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Bio for press use

Phil’s love of vintage blues, hokum, old-time, and jug band music shines through as he blows the dust off obscure old songs and gives new life to classics with his intricate picking and driving rhythms on ukulele, 5-string banjo and tenor banjo. His original songs blend in seamlessly, with many believing them to be old songs that had passed them by.

“massively entertaining”
Blues Matters Magazine

“Genuinely good-time music from ukulele stalwart, who also plays a mean banjo”
fRoots Magazine

“some of the best music I’ve heard in a long time”

Dan Phelps, Delta blues artist


“If you don’t know him already, you should! Playing, singing and stage presence are all top shelf.”

Matthew Fox, American roots musician and songwriter

Phil has traveled all over the UK and to Ireland, France, Germany, Finland and the US performing and leading workshops at festivals, theatres, and clubs. He has appeared on over 20 albums (and a number 2 hit single), performed on BBC radio and TV, taught over 1500 ukulele players, and shared stages with some of the world’s finest players. He is a regular contributor Uke Magazine, has composed pieces for the London College of Music ukulele grade syllabus, and is the author of the book “How Music Works On The Ukulele”


Previous gigs include The Acoustic Festival of Britain, The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival, Derby Folk Festival, Tenby Blues Festival, Bearded Theory, Upton Blues Festival, Off The Tracks, Grand Northern Ukulele Festival, The Ukulele Festival of Britain, and The Ukulele Festival of Scotland. In 2018 he released his first solo album in 15 years, "Skin & Bones" which was closely followed by 2019's all-original album "Keep Drinkin' That Coffee!", the acoustic hokum EP "Hot Nuts!", and most recently the all-banjo originals EP, "Might Never Happen".

Phil is proud to endorse Aquila strings and Logjam stompers.

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Tech spec
A full tech spec is included in the pdf press pack, click here to download.


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