George Critchley & Phil Batty
George & Phil’s debut performances were at Sidmouth Folk Festival back in 1980, where they were booked to dance with Preston Royal Morris Dancers.
They found a certain affinity and empathy with each other in their taste for songs music and performance from which has evolved the unique sound they deliver today.
After returning home from Sidmouth they were asked to run a folk club at Barton Grange Hotel and to find themselves a name :- “Foxes Lair” was born. They started doing gigs and touring amongst the Morris fraternity, then doing festivals countrywide and became a successful folk duo in many parts of the country.
The passage of time and fate brought about a break in their performances as Phil started to travel worldwide and George got together with Rob Malaney and Nick Caffrey to form “Th’Antique Roadshow”. In-between Phil’s travels George & Phil would still gig together and on occasions team up with Martin Ellison on melodeon, going out as “Acoustic Reps”
When Phil returned from his travels he decided to pursue music to a higher level and acquired a first class honours degree in it. Stemming from his studies he met with Sorrel and they formed their own band “Streetworthy” which has become highly successful both in Britain and New Zealand, not to mention the odd European tour.
In spite of all which has gone before both George & Phil still enjoy making music together in their own inimitable way - so sit back and enjoy!