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There are multiple bands named Touchstone:
1. A modern Progressive Rock band from England.

2. One of the forerunners of the traditional Irish music craze in the USA, formed in Chapel Hill, NC in 1979.

[1] Touchstone, based in Hertfordshire are a UK band whose music is a crossover of melodic and progressive rock.

Their first industry-standard four-track EP, Mad Hatters,was released in July 2006 and has received much critical acclaim from the music press. Tracks include - Misguided Fool, One Shot, Hear Me and The Mad Hatters’ Song. Further releases include the recent full-length album Discordant Dreams, recorded in July 2007 at Outhouse Studios, Reading with John Mitchell of It Bites fame. Mastered by Tim Turan, the album is a stunning melée of texture and feel, ranging from the quite agressive side of heavy rock to the delicate frames of arty and progressive music.

[2] Called “the most compelling sound in Irish music”, Touchstone combined the subtle mysticism & driving energy of traditional Irish songs and tunes with the earthy exuberance of old-timey American country music and the relentless thrust of rock and roll. Together they played the music they loved- from Ireland, from the mountains of Carolina, from Brittany, from Maritime Canada, from their hearts & souls. The band stayed together for 5 years recording 2 award winning albums on Green Linnet, “The New Land” and “Jealousy.” Band members included Zan McLeod, Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, Claudine Langille, and Mark Roberts.


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  • Behnamnw

    sounds good

    20 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Khosani

    The City Sleeps is a damn good listen

    5 Nov 2012 Reply
  • TrebuchetUK

    Caned it at the Cambridge Rock Festival:

    27 Aug 2012 Reply
  • SmokinWickerman

    Heard of them for 4 years now but finally tried them out and got into them :)

    16 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Sanguine_Sky

    Nice new album :-)

    8 Nov 2011 Reply
  • B_Hammock

    New album is amazing, possible aoty for me.

    25 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Blue_Fatty

    Great band, can't get enough ;)

    22 Sep 2011 Reply
  • samlewis45

    New album 'The City Sleeps' to be released on Oct 10th 2011 :)

    3 Jun 2011 Reply
  • griinrifu

    Some of their songs sound like metal covers of pop songs!

    15 Jul 2010 Reply
  • crownanchor

    Do I luv this prog band :)

    21 Jun 2010 Reply
  • adg211288

    @HippyDave, I have noticed this also, on many artists. I've had to turn off my auto-corrections just to have my library organised. So I second that people need to start voting for correct changes. How were all these errors allowed to get on the system anyway?

    14 May 2010 Reply
  • HippyDave

    I've noticed that some muppet somewhere has set "Joker In The Pack" to scrobble incorrectly as 'Joker In The Park'! This is especially annoying for the band, as they've been offering the track as a free download for a limited period following its appearance on the latest 'Classic Rock presents Prog' magazine cover disc! If you're scrobbling this track, please can you click on the little green star that shows up next to the incorrect title on your list of scrobbled tracks and click on the 'Flag this' message that appears on the screen that comes up. If enough Touchstone fans do this, then Last FM will remove the incorrect auto-correction.

    13 May 2010 Reply
  • adg211288

    I agree with GrantRS, very debatable. If you have to tag them with something then heavy prog springs to mind, though prog archives says crossover prog, whatever that means...maybe someone will drop by my profile and enlighten me.

    27 Feb 2010 Reply
  • BenOnUserstyles

    Awesome vox

    24 Feb 2010 Reply
  • GrantRS

    That's kind of debatable. Some tracks don't have a trace of metal, but others (Wintercoast, Zinomorph, The Witness) have (IMO) quite a bit. Easiest just to say

    18 Dec 2009 Reply
  • B_Hammock

    That's cause they aren't metal...

    29 Nov 2009 Reply
  • clairvoyantu

    Nice, a female fronted metalband that doesn't try to sound like nightwish.

    8 Oct 2009 Reply
  • B_Hammock

    This band is the definition of underrated, excellent music.

    12 Sep 2009 Reply
  • GrantRS

    Largely thanks to Classic Rock magazine and their accompanying website I managed to accumulate three free tracks from this band (two of which are now free here). Gradually I realised that I kept coming back to those tracks again and again so I've finally given in and ordered Wintercoast through their website.

    25 Aug 2009 Reply
  • jenkins1711

    Great band - They've really taken a step forwards with "Wintercoast" which actually got a great review in Classic Rock magazine last month from none other than Geoff Barton!!! While they are generally tagged as "prog" these guys (and girl) have a hard rock sound on quite a few tracks and with the strong female vocal some tracks even remind me of some european symphonic/goth metal acts. Hope they get on the road in the UK soon and get to play a few rock clubs as well as the folksy/prog scene. Check out the website at which has a much better biography than that listed here.

    3 Aug 2009 Reply
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