When Phil ‘Swill’ Odgers played The Yellow Book last (October 2016, it seems like only yesterday) people travelled from as far away as Cornwall. This is a gig NOT to be missed!!
Phil ‘Swill’ Odgers is well known as one half of the legendary joint vocal strike force of UK folk rebel rockers The Men They Couldn’t Hang. He is also a formidable solo artist in his own right. Audiences around the world from Cairo to Reykjavik, Brisbane to Tokyo and Berlin to London have submitted to his effervescent and heartfelt vocal style in stadium, theatre, hall and after hours lock in.
Hot on the heels of his critically acclaimed 'partial' autobiography 'Tales From The Tracks' and knock-out album 'Roll To The Left' and sold out UK tour - Phil 'Swill' Odgers rides into Brighton town accompanied by the larger than life Bobby Valentino (playing some mean violin) to play a special bank holiday gig in the wonderful Yellow Book in York Place, Brighton.
Phil, was born in Oban Scotland to an Irish Mother and a Yorkshire Father and moved down to the south coast of England when he was just a kid. His writing style tells stories that cover all four corners of these lands. As well being a founder member and singing with the inimitable The Men They Couldn't Hang he is a well-loved and prolific solo artist in his own right. Audiences around the world from Cairo to Reykjavik, Brisbane to Tokyo, and Berlin to London have succumbed to his effervescent and heartfelt vocal style. He has appeared as special guest to Van Morrison, Elvis Costello, Billy Bragg and David Bowie.
A fine acoustic guitarist, singer and songwriter, his influences are far-reaching, ranging from his Scottish roots, through 50's/60's rock ‘n' roll, punk, folk and country.
Elvis Costello has described him as “An undervalued national treasure, his writing style is a combination of Scottish roots, Irish roll and Anglicana”.
Liz Kershaw, in her Radio 2 show earlier this year, said that “Swill (Phil Odgers), has a voice like honey and an extraordinary way of writing a song that tells a story we can all relate to”.
His latest solo album, the highly regarded ‘Roll To The Left’, brings his song-writing prowess into sharp, bright, focus. Lyrically it is a collection of unique tales with cinematic imagery - from kitchen sink realism and social commentary to Technicolor splendour. The album was recorded in the studio built for Kirsty MacColl by Steve Lillywhite (where she recorded Fairytale of New York). Phil was privileged to record the album playing on 3 very special acoustic guitars – 1 previously owned by Kirsty MacColl, 1 by Joe Strummer and the limited black edition Martin Guitar once owned by Johnny Cash’s. It’s no surprise then that these organic, passionate and spirited sessions resulted in a magical and deeply accomplished record.
At this special performance at The Yellow Book, you will have the opportunity to hear songs from this album and EP, along with favourites from Phil’s back catalogue and even some TMTCH classics.
To make the gig even more special Phil will be accompanied by renegade virtuoso Bobby Valentino on fiddle.
The man who co-wrote and played violin on The Bluebells 'Young at Heart', Bobby has played on records by Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, The Alabama 3 and Paul Weller to name but a few. He has also contributed to many recordings by The Men They Couldn't Hang as well as frequently appearing with them on stage.
Bobby's vocal talents are demonstrated on his solo albums 'This is Murder' and 'Pat-a-Cake, Pat-a-Cake' both of which will be on sale on the night.
Phil ‘Swill’ Odgers and Bobby Valentino – what a combination!!