solo music career began almost 30 years ago and he is now widely
regarded as one of the finest and most distinctive guitarists working
on the current UK acoustic / folk music circuit. In addition, many years of gigging have resulted in Phil evolving into a perceptive and heartfelt songwriter as well as a 'freestyle', humorous troubadour who puts on a great show.
originally came from Wirral and as a teenager in the 1970s, his
first musical influences came from the popular music of the day.
Playing guitar and bass he was involved with various bands playing
around the Liverpool scene at that time; a scene that spawned bands
such as OMD and Teardrop Explodes. Phil realised that his real love was
acoustic music, mainly influenced by the likes of Roy Harper, John
Martyn, Dylan and Joni Mitchell amongst others so was drawn to the
(still vibrant) folk scene at that time. Whilst exploring the folk scene, Phil was greatly inspired by hearing the virtuoso guitar playing of Nic Jones, Martin Carthy, Martin Simpson, Bert Jansch and Dick Gaughan, as well as by the traditional music of Ireland and Scotland.
Setting out as a solo singer/guitarist Phil started to secure gigs in
the many folk clubs that existed in the North West playing mostly
traditional style material. Phil’s first independent commercial
recording in 1986 (‘The Din Of Inequity’) was a mix of traditional
material alongside some of Phil’s own songs and won many favourable
reviews resulting in more bookings around the UK. Phil’s next offering
(‘Maidenhead Revisted’) in 1988, produced by friend Mike Johnson was
equally well received and led to an album deal with Fellside Records.
1990 saw the Fellside release ‘Living On Credit’ further establishing
Phil’s credentials as a guitarist/singer-songwriter of great worth.
Phil returned to Mike Johnson who by then had set up 101 Records and
and for many years Phil was published exclusively by 101. Phil’s recordings with 101
include ‘Broken Timing’, ‘Tears From The Tracks’ and the album
‘Everyone’s A Hard Man Now’. Phil is now an independent artist and his latest album 'Twilight Tone' is a totally acoustic guitar/vocal affair which was released to great acclaim on March Hare Records in late 2015.
Phil’s song-writing often reflects his own social/political views, not
in a ‘tub-thumping’ way but in a more thoughtful, often humorous and
chorus-based style, reminiscent of his folk roots. On stage Phil is an
accomplished performer mixing his virtuosity on the guitar with songs
highlighting his rich, husky voice. He is a hugely entertaining
performer and uses his humorous stage banter to foster good audience
Over the years, Phil has toured and performed his music in the USA, Holland, Belgium, France, Germany & the Czech Republic, as well as throughout the UK. He has also played with a who's who of folk
and acoustic-related acts including The Spinners, (the late) Jake
Thackeray, Isla St Clair, Tom McConville, Phil Beer, Jacques Stotzem,
Woody Mann and Clive Carroll.
Today Phil is increasing his global audience by posting videos on
MySpace and YouTube, some of these are live clips from the many
concerts/festivals that Phil has played, others are more relaxed,
domestic clips but all show Phil’s expertise in exploring the acoustic
guitar as a solo instrument.
are many press quotes available on Phil including IAN WELLS of the
DAILY TELEGRAPH: ‘If folk song is history from underneath, then Phil’s
songs are today’s broadsides’, New York magazine DIRTY LINEN: ‘The
songs are British, maybe even Northern English, but this guy is a world
class player’ and LIVING TRADITION: ‘Some beautiful guitar playing from
the vastly underrated Phil Hare’.
Phil Hare is exclusively published by 101 Records, PRS/MCPS registered.
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