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Clyro Village Hall

Former ELO 2 Frontman Phil Bates Up Close And Personal Solo UK Tour - SOLD OUT

Phil Bates combines vocal quality and brilliant guitar-playing with a seemingly endless repertoire. Playing his own original songs from his vast repertoire along with a few Beatles, and ELO classics. Tickets £15. Doors/Bar 6pm. Concert 7.30pm.

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Former ELO 2 Frontman Phil Bates Up Close And Personal Solo UK Tour - SOLD OUT
Former ELO 2 Frontman Phil Bates Up Close And Personal Solo UK Tour - SOLD OUT

Time & Location

25 Nov 2023, 19:30 – 22:30

Clyro Village Hall , 8 The Village, Clyro, Hereford HR3 5SA, UK

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About the event

We are excited to welcome former ELO 2 frontman Phil Bates who used to live in Clyro and will be visiting Clyro Village Hall as part of his current UK tour..  Phil combines a vocal quality and brilliant guitar-playing with a seemingly endless repertoire. He has released several critically acclaimed solo albums several albums with ELO 2 and one with his project  Beatles Blues And Blue Violin alongside his ELO colleague Mik Kaminski and his Eleanor Rigby Experience colleague Tina McBain.  He will play his own original songs  from his vast repertoire although but no PB concert would be complete without a few Beatles, and ELO classics.

In 1993, Phil Bates joined ELO Part 2,  taking the music of ELO around the world, often playing with symphony orchestras in large venues. Extensive world touring followed … until 1999, when Phil quit to spend more time with his family, and to study for a degree.

After supporting his studies with all manner of gigs, stints in call centres, and a period as a bookseller in Hay-on-Wye, Phil graduated from the University of Wales in 2003 with a History BA Hons. The solo albums 'Naked' and 'Agony & Ecstasy' were released in 1996 and 1998, plus tours of the UK and Germany with Mik Kaminski. Two further solo albums, Alter Ego (2003) and One Sky (2005) followed. All released on Bates's own labels, DPP, and latterly Essential Music. A compilation CD Retrospectiv, also on Essential, was released in 2007.

After leaving ELO Part 2, Bates became a member of the Eleanor Rigby Experience, who released 2 CDs and toured extensively in the UK. A short stint with The Bev Bevan Band and "Bev Bevan's Move" followed (2003/2005), along with the formation in the same year of German-based band, ELB (Electric Light Band). In 2007, Bates rejoined his old mates from ELO Part 2 in The Orchestra (featuring members of ELO and Part 2).

In 2008, Bates formed the Beatles Blues and Blue Violin project resulting in a tour, and 2010 album.  Since the he has been touring his "Tribute to ELO" throughout Europe as "Phil Bates and Band" and is now pleased to present his Up Close and Personal tour with his Solo gigs around the UK.  

Doors and bar open at 6pm.  Concert starts at 7.30pm.  There will be seated and dancing areas. 

Tickets £15. Contact clyrohallcommittee@gmail.com or Hall Committee members to book your place. 

This event is likely to be very popular so early booking iis recommended. 

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