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Tuesday, 07 July 2015

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Folk legend set for village visit

ONE of the UK’s finest multi-instrumentalists will be performing an intimate show in Ulpha this weekend.

MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST: Phil Beer will be playing the The Browfoot Room in Ulpha on Saturday

Roots musician Phil Beer appears live at The Browfoot Room on Saturday night, performing material from throughout his career, which now spans more than 40 years.

Perhaps best known as one half of the acoustic duo Show of Hands, he was nominated for the coveted Musician of the Year title at the 2009 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, and picked up Best Song and Best Duo (with Steve Knightley) the following year.

A top-flight fiddler, he also plays in the all-star line-up Feast of Fiddles, but his skills don’t stop there; he’s accomplished on the slide, Spanish and tenor guitar, mandocello, viola, mandolin and South American cuatro, not to mention his rich vocals.

Beer famously guested on the Rolling Stones’ Steel Wheels album and Steve Harley’s Poetic Justice, and in 2009 appeared with legendary American band Little Feat. His impressive track record also includes touring with Mike Oldfield and being a member of the feted Albion Band in the 1980s.

Phil is also in demand as a producer, and six years ago created a label, Chudleigh Roots, producing Jackie Oates’ highly acclaimed second album, The Violet Hour, and an album by singer-songwriter Tom Palmer. He is now once again building a new studio in anticipation of a large amount of commissioned recording work next year including film and TV.

He was the name that really kicked off live music at The Browfoot Room, having been booked to play there in 2011. The small village venue has since played host to a programme of monthly shows, featuring well-known artists from around the world.

The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets are available on the door, or in advance from www.wegottickets.com or Ulpha Post Office.

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