Julian Phillips: Julian is one of the founder organisers of the UK boogie woogie festival. Julian will be performing a solo set this year as part of the Friday evening concert at the Royal British Legion on piano and vocals. Julian has an active solo career and duo act with bass box player Chris Davidson and appears in festival programmes around Europe and the USA.
Julian Phillips started playing the piano at the age of ten and soon after he was playing in front of small gatherings of people from the neighbourhood, arranged by his piano teacher. At fourteen he remembers first hearing a boogie woogie record at a friends house. Julian began to teach himself this infectious style of piano playing by listening to more records by the originators of boogie woogie such as Pinetop Smith, Jimmy Yancey, Clarence Loften to name a few. Like so many piano players from the era Julian also began to develop his singing style enabling him to incorporate material from other great blues artists including Big Bill Broonzy, Tampa Red and Louis Jordan.
Julian is gaining a great reputation for his wide and varied repertoire in the boogie woogie and blues genre, playing in a truly authentic way.
Julian has performed alongside many of his contemporaries including Axel Zwingenberger, Jean-Paul Amouroux, Jean-Pierre Bertrand, Martijn Schok, Frank Muschalle and many others.
Julian is one of the founder organisers of the UK boogie woogie festival held at Sturminster Newton and Fiddleford in Dorset England