Cloggstock: Easter Saturday. The Hilcote Country Club
If you mention the name 'Phil Cudworth' at a festival, expect the response 'top man' or 'great bloke!' Doesn't matter who you talk to on the circuit, everyone says the same.
Phil Cudworth is Everyman. A travelling philosopher, sharing his musical observations on people and their behaviours. You really have to pay close attention, his lyrics are sharp and comical. Everyone can relate to them.
When, in Mid-Life Crisis, after listing all the naughty things we could get up to. His chorus advises:
...Don't listen to the Dalai Lama
You're not coming back again.'
This man is 'musical seratonin!' A singer of songs to make you smile.
He can deliver the serious and sad, but it is great to see the Cloggstock audience reaction to the refrain:
Bounce...like you've just found an ounce!
There were bounces of every shape and size and it really didn't matter!
I'm smiling just thinking about it!
Along with others from his repertoire such as:
Just Don't Be A Dick and the wonderfully clever, Disney Princess,
this is a man who writes summer festival singalong staples. Festival goers at Cloggstock are delighted to see him there!
Phil's a lovely man. He's open, warm and friendly, but when you get down to talking with him, there's one subject which gets his back up: technology/social media. He does nothing to disguise his mistrust of the internet, Facebook and all things similar. It's a subject often found in his lyrics. His song, Digital Detox advises us all to look upwards instead of down at a screen!
Of course, he has a point...Problem is, how do I get this to him now!
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Phil Cudworth took to the stage first – probably more familiar to most of us for his awesome woodwork, it turns out he’s a bit of a dab hand with guitar and singing too! He opened with a potentially childhood-destroying song called Disney Princesses where he painted probably on reflection a more healthy set of role models than those proferred by the film company in question, then on to Coward about growing up in the 70s. A mixture of irreverence, humour but also underpinned with real charm.
Next up was Bounce, then it was on to Hippy Chick. I must admit I started losing track of song names – there was one about a chap called Gary, Computer Nerds has a question mark next to it then there was a really bluesy number called Tollpath Blues. Then we get to where I’ve just covered subject matters – one song was about Russians, another about VIPs, then one called Green-eyed Monster. The set finished up with Free for a Day but as Zoe took the stage she asceded to the crowds demands for an encore, which we got in the form of Sunglasses – a reflection on how stage-performing can adversely affect ones personality. Something to watch out for!
Off the Tracks 2018
'Festivals for all' Review-" Over in the Oak Room singer-songwriter Phil Cudworth regaled a well entertained crowd. Cudworth’s inherent humour shines through in songs covering, well, virtually the full gambit of human emotions. Entertaining stuff. Blimey.