Harry Phillips is a 23-year-old singer-songwriter from Hertfordshire, who started playing guitar at the age of 11. He grew up listening to Bob Dylan (his father is a big fan) and was soon also into Jimi Hendrix and Thin Lizzy. Throughout his school years he played in bands and it was while he was a student in Worcester that he started to write songs.
‘That naturally led me to become fixated on players like John Martyn, James Taylor and of course Dylan,’ Harry recalls. ‘After a couple of years at university and with a lot of free time to write, I started recording an acoustic EP with keyboard player Alex Tinlin.’
‘Summer Swells’ was released in December 2014 and, since he graduated, Harry has been living in Buckinghamshire and writing with a band, many of whom – like him – are musicians in their own right.
Early 2016 finds Harry finishing his first album, English Americana, recorded with Tinlin on keyboards again, Matt Edwards on bass, Dan Brown on sax and Simon Treasure on drums.
‘I consider myself a guitar player above all, and that is where my passion lies,’ says Harry, who’s been loaned a Vintage Gibson B25 to record with. ‘But writing plays an extremely important role in my life now as a means to extract the various ideas I would struggle to articulate otherwise. I’ve been taking a break from regular live shows in order to work on improving the quality of my songs and I’m looking forward to going back on the road in 2016, which will hopefully see a tour of the UK with some festival dates in the summer.’