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Multi-instrumental folk ace Phil Beer heads to Newbury

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It's been a two-year wait for Phil Beer to bring his Songs of The Road show to ACE Space owing to the pandemic, writes Stephen Ottner.

Phil is best-known for his partnership with Steve Knightley as Show Of Hands, a duo that has been on the road since 1991 - in that time achieving 25 album releases; two honorary doctorates; three BBC Folk Awards; five Royal Albert Hall sell-outs; tours in 14 countries from the US to Australia. Phil’s time on the road stretches even further than that as a duo with Paul Downes, member of Johnny Coppin’s band and The Albion Band.

Phil is an extremely talented fiddler, guitar player and singer, but he is also a multi-instrumentalist, turning his hand to just about any stringed instrument. He is also a sought-after musical collaborator, session player, recording engineer and producer. As a session player he contributed to The Rolling Stones’ Steel Wheels album. Phil brings a warmth and an intimacy to his solo gigs, but is relentless in striving to perform to the highest possible standard regardless of audience size. A very talented but modest man who, when asked, describes what he does as “plays guitar and fiddle, sings a bit”.

Phil Beer 2022 Solo Tour
Phil Beer 2022 Solo Tour

The Song of The Road show will include traditional, contemporary, and original songs about travelling and stories of being on the road, both now and in older times.

Phil is also well-known for encouraging and nurturing young talent including Jackie Oates. For his ACE Space gig, Phil will be joined by his special guest Odette Michell, a singer-songwriter, guitarist and bouzouki player with a bold new take on the acoustic tradition and a voice capable of demonstrating the finer points of both folk and traditional song with genuine craftsmanship.

In January 2020 Odette won Female Artist Of The Year at the FATEA Awards. Following in the footsteps of previous winners Kitty Macfarlane and Cara Dillon.

Phil Beer with special guest Odette Michell will be at ACE Space on Saturday (March 12) at 8pm (doors open 7.30pm).

Tickets are £15 and available from www.WeGotTickets.com, emailing events@AceSpace.org.uk or calling 07891 176940.

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