15 March 2017

Brian Phillips

brian_phillipsBrian is a 60-something with a 40-something attitude.  Having performed for many years both solo and with numerous others in numerous combinations, his artistry is something to behold.

A regular performer on the folk music scene in the Midlands and the West Country, he gives all he has, whether it be a floor spot at a club night, or as the principal artist on the main stage at a festival.

He has a unique aptitude for knowing what the audience wants; be it playing of instrumentals such as ‘Angie’ or by singing gentle ballads and love songs.   He can have you in awe one minute and in tears of laughter the next with his quirky comments and introductions.

Brian’s recent appendage to his ‘Act’ is the occasional airing of self-penned and extremely witty poetry.  This is not to be missed for it is believed that he could be the next Poet Loreat.

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Floor Singers booked to perform on the night …

pete_mcparland_150Pete McParland

Pete performs regularly, and with acclaim, at numerous folk clubs in the Midlands.  Songs from the 60s and 70s are his forte, but he wanders into other areas, too, with great success.

Coolin

Coolin are three old mates (literally) with a love of harmony and chorus songs who first got together to perform in the early 1970s.  They are:

john_meechan_150John Meechan

John has been on the folk scene for 40-odd years.  Hailing from Yorkshire, many of his songs are rooted there.

His passion for folk songs has resulted in a wide-ranging repertoire, always particularly well-presented.

d_parr_150David Parr

David has been playing guitar for more years than he cares to remember. He was a full-time professional for 14 years or so. Now, after a brief interruption when he taught in special needs, primary and then secondary schools in Warwickshire, he’s back doing the ‘real’ job.

Renowned for his style and expertise, David is also well known for his comedic songs.

pb_150Phil Benson

Phil has been involved in folk since the 60s, albeit with a 20-year break from active involvement.  In the early 70s, he was part of an electric folk group, Alderley Edge, with Malc Gurnham and David Parr, performing all over the Midlands area.

He also got together with David Parr in a more traditional folk trio with John Meechan, Coolin.

When Nuneaton Arts Centre was being set up, Phil got involved, so it was no surprise that Coolin were the hosts of the folk club that opened there.

Jan and Campbell

Jan and Campbell have not been around the contemporary folk scene for very long. Although, in Campbell’s case, it was a return after a 40-year break!  Jan has a wealth of experience singing in large choirs and Campbell worked as a freelance writer of musical theatre. They sing mainly self-penned songs, with a scattering of contemporary and traditional material thrown in for good measure.

The Wright Brothers

The Wright Brothers were part of an active local folk band in the 60s and 70s.  Having recently reformed as a duo, they sing mostly traditional songs and play a variety of instruments.

Their focus is on chorus songs.

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