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Watch Harry Phillips Live at the Green Note, Camden

Square Roots Productions presents

Harry Phillips Live at the Green Note, Camden, on 13 April 2016, with Alex Tinlin (keyboard) and Simon Treasure (percussion)

‘Back Around’, ‘Coming Home’, ‘White Mountain, ‘Time Out Don’t Phase Me’, ‘Little Love’, ‘Bold As Brass’ and ‘Half Light’ (all by Harry Phillips); and ‘Trying To Get To Heaven’ (Bob Dylan)

Filmed and edited by Laurence Leonard

Check out Harry’s debut album, English Americana, and join the guys for its official launch on 4 June with a gig at Haresfoot Brewery, Berkhamsted

See videos and keep up-to-date with Harry Phillips at www.harryphillipsmusic.com

REVIEW: Bonnie Dobson with Harry Phillips

Square Roots Productions’ debut spring season at the Green Note in Camden Town ended on a high note with an evening of outstanding music which exemplified the charity’s mission: to showcase both legacy artists while also offering a platform to new talent.

Bonnie Dobson

Bonnie Dobson and Harry Phillips were the perfect fit. And as a Canadian singer-songwriter whose recent forebears hailed from Scotland and Ireland and who played the folk clubs of Denver, Los Angeles, Chicago and, of course, New York’s Greenwich Village in the 1960s before settling in London more than 40 years ago, Bonnie is also the most perfect exemplar of SRP’s Bringing It All Back Home project, as this recent interview for the Ham & High shows. The project celebrates the music which left these islands in centuries past and fetched up on the shores of Canada and America, toing and froing across the Atlantic ever since. Our ‘special relationship’ is a musical one.

The concert, on 13 April, was a sell-out – Green Note’s intimacy is great but demand for tickets way exceeded supply – and the atmosphere was electric, attracting fans from as far afield as Belgium.

Harry Phillips Singer-songwriter Harry Phillips opened the show, offering a preview of his debut album, English Americana. As on the album, he was backed by Alex Tinlin on keyboards and Simon Treasure on drums and percussion: a talented trio who surely made new fans. Harry’s set included ‘Back Around’, ‘Time Out Don’t Phase Me’, ‘Half Light’ and ‘Coming Home’, a beautiful and touching song written for his mother. Acknowledging the roots of Bringing It All Back Home, he closed his 45-minute set with ‘Trying to Get to Heaven’ by Bob Dylan, a song from his acclaimed 1997 album Time Out of Mind.

Harry Phillips

The performance (the band was pared down for the occasion) revealed a talented singer and guitarist, Harry swapping between his beloved Martin and Fender and perfectly in sync with his fellow musicians. The three can also be heard on the new Tinlin CD, Strangely Blue.

Catch Harry now and see him on the way up: English Americana is officially launched on 4 June with a concert at Haresfoot Brewery in Berkhamsted.

Bonnie DobsonBonnie opened her set with a tipping of her metaphorical hat to the sixties solo years, ‘before I acquired my Bens’, a reference to guitarist Ben Phillipson and fiddle player Ben Paley, whose father Tom Paley (folk royalty) was in the audience. She offered three songs: ‘Long River’, a Canadian song; ‘Dear Companion’, from among the songs collected in the Appalachians by Cecil Sharp; and ‘The Klan’, an extraordinarily chilling song from the early 1950s, featured in Sing Out, variously credited to Alan Grey and Alan Arkin. The songs showed off her magnificent voice to perfection and it didn’t take much imagination to be transported back to another time and another place.

Then it was time for her ‘Boys’ to join Bonnie on Green Note’s tiny stage – those two Bens, plus bassist Tali Trow – for a musical journey (replete with anecdotes) that spanned her remarkable career and revealed the breadth of her skills as a songwriter. The set included ‘Peter Amberley’, a traditional song from Canada’s Maritime Provinces which, in the early 1960s, inspired a young Bob Dylan when he came to write the melody for ‘The Ballad of Donald White’, as well ‘V’ Le Bon Vent’, an Acadian song learned when the teenage Bonnie was a camp counsellor working children’s camps in Ontario and Quebec. It was an utterly captivating performance of light and shade, including many of her own songs: the fun and flighty ‘Come on Dancing’, the powerful and poignant ‘Who Are These Men?’, the ‘gently psychotic’ ‘Winter’s Going’, a favourite of Jarvis Cocker; and, of course, ‘Morning Dew’, written back in 1961, her first song, widely covered, and sadly still all too relevant.

Bonnie Dobson and Her Boys

It was a mesmerising performance which left the audience calling for more, despite the 11pm curfew. Check out Bonnie Dobson and Her Boys at their 8 May gig at the Apple Tree in Clerkenwell, London and on 10 June at the Kalamazoo Klub at the King’s Head in Crouch End. And don’t forget the new album, Take Me For a Walk in the Morning Dew, now also available as a limited edition LP.

Harry Phillips

Harry Phillips by Vanessa Champion
Harry Phillips by Vanessa Champion

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.’

Square Roots Productions presents a concert with Harry Phillips at Green Note on 13th April 2016