20170506: Saturday 6th May: Phil Beer Band


Support: The Hawthornes

At Comberton Sports and Arts, West Street, Comberton, Cambridgeshire CB23 7DU (map)

The Phil Beer Band: 
With Phil Beer (guitars, fiddles, mandolins and vocals), Emily Slade (guitar), Gareth Turner (melodeons), Greg McDonald (bass) and Steve Crickett (drums), The Phil Beer Band plays a unique blend of folk ‘n’ roll which The Guardian has described as “where Steve Earle and Richard Thompson collide”.

As well as touring with his band, Phil is one of the country's most popular ambassadors for acoustic roots music. A dazzling multi-instrumentalist, he is a top flight fiddler and one half of England’s top acoustic/roots duo Show of Hands, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. He is also in demand as a solo artist and producer. Talented singer/songwriter
/guitarist Emily Slade grew up in a home filled by folk greats, and made her first festival appearance in 2002. Gareth Turner has been a member of the Albion Band and melodeon player and tunesmith of Little Johnny England. Greg McDonald was frontman of the Bury St Edmunds-based band The Dawn Parade, and, with Gemma Gayner, supported Phil when he appeared at the Cambridge Folk Club in 2012. Steve Crickett has been in several bands with Phil over the years, including the now legendary Arizona Smoke Revue.

The Band's May Tour is dedicated to the memory of Nick Quarmby, who was a band member and great friend for many years.

"The Band offers a fast, frenetic, feel-good evening with a generous helping of humour and sees Phil picking up his electric guitar for a change" - North Devon Echo.

"Phil Beer can turn his hand to almost every stringed instrument known to man" - The Scotsman.


Formed in 2013, The Hawthornes - Louisa Gaylard (vocals and strumming), Jesse Benns (percussion and a little mandolin), Gordy Partridge (bass and vocals) and Greg Wilson-Copp (trumpet and vocals) - have supported Terry & Gerry, 3 Daft Monkeys and Gerry Colvin, as well as the Phil Beer Band. They've also played the top grass roots festivals, the New Forest Folk Festival, Lakefest and Y Not! Festival, released a critically acclaimed debut album ‘Stoneville Street’, and are launching their second album "Cut and Run" on April 28th.

"A very welcome intrusion to the British folk scene" - Mike Davies, Folk Radio UK.


Please note that The Hawthornes' support set will last for 25 minutes. There will then be an interval of 25 minutes, after which the Phil Beer Band will play for 120 minutes.

8:00pm (Doors open 7:30pm)

Entry: £19

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