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The New Album

At last. We can reveal the new Show of Hands album which we have been working on for months. Its called ‘Centenary’ and  its a new look at the music and poetry of the great war.

Its available to pre order on Amazon now  – click here




Apologies to all for cancelling the last four shows. They will all be re scheduled ASAP. the rumours of my demise were greatly exaggerated but better safe than sorry.

I have been asked yet again about fiddle and guitar workshops (Three times last month)
Here’s the lowdown. I don’t and won’t do fiddle workshops. I simply can’t teach anyone to be me i’m afraid. Its something I can just do and its not possible to analyse. Sorry.
However, I can and have often done guitar sessions in the past and, as I gear up and get organised for folk boat this summer, I could find time in July to run a couple of one day events. I would guess a maximum of six people and down in topsham or somewhere close. If there are enough of you interested, I’ll consider it. Please just register your interest with vicky at the office. Of course, it would be much more fun just to do folk boat!! 

Stop Press!

A slight change of plan in the great scheme of things. As many of you know, my father has been unwell for a while and attention to his needs has severely compromised my work schedule. The P B Bands live album is still not finished and the window of opportunity to do so has now passed in order to bring it out in time for next months tour. The Band album was going out on the ‘Talking Elephant’ label. In a stroke of minor genius (!!!??) I have diverted the solo live album over to TA instead and they will now be bringing it out for me within the next two weeks. To fill the Band gap I have four good tracks mixed and ready to go and am now putting together a four track EP to go with the solo album which we will sell as package on the tour. This seems the best compromise under the circumstances and allows the complete band album to come a little later on when things ease up a bit.

The solo live album is called


Phil Beer