I have fancied a funky red Nord for many years. They are renowned for their character, hand-made Swedish build quality, and weird, wonderful, individual high-end sounds. I almost got myself a Nord Lead a couple of years ago, but was concerned about having the time to programme in the sounds - and then came along the Nord Lead A1 - designed for people with busy lives who need to quickly programme, and get stunning results. After only twenty minutes of demoing it — I was hooked. Since owning it, I am in knob- twiddling paradise. I feel like that sixteen year old kid again when he got his first analogue synth. In summary, it’s fun and funky, but with some seriously epic sounds.

Rob Cottingham


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Rob started his musical career with a school band, later forming a rock band called ‘Cinema'.  In the early 90's, he gigged with an RnB band - but was always itching to write his own material. He formed 'Ghost' in ’95, gigging with covers. Rob later produced his own album. ’Behind The Orchard Tree’ was recorded at Linford Manor Studios, UK, and released in March 2002 - from which Touchstone was founded, with the name taken from one of Rob’s lyrics in the album, representing a dynamic combination of sensitivity, and hard-hitting rock.

Touchstone released one EP, four albums, a double live album and a live DVD, hitting the UK rock album charts at No34 in 2011 and No26 in 2013 with it’s last studio album, after which Rob formed Cairo, as well as recording two further solo albums - Captain Blue and Back Behind The Orchard Tree - a re-recorded up-dated version of his original 2002 album. Cairo won Classic Rock Society’s Best Newcomer Band in March 2017 after releasing their debut Say album in October 2016. The band is soon to release its second studio album - recorded in March 2022. Renowned reviewer Geoff Barton, from Classic Rock Magazine, described Rob as “Peterborough’s answer to Vangelis”.

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