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.  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.  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.