Phil Maguire

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About Phil Maguire

The love song you always wanted or that pop classic that gets everyone singing along. The perfect music for your special occasion.
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I have been performing live for over 14 years and have played my music to crowds at Glastonbury Festival, Green Man Festival and nearly every pub and club in London. I have also toured around the country playing headline shows in the West Country, Essex and beyond. I have had the honour to perform at weddings and funerals and have done my utmost to play my role in the day to the best of my ability. I began learning guitar at the age of 9 (21 years ago) under the esteemed William Baulch. From then I have gone onto learn and perform a wide variety of instruments including acoustic guitar, banjo, bouzouki and mandolin. I specialise in performing classic pop, folk, rock and indie tunes from the 50s up to the present day. I am also well versed in performing traditional folk and blues music as this is where my own original music stems from. Whatever you require for your event I will be more than happy to accommodate. Any particular era, genre or specific songs will be my pleasure to perform for you and your guests. I have always been intrigued by storytelling and the power that music has to convey the feeling within a room or space. With that in mind, I have worked to create my own voice out of the history of the songs of the past. I hope to bring along a mixture of intimate tunes, soaring ballads and roaring, foot-stomping sing-alongs. My new EP ‘The Church Bell’ is out now. Later this year a full length album will be recorded and let loose into the world!

Phil Maguire's Reviews

From customers:

Faith B
3 years ago

Phil, we loved having you play at our venue and will be definitely getting you back for future gigs, I will actually review dates and get back to you in the next few weeks for future gigs in the new year too. Many thanks, Faith Davies

Ed T
2 years ago

Phil, Hell yeah would love to have you back! Ed

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Phil Maguire's Song list

50s and earlier:
All I Have To Do Is Dream - Everly Brothers
Bye Bye Love - The Everly Brothers
Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
Hares on the Mountain - Shirley Collins
See That My Grave is Kept Clean - Blind Lemon Jefferson
Where Did You Sleep Last Night? - Ledbelly
Satisfied Mind - trad.
Spencer the Rover - trad.
Wayfaring Stranger - trad.
Man of Constant Sorrow - trad.
Auld Lang Syne - trad.
Good Kind Wenceslas - trad.
Lawdy Lawdy Ms. Clawdy - Elvis Presley
Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
Key to the Highway - Big Bill Broonzy
Wayfaring Stranger - trad.
The First Cut is the Deepest - Cat Stevens
Father & Son - Cat Stevens
59th Street Bridge Song - Simon & Garfunkel
The Boxer - Simon & Garfunkel
Sound of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel
Wichita Lineman - Glen Campbell
Walk on By - Dionne Warwick
Spooky - Dusty Springfield
Norwegian Wood - The Beatles
Come Together - The Beatles
Blackbird - The Beatles
I've Just Seen A Face - The Beatles
We Can Work It Out - The Beatles
Let It Be - The Beatles
Eleanor Rigby - The Beatles
A Hard Day's Night - The Beatles
I Shall Be Released - Bob Dylan
Positively 4th Street - Bob Dylan
Blowing in the Wind - Bob Dylan
All Along the Watchtower - Bob Dylan
The Times They Are A-Changin' - Bob Dylan
Who Knows Where the Time Goes - Fairport Convention
Blues Run the Game - Jackson C. Frank
You Can't Always Get What You Want - The Rolling Stones
Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
So Long, Marianne - Leonard Cohen
Be My Husband - Nina Simone
After Midnight - J. J. Cale
God Only Knows - The Beach Boys
Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
I Got You Babe - Sonny & Cher
Waterloo Sunset - The Kinks
Hi Ho Silver Lining - Jeff Beck
Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
You Are Always On My Mind - Elvis Presley
I Don't Wanna Know - John Martyn
Couldn't Love You More - John Martyn
Over The Hill - John Martyn
Ohio - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
These Days - Jackson Browne
Mamma Mia - ABBA
Blossom - James Taylor
Jolene - Dolly Parton
Pink Moon - Nick Drake
Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd
Sign on the Window - Bob Dylan
Oh Sister - Bob Dylan
Sundown - Gordon Lightfoot
In Tall Buildings - John Hartford
Baby - Donny & Joe Emerson
Amelia - Joni Mitchell
Case of You - Joni Mitchell
That Old Time Feeling - Guy Clarke
Thirteen - Big Star
Rich Girl - Hall & Oates
Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers
Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty
Your Song - Elton John
Ooh La La - The Faces
Meet Me On the Corner - Lindisfarne
Solsbury Hill - Peter Gabriel
Girlfriend in a Coma - The Smiths
Frankly Mr. Shankly - The Smiths
Fast Car - Tracy Chapman
Farewell to the Gold - Nic Jones
Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division
Only You - Yazoo
This Must Be The Place - Talking Heads
Everywhere - Fleetwood Mac
Waterfall - The Stone Roses
Let's Dance - David Bowie
Sweet Little Mystery - John Martyn
There She Goes - The La's
Time Passes - Paul Weller
Say Hello, Wave Goodbye - David Gray
Babylon - David Gray
Linger - The Cranberries
Into My Arms - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Oasis - Live Forever
Anna Begins - Counting Crows
Karma Police - Radiohead
Creep - Radiohead
21st Century:
Look at Miss Ohio - Gillian Welch
Jolene - Ray Lamontagne
St. Christopher is Coming Home - Frank Turner
Run - Snow Patrol
Such Great Heights - Postal Service
Furr - Blitzen Trapper
Skinny Love - Bon Iver
Re: Stacks - Bon Iver
Orange Sky - Alexei Murdoch
Her Hands Were Leaves (The Light) - Alexei Murdoch
Sheila - Jamie T
The Day I Died - Just Jack
Old Pine - Ben Howard
Rookery - Ben Howard
It'll All Work Out - Blake Mills
Cattails - Big Thief
Rise - Eddie Vedder
Ghost of O'Donahue - Johnny Flynn
Raising the Dead - Johnny Flynn
Wagon Wheel - Old Crow Medicine Show
Band of Gold - Seth Lakeman
Tears Dry on Their Own - Amy Winehouse
Mardy Bum - Arctic Monkeys
I Miss You - Blink 182
Feel Good Inc - Gorillaz
She Moves in her Own Way - The Kooks
In The Morning - The Coral
Island In The Sun - Weezer
New Shoes - Paulo Nutini
Someday - The Strokes
Turn Me On - Norah Jones
9 Crimes - Damien Rice
The Penalty - Beirut

Phil Maguire's Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£100
Up to 1 hour£200
Up to 2 hours£300
Up to 3 hours£400
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I believe that my clients have loved the emotion of my performances. Whether it be a heart-wrenching ballad or 70s classic I give my all and get the crowd singing along to every word.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I have played weddings in the UK and abroad. I have also performed headline shows Green Man Festival, The Tuppenny (Swindon), El Rincon (Bristol), Bar Dona (London), Lion record Store (London) and Lantern Society Folk Club. I have also performed for Sofar Sounds and so many music venues across London I've lost count!

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

John Martyn Nick Drake Bob Dylan Alexei Murdoch Nic Jones The Beatles

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Glastonbury Festival 2022

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I am flexible and more than happy to discuss a change of dates. I understand that things happen and dates ned to be changed sometimes.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Yes, I will have playlists prepared to play in between sets. I have lots of playlists to fit the mood of the event.

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually set up within 30minutes - 45 minutes. This allows me time to set up the PA, do a soundcheck and have everything prepared in order to provide your guests with a high quality sound system.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

Absolutely! I love having a conversation with people about what they want to hear and I am more than happy to take requests and learn specific songs that you want to hear!

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, I have a Yamaha PA system that I will bring with me to your event.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yep, absolutely! In the lead up to the event you can let me know any songs you particularly would love to hear. If I don't already know it then I will have it ready for the day of the event.
Acoustic, Folk, Folk rock, Traditional English folk, Americana, Soul, Vintage, Britpop, Indie, Pop rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Originals, Easy listening, Christmas, 1960s era music, 1950s era music, 1970s era music, 1990s era music
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Lyricist, Composer, Songwriter, Sound technician, Accompanist, Instrumental teaching
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