PROG magazine publish Cairo news item!

Prog Magazine today featured Cairo on their website with the following article by Stef Lach. Also included were the Cairo trailer, ‘SAY’ album artwork, track list and tour dates. Founding Touchstone man Rob Cottingham has launched a new project called Cairo. Keyboard player Cottingham is joined in Cairo by Rachel Hill on vocals, James Hards on guitars, Paul Stocker on … Read More


The band have left a deliberate error on their new website. Can you spot it? If so, please send your answer to the band only via the Contact page. The first correct answer received through the Contact page will receive a signed copy of their brand new album, Say, in October. If no-one spots it – the band will then … Read More


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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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, where you can hear an album demo. The album … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More