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2020 announcement

Hi folks after a terribly difficult 2019 when Bonnie sadly lost her husband, we are now back recording our new CD expected to be called ‘Dirty hands, clean money’ which we hope to have ready for launch at Eastbourne Lamas festival on Sunday 26th July and at the Hawth Theatre Crawley Friday 2nd October.

We have a number of ceilidhs this year – see gig list, and have now confirmed that we will be appearing at Uckfield Festival on 16th July early evening (Mark, Bonnie & Rowena).

We have a whole new selection of songs, some of which we have already played live. Please see the 2020 gigs page as dates are now confirmed at many of our usual venues in Sussex and we also hope to be down in the West Country in the summer at 1 or 2 festivals. Our flautist Kimberley Burden is taking a break from the band having given birth to her daughter Sophie in 2019 and we wish her well bringing her up.

2020 Gigs

After a long wait Touchstone will finally produce the next CD during 2020, we have some gigs and some more to confirm as follows:

  1. Friday 8th May – Ceilidh Wivelsfield Green – Great Ote Hall Barn contact no: will be advised
  2. Six Bells Chiddingly Saturday 9th May 12.00pm – Please note date change from Sunday 10th as previously advised
  3. Uckfield Festival – Civic Centre (Bonnie, Mark & Rowena) July - 16th late afternoon / early evening
  4. Eastbourne Lammas Festival – Sunday 26th July pm – time tbc (3.00pm?)
  5. Friday 2nd October – Official CD Launch @ Hawth Theatre (Studio) Crawley – book @ Hawth box office
  6. Saturday 10th October – Ceilidh Adastra Hall Hassocks – contact no: will be advised
  7. Sunday 11th October – Harbour Sessions – The Gather Inn – Hove 7.00pm

More when we have confirmed – Mark, Bonnie, Chris, Steve & Dave

2018 gig list

The band are currently recording our 5th studio album which will be ready for summer 2018.

Live dates so far are:

Sunday 27th May – Hawth Theatre Crawley – Acoustic day on stage c. 3.00pm

Acoustic Touchstone – 1530AM live on Mid Downs Radio Thursday 19th July 5.00pm – 7.00pm

Saturday 29th July – Eastbourne Lamas Festival (our gig postponed until 2019 when the new CD is ready for release)

2017 update

The band are currently recording their 5th studio album and due to unforeseen circumstances (illness) we have been unable to complete this in time for 2017 and have subsequently postponed the Eastbourne Lammas concert on 29th July as well as Hawth Theatre 1st September – both dates will be reinstated for 2018 where hope to present our new album full of new original songs, one or two old songs brought up-to-date and some lively tunes. Best wishes Mark, Bonnie, Chris, Dave & Kimberley.

6th November 2017 – update:

We are back on track now with recording and have some great new songs and tunes to present on our next CD which is scheduled for summer 2018 (or earlier if we can complete it). Distance apart is still a difficulty but we intend to do as many live dates as possible in 2018 and arrange for availability on ITunes etc.



Gigs 2017

So far for 2017 we can post the following confirmed gigs:

*Sunday 26th March – Folk in the Chapel – Westgate Chapel Lewes Afternoon acoustic concert

* Saturday 27th May – Cock Inn Wivelsfield Green beer/cider festival – time tba expect early evening

*Sunday 28th May – Hawth Theatre Crawley 3.10pm  – Acoustic Touchstone

*Saturday July 8th – Horsham Festival – morning performance (12.30pm).

* Thursday 13th July 6.00pm – 7.30pm – Uckfield Festival (Mark, Bonnie & Rowena) – email for details

* Saturday 22nd July 6.00pm – ‘On the green’ festival @ Wivelsfield Green – acoustic set Bonnie, Mark, Maxim

*Sunday 30th July – Full band Eastbourne Lammas Festival 3.00pm Postponed until 2018 – many apologies

*Friday 1st September – Hawth Theatre Crawley 8.00pm NEW CD launch concert and Folk event (replaces Crawley Folk Festival) Postponed until 2018 many apologies, date to be advised

* Folk Camp reunion - Toddington Village Hall – Ceilidh with Chris Jewell

Other dates and venues are still being discussed and will be posted when known.

Gigs 2016

Hawth Crawley Sunday 29th May  acoustic session 7.10pm

Crawley Folk Festival Saturday 25th June 3.30pm concert, 6.00pm 2 hour ceilidh

Eastbourne Lammas Saturday 30th July afternoon – on stage 3.00pm

Saturday 24th September – Barn Dance for Wivelsfield Bonfire society – tickets details from 07971 607923

Sussex Bellringers Barn Dance 29/10/16 – Rawson Hall Bolney – tickets from

Music festival the Clockhouse East Preston Sunday 30th October 2016 3.20 – 4.00pm Acoustic Touchstone

Band news 2016

Touchstone will be performing 3 main concerts in 2016, the most important will be our 25th consecutive performance at Crawley Folk Festival (Hawth Theatre) . This event has been the glue that has held the band together for so many years and Mark (guitar)  has been heavily involved with the resurrection of the festival which had declined until 2014 when the event returned to it’s former 1990′s glory! This year’s event is on Saturday 25 June –  Touchstone 15.30pm -16.30pm Band Stage, and then 18.00pm -20.00pm for a full Ceilidh.

A smaller acoustic gig at the Hawth Theatre Crawley Sun 29 May Band stage 19.10pm -19.50pm.

The original line up for Crawley in June will be Bonnie, Mark, Chris, Steve and Dave plus Kimberley Burden on flute who is replacing Rowena McArthur who is currently working with her family in the Middle-East.

The acoustic line-up for the May gig will be Bonnie, Mark, Kimberley and Maxim (fiddle who played with us at Eastbourne Lammas festival 2015).

The band will also be at Eastbourne Lammas Festival on Saturday 30th July afternoon time tba.

There are a number of Ceilidhs this year, most are private events but details and links to tickets can be obtained for some by contacting

Touchstone would love to play more but everyone is spread wide and far (Chris is now mainly in Germany) and we all have other musical projects but really enjoy getting back together each year – long may it be the case. Mark Orchin 6.2.16

Update 31.7.16

Please see gigs 2017 for more information.

Touchstone played a storming set of original material at yesterday’s Eastbourne Lammas festival and have been asked back for 2017.

A new CD has been started and will be available mid 2017, and will consist of completely new songs, one or two revisions and tunes – details will be regularly updated on this site.

Mark O.

Band news 2015

2015 sees our 24th year as performers at Crawley Folk Festival at the Hawth Theatre in Crawley with the full band. Our flautist Rowena is moving to work with her family to the UAE so will only appear with us occasionally for the next few years, but Bonnie’s daughter Kimberley has offered to fill the role in the meantime – well done.

We are writing new songs at the moment and planning a new recording which we hope will be available in 2016 to coincide with 25 years at CFF, the plan is to print a limited edition 100 copies and release the new album along with all back catalogue on iTunes around that time, plus upload much more onto YouTube.

Although we are still very much a band distances and commitments make it hard to get together so please enjoy what we have to offer this year and hope to see friends at some of the events this summer.

Best wishes,

Mark Orchin


GIGS 2015

Barn dance at Wivelsfield Green Village Hall – 7.00pm acoustic trio (tickets from contact details below)
Crawley Folk Festival Saturday 27th May afternoon 2.00pm – concert
Crawley Folk Festival Saturday 27th June evening 6.00pm – Ceilidh
Eastbourne Lammas Festival Saturday 25th July 3.00pm – acoustic line up

Please email for information about the gigs


There are a number of posts on YouTube, the best ones are part of Tim Kent’s ‘HAT MUSIC’ collection, but there are also a number posted by our good friend Prakash Prak from Eastbourne Lammas Festival and some from 2010/11 from Lewes Con Club gigs.

More recently under mark orchin there are a number of tracks that we have uploaded with some band archive photos (edited 27.4.15).