A Cumbrian businessman with a musical background going back 40 years has joined forces with a host of talented individuals for an album that will support Lancaster’s St John’s Hospice.
Recorded by Louis Davy at LMC Studios in Lancaster and Morecambe College, Phil Collier’s new record features an “eclectic mix of folk, blues and rock”, with his early influences being Ralph McTell, The Eagles and The Moody Blues.
Phil, who sings and plays six string and 12 string acoustic guitars and electric guitar, is joined by Amy-Jo Clough on vocals and guitar, Joe Croskell on drums and congas, Tom Wigham on bass, John Osbourne on electric guitars, Jon Byrne on vocals, guitar and harmonica, Anita Anderson on vocals, Rob Cairns on guitar, Abby Harmon on vocals and Zac Whittle on acoustic and electric guitars.
Phil, who lives in Askham, taught himself to play guitar in 1973 when he also wrote his first song.
He said: “When I first set out to do this album, I thought I was going to be living the dream. I thought of all the poor sods doing marathons and sponsored runs, but I quickly got to thinking, what on earth have I done?
“Logistically it’s been a substantial undertaking getting everything together, but I think the work that the hospices do is unbelievable, so ultimately it’s been a pleasure.”
During the 70s and 80s, Phil fronted two bands and was a regular on the club and pub scene in Liverpool. He continued to perform solo for five years before winding down to concentrate on his career in HR . He continued to write songs, and in 2012 he took to the stage once more - when he was persuaded to perform a set after a gig by Tingle Trees.
His love for performing was reignited and he decided to put some of his songs to good use and help some of his company’ s charity clients, including St John’s Hospice, and St Mary’s Hospice in Ulverston. The band will perform at More Music in Morecambe on Saturday November 23.
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