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Sunday 26th May 2013 @7:30pm
The SquareTower, Broad Street, Old Portsmouth, Hants, PO1 2JE.
Tickets £14 each.
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Phil Beer to appear at the Square Tower
Of course, most discerning music lovers will know Phil as one half (or should that be one third these days?!) of the critically acclaimed and multi award winning roots duo Show Of Hands (who incidentally have packed out the Royal Albert Hall no less than 4 times), but shouldn’t be surprised to know that Phil has also managed to carve out a very successful career as a solo artist in his own right, releasing a number of high quality albums alongside his solo live shows.
Beer first began to play fiddle, guitar, and mandolin whilst still at school in Teignmouth,Devon. This passion for acoustic music was especially stirred by the Davey Graham album “Folk Blues and Beyond”. He played his first gig when he was fourteen in a band called Retrospect with Richard Entwistle, John Allman and Martin Pike and other musicians, and by the time he was sixteen he was performing regularly.
Beer worked with Paul Downes as a duo from 1974 and also in the Arizona Smoke Revue 1980. He was a key member of Johnny Coppin’s band (ex-Decameron), and together they collaborated with Nigel Mazlyn Jones on his 1979 Sentinel album.
He toured with Mike Oldfield in 1979 and also recorded some tracks at Oldfield’s Througham studio. Beer joined The Albion Band in 1984 and stayed with them until 1991, touring extensively at home and abroad, and recording many albums.
Show of Hands became a full-time partnership from 1991. Beer continues to do session work, most notably on The Rolling Stones’ Steel Wheels album, Steve Harley’s Poetic Justice and countless other mainstream and less high profile projects.
He operates the Show of Hands’ recording studio,Riverside, inExeterand records and produces several albums each year. Recent projects include two albums for folk fiddle player Jackie Oates, two albums for former Spinners singer Mick Groves, An album for folk musician Jez Lowe, An album for singer-songwriter Tom Palmer and an album for northDevonsinger Jenna.
“Phil Beer is a towering presence on the British folk, roots and acoustic scene. His solo gigs are far more than just a folk concert”.
“Phil Beer seems able to play anything with strings, and the back drop of instruments lining the stage barely leaves room for him…a highly accomplished musician, a very funny man, and a night to remember”. (Froots Magazine)