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PHIL BEER

Phil Beer is one of the most popular ambassadors for acoustic roots music in the country. He is the multi-instrumental half of the West Countryʼs award winning acoustic duo, Show of Hands, who simply go from strength to strength and who have sold out the Royal Albert Hall three times. 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 the South American cuatro, not to mention his rich vocal style.

Born in Exminster, Devon, he started to play fiddle, guitar and mandolin while still at school in Teignmouth and habitually credits Davey Graham’s Folk, Blues & Beyond as his inspiration for acoustic music. He played his first gig at 14 and started working as a duo with Paul Downes in 1974. He was then in the Arizona Smoke Revue and a key member of Johnny Coppin’s band. His impressive track record also includes touring with Mike Oldfield and being a member of the feted Albion Band from 1984-1991. Show of Hands became a full-time partnership in the early 90's. Phil, who also has his own Phil Beer Band, famously guested on the Rolling Stones Steel Wheels album and Steve Harley’s solo album, Poetic Justice.

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With a professional career of over 40 years, Phil has a great deal of material to draw on for his solo appearances, which are an eclectic mix of traditional tunes, covers of personal favourites by artists such as Springsteen or The Hollies, together with his own compositions, and songs from his contemporaries. All are songs and music of memory and significance sung in the subtle and melodic Phil Beer style and interjected with musings and amusings to an almost personal audience. It is a treat of past and current favourites from one of the most popular musicians on the acoustic circuit.

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