Biography

Phil is a musician and performer who hails originally from Lancashire, England who and for the past quarter-century has lived in in self-imposed exile in the beautiful Coromandel in New Zealand.
A singer, guitarist and songwriter his solo concerts are intimate, creative and entertaining. Each performance is tailored to suit his audience and features uniquely-arranged songs, expressive vocals and great guitar work ….. all woven together with a generous dose of Northern English banter.

His ability to infuse English and New Zealand folk-roots songs with blues, jazz and other musical influences creates a musical potpourri that appeals to any audiences.
His own compositions range from the moving “Song For Jackie” that has become something of a North-East England coal-mining anthem to the frivolous and funny such as “Don’t Blame Me” and “Lactose Intolerance Blues”.

Phil has regularly toured the UK during the Northern summers and has taken his one-man performances from Lairg (at the very top of Scotland) to Nelson (at the very top of New Zealand’s South island) and over 200 gigs in between, leaving delighted and contented audiences wanting ‘more’ and a guaranteed return booking in his pocket.
Phil has five albums to his credit and recently finished recording and producing his latest album ‘Don’t Blame Me’.

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To sample and/ or buy my latest Digital Album 'Don't Blame Me'  <<Click Here>>.

'Don't Blame Me' features The English Roots Band and is syndicated on CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and the usual streaming music websites.
All album artwork (sleeve notes, lyrics and thumbnails) is available for download on request in PDF format from phil@phildrane.com

I no longer sell CDs from this website since NZ Post has removed their sea-freight service and the air-freight is almost the same as the CD price.
There are a couple of CDs listed on CDBaby (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/phildrane) and I will be uploading others over the next few weeks.
If you are in NZ and prefer the album on a hardcopy CD please email me (see above).

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Radio & Live Performance

 

<<Click Here>> to hear Bolinder Boatman Blues on Fiona Talkington's Late Junction Show, BBC Radio 3. I love the way Fiona pronounces the name "Lancasheer" so beautifully.
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"Australia", performed Live at Titirangi Folk Music Club, Auckland.
<<Click Here>> to listen to "Kathy's Song", performed Live at the MSG Club ('The Guild') Reunion Concert. Phil chose to perform this song because of its English roots and because it was the first song he ever performed on guitar at the Guild, back in 1966. The inimitable Stanley Accrington is compere.

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