Many thanks to Otley Folk Festival for hosting us last weekend. Here’s a video of Phil’s new song Shiloh. Hope to see you all again soon.
Thanks to Ian Taylor for this 4* review of Skywriting in R2 Magazine.
Phil’s new album of original songs, ‘Skywriting’, is released on August 16th. Produced by Boo Hewerdine and Chris Pepper at Saltwell Studio, Cambridgeshire, it features Phil and Boo on acoustic guitars and vocals, together with the occasional whiff of vibes, harmonium and dulcitone.
BRIGHT AUTUMN SKY
LEAVE TO LIVE (ETCHACHAN): co-written with Ken Cox
THE DIAMOND WHEEL
TIME’S DARK WING
FRANKLY MY DEAR
A RAINBOW SHAWL
SNOW ON THE MOUNTAIN
CAMERA IN THE SKY
THE POINT OF NO RETURN
RAIN DON’T FALL
Phil has recently recorded an album of original songs, ancient and modern,
with Boo Hewerdine and Chris Pepper at Saltwell Studio in Cambridgeshire.
Provisionally titled ‘Skywriting’, the album features Phil and Boo on
acoustic guitars and singing, together with the occasional whiff of vibes,
harmonium and dulcitone.
We hope you like it and will spend generously when we finally settle on an
Meanwhile The PLB will continue our leisurely tour of the East Midlands and
beyond with gigs in March 2019 at Café Roya, Beeston, and The Musician,
We’ve joined forces to bring you a song for Beeston Oxjam 2018. Phil noticed a distinct lack of sea-faring songs around Beeston, and so composed a poignant shanty to complement the recent appearance of a beach just behind The Square. ‘Way to Go’ was recorded by Steve in his secret man-cave with the help of Frank and Mark. It features Simon Thompson’s outstanding a cappella group, Oldish Spice, together with the PLB and special guest Andy Inns on bodhran.
You are warmly invited us with our good friends Carmina at the Maze on July 8th. Tickets £10.
Tickets re available online here.
Carmina began their career in Bristol in the 1990’s; since then they have toured all over the world and recorded five albums, two of which were produced by Irish music legend Donal Lunny. Their music is an intoxicating blend of Celtic-inspired themes and jazz improvisation, woven together in powerful original songs. The line-up for the Maze features the band’s founder members and songwriters Pippa Marland (vocals, saxes, whistles) and Rob King (acoustic guitar, bodhran) with long-time Carmina member Paul Bradley on vocals, acoustic and electric guitars. The trio will be playing material from their new album ‘Landmarks’ along with other songs from their extensive repertoire.
‘Glorious… gorgeously haunting’ – Time Out
We’re pleased to re-issue Phil’s 2005 CD ‘This Day’ as a free download. This 14 track album of original songs and settings features band favourites such as ‘County Cork to Downeast Maine’, ‘Dunmanus Bay’ and ‘Crossing Brooklyn Bridge’. It’s produced by Frank McCarthy and features Steve & Penny Benford, Chris Pitcher, Milli Galgut, Rick Dizon and Ali Dennis.
You can download all 14 tracks free from Soundcloud at this link.