you missed Guitar Stories featuring Mark Knopfler on
the trailer here
The programme has been repeated at least six times since the original
date of transmission,
so it must be very popular indeed....
Surprise guests down at The Grosvenor in Robin Hood's Bay at the end
of March 2012 were a Sky Arts film crew and guitarist Mark Knopfler
of Dire Straits fame (together with John Illsley, bass player with Dire
Straits) Mark sat in with our band - Steve Phillips & The Rough
Diamonds for a few numbers. Steve and Mark played together in the Leeds-based
Duolian String Pickers from1968 for a few years and have remained friends
They also played together in the band
The Notting Hillbillies.
L to R - Steve, Mark, Jack, CP, Burt & just out of
shot Phil Moore on piano
(CP on Roland FR7)
School Of Folk Music
at the Royal National Theatre studio
photo by Stella
Scott film maker
The class of March 2012
Led by John Tams (front, centre)
with a guest appearence by Songman Bob Fox (back, right) Mentors for
the week were
Kerr, John Kirkpatrick & yours truly (looking a lot like Bob Fox's
brother - if he has one)
It was an absolutely splendid week. Nathan
Koci & John Milosich, two
cast members of the New York-based production of War Horse were also
They were playing a 'two-man' Songman and toured extensively throughout
A new CD by Alistair Russell and Chris Parkinson entitled
'A Glass And A Mile' was released in 2013 in time
for a tour of Germany in March of that year for Magnetic Music.
Garstang Morris Men
After a gap of approx 37 years I re-joined the ranks of the Garstang
There was a warm-up performance at Weeton Village Gala on 7th July.
The team was fab. There are some film clips to be found on YouTube.
On Sept 8th there was an appearance at the world-famous
This event happens only once in every 20 years and for some of the team
members it was be their third time at the Guild.
I missed the 1992 Preston Guild because I was probably on tour in U.S.
or somewhere else in the world with The House Band.
However, the Guild 2012 was fun.
The Sultans Of Squeeze
Here are two quotes from some of the people
who were in the audience at The Royal Oak in Lewes in .......
"Well, it was a FANTASTIC night - JK & CP were absolutely superb!
playing their album as I write this..."
"What a cracker!
I've seen them both before
lots of times but never together.
What a double act! So funny, so musical."
The piano accordion tutor for absolute beginners
from The Music Room is
still available on DVD.
There are still people who want to learn to play piano accordion.
Click on the Music Room link on this page.
is a live CD from Steve
Phillips & The Rough Diamonds. It was recorded during various
Tuesday night sessions down at The Grosvenor Hotel in Robin Hood's Bay,
so we decided to call it The Grosvenor Sessions.
I'm playing the Roland FR7 * on most of the tracks
and a few on my trusty Roland JV80 keyboard.
Most recent appearances of the FR7 * have been
on the Sky Arts series Guitar Stories and also on new albums by Ralph
McTell, Steve Tilston and Pete Morton (see Discography page) Before
that I was fortunate to get the opportunity to play on a couple of tracks
of Joe Longthorne's album which was due for release to coincide with
his UK tour. I was in a studio near Blackpool for that recording session.
The FR7 * is a 120 bass, full size instrument.
There are over 30 different accordion types plus orchestral instruments
within this very impressive bit of kit. It looks like an accordion,
sounds like one, plays like one, but doesn't have any reeds.
I use it all the time with Steve Phillips & The Rough Diamonds.
There are no feedback problems, & enough volume to compete with
drums, bass & guitars.
It has now had an upgrade to its software.
Operating system version 2 has now been installed which enables orchestral
sounds to be played on the bass chord buttons.
For example you can have saxophone on the treble side, an orchestral
string bass on on the bass side plus sax section playing chords. Really
good in band situations. There was a feature on the FR7 and others in
the FR virtual accordion series in a back edition of fRoots.
Now ......... the mention of me being on stage at a very early
age - (see Biography page) It was at Haslingden Public Hall, Rossendale,
Lancashire, during February 1956 in a production of the pantomime Jack
And The Beanstalk. I was dressed in a cowboy suit that I got for Christmas
a few weeks earlier.
All my relatives were suffering intense levels of stress at the time.
Me? No, not at all, I don't think a kid of five (almost 6 ) in 1956
got stress, that was just for the old people. There is a small photo
of me on the front of the Parky CD, 2nd one up, left hand side. In fact,
all the pics are of me at various stages of musical development right
through from 1955 up to about 1997. The photos were all saved by my
mother including a few press cuttings. The CD design was by my old chum
I played a radio hit of the day"The Man From Laramie" &
maybe the "Irish Washer Woman" too on
a Hohner harmonica that was also a Christmas present
along with the cowboy suit.
Snappy dresser or what?
A Beer In Albania.
This is for all the people who enjoy a cold beer in a hot climate.
Two holiday beers in Crete.
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