Gig Of The Week: Touchstone
WHERE: York Duchess
WHEN: Thursday, March 30
One of the most exciting and acclaimed prog bands of this era, Touchstone go back out to play their first shows of 2012. There are three in all [see below for the others] and, says vocalist Kim Seviour, the band are looking forward to performing live again.
“It’s been a while since we played live, and we have to blow off the cobwebs somehow! So, this is our chance to go out and connect with the fans once more.”
The band – also featuring guitarist Adam Hodgson, keyboard player/backing vocalist Rob Cottingham, bassist Andre P. Moorgen and drummer Henry Rogers – will be concentrating on the songs from current album The City Sleeps, which was voted fifth best album of 2011 in the Prog Readers’ Poll.
“When we toured last year, the album was so new that a lot of fans hadn’t even heard it. So, yes, we will play a lot of material from this on these dates. But we will also have songs from our other two records as well, and may introduce one or two songs into the set that we haven’t done for a while.”
After York, the band will play The Kingston Peel the next night [with Haken supporting] and then Bristol Tunnels on Sunday, April 1 [supported by Shadow Of The Sun].
“We’ve also got festival appearances lined up for the summer [including The Cambridge Rock Festival on Sunday, August 5], and we’re also booking more shows for the end of the year.”
Touchstone are also working on a DVD, which they’re aiming to have out in the autumn.
“It will be mostly live, but is also going to include or two other features as well. Right now, we’re going back and forth editing and making sure everyone has a say in what finally appears. And there will be some humour in there as well. If I’m going to have the piss taken out of me, then I want to make sure I do it first!”
Support in York comes from Heather Findlay and Chris Johnson.
Find out more at www.touchstonemusic.co.uk