CAIRO – BAND NAME ORIGINS

The band name, Cairo, was decided upon by Rob on the London Tube as he headed down to the Victoria Line from Euston station, one February morning in 2015, after Touchstone had initially announced a hiatus in early 2015. He spotted a poster for an exhibition of photographs by Francis Bedford (1815 – 1894), entitled “Cairo to Constantinople” which were …

Katrina – The Inspiration

“After the recent tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina – I dug out a song which I wrote back at the time in 2005 and which always had a special place in my heart, but never got into an album. Not because it didn’t deserve to go into an album, but because time passed. But having seen the ten year anniversary …

Introducing CAIRO

Touchstone founder, songwriter, singer and keys man, Rob Cottingham, reveals details of new band; debut album and album launch gigs. Milton Keynes-based Cottingham has announced his new UK rock band, CAIRO, who will be releasing their debut album, “Say” on 3rd October 2016. The album is available for pre-order through www.cairorocks.com, where you can hear an album demo. The album …

Dancing The Gossamer Thread – The Inspiration

I have never been so close to seeing the line between life and death, until May – June 2015. I had never realised how fine, and indeed, delicate that line was. This song is dedicated to Chris Mantle, and indeed – the working title of this song was ‘Mantle Piece’ which I know Chris would have found amusing. Chris was …

Nick Yarris

It was 23rd April 2016 and I was travelling home on a long journey southbound on the M1, when I tuned in to The Eddie Mair Interview. I have always admired Eddie for being an interviewer who gets to the heart and soul of his interviewees and is relentless in his pursuit of the facts. On that day, Eddie was …