The Phil Langran Band
“A Gem” – BBC Celtic Heartbeat
“I’ve had ‘Time’s Dark Wing’ in my head ever since leaving Moniack. That’s a great tune. Prine & Van Zandt would approve!”– Roddy Woomble
“A fabulous writer”– Kathryn Williams
Phil Langran’s songs are a powerful combination of immediacy and slow-burning subtlety. Their melodies instantly take up residence in the mind while the lyrics pack a considerable emotional punch. This is set off to great effect by Phil’s line in dry, laconic humour which accompanies the live show. The songs and lyrics work effortlessly on different levels, belying the craftsmanship that has gone into their making. Phil is not only a fine musician but also a writer steeped in the poetic traditions of Robert Frost and Langston Hughes. The result is a brilliant intertwining of Americana, Celtic, Folk and Blues themes in distinctive original songs. Like all the best songwriters, Phil has created his own genre, where Harlem nights and New York cityscapes rub shoulders with the west coast of Ireland and scenes from Werner Herzog’s films. Phil is joined on stage by a group of musicians drawn together by the quality of his writing – Steve Benford (acoustic guitar, banjo, vocals), Mark Walker (bass, vocals), Frank McCarthy (electric guitar, vocals) and Alistair Bloomfield (fiddle).
The band is happy to perform at all types and sizes of venues, from festival stages to playing acoustic house concerts in peoples' homes.
The band has released three CDs featuring Pippa Marland of Carmina and released their latest album, ‘The Distance’ featuring the present line-up in November 2017 to critical acclaim:
- “The intelligence, emotion, poetry and poignancy in his writing and performance is there for all to hear” – **** - R2 Magazine
- “Wonderful, poetic songs that calm the mind and soothe the soul” – 8/10 - Americana UK
- “On all levels, Langran writes a potent lyric, crafting his keen words with a crispness that ensures the messages break through, driven by the man’s warm, emotive vocals, and remain, long after the song ceases.” – Folkwords Reviews
3 past concerts
As you can see from this video we had a rather special afternoon in our lounge in January, when Phil Langran and his band played their first ever shoeless gig.
They lulled us with some beautiful harmonies and had us tapping our (also shoeless) feet to some upbeat folksongs. If only there had been enough room to dance, I'm sure we would have been jigging and reeling long into the evening.
We enjoyed a feast of treats during a well-deserved break and managed to raise an impressive £158 for Oxfam.
Thank you to all our friends for supporting the event, and thank you to Phil, Steve, Mark, Frank and Alistair for such top-notch entertainment.
The Phil Langran Band at the Star Inn
Photos: Bee Warren
Looking out from the stage with the Phil Langran band