October 28, 2020

Author: Laurence Todd

An ex-teacher and a long-time music obsessive who has a wide and varied taste in music, with favourite acts including Genesis (with Gabriel), Rush, Riverside, Mute Gods, Camel, CSNY and The Beatles, to name a few. His work has appeared in Record Collector, Shindig and Ramzine, For his sins he's also a Spurs fan.

SOLSTICE – Sia (GEP)

Solstice celebrate their fortieth anniversary in 2020 and, to commemorate the occasion, are releasing only their sixth studio album, though there have been a couple of ‘live’ albums as well to boost the numbers. They’re also marking the occasion by introducing a new vocalist, Jess Holland, who has really made her presence felt on the..

MARY COUGHLAN – Life Stories (Hail Mary Records)

Alongside a certain other Mary .. O’Brien, aka Dusty Springfield !! .. Mary Coughlan is probably the most famous female Irish singer to have emerged in recent times, and she’s considered to be ‘Irish vocal royalty,’ which is some achievement considering she only began her singing career in 1994, at the age of 28! Coughlan’s..

STEVE HOWE – Love Is (BMG)

From being at the very epicentre of the Summer of Love with psych legends Tomorrow, up to giving fans some of the most epic moments in the prog genre, guitar legend Steve Howe has most definitely been there, seen it and done it .. more than once .. and his contribution and influence has been..

GOLDRAY – FEEL THE CHANGE (Akashik Records)

If there’s one thing Goldray, Kenwyn House (ex-Reef) and Leah Rasmussen, cannot be accused of, it’s rushing. In existence now for around a decade, Feel the Change is only their second studio album, following on from 2017’s debut album, Rising, though part of the reason for this is Kenwyn being committed to completing projects undertaken..

MS AMY BIRKS – ALL THAT SHE IS…

I went through a divorce quite a few years ago, which was an emotionally turbulent time, and all of the emotion has fed into this new album. For Amy Birks, music has been all about a journey. In fact, it’s been a physical, creative and emotional one which has taken her from her home town..