Former Touchstone vocalist Kim Seviour announces new record deal

Kim Seviour

Kim Seviour, former vocalist with Touchstone, has signed a new deal with White Star Records, the label run by John Mitchell and Chris Hillman.

Seviour left Touchstone last year after revealing that her battle with ME made it impossible for her to commit to the band in the way that it deserved.

Says Seviour of the new deal: “It was a really difficult decision to leave Touchstone and I had no idea what I was going to do next. I’ve known John for a number of years and when he and Chris asked me if I wanted to record an album for their new label with John producing, there was no way I was going to turn that down.

“We really wanted to have a good time with this album, so we’re taking time to write it in a fun and relaxed way. We already have a couple of tracks written.”

Seviour has worked with Frost and Lonely Robot man Mitchell before, and he’s set to co-write and produce her new album at his Outhouse Recording Studio.

Adds Mitchell: “I think Kim has a great voice. She also has some really creative ideas about how the music should sound and we are already coming up with some really good material.”

Seviour will release a new track, “Fantasise To Realise,” next month. Mitchell and Hillman had already been working on the song and it will be launched as a single in March, but won’t feature on Seviour’s new album.

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Nightwish, Gryphon, Matt Stevens to guest on new Gandalf’s Fist LP

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Prog rockers Gandalf’s Fist have released further details of their new album.

The band have today announced that their new LP, the follow up to 2013’s critically lauded A Day in the Life of a Universal Wanderer, will feature collaborations with Nightwish’s Troy Donockley, Gryphon’s Dave Oberlé, It Bites’ John Mitchell and instrumental guitar virtuoso and member of The Fierce And The Dead, Matt Stevens.

Gandalf’s Fist chief composer, Dean Marsh commented on the news: “I’m over the moon to announce these collaborations – each and every musician involved has really gone the extra mile with their contributions to this record… it feels great to welcome such an esteemed ensemble to the ridiculous world of Gandalf’s Fist – I really can’t wait to show everyone what we’ve come up with!”

Drummer/singer from 70’s folk-prog heroes Gryphon, Dave Oberlé, who joins the ensemble on vocals and bodhrán, remarked: “I was delighted when Dean approached me to play a small part in the recording of this album. Having listened to previous Gandalf’s fist albums I had been very impressed with the standard of musicianship, composition and production. I tend to be rather selective these days about what projects I get involved in but this is most certainly a band to watch out for.”

As well as band mainstays Dean Marsh and Luke Severn, Gandalf’s Fist have recently expanded to include new members Chris Ewen and Stefan Hepe.

You can keep up with progress on the new album at Gandalf’s Fist’s new production blog here.

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