Phil Beer has been busily engaged in finishing a large number of recordings to make up a definitive box Set of songs and music, encapsulating everything he is doing or has done, in the last 40 years. There will be archive material as well as copious new recordings all in one package and he has aptly named it: ‘Phil Beers’s So much to choose from 2020 Tour’
His solo shows for 2020, which will be the last time he undertakes such a large number of performances, will reflect this body of work. In addition, there will be a solo album entirely featuring instruments built by the late David Oddy. There will be very old songs, very new songs and with so much to choose from after all this time, you won’t want to miss any of his live solo performances.
But if that wasn’t enough for his loyal fan base, The Phil Beer Band performs a unique blend of folk and roll trawled from Phil’s treasure trove of traditional tunes and American country rock.
The highly popular line up comprises Gareth Turner, Steve Crickett, Greg McDonald, Olivia Dunn and of course, Phil Beer and promises to deliver a lively cocktail of folk,rock, country and blues.
The Phil Beer Band evolved organically in the early to mid 90’s at Maisemore in Gloucestershire. It was a loose federation consisting of Phil Beer, Nick Quarmby and Steve Crickett (all of whom lived close to each other) and melodeon player Gareth Turner from Northamptonshire.
There was a need in the community for a band to play local events and ceilidhs and, following in the tradition set by the Albion Band (of which both Gareth and Phil were former members) the band always interspersed the dances with the odd song. Basically, over a long period of time, it has evolved into a ‘Folk n Roll’ band with country rock overtones.
And a ruddy good excuse for Phil to return to the electric guitar and to have a good time with his mates!!
…. and who can blame him !!
Tour dates as follows:
Phil Beer So Much to Choose From 2020 Tour
Winterslow Village Hall, Salisbury
Ashburton Arts, Newton Abbot
Cossham Hall, Thornbury
Bridport Arts Centre, Dorset
Shelley Theatre, Bournemouth
ACE Space, Newbury
Wychwood Folk Club, Chipping Norton
Mansfield Folk Club, Nottinghamshire
Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks
Swanton Novers Village Hall, Norfolk
Whitstable Playhouse Theatre, Kent
Nettlebed Village Club, Nettlebed nr Henley
Nettleham Village Hall, Lincoln
Ram Club, Old Cranleighan Club, Thames Ditton
Plough Arts Centre,
The Tolmen Centre,
Banbury Folk Club,
St Peters Church,
The Pound Arts Centre,
The David Hall
Phil Beer Big Band Tour Dates 2020
Sat 22 Feb 20
The Factory, Barnstaple
Sat 29 Feb 20
Exmouth Pavilion, Devon
Sun 1 Mar 20
Octagon Theatre, Yeovil
Fri 27 Mar 20
Sat 28 Mar 20
Roade Village Hall, Northants
Fri 17 Apr 20
Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
Sat 18 Apr 20
Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury
Sun 19 Apr 20
Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre
I’m exhausted just typing out that list !!