Fil Campbell accompanied by Tom McFarland

Date/Time Sun 18 Nov 2012 7:45 PM

Price On The Door - £9.00

Fil (or Phil) Campbell grew up in Belleek on the Co. Fermanagh/Donegal border in the North of Ireland. She was brought up on the folk songs that were popular in that area and spent her childhood immersed in music. With both ceilidh bands and singers in the family, music was all around and performance was part of everyday life, both at home and at school. Belleek is the home of the world famous Belleek Pottery, where Fil’s father worked all his life, and where she in turn spent several Summer holidays working.

After several years of touring and performing her own material mixed with traditional songs, Fil returned to her roots in 2005 for a multi media project called Songbirds – a TV show, touring show, CD and DVD which profiled the lives of women singers in Ireland who had recorded the popular folk songs of the 30s, 40s and 50s.

Fil has now recorded three CDs of this material and these songs, which had formed the musical background to Ireland of the first half of the 20th century, now form the basis for her current themed touring show, Just A Song At Twilight. This show can usually just be seen in theatres in Ireland – it’s a fun night of songs to join in with, interspersed with stories about the singers and the songs.

“Fil Campbell … has been likened to a lot of female performers, but can be compared to none. She has a unique voice and a knack of making every song her own.” The Word (Ireland)