Oxjam Beeston Takeover 2017, 16:50–17:30 The Phil Langran Band at The Star Inn
About The Phil Langran Band:
Nottingham songwriter Phil Langran’s songs are engaging, literate and accessible. His talented and versatile band – Phil (vocals and acoustic guitar), Steve Benford (acoustic guitar, banjo, vocals), Mark Walker (bass, vocals), Frank McCarthy (electric guitar, vocals) and Alistair Bloomfield (fiddle) – creates a unique sound firmly rooted in folk, while interweaving elements of American, Celtic, blues and jazz traditions. 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 the landscape of the heart.
In recent years Phil has extended his range to include settings of poems by a number of twentieth century authors. His first steps in this direction resulted in an album of poems by the noted Harlem writer, Langston Hughes. Released on Nottingham’s Folkwit label in 2011 “Jukebox Love Songs, Leaving Blues, Border Crossings and Lovers’ Laments” features settings of some of Hughes’ most lyrical pieces alongside three originals by Langran. A Nottingham Post review noted, "It is a testimony to Langran's song-writing that, without prior knowledge, it would be impossible to separate his compositions from those of Hughes.”
The band’s latest recording is a four-song EP of Phil Langran originals, “Still the Heart”, released in October 2014 on the Folkwit label. Since its formation in 2010 the band has gained a reputation for its musicality, the warmth and wit of its live performances, and its versatility in both acoustic and amplified contexts. With lyrical songs, a unique sound and an engaging stage presence, the Phil Langran Band makes a powerful and distinctive addition to any festival programme.
About The Star Inn:
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Situated in the heart of Beeston, the award-winning Star Inn offers ten real ales and a whisky bar with over fifty drams to choose from. The Star prides itself on good service and welcomes you to come and sample what it has to offer. Landlord Damian McGrath likes to create an atmosphere to foster great conversations and the attractive layout, comfortable furniture and outstanding beer do just that - it has recently been recognised as the Nottingham CAMRA LocAle Pub of the Year 2017! The pub offers a discount on real ale to Camra members and puts on regular beer festivals throughout the year.
In addition to its three original rooms the pub has a permanent marquee, a separate sports bar (with a pool table which shows tennis, cycling, rugby and cricket on the t.v.), a terrace and the largest pub garden in Beeston.
The Star Inn is the headline sponsor for Oxjam Beeston Music Festival 2017 and is one of the most popular venues on the programme. Come and enjoy!
- White Lion Bar & Kitchen, about 1 minute away, is playing music from 3.00pm to 11.40pm
- The Crown Inn, about 3 minutes away, is playing music from 1.00pm to 6.00pm
- Greenhood, about 5 minutes away, is playing music from 1.00pm to 3.45pm
- The Malt Shovel, about 6 minutes away, is playing music from 2.00pm to 5.40pm
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