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(FBR 005)

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Notes on the tunes:

Sound clips:

Here are some extracts from a few of the tracks (just once through each tune):

Ruardean Sword Bearer's Tune / Getting Upstairs / 29th of May

Reunion Jig / Sarah's Jig / Fox & Geese

Lang Johnny Moir / Old Man Quinn / Horse Keane's Hornpipe

Success to the Campaign / The Squall / Royal Burlesque

Also, from 2006:

(FBR 001)
Selected for the fROOTS Playlist and Web-Radio

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Sound clips:

Here are some extracts from some of the tracks:

[Smiling Dickie's Hornpipe / Trip to the Bar] [Doncaster Races / Maids of Montgomery]

[Madelaine's Waltz] [Miss Baker's Hornpipe / Miss Menager's Hornpipe]


And here are some extracts from the reviews

Phoenix is:

Kevin Bown: Broadwood upright piano (1880), double bass on tracks 9 and 12.
        (Dalriada, Wiltshire Reunion, Grand Union, Flying Clouds)
Martin Brinsford: Suzuki tremelo harmonicas.
        (Old Swan Band, Brass Monkey, Grand Union, Tiger Moth)
Mike Pinder: fiddle, banjo mandolin on track 12.
        (Flying Clouds, Grey Eagle, English Rebellion, Village Band)
Rod Stradling: Cairdín and Saltarelle melodeons.
        (Oak, Old Swan Band, Edward ll, Feckless, English Country Blues and Dance Bands, Tiger Moth)
Fran Wade: Marcel Richters fiddle (1980)
        (Dalriada, Grand Union, Flying Clouds, Village Band, Tiger Moth)

As might be expected, Phoenix came into being out of a fire.  The regular Monday evening music session at the Prince Albert pub in Stroud came to an abrupt halt in the summer of 2005, when 'the bleeding pub caught fire'.

Actually, it wasn't a terribly serious fire, and thankfully no one was hurt - so they all expected it to be back in business in a week or so.  Strangely though, the chain which owns the pub had other ideas, and it was over six months before The Albert reopened ...  yet, mercifully, not turned into a theme pub!

Rod Stradling (melodeon), one of the initiators of the session, is not a man to go without music for six weeks, let alone six months, so he was soon to be found knocking on the door of two other session regulars, Fran Wade (fiddle) and Kevin Bown (double bass and piano), who live just 50 yards up the road from him.

As may be imagined, it wasn't long before new tunes began to replace the old session repertoire, and the trio realised that they had the makings of a new band.  Martin Brinsford (mouthorgan), another local Albert session regular, was invited to join, as was an old friend of Fran's, Mike Pinder (fiddle and banjo mandolin), who was just about to take early retirement.

All the members are seasoned band musicians, but they have tried not to bring 'the same old repertoire' of tunes into the new band.  Phoenix play a fairly eclectic mix of music - mainly English, of course, but with contributions from right across western Europe, and even North America, and these are tunes you may not have heard much before, at least, not in England.

Phoenix love playing for dances, and playing together, they love these tunes - and hope that others will enjoy and play them, too.


Correspondence, bookings, etc:

Rod Stradling - e-mail:    Tel: 01453 759475    Mobile: 07930991641
snail-mail: 1 Castle Street, Stroud, Glos GL5 2HP, UK

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