*Rearranged from 24/04/14* THURSDAY 25th SEPTEMBERPHIL BEER Tickets £10adv/£12 *Advance Booking Recommended!* Seated Tickets: SOLD OUT! 30 standing tickets remaining as of 23/08/14
Phil is one of the most popular ambassadors for acoustic roots music. A dazzling instrumentalist, he is perhaps best known as a top flight fiddler and plays in the all-star line-up, Feast of Fiddles. But his skills don't stop there, he also plays slide, Spanish and tenor guitar, mandocello, viola, mandolin and South American cuatro, not to mention contributing rich vocals.
Born in Exminster, Devon, he started to play fiddle, guitar and mandolin while still at school in Teignmouth and habitually credits Davey Graham's Folk, Blues & Beyond as his inspiration for acoustic music.
He played his first gig at 14 and started working as a duo with Paul Downes in 1974 (their Live at Nettlebed CD has recently been released). He was then in the Arizona Smoke Revue and a key member of Johnny Coppin's band. His impressive track record also includes touring with Mike Oldfield and being a member of the feted Albion Band from 1984-1991. Show of Hands became a full-time partnership in the early 90s, a band that has gone on to sell out the Royal Albert Hall three times and who were voted Best Live Act, by the public, at the 2004 Folk Awards.
Phil, who also has his own Phil Beer Band, famously guested on the Rolling Stones Steel Wheels album and Steve Harley's Poetic Justice.
As a composer, Phil has written many numbers including the stunning instrumental The Falmouth Packet for SoH's album Witness.
As a solo artist he released Rhythm Methodist in 2004, a double album of songs and instrumentals (re-released on the Talking Elephant label this year) while his enviable versatility is shown in the imminent Hard Works compilation of two earlier albums and a long-awaited five disc boxed set of archive, new and live music and video.
Phil is also in demand as a producer, co-producing (with Steve Knightley) Jez Lowe's Jack Commons Anthem among others. This year Phil formed his own label, Chudleigh Roots, producing Jackie Oates' highly acclaimed second album, The Violet Hour and an album by Singer Songwriter Tom Palmer, and most recently Isambardes 'Telling Tales.
In the meantime, Show of Hands go from strength to strength with the critically acclaimed release, Arrogance, Ignorance and Greed and two great tours to finish off 2010.
THURSDAY 23rd OCTOBER 2014 - EDDY MORTON Tickets £8
As the founder member of The New Bushbury Mountain Daredevils and later the Bushburys Eddy Morton toured the UK and Europe constantly for eleven years releasing 8 albums During which time the band appeared at every major Folk/Roots Festival in the UK and Europe including Cambridge, Cropredy, Skagen, Guildford, Dranouter, The Badentreffen (Nuremburg) and many more. The Bushburys last two albums "Trying to Catch the Sun" and "Timeless" were released throughout Europe on the Plaene Records label . "The Vision" taken from "Trying to Catch the Sun " also appeared on the Warner Brothers compilation "Highlands and Islands 2" alongside artists such as The Chieftains, Luka Bloom, and Van Morrison. “Union Jack” from “Trying To Catch the Sun” appeared on the recent “Folk the Banks” album.
As a solo artists eddy Morton has released 3 albums " The Singing Tree" and "Stourbridge Town" both distributed via Proper throughout the UK. New album “What It Is to be Human” was released in 2013 and is available on iTunes .
As a solo performer, Eddy Morton has worked all over the UK, Ireland and the USA supporting many top acts including, The Saw Doctors, Manfred Mann, Ralph Mctell and Lindisfarne. In 1992 he joined Factory Records band, the Adventure Babies working with Steve Lillywhite of U2 fame.
Based in Stourbridge, Eddy Morton has for the past fourteen years run live music venue Katie Fitzgeralds , New Mountain Music and more recently KMS events organising countless concerts, including the Stourbridge Folk Festival.
THURSDAY 23rd OCTOBER 2014 - DAN OWENTickets £8/10 *Advance Booking Recommended!* 38 seated and 30 standing tickets remaining as of 04/09/14
Dan was born on the 11th of May 1992 in the market town of Shrewsbury, Shropshire.
Dan did not particularly enjoy school and took to the guitar at the age of 9. Through music, Dan found that he could express himself, and his affinity with the guitar started when introduced to the Blues by his teacher, Richard Pharo. Dan’s guitar skill and understanding of the Blues continued to develop through his school years, playing in various bands and as part of a duo supporting his older sister Claire on open mic nights around the county.
When Dan left school he undertook a joinery apprenticeship with the ambition of becoming a professional guitar maker. Unfortunately, this was cut short following a tragic accident in the workshop involving his eye. Although no cosmetic signs remain, he suffered severe damage to the retina resulting in continued deterioration of his sight. Dan now looks back at this as a pivotal moment. It was to alter the course of his life permanently.
After seeking solace in the Blues to deal with the aftermath of his accident, Dan decided he would pick himself up and embark upon a full-time music career. To the astonishment of himself and others, a voice emerged which has resulted in the label 'Blues Boy Dan'.
Word in the local Blues community began to spread, and throughout 2011 Dan found himself gigging twice a week, leading to a video posting on Youtube of his performance of the “Ballad of Hollis Brown”. The video attracted the attention of Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac who tracked Dan down and has since become Dan’s mentor.