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by Phil G Band

About that moment when Love becomes all consuming. The only thing on your mind is the person you love.
Genre: Pop: with Live-band Production
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British singer-songwriter Phil Gibbons, who has been working as a tutor in Saudi Arabia for the past five years had previously been with the military forces for over twenty five years. Phil’s song writing began during this “time apart from normal society” and he admits that his writing reflects the perceptions he has built up during that period.
Ever since Phil’s been in the Middle East he’s spent the best part of his spare time creating new songs on his acoustic guitar that reflect his emotions and feelings of being “distanced“ and “apart” from British society and he has now built up a repertoire of material of over twenty songs. Phil wanted to express and perform these songs on stage and that idea soon caught the attention of fellow tutor and the talented Italian guitarist Marco Degiorgi who was also based in the same Saudi location as Phil.
Marco, born in Milan, who had been initially influenced by the works of Dylan, Guthrie, Pete Seeger and Joni Mitchell and later by the rock dimensions of Springsteen, Mellencamp and Jackson Browne had also experienced the same emotions as Phil and after what Marco describes as a “fortuitous encounter” by meeting Phil, they quickly combined forces and created an even greater catalogue of new material which they soon performed on many gigs in Saudi Arabia where they tried to develop their own sound and test out the new material on their ever- expanding audience.

The folks, many of whom were “expats” took to the sounds that the boys created and later following some early “home made” demo recordings Phil and Marco felt they might have some cause to seek out a professional opinion.
The boys then took the suggestion made by Phil’s wife Gail to send the demos that they had made to freelance music producer Matt Butler, who was also based in Hereford. Matt had a vast experience of working with the cream of the music business including Paul McCartney, Phil Collins and Mick Jagger, but this high calibre of client led to expressions of doubts being expressed by Phil and Marco on whether or not Matt would see any real merit in their material.
Not surprisingly, as others have since commented, the material was well received by Matt, who subsequently arranged recordings sessions at the legendary Rockfield Studios in Monmouth.
Matt immediately called in the talents of the superb session drummer: Tom Hooper, who had appeared with such artists as Grace Jones, Christian Garrick and has since recorded with Dutch singer Jan Smit as well as having the drum seat for the rapidly rising star: George Montague. A very busy boy indeed but Tom made sure he was available for the forthcoming recordings at Rockfield.
The boys still needed a competent bass guitarist who could quickly learn the new material and create some interesting bass lines. So it was that Phil Gibbons took the decision to invite in someone whom he knew had long ago quit the music business (for his own private reasons) and who had not performed with a bass guitar for some forty years since playing at the original Liverpool “Cavern Club” in 1970 : The “Gov”, as he’s become known, was a little reluctant to take up the offer (for his own private reasons) but after listening to the potential of the songs within the demos quickly joined the project and was encouraged to brandish his bass guitar once again.
The boys met at Rockfield Studios in April 2011 and personified an eclectic mix of personalities and styles that Matt Butler recalled: “At first, they barely had any guitar in tune with one another”. However, within the subsequent recording sessions the band, now known as The Phil G Band, quickly developed into a tighter musical unit which worked well together to create the tracks for the new album entitled: Eureka!
The Phil G Band are about to release the album; organise a tour in the UK and are planning performances for TV and Radio.........Watch this space!



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