Phil Beer's first performance at Mottram was a wonderful evening of music, musicianship and reminiscences and proved a splendid start to our Autumn season.
Moving deftly throughout his set from guitars, mandolin and fiddle he played a superb selection of songs that captured his influences, and heroes and drew on his extensive musical career, spanning more than five decaides and still counting.
He opened with Fire and Wine, before the first of a number of songs from his beloved West Country, the Cyril Tawney penned Sally Free and Easy. Cold Frontiers followed, then Weathercock with Phil slipping effortlessly into mandolin mode and reminiscing over purchases made from the famous Sears Roebuck catalogue. Watertown, Blow the Man Down, Ain't Nobody's Business, featuring excellent blues guitar playing, and When the Volcano Blows finished the first half in style.
The second half began with an tremendous version of the Band's Arcadian Driftwood, dedicated to the late Robbie Robertson, followed by Seven Gypsies, the Blind Fiddler, A Roving, Paper Round, Holy Brook, Cornish Farewell Shanty, Spanish Ladies and, finally, No Transportation Down under.
A great night of music by a hugely talented musician.
Phil Beer: plays guitar, fiddle, mandolin, sings more than a bit, terrific raconteur and lover of the West Country…
and provider of a fabulous night of music. Thanks Phil.