BIOGRAPHY

In the autumn of 2018, Phillip Henry will celebrate the release of his long awaited solo album True North with a national tour.

Commemorating ten years since his journey to Kolkata to study under the great slide guitarist Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya, True North charts a life spent travelling the globe, collecting tunes, stories, and instruments.
 

From music written whilst kangaroo spotting in Australia, to tunes learnt from a Canadian maestro on First Nations reservation land in Canada; songs of the road; and pieces written by musician friends from Kent to Kolkata; the album's diversity is matched only by the virtuosity of Henry's playing. One musician, one instrument, is the guiding principle; yet instruments range from mellow Weissenborn depths to spectacular Dobro flourishes, to the sounds of the rare Indian Chaturangui (a 22 string guitar from the sub-continent). Here is a fusion of global styles deeply infused with Henry's British folk roots, and brought together with a considered beauty all his own.
 

Phillip Henry is an in demand performer whose collaborations with fellow musicians such as Peter Knight (Steeleye Span), Steve Knightley (Show of Hands), and Hannah Martin (Edgelarks), have led to the evolution of a unique instrumental style that has wowed audiences around the world. Now he is preparing to take his solo show on the road with a very special series of concerts. As well as his collection of slide guitars, his show-stopping beatbox harmonica, a great favourite with audiences, is sure to make an appearance. Featuring old favourites, and material from True North, this will be an evening to inspire the mind and lighten the soul.
 

Phillip has long been established as an expert in his field, and as part of this tour package is offering promoters the chance to book a masterclass to compliment concerts. On the afternoon of a gig, Phillip is prepared to accept bookings for an hour and a half long session, where he will explain his unique approach to slide guitar, his rare instruments, and the techniques and styles he uses with them. Attendees will get the opportunity to ask questions regarding their own playing and technical queries. The format is flexible, please discuss further with Firebrand Music.

"Virtuosity, intensity and charisma... Bravely original."
John L. Walters, The Guardian

"Sublime in the extreme"
Guitarist Magazine

SHOWS

Thu Oct 25, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter

Fri Oct 26, Woodmancote Village Hall, nr. Cheltenham

Sat Oct 27, Tuppenny Barn, Southbourne

Sun Oct 28, Chettle Village Hall, nr. Blandford Forum

Thu Nov 01, The Barber Rooms, Faringdon, Oxfordshire

Fri Nov 02, Cambridge Folk Club, Cambridge

Sat Nov 03, Calstock Arts Centre, Calstock, Cornwall

Wed Nov 07, Cecil Sharp House, London

Thu Nov 08, Upwood Village Hall, nr Huntingdon

Fri Nov 09, Kitchen Garden Cafe, Kings Heath, Birmingham

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