Phil played in folk clubs in the North of England in the late 60s and early 70s. Then he emigrated – twice; first to Ireland, then to New Zealand. Though he laid down his guitar for more than twenty years he was overseas, Phil never lost his love of English Traditional folk music, and he credits Roger Giles and the folk at The Bunker Folk Club in Auckland, and Nancy Kerr and James Fagan with inspiring him to perform again.
He returned to the UK permanently in 2008, became a full-time musician, and has once again been making a sizeable impression at folk clubs and festivals mainly in the North. Phil is an accomplished singer/ guitarist and songwriter who performs his own arrangements of songs largely from the English tradition, but in concert you can expect stuff from the other traditions that have influenced him, and some of his own material.
Our Club's contribution to Titirangi Festival of Music - a collection of songs written from around New Zealand, in the classic folk-tradition.
Featured artists:- in no particular order
Come and enjoy a journey through NZ's unique folk-music heritage. Songs from the historic through to contemporary.
In the folk tradition too will be the opportunity for the audience to participate throughout the evening.
No Guest Performer tonight, so bring along your favourite Sea Songs to perform, whether they be rollicking shanties, tales of lusty maritime adventures or soulful ballads about one's true love sailing away across the rolling sea. If you don't perform there will be lots of opportunities to sing along.
Whether you come to perform, to sing along or just to listen, a great evening's entertainment is guaranteed.
An informal ‘Singaround’ - ‘Open Mic’ without a Mic - A smaller group of people meet to share their songs and music.