True North

by Phillip Henry

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Little Bird 03:12
True North 04:02
Brother Wind 05:29


True North : Ten years of travels with a slide guitar

Ten years ago this January I set off on a solo journey to Kolkata. I was going to study under the slide guitar master Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya. Prior to this I had moved out to the Devon countryside, living in a variety of tents and caravans, dedicating myself to exploring the real essence of slide guitar.

I have always been interested in the slide guitar as a solo instrument. These arrangements aim to highlight the special ability of the slide guitar to sing to the soul; its vocal quality combined with the guitar’s depth of range and chordal nature lend its sound to unaccompanied settings of both instrumentals and songs. I have used the pieces on this record to explore the many facets of the instrument and the range of its capabilities. The tracks are recorded live in the studio, though I get a little assistance in realising some of the arrangements from a foot powered shruti box, foot percussion, and on Reverence, a hand fan with feathers attached to create a drone on the sympathetic strings.

I returned from my Indian travels with the Chaturangui - a remarkable 22 string instrument designed by my teacher Debashish. This marked the beginning of a decade of travels with slide guitars - from Japan to South Africa, the USA to Australia, Canada to the Netherlands, France, Germany and Belgium. Not to mention thousands of miles rambling the roads of the British Isles. Many miles, many friends and a lot of music. True North is made to commemorate this anniversary, using the idea of one person with one instrument to bring together influences and pieces from these ten years on the road.


released October 5, 2018

Recorded by Mark Tucker May 2018 at The Green Room, Devon.
Produced by Mark Tucker.
Photography by Hannah Martin.
Graphic design by Sam Cooke

Thanks to Hannah for endless encouragement to get the job done and for managing the project; Mark’s forensic ears and endless patience; Sam for great artwork; Alan Hooper for the National guitar; Vicky, Amanda, Joy and all at Firebrand; Jane Brace for spreading the word; and my family for their continued support.

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