Teignmouth's Phil Beer was withouthis partner Steve Knightley for this gig at the Exeter Phoenix,but with his own six piece band, he showed another dimensionto his already outstanding repertoire. Although adopting a moreelectric set than with show of Hands, Phils faithful mandolinewas still present. A whole array of musical genres were touchedupon, with a mixture of folk, country,blues and even sea shantiesthrown in to create a delightful cocktail.
Phil's versatility was clear as was that of hisband members who proved just as capable with their performance.Phil's lead vocals were combined with effortless brilliance,and Deb Sandland had the chance to parade her impressive voice.Even without him, Steve Knightleys presence could still befelt with a performance of one of his songs, 'Good idea atthe time'. Phil is an entertainer as much as a musician, offeringhilarious and often touching anecdotes between songs. Enjoyinghimself so much, Phil looked unstoppable during a rousing encoreof Paul Simons' 'Gone at last'. The only fitting way to endthe evening was for Phil's fellow band members to unplug him!
ADRIAN LANE, EXPRESS & ECHO
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