The Phoenix River Band

“Phoenix River Band’s music is … a potent mix of original songs with driving beats and soulful melodies – like cruising in a Cadillac with Chris Rea at the wheel, Pink Floyd and the Allman Brothers in the back, and maybe some Eagles flying overhead” REDFEST, BRISTOL



The band’s roots go back over some 15 years with a large back catalog of original and varied songs stretching over five albums. Equally at home playing ‘unplugged’/acoustic or fully electric sets and sometimes a mixture of the two, the band has performed with many classic artists including Wishbone Ash, 10cc, The Blockheads, Yardbirds, Focus, Animals II, and Walter Trout.
Fronted by songwriter Chris Melhuish on lead vocal and guitar, the band comprises the keyboard talents of Andy Allpass, the fret-work of guitarist Syd Riley, backed by the rock-solid rhythm section of Dave Dunster on drums & bassist Mike Pitt. Adding that extra dimension to the overall sound are vocalists Jo Melhuish & Shelley Dunster.


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Sunday The Taylor Wimpey Abbey Stage