Phil Odgers is a sorely undervalued national treasure. A founder member and one half of the joint vocal strike force of the inimitable The Men They Couldn't Hang, he is also an experienced and prolific solo artist in his own right. Audiences around the world from Cairo to Reykjavik, Brisbane to Tokyo, and Berlin to London have succumbed to his effervescent and heartfelt vocal style in stadium, theatre, concert hall and after hours lock in.

Phil (better known to his friends as ‘Swill’) has developed his interesting solo career alongside his regular job with The Men They Couldn’t Hang. A fine acoustic guitarist, singer and songwriter, his influences are far-reaching, ranging from 50's/60's rock ‘n' roll, punk, folk and country, and even reggae.

His latest solo album, the highly regarded ‘Roll To The Left’, brings his songwriting prowess into sharp, bright, focus. Lyrically this is a collection of unique tales with cinematic imagery - from kitchen sink realism and social commentary to technicolor splendor. The album, in the main, was recorded in the studio built for Kirsty MacColl by Steve Lillywhite in their family home in Ealing. The studio resonates with musical history and Phil was also lucky enough to be able to use guitars previously owned by Kirsty. Musically the album has many levels - it takes Phil Odgers' warm melodic voice and rhythmic strumming as a starting point, and adds a bit of double bass, fiddle and lead guitar in all the right places. It's never crowded, nothing is overplayed, giving the entire album a beautifully understated feel. Phil Odgers and producer James Knight made a point of only using real instruments and live performances - no auto tune here, this is as real as it gets! These organic and passionate sessions have resulted in a magical and deeply accomplished album.


You will have the opportunity to hear many of the songs from this album, along with favourites from his back catalogue and a bunch of TMTCH classics, as part of this very special gig at St Edith Folk. To make the gig even more special Phil will be accompanied by renegade virtuoso Bobby Valentino on fiddle. Valentino's violin can be heard on tracks by artists including Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Bob Geldof, The Alabama 3 and Shania Twain, and he is an occasional member of Mark Knopfler's current band. He has also contributed to many recordings by The Men They Couldn't Hang as well as frequently appearing with them on stage.

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