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SHAWN PHILLIPS NEW CD!
It's not too late to get in on this great project!
Shawn is pleased to announce that he is working on a new CD containing 20 tracks. As many of you know, Shawn has assumed responsibility for the substantial costs of production and distribution of his music in recent years. It is a labor of love and he remains dedicated to bringing the music to you; however, only your generous contributions in the past MONEYDANCE fundraising events have made it possible. MONEYDANCE 5 is underway, with a goal of $20,000, and we're confident that it will be the best yet. Let Shawn know he can count on your support! For details on MONEYDANCE and learn how you can participate in naming the new CD and get a free signed copy. Click here for more information and make a contribution:
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2013 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Perhaps the most exciting news of all is Shawn's anticipated 2013 North American tour. Many of you read his heart wrenching letter back in February in which he explained that he may no longer be able to tour, and were deeply saddened by the news, holding out hope for a change in circumstances and offering prayers on behalf of Shawn and his situation. Today, we are happy to report that tour planning 2013 is underway. The tour dates and schedule will be posted when they become available. Anyone interested in booking a home concert please go to (link) for details or contact Arlo Hennings at email@example.com
A dedicated web page is being set up to provide more detailed information and to respond to inquiries.
Thank you all so much for your ongoing love and support for Shawn and your dedication to his music.
Wishing you health, love and clarity!
BUY REFLECTIONS CD HERE
Buy Shawn's hand made CD REFLECTIONS NOW Shawn Phillips has an EXCLUSIVE One of kind hand made audio CD that comes with a letter of Authentication and his autograph and only 500 will ever be made. They are going quickly so please follow the link to purchase one.
Get Shawn Phillips Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame
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This is a MUST HAVE DBL CD AUDIO set MN Zoo, 2008
Now available as either a MP3 download, ringtones or as a double CD audio Disc set with jewel cases and inner booklet included. This Double CD set has the full High Quality Audio tracks in 320 bit form the Minnesota Zoo Weasner Amphitheater concert featuring Shawn Phillips, Paul Buckmaster & J. Peter Robinson. Only a select few were ever able to purchase the video of that concert now you can purchase this Reunion Concert in its entirity - AUDIO ONLY. Each CD comes with the autograph of Shawn Phillips on the front cover. This was the concert in 2008 where Paul Buckmaster and J. Peter Robinson joined Shawn for this one time REUNION CONCERT & event. This is a MUST HAVE DBL CD AUDIO set of this concert, so stop by now and purchase this fantastic DBL CD Audio set now available from this wonderful Reunion Concert held in 2008. http://www.reverbnation.com/store/store/artist_638516?item_type=music Also go to Last FM here http://www.last.fm/music/Shawn+Phillips and listen to tracks of Shawn Phillips on their RADIO. "I wish you all Health, Love & Clarity" Shawn Phillips
A special video of a HOUSE CONCERT up in Moose Lake, MN
Mr. & Mrs. Dyke invited us up to their cabin in Moose Lake for a very special day with them and Shawn Phillips. We had a wonderful time with the Dyke's and a most memorable evening with Shawn Phillips.
Click on the link to watch the video. More to come with full video footage, this is a montage of photos taken from that day to capture the moments of splendid song, company and food.
My songs on Streaming Internet Radio
Hi everyone, yes it is true, my songs will be heard this coming Saturday by going to this site: http://rockxstream.net At 6pm till 8pm Central Standard Time. Listen to DJ TCAT for those two hours and you will hear my songs being played. And also going forward my songs will always be played on this site so bookmark this site and visit often. So tune in at 6pm Saturday 0& Clarity Shawn5/21/2011 Thank you for all of your support. I wish you all Health, Love
Shawn Phillips Launches 2011 US and Canadian Tour
- Special Summer Performance at London's Royal Albert Hall - - Second Contribution and Faces Now Available for Digital Download - March 2011 –Through no other intent than create his own music; Shawn Phillips has been a pioneer and visionary in a score of musical genres. And that may be why Phillips has been so broadly defined - Folk Rock, New Age, Acoustic Rock, Classical, Mystical, even Progressive Rock – it's hard to put a label on an innovator of such a musical amalgamation. But it's easy to see Phillips' influences in all those musical movements. His album titles have come to take new meaning of contribution and collaboration because as it turns out, that's just what Phillips has done throughout his career. And Phillips has done something else amazing during a musical journey that now spans over 5 decades; he and his music have stayed relevant. During his career on A&M Records, Phillips' made some of his most well know albums, Contribution, Second Contribution, Collaboration and Faces and in total, he has sold more than 9 million copies of his 20 career albums. The singles, "Lost Horizon", "We" and "Woman" were Billboard charted hits and received worldwide radio play. This year marks the 40th Anniversary of Second Contribution which has sold over 3 million copies alone. Both Second Contribution and Faces are now available for digital download. Also available is The Best of Shawn Phillips. Phillips will once again contribute his talents to fellow rock pioneer Donovan's classic album Sunshine Superman during a special 45th anniversary performance at London's Royal Albert Hall on June 3, 2011. The two were roommates in the sixties in London, collaborating musically as well as developing each his own craft. It was during that time that Phillips with Donovan would introduce the sitar's first historic fusion with pop music through Sunshine Superman, and Phillips influence went further when he tutored George Harrison as he took up the instrument and later gave it significance in the music of The Beatles. Phillips was a session player (guitar) on other Donovan LPs as well including Fairytale and Mellow Yellow. Donovan (nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame-2011) also recorded a successful cover of Phillips' "The Little Tin Soldier". In 2010, he took his successful "50th Anniversary Tour" to over 60 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada. His previous tour included a first time reunion with Paul Buckmaster and J. Peter Robinson, key musicians in his early recordings and resulted in the DVD Living Collaboration: Reunion Concert. His most current releases include the brilliantly compiled CD, Shawn Phillips: At The BBC which wholly encompasses his keen level of musicianship and genius. When not touring, Phillips resides in Port Elizabeth, South Africa with his SA born wife and young son. * * * * Phillips will go down in history as a musician's musician. Yet looking back on the era from which he emerged, few artists have stayed in touch with the '60's bread ethos with such constant exploration or never-ending evolution. - Cleveland Scene This singer-songwriter made his first important recording almost 40 years ago: Contribution was an ambitious acoustic outing that showcased his willowy fingerpicking, multioctave vocal range, and penchant for high-flown lyrics. His persona as a mystical hippie troubadour has stayed pretty much intact. His guitar work is as masterful as ever, with contrapuntal picking and deft chording that sometimes make it sound like he’s playing rhythm behind his own leads, and his voice can still leap nimbly from a rumbling baritone through a full-bodied tenor to a soft-edged falsetto. - Chicago Reader Perhaps no one has made more contributions to rock and roll, with so little recognition, than Shawn Phillips. – Houston Press
WHO taught WHO on the SITAR, Shawn Phillips or George Harrison
As Shawn is about to reunite with Donovan on Sitar the question was raised by George Harrison's wife who believes George was the first. So, to set the record straight - here's what Shawn remembered -
I went to Georges house with Don twice for dinner. I believe the year was 1965, or early '66. The first time his wife was there, but it was Patty Boyd at that time. She had gone out the second visit. George had a sitar at home, but he didn't even know how to sit with it properly. First off, I taught him how to
tune it. I explained this was a modal instrument, and that was why he couldn't understand why it was dischording when he tried to play a chord. I taught him how to sit with it, with the base of the instrument in the ball of the foot, and explained that you didn't make chords with a sitar as it is a lead instrument, and only occasionally did one play on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th strings, with the melody being played on the 1st string primarily. Sometimes, for some ragas, the 2nd, or 3rd string is used for the melody for a lower tonality in the Alap movement of the Raga. I explained that you tune the sympathetic strings to the melody you intend to play, so they resonate with the notes of that melody when you play them. That was the first lesson. Then we got stoned, and Don and George and I jammed awhile, but he played guitar as did Don, and I stayed on Sitar.
The second time was basically the same, but then we began to incorporate the the rhythmic movements associated with the Jalap, and Tintal movements of a raga. The 1st movement is the Alap, which is where the melody is introduced. The next movement, (Jalap, or Jhala), was a repetition of that melody, but with a tempo, and the 3rd, (Tintaal, or Tintal), was the melody with tempo, and free improvisation around the melody. I explained that in traditional classical Indian music, there were Morning, Afternoon, and Evening Ragas, but he and I
both agreed in our conversations that the instrument could be adapted to western music, without changing the traditional tunings. By the time of the 2nd visit, maybe a month later, he was already becoming proficient with the instrument.
Then we got stoned, and jammed again.
So I know I was the first person to give George sitar lessons, and he later went on to study under Ravi Shankar, who was the person who first showed me all those lessons in one 4 hour session after a concert he did in Toronto around 1963. The man was incredibly kind and patient. I went from there, and slowly began to seriously play that instrument. Many years later, I was a guest at a session he did with a musician in Paris, where they were playing Vivaldi's "4 Seasons", but the instrument the French musician played consisted of Glass Rods that he stroked with wet fingers. Am amazing session. I sat very humbled at Ravi's feet and held the score for him. If I remember correctly, the French musicians name was Baschet, or something like that, and the instrument was "Le Crystal".
The first song George played the Sitar on that was recorded by the Beatles was "Norwegian Wood", and it was after "Sunshine Superman" came out, so Don and I were the very first musicians to use the Sitar in a western pop setting. I believe that should set the record straight.
If you need anything else........... Shawn Phillips
Shawn Phillips & Donovan "REUNION"
Fellow rock pioneer Shawn Phillips will once again contribute his talents to Donovan's classic album Sunshine Superman during a special 45th anniversary performance at London's Royal Albert Hall on June 3, 2011. The pair had been roommates in the sixties in London, collaborating musically as well as developing each his own craft. It was during that time that Phillips would introduce the sitar to pop music, and he was a session player (guitar) on other Donovan LPs as well including Fairytale and Mellow Yellow. Donovan also recorded a successful cover of Phillips' "The Little Tin Soldier". During his career on A&M Records, Phillips' made some of his most well know albums, Contribution, Second Contribution, Collaboration and Faces. The singles, "Lost Horizon", "We" and "Woman" were Billboard charted hits and received worldwide radio play. Phillips has sold more than 9 million copies of his 20 albums, and in 2010, he took his successful "50th Anniversary Tour" to over 60 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada. His precious tour included a first time reunion with Paul Buckmaster and J. Peter Robinson, key musicians in his early recordings and resulted in the DVD Living Collaboration: Reunion Concert. His most current releases include the brilliantly compiled CD, Shawn Phillips: At The BBC which completely covers his keen level of musicianship and genius. Second Contribution and Faces have recently been made available digitally. When not touring, Phillips resides in Port Elizabeth, South Africa with his SA born wife and young son. www.shawnphillips.com
Shawn Phillips Official YOUTube PAGE
Hi everyone, I want to thank all of you for taking the time out of your busy schedules for looking at and reading the emails or letters that go out about Shawn Phillips. YOUTUBE PAGE If any of you have a youtube page please, go to Shawn Phillips' page here www.youtube.com/user/shawnphillips and subscribe to his page and add Shawn as your friend. His new Official page has tones of concert footage and some from his released DVD's. Lets get his page ROCKIN so it gets out there on Youtubes Main page as a site that is most subscribed to and visited. Thanks to all of you for keeping your loyalty to a fantastic musician and a person who will put his life in jeopardy to save others, Like in 1980 something he was in an earthquake in Pasitano, Italy and helped many people out of the rubble. Or his full time job in South Africa as an EMT or on the Sea Rescue services as well. ----------------------------------------------------- SHAWN PHILLIPS Firefighting, EMS and NSRI Service I have fulfilled two childhood dreams. One, I'm a rock and roll star, and two, I get to drive a big red fire engine for real." Shawn Phillips -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I'm proud to be a part of NSRI. Since this is a volunteer organization, and receiving no funding whatsoever from the South African Government, we are dependent on the generosity of those who are cognizant of the importance of the work we do. So even if you are reading this on my site, and you have no idea who the hell I am, I urge you, if you are of comfortable means, to donate whatever you can to this cause. There is no price you can put on the saving of a single life. Visit the NSRI website to see how many lives are saved through the efforts of these dedicated people. Thank you. I wish you Health, Love, and Clarity, Shawn Phillips