their kind invitation, as well as their good friends at Classic Rock magazine for their wonderful support.
This event simply cannot be missed. Click Here For Tickets
MAD HATTERS ENHANCED - RELEASE DATE 21ST DECEMBER 2009
TOUCHSTONE are pleased to announce, after many requests from fans far and wide, the re-release of their 2006 EP, Mad Hatters. But this time the Hatter is wearing a new coat. This is Mad Hatters Enhanced EP, with the original tracks re-mastered by the sonic genius who is Tim Turan, and included are two live tracks from the band's highly successful first appearance in the USA at the Rites of Spring Festival in May 2009. These two tracks are taken from the band's forthcoming album 'Live In The USA' due for release in 2010.
The EP is OUT NOW and onsale from this site, buy a piece of Touchstone's past and future for only £6.99. Price includes P&P for the UK. Additional postage charges will apply outside of the UK to cover costs only.
CalProg Pictures - Download an exclusive compilation of photos taken by the talented Chris Petro (web site) from Touchstone's performance at CalProg 2009 – Click here
Classic Rock PROG Magazine - Oct 2009 issue includes great live review from the Cambridge Rock Fest by legendary rock journo Dave Ling and picture - Click Here
New Badge Design - will be available at CalProg, this design is limited to 300 only so get them if you can, produced by MyBadges in super fast time - Click here
Fireworks Magazine - Fantastic "red boxed" album review in Oct 09 edition - review by Gary Marshall - Click Here
YouTube video from MetalFest, band performing Discordant Dreams / Beggars - filmed by Jonnytlately - Click Here
Touchstone are delighted to announce that they will be performing at METALFEST in Dudley on the Friday 25th September - timings have yet to be finalised but we anticipate being on certainly after 7pm sometime! Click Here
Peterborough Beer Festival ROCKED - Touchstone rocked out to an 1800+ crowd on Thursday 27th Aug, performing a 90 minute set and received 2 encores, thanks to Mike Lane and his team for putting on a fantastic festival.
RICK WAKEMAN plays Strange Days - on his fantastic Saturday Planet Rock show Strange Days was played and Rick commented - “this is a band that is causing a lot of interest" - :-)
Powerplay Magazine - Aug 2009 issue includes an amazing 9/10 review by Andrew Hawnt + Double page feature & Interview with Adam by Chris Kee - Review - Feature
Classic Rock PROG Magazine - Aug 2009 issue includes a fantastic On The Threshold feature written by the very talented Richard Thompson - Click Here
BUY TICKETS HERE - 3 Oct 2009 - The Orange Box Yeovil + DeeExpus, Yeovil, Somerset
Cotters on Kurzweil's Artists Lounge! - Robs profile on the Kurzweil website - Click Here
TOUCHSTONE are delighted to announce that DEEEXPUS will be our guests at three of our forthcoming ‘London to Los Angeles’ Tour concerts in Autumn. DeeExpus are also playing Cambridge Rock Festival this year, as well as RoSFest’s Sunday morning slot in 2010 which they richly deserve, and which we so enjoyed in 2009! Their superb album "Half Way Home" is available direct from the band at www.deeexpus.com and it is well worth a spin. Their sound is not too dissimilar from ours, with a great balance of melody, power and drama – it certainly packs a heck of a punch. These shows are not to be missed as between us there is some serious roof lifting to be done! Hang on to your (mad) hats…see dates on LIVE page
Classic Rock Magazine July 2009 - features a fantastic review of Wintercoast by the legendary rock journalist Geoff Barton – also in the same edition the title track Wintercoast has made the Classic Rock playlist “Heavy Rotation” in at number 6 with a feature photo insert - Click Here
TOUCHSTONE and very special guests MAGENTA, are delighted to announce a very special Christmas party concert at The Peel, Kingston upon Thames, on Saturday 19th December 2009.
MAGENTA, will be kicking off the evening with a special full rendition of their "Classic Rock Top 50 Prog albums ever" album, 'SEVEN', followed by a full set from TOUCHSTONE, closely following on from the second of their two appearances in the US this year, at CalProg. There will also be some other surprises!! This is a concert and party not to be missed! MAGENTA will be on stage at 19:30 so get there in plenty of time to savour some of the atmosphere before they hit the stage!
Tickets are available directly from The Peel - £12 in advance and £15 on the door (however door tickets may not be available as numbers are limited) - Get Christmas going in true ROCK style; fill up with festive cheer - and book early! - Click Here For Tickets.
Classic Rock PROG Magazine Touchstone are delighted to announce that this sister publication to Classic Rock magazine is published on the 20th May 2009 and features a fantastic review of Wintercoast. Featured on the cover CD, track 2 is the brand new single of the album, 'Strange Days'. - Click Here
Strange Days on Total Rock - single was played on Jerry Ewing's radio show - Click Here
TOUCHSTONE to play CalProg - Whittier, California - Oct 10th 2009 After the highly successful RoSFest gig on the East side of the USA in Philadelphia in May 2009 - Touchstone are delighted to announce that they have been invited to the West side of the USA to perform in California. After a stunning reaction at RoSFest, the band can't wait to make more new friends across the pond. By coincidence, California is also mentioned in the brand new single, Strange Days! - www.calprog.com
Classic Rock Online - Track Of The Day, Zinomorph (Radio Edit) - featured on Good Friday and was downloaded over 200 times in less than 6 hours and up to over 500 downloads to date...!!! - Click Here
WINTERCOAST Mobile phone wallpapers, click link, copy file on to your desktop and transfer to your phone
Design 1 - Design 2
TOUCHSTONE play Cambridge Rock Festival, with ASIA and Focus - Sunday 9th Aug 2009 - Click Here
TOUCHSTONE TO HEADLINE PETERBOROUGH BEER FESTIVAL - Thurs 27th Aug 2009
Touchstone are proud to announce that they have been asked to headline the Peterborough Beer Festival on their 'Rock Night' - namely Thursday 27th August. The event attracts some 40,000 festival-goers each year is run by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). and is the second biggest beer festival in England. Details of the venue and timings can be found by clicking here.
W I N T E R C O A S T
JEREMY IRONS TO FEATURE ON TOUCHSTONE'S NEW ALBUM, "WINTERCOAST"
TOUCHSTONE are proud and highly honoured to announce that the internationally-renowned actor Jeremy Irons is making a very special guest appearance on their new album, Wintercoast.
Jeremy Irons has won a raft of high profile awards, including an Academy Award® (Oscar) for Best Actor, a Screen Actors Guild Award, two Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards, among others. He also won an Annie Award for voice acting in The Lion King.
Touchstone on Wikipedia - details about the band on the free encyclopedia - Click Here
ROB COTTINGHAM ENDORSED BY KURZWEIL
Touchstone are proud to announce that Rob has been endorsed by Kurzweil Music Systems. Please see attached Press Release for details. Click Here
IT BITES TOUR FINISHES
On Monday 6th October at the Komedia in Brighton, Touchstone took to the stage supporting It Bites for the last gig of nine gigs and after eleven nights away on road. They had played Islington, Leeds, Cardiff, Birkenhead, Newcastle, Nottingham, Manchester, Bilston and finally Brighton.
To say that the reaction during the tour was humbling would be an understatement. People who had never even heard of the band were generous with their comments and enthusiasm during the tour, and were also very generous in purchasing merchandise, which all helped fund the tour.
Quotes from the general public noted down during the tour:
"The best support act I've seen since It Bites supported Robert Plant"
"The best support act I've ever seen - you guys were amazing"
"You guys have just blown me away - I really didn't expect that from a support act - awesome."
John Mitchell thanked the band during the Brighton IB set and asked the crowd what they thought of Touchstone, to many enthusiastic cheers.
Touchstone in turn would like to thank John, John, Bob and Lee from It Bites for the privilege of touring with them; the fun they all enjoyed together along the way, as well as the great performances each night by IB.
Touchstone would also like to thank everyone who came along to support the tour out in the crowd. They would also like to thank especially their road crew, Ralph, Dave, Glen and Elliot, for being absolute stars, and IB Stage Manager Paddy Darlington for his superb support. - Click Here to see a tour picture comp all pictures by Elliot Haughin
"They started out as two bands - and finished up as friends."
GEOFF BARTON INTERVIEW - CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE NOVEMBER 2008
Touchstone are delighted to announce that in the November 2008 issue of Classic Rock magazine there will be an "Introducing" feature about the band, written by none other than the inestimable Mr Geoff Barton - known worldwide for his incisive reviews and encyclopaedic knowledge of all things rock.
The Classic Rock magazine is a globally-recognised publication with a circulation of some 70,000 per month.
The band met Geoff for this interview at Classic Rock HQ in London after a photoshoot on 24th July 2008. For more information - please see an excerpt from Rob's diary attached. Click Here
The band would like to thank Geoff and Classic Rock magazine for their support, and encourage everyone to buy a copy to see the article." Click here for a preview
NEW TOUCHSTONE FORUM LAUNCHED!
Touchstone have just launched a brand new band forum, courtesy of Hippy Dave, forum-designer extraordinaire.
The forum covers news, announcements, discussions about the band's music, gig talk, questions for the band, an area to discuss music gear,as well as areas to discuss other bands and indeed anything else you fancy!
Hippy Dave and the band are always open to ideas, so comments are welcomed via the forum on how it can be improved.
Please join up and be part of Touchstone's discordantly dreamy world!
STUNNING 8/8 REVIEW of Discordant Dreams in POWERPLAY Magazine. Click Here
Touchstone track on cover CD and feature in August Classic Rock Magazine.
The August edition of Classic Rock is due out in the shops from 23rd July and will feature the track 'Shadow' on the cover CD, as well as a write-up with photo.
Following our recent fantastic album review in the magazine, this is yet more great exposure for the band. Click Here
HMV - Oxford Street, London - Touchstone CD section next to Toto. Click Here
RoSfest announces Touchstone for 2009
Touchstone are delighted to announce that we have been invited to play at the most splendid RoSfest on Sunday morning 3rd May 2009. www.rosfest.com
Coming on top of the excellent review of our album by Geoff Barton in the recently published Classic Rock magazine, this really is the icing on the cake. This is yet another first for the band, and we are all very excited to get our music listened to Stateside! We are planning to release our next album in Spring 2009, so the timing could not be better. We will be playing a great mix of old and brand new material, and we also have a surprise up our sleeve for the gig which we will announce closer to the time.
The band would like to thank George Roldan very much for his support, and look forward to making more friends in the US."
RoSfest is looking forward to this performance by this up and coming brilliant band.
Discordant Dreams onsale in HMV - album in HMV stores around London also see the online store here
Discordant Dreams onsale at TESCO online - see the online store here
Touchstone's label sign new major UK distribution deal
TOUCHSTONE are proud to announce a new major UK distribution agreement between the band's own independent label, Heavy Right Foot Records, and Proper Music – see http://www.properdistribution.com
Proper Music is the the largest independent distributor in the UK - providing top quality distribution services to over 400 labels from around the world supplying UK retailers and export accounts. They were nominated in Feb 2008 for "Best Distributor" in the 2008 Music Week Awards – amongst the likes of EMI and Universal Records – see http://www.musicweekawards.com
This agreement will open up distribution across the whole of the UK including such stores as HMV and Virgin.
Rob said: "I have been in discussions with Mik Gaffney, the Rock Label Manager, since Mad Hatters was released. Proper thought it was a great EP, but – from a business perspective - the opportunity to agree terms was always going to have to wait until our first album was out. Thankfully, Mik and all at Proper loved Discordant Dreams - and indeed felt it was a 'step up'. I'm pleased we have reached agreement, and would like to thank Mik and all at Proper Music for their continued interest, patience and support. We all look forward to working with Mik and the crew to spread the Touchstone gospel around the UK retailers, UK exporters and, of course, the UK rock press. This is a great springboard to broaden the band's distribution of Discordant Dreams, as well as a solid foundation upon which to release our up and coming studio album which will be out, all being well, around late Spring 2009. Work is coming along on that thick and fast, with all band members contributing in a major way to what we hope will be our best work yet.
Thanks must also go to someone we regard as part of the Touchstone family now - Ralph Rea of Lycan Media for his continued professional advice and support, during this process.
Thanks also to Susan Clark for the initial introduction to Proper, which came about as a result of her passion and enthusiasm for our music."
UK TOUR ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!
TOUCHSTONE are pleased, proud and delighted to announce that they will be supporting the mighty IT BITES for the whole of their 2008 UK tour!
TOUCHSTONE is in the process of writing their next album with recording due in February next year. These gigs will be the first opportunity to hear the band showcasing brand new Touchstone material - as well as, of course, material from their Discordant Dreams album and the Mad Hatters EP
Book your tickets now! Dates and venues are listed on the LIVE page
Touchstone meet Asia & Chris Squire
Paul and Adam were invited to the recent Asia concert at Shepherds Bush Empire and later at the after show party where they met with all the members of Asia and Chris Squire of Yes. A great night was had by all . Big thanks to John Wetton, Martin Darvill and of course John Mitchell. Great night...!!!
USA AWARD, Touchstone are delighted to announce that they have won the prestigious title of Best New Progressive Rock Indie Artist in the Progressive Hall of Fame 2008 Awards! Please see www.progressiverockhalloffame.com
There is a lot of superb competition out there for this award, so Rob, Adam, Moo, Al and Elkie are very grateful indeed and would again like to thank their fans in the USA for all their wonderful support.
TOUCHSTONE BASSIST ENDORSED BY WARWICK!
The band are delighted to announce that Paul Moorghen has been endorsed by Warwick - the famous manufacturer of Warwick bass guitars.
On 30th January 2008 Paul was invited to the HQ of Warwick in Markneukirchen in the east of Germany and was given a tour of the state of the art Warwick/Framus factory and treated to a tour of the historic Framus museum. Click Here for Paul's page @ Warwick.
Paul said: "I would just like re-iterate how proud I am to be associated with Warwick - if you listen to our album or see us live, you will hear at first hand 'the sound of wood'! Thanks again for your support of Touchstone as without you, none of these great things would be happening."
CRS' Best Guitarist 2007 to guest with CRS' Best New Band 2007!!
We are delighted to annnounce that John Mitchell (It Bites, Kino, Arena) will be guesting with Touchstone on Saturday 2nd February at the Peel, Kingston-Upon-Thames - not to be missed! The Peel Link
BEST NEW BAND OF THE YEAR 2007!
On the 12th January 2008 at the Classic Rock Society 'Best Of The Year' Awards in Wath Upon Dearne, nr Rotherham - Touchstone won 'Best New Band' in 2007 Award! The band accepted the award from John Wetton (Asia).
Discordant Dreams was also nominated for Best Album, 2nd from top.
Paul (Moo) Moorghen was nominated as Best Bass Player, 2nd from top
Adam was in the top 10 for Best Guitarist
Kim was in the top 10 for Best Female Vocalist
Discordant Dreams and the Mad Hatters Song were both in the top 10 for Best Track
The band would like to thank the CRS members that voted, as well as all the wonderful Touchstone fans for all their support. Click Here To See Picture.
Free Desktop wallpaper with artwork featured in Discordant Dreams,
Main Cover design, click here to open image and then copy to your desktop
Blacktide design, click here to open image and then copy to your desktop
Being Hannah design, click here to open image and then copy to your desktop
Discordant Texture, click here to open image and then copy to your desktop
Band Image, click here to open image and then copy to your desktop
BRAND NEW SET UNLEASHED FOR 2008!
On Thursday 10th January, Touchstone played to a well-attended Horn in St Albans, and this was the first outing of a brand new set - as well as Rob's brand new Virus keyboard.
The set was well-received and the band also enjoyed watching their mates The Scratch and The Harringtons perform, also.
ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2007!
Discordant Dreams wins album of the year 2007 at Sonicbond. Thanks to all who voted for us
Touchstone Discordant Dreams reaches number 1 best seller for 3 weeks @ Sonic Bond - November 2007. Check it out here.
After some delays due to busy schedules all round - we are proud to at last announce our new improved web-site in readiness for 2008! Please write to us and tell us what you think – and how you would like us to improve it going forward! A lot of hard work has gone into the site, so we just want to say a massive thank you to Adem for all his hard work!
ALBUM BEST SELLER!
Discordant Dreams has been Sonicbond's best seller for many weeks – see http://www.sonicbond.com – and if you don't have the album – please buy it and keep Touchstone at the top of that list!
SOLD OUT HERTS GIG!
After some months enforced sabbatical due to band house moves, Touchstone were delighted to play to a sold out audience at The Horn, St Albans on the 23 November 2007, with some fans travelling from far as wide as Birmingham, Nottingham and even Turin! The Horn have asked the band to come back in January and play again after such great feedback!
At the next gigs on 10th January in St Albans and 19th January in Southend, there will be very much a party atmosphere as both dates are around Rob and Adam's birthdays!
The band have been in rehearsals on a brand new set with some twists – come along and see what we mean! Adam commented: "This new set even blew me away – I cannot wait to get out there and blow people's socks off!"
In the recently released December 2007 Classic Rock Society magazine the band is mentioned in six different articles –see especially the review of the album and the review of Touchstone's headliner at Montgomery Hall, which you an see in the Press page.
The album has now been played on the famous Polish station MLWZ, and reviewed by well know Metal Hammer reviewer extraordinaire, Artur Chachlowski. A translation of the review will be added soon to this website! (And we have no idea what he said yet!) See http://www.mlwz.ceti.pl.
BAND HAS A SERIOUS VIRUS …
After upping sticks and moving house and studio to Milton Keynes, Rob has added a new exciting addition to his live keyboard rig – an addition which even surprised him! He commented: "I was looking for a one keyboard live solution, and having tried this out with a well known workstation - reverted back to the trusty Kurzweil PC2 and Korg Triton Studio combo as we were just not getting the 'oomph' that the band needed, sound-wise. I was also after an 'unslaved' keyboard to satisfy some of the lead solos, and having tried several out, literally stumbled across the Access Virus TI by accident. It was not on my shortlist, but there it was blinking away in the store and I thought I'd give it some stick – and it blew me away! So I've now ended up with a three-keyboard live solution! Which means more stage space (sorry fellow band-mates). Not quite the idea, but – what the hey!"
In response, and not wishing to be outgunned on the gear front by his partner-in-melodic-crime, Adam had the impulsive urge to go out and buy himself yet another superb Music Man guitar to keep up. In a revealing conversation Adam said: 'Don't tell the wife – she'll kill me…'. Rumours that he has gone missing recently and that the remains of his guitar case were washed up on a beach in Seaton Carew are wildly exaggerated…rumours that he suffers selective amnesia are however entirely correct.
CYMBAL OF OUR TIMES
In a totally unrelated gear lust incident – wonder-boy and power-drummer Al has replaced a cymbal in his gear with a shiny new Zildjian. Al commented: 'I love it – it's splashing'.
Elkie is due to have a photoshoot very soon, so we are looking forward to seeing the results and placing some examples on the website for all you Elkie fans
In a recent development Moo (bassist, Paul Moorghen) said (and we quote) : " Moo…" – this is to be investigated further…
Has not happened yet - however, plans are afoot to tour in 2008, video to be filmed, live album to be made and as soon as we have more, we'll let you know…watch this space…