Welcome to Torch Music

Torch Music is the website for Liam Ryan - New Zealand based keyboardist/producer, writer and arts educator.


Liam Ryan was born and raised in Christchurch, New Zealand. He made his name as keyboardist and songwriter with Kiwi band The Narcs in the 1980s (You Took Me Heart and Soul, Diamonds On China). He has featured as a session player on many New Zealand recordings and has toured as a sideman with international artists including Charlie Musselwhite, Long John Baldry and Robben Ford.
He has two solo albums – Mississippi To Mauao ( 2007) and Pacific Riviera (2010) released on his IMNZ label, Torch Music. In 2016 Ryan released an EP The Ryan Dickson Line, with fellow Narcs co-writer Andy Dickson. He currently plays with The Narcs, The Sou’Westers, The Blue Riders and with Doors tribute outfit The Lizard Kings NZ.
Since 2002 Liam has been involved with National Jazz Festival Tauranga as former Director, Artistic Director and now as Director of the National Youth Jazz Competition. In August 2017 he was awarded Life Membership of the Tauranga Jazz Society.
He has been a columnist and reviewer for Fairfax Media and continues to research and write articles about music. His Masters Degree researched The Rise of Rhythm and Blues in Christchurch 1960 -1970.




  • Jan 9 - Auckland,  Pt. Chev RSA  (with The Narcs)
  • Jan 10  - Taupo , 2 Mile Bay  (with The Narcs)
  • Jan 11 - Napier,  The Cabana  (with The Narcs)
  • Jan 12 - Waihi Beach Hotel  (with The Narcs)
  • Jan 13 - Mount Maunganu, i Totara Street  (with The Narcs)
  • Jan 20 - Omokoroa Boat Club ( with The Blue Riders)
  • Jan 30 - Mount Maunganui  Mount Social Club TJS Jazz Jam
  • Feb 15 - Auckland, Blockhouse Bay ( with The Midge Marsden Band)
  • Feb 22 - Tauranga The Jam Factory ( with Sarah Spicer and The Bluue Riders)
  • Feb 27 - Mount Maunganui, Mount Social Club TJS Jazz Jam
  • March 2 - Christchurch, Selwyn Sounds Festival ( with The Midge Marsden Band)
  • March 9 - Nelson, Marchfest  Festival ( with The Narcs)
  • March 27 - Mount Maunganui, Mount Social Club TJS Jazz Jam
  • April 20 - Tauranga National Jazz Festival, The Strand ( with The Blue Riders)
  • April 24 - Mount Maunganui, Mount Social Club TJS Jazz Jam
  • April 21 - Tauranga National Jazz Festival The Armitage ( with Carol Storey)
  • May 12 - Tauranga Entertainers Club ( with The Torch Songs Band)
  • May 19 - Whangamata Ocean Sports Club (with Sarah Spicer)


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