Some members of Hughes Hall will have heard Phil Riley and Life Fellow Neil Mercer perform at the memorial event for Richard Berg Rust in 2017. They began playing together in the 1970s, when they recorded as the band Kites. They then went separate ways, with Phil pursuing hits with the band Dots and performing as a solo singer-songwriter; and Neil following his academic career and playing with bands including the Cambridge-based Corellis. Now back together, Phil and Neil will be performing songs with guitar and mandolin, including some from their recent album, Lost Legions, which was launched in a 2017 concert at Leicester Guildhall and which has been getting excellent reviews:
‘It felt like I’d met an old friend….Lost Legions has some great songs on it. Forty years in the making, but all the better for that’
Mike Harding, The Folk Programme
‘Throughout the album, which I might add, I enjoyed immensely, I kept hearing snippets of early sixties, influences of folk mixed with Americana and some purposeful acoustic moments spent in smoky clubs…’ Folkwords
We welcome all College members and we hope you enjoy the music.