Phil Baggaley

I am married to Clare, we have a son called William and we hail from Derby, which is where Derby County F.C. come from. I say that because most people think they’re called Derby County nil!

I played music from a very early age, as my parents were very involved in the Salvation Army. It wasn’t long before I was learning how to play a brass instrument, and also taking piano lessons. One of my abiding memories of childhood was that we used to join together with our relatives and put on concerts as a family (sounds like the Von Trapps!!).

At junior school I started going to guitar club and very soon this became ‘the thing I wanted to do’. One thing led to another, and my sister and I joined up with cousins Ian and Lynn Blythe to form a ‘folk group’. Along with Ian, we began writing songs together, and it wasn’t long before we became quite well known within  the Salvation Army music circles. We also performed at the Royal Albert Hall and The Barbican which was quite a blast.

Also at this time, around my mid teens, I had begun to play concerts with good friend John Hartley under the infamous name ‘Phil & John’ ( it took a long time to think of that one!). Things really began to take off for us, and with the concert and recording schedule becoming ever busier we eventually turned professional in 1982. There then followed many years of working together touring the UK, USA, Australia and Europe. We both moved on to other things in the late nineties, and John moved to America, where he is now a successful producer and songwriter based in Nashville.

Along with Ian, David and Adrian, we worked on several very successful projects, which you will find here on my page, the latest being a ‘prequel’ to City of Gold entitled ‘Road to the City’.

More recently I have been appointed as a Lecturer in Music here in Derby, and I am combining this with my songwriting and production work. Last year we formed a recording and production company, Open Road Music, which is based here in my hometown. Last November we completed our first production, a Christmas EP for one of our new artists, Rosie Meek.  You can keep up to date with our latest projects and plans for the next few months by visiting the web-site.

Albums by Phil Baggaley

An Old Soldier's Dream Of Home / November 1st 2014

The Open Road & Newhall Brass band.

In honour of all the fallen who gave their lives in service of their country, particularly the memory of those from the the Great War of 1914-1918 as we remember the 100th anniversary of the start of the 'War To End All Wars'. All proceeds from this recording are in aid of the British Legion Poppy Appeal, and it is available on iTunes, Amazon & all good Digital Download sites.

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The Time Project / 2010

All proceeds from this recording will be given to Helen & Douglas House, Oxford, England. Helen House was the first children's hospice, and Douglas House is the UK's first hospice for young adults from the ages of 16-35. Both provide respite breaks for the entire family, palliative support and expert end of life and  bereavement care.

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The Fisherman Remembers / 2003

An inspirational album of music and spoken word. Music by Phil Baggaley, Ian Blythe and David Clifton, with readings and text by Eric Delve. All songs feature the excellent vocals of  Mal Pope. The 'Name Your Price' tab takes you to a music only download page, and the 'Buy Now' tab gives you the complete recordings, including all the spoken word audio book readings.

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Strands Of Gold / 2004

Ageless words seen in a new light. New music written for ancient hymn texts, featuring Mal Pope, Julie Costello and Esther Alexander.

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Twelve Stories About Angels / 2004

Songs and poems written by Ron Sexsmith, Godfrey Rust, Phil Baggaley, Michael Mitton, Stewart Henderson, Adrian Plass, John Bowen and Ian Blythe

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Road to the City / 2001

This is the prequel recording project from the popular series of albums featuring the poetry of Adrian Plass and the music and songs of Phil Baggaley, David Clifton and Ian Blythe. The music, songs, poetry and prose points the way and prepares the ground for both City Of Gold and Shipwrecks And Islands. Music and songs are by Phil, Ian Blythe and David Clifton, and the featured vocalists are Mal Pope and Julie Costello.

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City of Gold / 1997

Co-written with Adrian Plass, Ian Blythe and David Clifton, this inspirational recording has found a place in the hearts of over 70.000 people around the world. This unique album of music, poetry, prose and songs explores perceptions of heaven and the reality of pain, separation, loss of life and loved ones, and points toward the hope-filled promise of new life in the joy of new creation. Lead vocalists Mal Pope and Julie Costello deliver passionate and heartfelt performances throughout. You can read some of the moving reviews and testimonials here on the website.

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Shipwrecks / 1999

During an interview, Adrian Plass summed up the vision behind this recording; "We live in a broken and despairing world, and many of us understandably settle for the safety and familiarity of an established lifestyle. We often close our eyes and ears to devastation in the lives of people around us, be they family, friends, or neighbours". The purpose of Shipwrecks & Islands is not just to provide food for thought, but to offer comfort to those who are experiencing times of trial. It is also an encouragement to those who might be able to help, yet have forgotten that simple words of encouragement and the smallest grains of faith and love can make a world of difference. From the same writing team as the City of Gold recordings, this album features the poetry of Adrian Plass, and the music of Phil, David Clifton and Ian Blythe.

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Liturgy of Time

Liturgy of Time is a collection of favourite, traditional, ageless hymns, interpreted afresh by singers including Adrian Snell, Caroline Bonnet, Julie Costello, David Fitzgerald, Joanne Hogg, Martyn Joseph and Mal Pope.

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Still Small Voice / 2001

Songs of faith hope and love. "The real journey of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes." - Marcel Prost

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The Woodthieves - Won't You Be My Valentine / 1996 .......USA / Worldwide 2014

Won't You Be My Valentine was first released in the UK in 1996, and received great reviews in the music press, notably the NME, which at the time likened the song to influential indie faves The Cardigans. The song has never been released outside the UK, so we decided to put that right and share it with the wider world just in time for Valentines Day, with a worldwide release on iTunes.  Spot the wild electric guitar moment in the middle from none other than Thin Lizzie's very own Brian Robertson. He was playing a beautiful vintage Gibson Les Paul ....and carrying a bottle of Jack Daniels.

This Radio Single was mixed by Jon Kelly at West Side Studios, Shepherds Bush, London. Additional tracks, including a Eurotrash mix and dance re-mix by Mark Edwards, can be downloaded from the Archive page here at Little Room. Well worth it!

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Providence / 1997

Vintage psychedelic jangly pop, catchy songs, big harmonies, mellotron, Hammond organ, all recorded in Nashville and Derby in the late 90’s. Produced by renowned veterans of the Nashville and London music scene. This is the most recent album recorded by pop folk duo Phil & John and their band The Woodthieves. Happy heartfelt songs, and some heartbreakers, too.

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