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Friday, March 14 • 12:00am - 12:30am
Shawn Phillips

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Shawn Phillips has almost twenty albums to his credit (of which millions have been sold) and a host of associations with some of the most respected names in the industry including Donovan, The Beatles, Paul Buckmaster, J Peter Robinson, Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood and many others. The Texas-born singer/songwriter was called "The best kept secret in the music business," by the late rock impresario Bill Graham. Beginning in the 1960s, Phillips made noteworthy contributions to popular music. He co-wrote Donovan's "Sunshine Superman" album, sang on the Beatles' "Lovely Rita", showed Joni Mitchell guitar techniques, and while working with Donovan introduced the sitar to pop music. He performed at the "Isle of Wight" festival and was cast to play the lead in the original production of "Jesus Christ Superstar" (he had to withdraw due to his heavy recording and touring schedule.) Throughout the 60s Phillips' worked the folk music scene in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury, New York's Greenwich Village, and London. In 1967 Phillips moved to Positano, Italy, where he remained throughout the 1970s, writing some of his most well known work. This period produced the albums 'Contribution', 'Second Contribution', 'Collaboration' and 'Faces". Four of his albums "Faces," "Bright White," "Furthermore" and "Do You Wonder" made it into the Billboard Top 100. In addition, the singles, "Lost Horizon," "We" and "Woman" made Billboard's top 40. Phillips continues with his touring schedule, having performed extensively in the USA, Canada, Europe and South Africa over the last few years. Phillips lives in Port Elizabeth, SA, with his SA born wife and son and is currently composing a ballet based on Velakovsky's book, 'Worlds in Collision'. He is also a crew member of the National Sea Rescue Institute where he volunteers his time as he does with various emergency services. He is a qualified firefighter and emergency medical technician.

Friday March 14, 2008 12:00am - 12:30am
Stephen F's Bar 701 Congress Ave

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