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Phil Colclough

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Name  Phil Colclough

Role  Singer
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Similar People  De Dannan, Mary Black, Dick Gaughan, Paddy Reilly, Jimmy MacCarthy

Johnny nolan sings goodbye america by phil colclough at charley farrelly folk club june 2010

Phil Colclough (born 1940) is an English contemporary folk singer and songwriter. His best known works, co-written with his wife, June Colclough (1941 – 12 October 2004), are "Song for Ireland" and "The Call and the Answer".


June and Phil Colclough both came from North Staffordshire, England, and both had careers in education. Phil had been a navigator in the Merchant Navy, which provided source material for some of his songs. The Colcloughs founded the first folk music club in Stoke-on-Trent in 1960. In 1966, they moved to London, where they were members of the Critics Group led by Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger; they eventually left the group due to bitter disputes stemming from MacColl's "authoritarian tendencies". In the 1970s, the Colcloughs returned to North Staffordshire, where they produced a folk music radio program for BBC Radio Stoke.

"Song for Ireland" was inspired by a trip the Colcloughs took to the Dingle Peninsula. Described as a "modern classic", it has been recorded by numerous artists, including Dick Gaughan, Luke Kelly, Mary Black, Ralph McTell, Celtic Spirit, The Dubliners, Brendan Hayes and Damien Leith.

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  • References

    Phil Colclough Wikipedia