Phil has recently recorded an album of original songs, ancient and modern,
with Boo Hewerdine and Chris Pepper at Saltwell Studio in Cambridgeshire.
Provisionally titled ‘Skywriting’, the album features Phil and Boo on
acoustic guitars and singing, together with the occasional whiff of vibes,
harmonium and dulcitone.
We hope you like it and will spend generously when we finally settle on an
escape date.
Meanwhile The PLB will continue our leisurely tour of the East Midlands and
beyond with gigs in March 2019 at Café Roya, Beeston, and The Musician,

Phil portrait 2018 copyright

Way to Go – OxJam Fundraiser


We’ve joined forces to bring you a song for Beeston Oxjam 2018. Phil noticed a distinct lack of sea-faring songs around Beeston, and so composed a poignant shanty to complement the recent appearance of a beach just behind The Square. ‘Way to Go’ was recorded by Steve in his secret man-cave with the help of Frank and Mark. It features Simon Thompson’s outstanding a cappella group, Oldish Spice, together with the PLB and special guest Andy Inns on bodhran.

Way to Go is available from our Bandcamp page with all profits going to the wonderful Beeston Oxjam Takeover music festival that is raising funds for Oxfam.



With Carmina at the Maze


You are warmly invited us with our good friends Carmina at the Maze on July 8th. Tickets £10.

Tickets re available online here.

Carmina began their career in Bristol in the 1990’s; since then they have toured all over the world and recorded five albums, two of which were produced by Irish music legend Donal Lunny. Their music is an intoxicating blend of Celtic-inspired themes and jazz improvisation, woven together in powerful original songs. The line-up for the Maze features the band’s founder members and songwriters Pippa Marland (vocals, saxes, whistles) and Rob King (acoustic guitar, bodhran) with long-time Carmina member Paul Bradley on vocals, acoustic and electric guitars. The trio will be playing material from their new album ‘Landmarks’ along with other songs from their extensive repertoire.
‘Glorious… gorgeously haunting’ – Time Out

Free download of ‘This Day’

This Day


We’re pleased to re-issue Phil’s 2005 CD ‘This Day’ as a free download. This 14 track album of original songs and settings features band favourites such as ‘County Cork to Downeast Maine’, ‘Dunmanus Bay’ and ‘Crossing Brooklyn Bridge’. It’s produced by Frank McCarthy and features Steve & Penny Benford, Chris Pitcher, Milli Galgut, Rick Dizon and Ali Dennis.

You can download all 14 tracks free from Soundcloud at this link.