Phil Beer, from Show of Hands, is one of the most popular ambassadors for UK 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.
As a solo artist, Phil released Rhythm Methodist in 2004, a double album of songs and instrumentals (re-released on the Talking Elephant label this year). He ran the Show of Hands Riverside studio until 2011 when he moved to a residential setting in order to concentrate on editing a series of solo and band albums for release later in 2014. The first of which being a double live album.
Phil’s repertoire centres on the best of folk music, referencing such luminaries as Richard Thompson, Nic Jones, Bert Jansch, Davy Graham, Steve Ashley, Ralph McTell, Reg Meuross and Johnny Coppin. But a Phil Beer solo gig is far more than a folk concert, as he recounts a raft of fantastic anecdotes, with a cheeky sense of fun.
There will be no support act, Phil will perform a full show of songs, instrumentals and stories from his varied and remarkable career.
Tickets – £12