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.





  • November 27 - Mount Social Club (TJS jazz jam)
  • November 30 - Paeroa Refinery guest w The Remnants (Hello Sailor)
  • December 11 - Wanaka (The Narcs Unplugged)
  • December 12 – Invercargill (The Narcs Unplugged)
  • December 13 – Oamaru (The Narcs Unplugged)
  • December 12 – Lyttleton (The Narcs Unplugged)
  • December 17 – Waihi Beach Hotel Xmas Party (with Tim Armstrong)
  • December 18 –   Mount Social Club ( TJS Xmas Party/jam)


  • January 5 – Omokaroa Boat  Club (The Blue Riders)
  • January 9 - The Jam Factory Tauranga (The Narcs Unplugged)
  • January 10 - The Waihi Beach Hotel (The Narcs Unplugged)
  • January 11 - Two Mile Bay Taupo (The Narcs Unplugged)
  • January 12 - Nirvana Lounge Hamilton(The Narcs Unplugged)
  • January 29 - Mount Social Club (TJS jazz jam)
  • February 1 - Acid Daze Nelson (The Lizard Kings)
  • February 7 - Blockhouse Bay (The Midge Marsden band)
  • February 21 - Brisbane (The Narcs Unplugged)
  • February 26 - Mount Social Club ( TJS jazz jam)
  • March 14 - Auckland (The Narcs w Icehouse)
  • March 25 - Mount Social Club ( TJS jazz jam)
  • April 11 & 12 - Tauranga National Jazz Festival
  • May 23 - Christchurch (The Lizard Kings)


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